Baffle vs Battle - What's the difference?
As a verb baffle
is (obsolete) to publicly disgrace, especially of a recreant knight.
As a noun baffle
is 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.
As a proper noun battle is
from places in england that have been sites of a battle.
(obsolete) To publicly disgrace, especially of a recreant knight.
* 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , VI.7:
(obsolete) To hoodwink or deceive (someone).
- He by the heeles him hung upon a tree, / And baffuld so, that all which passed by / The picture of his punishment might see […].
To bewilder completely; to confuse or perplex.
- I am baffled by the contradictions and omissions in the instructions.
* John Locke
- calculations so difficult as to have baffled , until within a recent period, the most enlightened nations
- The mere intricacy of a question should not baffle us.
- the art that baffles time's tyrannic claim
To struggle in vain.
- a suitable scripture ready to repel and baffle them all
- A ship baffles with the winds.
* See also
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.
An architectural feature designed to confuse enemies or make them vulnerable.
- Tanker trucks use baffles to keep the liquids inside from sloshing around.
From Early Modern English .
Improving; nutritious; fattening.
- battle''' grass'', '''''battle pasture
- battle''' soil'', '''''battle land
To nourish; feed.
To render fertile or fruitful, as in soil.
From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m), from ).
Displaced native (etyl) .
A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement; a combat.
A struggle; a contest.
*(rfdate) (Henry Morley) (1822-1894):
*:The whole intellectual battle that had at its centre the best poem of the best poet of that day.
*:In truth, Tottenham never really looked like taking all three points and this defeat means they face a battle to reach the knockout stages—with their next home game against PAOK Salonika on 30 November likely to prove decisive.
Clive James 'near the end' in cancer ' battle , ITV News, 21 June 2012:
*:Australian broadcaster Clive James has admitted that he is losing his long-fought battle with leukaemia.
A division of an army; a battalion.
*:THenne kyng Arthur made redy his hoost in x batails' and Nero was redy in the felde afore the castel Tarabil with a grete hoost / & he had x ' batails with many mo peple than Arthur had
*(rfdate) (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626):
*:The king divided his army into three battles .
*:The cavalry, by way of distinction, was called the battle , and on it alone depended the fate of every action.
*2000 , (George RR Martin), A Storm of Swords , Bantam 2011, page 634:
*:‘I will have more than twelve thousand men. I mean to divide them into three battles and start up the causeway a half-day apart.’
(label) The main body, as distinct from the vanguard and rear; battalia.
* battleground / battle ground
* battle of the sexes
* battle piece
* battle royal
* battle song
* do battle
* drawn battle
* fight a losing battle
* give battle
* join battle
* pitched battle
* wager of battle
To join in battle; to contend in fight; as, to battle over theories.
To assail in battle; to fight or struggle.
- She has been battling against cancer for years .
- She has been battling cancer for years .