Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which baffles.
- n. A partition in a furnace so placed as to aid the convection of heat; a baffle-plate. Rankine, Steam Engine, § 304. Also baffle.
- n. In coal-mining, the lever with which the throttle-valve of a winding-engine is worked.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, baffles.
“Creature creator Andrew Bell and puzzle master Chris Yates are proud to present the second installment of their second collaborative 'baffler' project, "Bottle with a Bear Problem":”
“I think he had some kind of electronic baffler in there as well.”
“But maybe the biggest baffler here is the sheriff's and fair director.”
“Bette showed women how to deal with the delicate situation of the brush off (or tease) by sparing him the psych-speak and exiting with a baffler: As Ms. Davis 'Southern belle character drawled in Cabin in the Cotton, "I'd love to kiss you, but I've just washed my hair.”
“Many things baffle me, but this morning the big baffler is that a woman married to a nationalist (SDLP) councillor had never heard of sectarianism.”
“Speaking of which, perhaps you can help me understand something that's been a baffler for years: I keep reading that Mozart, squeezed by a deadline, tarted up the "Haffner Serenade" a mite and pawned it off as his 35th symphony.”
“I agree, that's a baffler, given our poor performance.”
“He called the robbery a baffler, and ruled out insurance fraud, even though Sol Hurwitz is rapaciously rumored to be a dice game degenerate.”
“He spent nearly half an hour fitting a baffler to the spout, so that the compressed matter inside wouldn't hiss as it poured out.”
“Besides, sometimes the barricade becomes a compact wall, -- a baffler, unless boat and boatmen can circumvent it, -- unless the nautical carriage can itself be carried about the obstacle, -- can be picked up, shouldered, and made off with.”
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