muzzles, muzzling, muzzled
1) N-COUNT The muzzle of an animal such as a dog is its nose and mouth.

The mongrel presented his muzzle for scratching.

2) N-COUNT A muzzle is an object that is put over a dog's nose and mouth so that it cannot bite people or make a noise.

...dogs like pit bulls which have to wear a muzzle.

3) VERB If you muzzle a dog or other animal, you put a muzzle over its nose and mouth.

[V n] He was convicted of failing to muzzle a pit bull.

4) VERB (disapproval) If you say that someone is muzzled, you are complaining that they are prevented from expressing their views freely.

[be V-ed] He complained of being muzzled by the chairman...

[V n] She was opposed to new laws to muzzle the press.

5) N-COUNT: usu N of n The muzzle of a gun is the end where the bullets come out when it is fired.

English dictionary. 2008.

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