verb (used with object), muz·zled, muz·zling.
- muzzle velocity,
Origin of muzzle
Examples from the Web for muzzle
Biden is such a straight shooter that pundits say he needs a muzzle.Roland Martin: America, You Can’t Handle the Truth!|Roland S. Martin|January 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Suddenly, the darkness came alive with muzzle flashes and tracer rounds.From PTSD to Prison: Why Veterans Become Criminals|Matthew Wolfe|July 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The result of the back-and-forth was guaranteed national publicity for the very ideas the politicians wanted to muzzle.‘The Gatekeepers,’ Brooklyn College BDS Forum: Week of Israel Debate|Gail Sheehy|February 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He pointed the muzzle at Jones and pulled the trigger, shooting him in the head with a fatally real bullet.As More Kids Die, Handguns Still a Bigger Threat Than Assault Rifles|Michael Daly|January 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Mueller might even have been accused to being party to a plot to muzzle Petraeus regarding the mess in Benghazi.
Its size was such that we could trace it from the muzzle of the gun.In the Track of the Troops|R.M. Ballantyne
Four reports rang suddenly out, and the muzzle of the revolver was held deliberately within an inch or so of Brett's heart.The Yellow Crayon|E. Phillips Oppenheim
He seemed a kind of human cannon loaded to the muzzle with facts.Tales from Dickens|Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
With this, he pointed the muzzle toward the cavern and pulled the trigger.The Cave in the Mountain|Lieut. R. H. Jayne
Each passenger at the point of a revolver was made to pay tribute while the driver was held at the muzzle of a rifle.The Awakening of the Desert|Julius C. Birge
Word Origin for muzzle
late 14c., "device put over an animal's mouth to stop it from biting, eating, or rooting," from Old French musel "muzzle," also "snout, nose" (12c., Modern French museau), from muse "muzzle," from Gallo-Romance *musa "snout" (cf. Provençal mus, Old Spanish mus, Italian muso), of unknown origin, possibly related to Latin morsus "bite" (but OED finds "serious difficulties" with this). Meaning "projecting part of the head of an animal" is from early 15c. in English; sense of "open end of a firearm" first recorded 1560s.
"to put a muzzle on," early 15c., from muzzle (n.). Figurative use from 1610s. Related: Muzzled; muzzling.