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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Muffle \Muf"fle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Muffled; p. pr. & vb. n. Muffling.] [Cf. F. moufle a mitten, LL. muffula, OD. moffel a muff. See Muff.] 1. To wrap up in something that conceals or protects; to wrap, as the face and neck, in thick and disguising folds; hence, to conceal or cover the face of; to envelop; to inclose; -- often with up. --South. [1913 Webster] The face lies muffled up within the garment. --Addison. [1913 Webster] He muffled with a cloud his mournful eyes. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Muffled up in darkness and superstition. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 2. To prevent seeing, or hearing, or speaking, by wraps bound about the head; to blindfold; to deafen. [1913 Webster] 3. To wrap or fit with something that dulls or deadens the sound of; as, to muffle the strings of a drum, or that part of an oar which rests in the rowlock; to muffle the exhaust of a motor vehicle. [1913 Webster]