—v.t. 1. to wrap with something to deaden or prevent sound: to muffle drums. 2. to deaden (sound) by wrappings or other means.
3. to wrap or envelop in a cloak, shawl, coat, etc., esp. to keep warm or protect the face and neck (often fol. by up): Muffle up the children before they go out. 4. to wrap (oneself) in a garment or other covering: muffled in silk. 5. to alter temporarily the profile of (a plaster mold) in order to run a base coat of plaster that will later be covered by a finish coat having the true profile.
—n. 1. something that muffles.
2. muffled sound.
3. an oven or arched chamber in a furnace or kiln, used for heating substances without direct contact with the fire.
Pronunciation: (muf'ul),[key] —n. the thick, bare part of the upper lip and nose of ruminants and rodents.