1. A device used to dampen the effects of such things as sound, light, or fluid. Specifically, a baffle is a surface which is placed inside an open area to inhibit direct motion from one part to another, without preventing motion altogether.
    Tanker trucks use baffles to keep the liquids inside from sloshing around.
  2. An architectural feature designed to confuse enemies or make them vulnerable.


  1. To publicly disgrace, especially of a recreant knight.
  2. To hoodwink or deceive (someone).
  3. To bewilder completely; to confuse or perplex.
    I am baffled by the contradictions and omissions in the instructions.
  4. To foil; to thwart.
  5. To struggle in vain.
    A ship baffles with the winds.

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