Mu'zzle. n.s. [museau, French.]
- The mouth of any thing; the mouth of a man in contempt.
But ever and anon turning her muzzle toward me, she threw such a prospect upon me, as might well have given a surfeit to any weak lover's stomach. Sidney, b. ii.
Huygens has proved, that a bullet continuing in the velocity with which it leaves the muzzle of the cannon, would require twenty-five years to pass from us to the sun. Cheyne.
If the poker be out of the way, or broken, stir the fire with the tongs; if the tongs be not at hand; use the muzzle of the bellows. Swift's Rules to Servants.
- A fastening for the mouth, which hinders to bite.
The fifth Harry from curbed licence plucks
The muzzle of restraint; and the wild dog
Shall flesh his tooth on ev'ry innocent. Shakesp. Henry IV.
Greyhounds, snowy fair,
And tall as stags, ran loose, and cours'd around his chair;
With golden muzzles all their mouths were bound. Dryden.