Muzzle

Definition of Muzzle

Muz´zle
n.1.The projecting mouth and nose of a quadruped, as of a horse; a snout.
2.The mouth of a thing; the end for entrance or discharge; as, the muzzle of a gun.
3.A fastening or covering (as a band or cage) for the mouth of an animal, to prevent eating or vicious biting.
Muzzle sight
(Gun.) See Dispart, n., 2.
v. t.1.To bind the mouth of; to fasten the mouth of, so as to prevent biting or eating; hence, figuratively, to bind; to sheathe; to restrain from speech or action; as, the dictator muzzled all the newspapers.
[imp. & p. p. Muzzled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Muzzling .]
Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.
- Deut. xxv. 4.
2.To fondle with the closed mouth.
v. i.1.To bring the mouth or muzzle near.
The bear muzzles and smells to him.
- L'Estrange.

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