English noun: baffle
|1.||baffle (artifact) a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy|
|Narrower (hyponym)||diffuser, diffusor|
English verb: baffle
|1.||baffle (cognition) be a mystery or bewildering to|
|Samples||This beats me!.|
Got me--I don't know the answer!.
A vexing problem.
This question really stuck me.
|Examples||The bad news will baffle him, The good news will baffle her, The performance is likely to baffle Sue|
|Synonyms||amaze, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex|
|Pattern of use||Something ----s somebody|
|Broader (hypernym)||bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw|
|Narrower (hyponym)||elude, escape, mix up, riddle, stump|
|2.||baffle (social) hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of|
|Samples||What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge.|
Foil your opponent.
|Synonyms||bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something.|
Something ----s something
|Broader (hypernym)||forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent|
|Narrower (hyponym)||dash, disappoint, let down, ruin, short-circuit|
|3.||baffle (change) check the emission of (sound)|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something|
|Broader (hypernym)||bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel|