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baffle

a plate or mechanical device designed to restrain or regulate the flow of a fluid, the emission of light or sound, or the distribution of sound, esp in a loudspeaker or microphone

Baffle

An opaque or translucent element used to diffuse or shield a surface from direct or unwanted light.

Baffle

 

an installation in the afterbay of an overflow dam that changes the direction of the flow and spreads the width of the water stream when only some of the spillway apertures in the dam are functioning. The basic purpose of a baffle is to ensure a fairly uniform distribution of the flow velocities and to reduce them on the downstream apron. A distinction is made between a ramp baffle (continuous or slotted), which is installed along the entire width of the water apron, and a baffle formed of piers, which is placed at an angle to the water stream.

baffle

[′baf·əl]
(electricity)
Device for deflecting oil or gas in a circuit breaker.
(electronics)
An auxiliary member in a gas tube used, for example, to control the flow of mercury particles or deionize the mercury following conduction.
(engineering)
A plate that regulates the flow of a fluid, as in a steam-boiler flue or a gasoline muffler.
(engineering acoustics)
A cabinet or partition used with a loudspeaker to reduce interaction between sound waves produced simultaneously by the two surfaces of the diaphragm.

baffle

1. A plate used to control the flow of a liquid.
2. An opaque or translucent plate used to shield a light source from direct view at certain angles; a light baffle.
3. A flat deflector or obstruction designed to reduce sound transmission.
4. A plate that retards and/or changes the direction of the flow of air, air-gas mixtures, or flue gases.

baffle

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A fuel tank with baffle plates.
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baffle
i. A series of partitions in a fuel tank to control the rapid flow of fuel and prevent its sloshing. These partitions have holes that allow the fuel to feed to the tank outlet, but they keep the fuel from surging enough to uncover the fuel outlet.
ii. A partition separating the upper portion of the tank that prevents oil pump cavitation as oil tends to rush to the top of the tank during deceleration periods. The baffle is fitted with a weighted swirl outlet control valve that is free to swing below the baffle. The valve closes when oil at the bottom of the tank rushes up when the aircraft decelerates.
iii. A sheet metal shield used to direct the flow of air between and around the cylinders of an air-cooled reciprocating engine.
iv. A partial partition in the pitot system to trap moisture and any solid matter as well as to reduce turbulence.
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Their bafflement at an apparent messy burglary in which nothing had been stolen was only resolved when a sheepish Deere later that day appeared to make his apology.
Her memoir, a best-seller when it was published in 2002 as Zonenkinder, conveys the post-reunification bafflement experienced by "the last generation of GDR kids.
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AT FIRST THE NEWS OF KIRK VARNEDOE's departure from the Museum of Modern Art was a source of bafflement to much of the art world.
He shook his head as he said that, his body language clearly communicating his bafflement.
But during our last meeting at his home in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, just after he'd read the final, metafictional draft of my second novel (he had railed against "metafiction" for years), Gardner said, with a tinge of uncharacteristic bafflement that bothered us both, "This is a different Charles Johnson.
1928), a much-exhibited sculptor, painter, and graphic artist in Finland, has also won a name as a philosophical essayist and, as a creative writer, has been praised - or been met with some bafflement - for his "novel about thought," Metsytiska boken, and his Burgundiska sviten (1966, 1987; see WLT 63:1, p.
Frustrated by the lack of a responsive critical community, stymied by the dearth of midsize theaters where her nascent company might perform, and vexed by audiences who evidenced bafflement season after season as to just what it was Jenkins was doing, she spoke of her disappointments and the provincial view the Bay Area had of dancers.
Cllr King expressed bafflement at the attack: "I still don't really understand what is behind all this.
Yet there is genuine bafflement within Anfield about his reasoning after his latest outburst, suggesting he has lacked backing in England and he would "give his heart and soul" to Madrid.
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