to confuse, bewilder, or perplex:He was baffled by the technical language of the instructions.
to frustrate or confound; thwart by creating confusion or bewilderment.
Building, Sound Reproductionto check or deflect the movement of (sound, light, fluids, etc.).
Buildingto equip with a baffle or baffles.
[Obs.]to cheat; trick.
to struggle ineffectually, as a ship in a gale.
something that balks, checks, or deflects.
Building, Sound Reproductionan artificial obstruction for checking or deflecting the flow of gases (as in a boiler), sounds (as in the loudspeaker system of a radio or hi-fi set), light (as in a darkroom), etc.
Sound Reproductionany boxlike enclosure or flat panel for mounting a loudspeaker.
to check, restrain, or regulate (the flow of a fluid or the emission of sound or light)
Also called:baffle board, baffle platea plate or mechanical device designed to restrain or regulate the flow of a fluid, the emission of light or sound, or the distribution of sound, esp in a loudspeaker or microphone
Etymology: 16th Century: perhaps from Scottish dialect bachlen to condemn publicly; perhaps related to French bafouer to disgrace