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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.
References in classic literature ?
The fog still slept on the wing above the drowned city, where the lamps glimmered like carbuncles; and through the muffle and smother of these fallen clouds, the procession of the town's life was still rolling in through the great arteries with a sound as of a mighty wind.
That's a graveyard, and it's proper to muffle the drums and lower the flags as we go by, and we'd better take off our hats, too; it's more respectable, I think.
The door couldn't muffle him, and the wall couldn't muffle him," Benjamin rejoined.