What does the word muffle mean?

Usage examples for muffle

  1. The shape of the bore of the muffle should always conform to that of the article tempered; for round work, a round muffle; for square work, a square one; and so on. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  2. Muffle the drums, and quick march! – The Devil's Disciple by George Bernard Shaw
  3. Kirby moved his hand toward the spurs he had taken off and tucked into his shirt for safekeeping to muffle the jingle while they were on scout. – Ride Proud, Rebel! by Andre Alice Norton