muzzle

A muzzle is a guard that covers an animal's mouth to keep it from biting. If your dog is aggressive, you might have to put a muzzle on her when you take her to the dog park.

Muzzle comes from the Latin morsus meaning "bite." A muzzle is the nose and mouth of an animal like a cat or dog. It's also the name for a guard made of straps or wire that's worn over this part of an animal's face to keep it from biting. It's the mouth of a gun, too. If you muzzle someone, you gag him to prevent him from speaking.

Definitions of muzzle
  1. noun
    forward projecting part of the head of certain animals; includes the jaws and nose
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    type of:
    face
    the part of an animal corresponding to the human face
  2. noun
    a leather or wire restraint that fits over an animal's snout (especially a dog's nose and jaws) and prevents it from eating or biting
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    type of:
    constraint, restraint
    a device that retards something's motion
  3. noun
    restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting
    synonyms: gag
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    type of:
    constraint, restraint
    a device that retards something's motion
  4. verb
    fit with a muzzle
    muzzle the dog to prevent it from biting strangers”
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    Antonyms:
    unmuzzle
    remove the muzzle from (a dog)
    type of:
    equip, fit, fit out, outfit
    provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
  5. verb
    tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them
    synonyms: gag
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    type of:
    bind, tie
    fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
  6. verb
    prevent from speaking out
    synonyms: gag
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    type of:
    hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
    cause to be quiet or not talk
  7. noun
    the open circular discharging end of a gun
    synonyms: gun muzzle
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    types:
    gunpoint, point
    the gun muzzle's direction
    type of:
    opening
    a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made
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