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.

Primary Meanings of muzzle

1.
nv
forward projecting part of the head of certain animals; includes the jaws and nose
fit with a muzzle
2.
n
the open circular discharging end of a gun
Full Definitions of muzzle
1

n forward projecting part of the head of certain animals; includes the jaws and nose

Type of:
face
the part of an animal corresponding to the human face

n 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

Type of:
constraint, restraint
a device that retards something's motion

n restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting

Synonyms:
gag
Type of:
constraint, restraint
a device that retards something's motion

v fit with a muzzle

muzzle the dog to prevent it from biting strangers”
Antonyms:
unmuzzle
remove the muzzle from (a dog)
Type of:
equip, fit, fit out, outfit
provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose

v tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them

Synonyms:
gag
Type of:
bind, tie
fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord

v prevent from speaking out

Synonyms:
gag
Type of:
hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
cause to be quiet or not talk
2

n the open circular discharging end of a gun

Synonyms:
gun muzzle
Types:
gunpoint, point
the gun muzzle's direction
Type of:
opening
a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made

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