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muffle

1
a kiln with an inner chamber for firing porcelain, enamel, etc., at a low temperature

muffle

2
the fleshy hairless part of the upper lip and nose in ruminants and some rodents

Muffle

 

a closed chamber in which material to be heated in a furnace is placed in order to prevent contact with products of combustion of fuel. Heat is transmitted to the material being heated through the wall of the muffle, which is made of molded firebrick or heat-resistant steel. In a number of cases, muffles are filled with a special protective gas. Compartment furnaces equipped with a muffle are frequently called muffle furnaces.

muffle

1. A material used to build up the core of a large plaster molding.
2. To deaden sound.
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Edna could hear the whispering voices of dead men and the click of muffled gold.
So she tinkled along and along, in the otherwise profound and ghostly hush of the sleeping castle, until by and by there came, as if from deep down under us, a far-away sound, as of a muffled shriek -- with an expression of agony about it that made my flesh crawl.
A muffled sound of voices floated up from the far end of the graveyard.
My seat, to which Bessie and the bitter Miss Abbot had left me riveted, was a low ottoman near the marble chimney-piece; the bed rose before me; to my right hand there was the high, dark wardrobe, with subdued, broken reflections varying the gloss of its panels; to my left were the muffled windows; a great looking-glass between them repeated the vacant majesty of the bed and room.
It was another cry, but not quite like the one she had heard last night; it was only a short one, a fretful childish whine muffled by passing through walls.
But that Woodman and that Farmer, though they work unceasingly, work silently, and no one heard them as they went about with muffled tread: the rather, forasmuch as to entertain any suspicion that they were awake, was to be atheistical and traitorous.
At length, Dora regularly muffled him in a towel and shut him up there, whenever my aunt was reported at the door.
Pax vobiscum,'' said Wamba, who was now muffled in his religious disguise.
I should think," said Sancho, "that the thoughts that allow one to make verses cannot be of great consequence; let your worship string verses as much as you like and I'll sleep as much as I can;" and forthwith, taking the space of ground he required, he muffled himself up and fell into a sound sleep, undisturbed by bond, debt, or trouble of any sort.
Then came more dignitaries, and the officers of the palace and of the army, and finally two figures entirely muffled in scarlet silk, so that not a feature of either was discernible.
The three muffled men, with the clumsiest movements, scrambled out upon the sand, and forthwith set to landing the cargo, assisted by the man on the beach.
Even then he scarcely understood what this indicated, until he heard a muffled grating sound and saw the black mark jerk forward an inch or so.