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Definition: To stop the mouth
(mouth), n.; pl. Mouths
(mou[th]z). [OE. mouth,
mu[thorn], AS. m[=u][eth]; akin to D. mond, OS. m[=u][eth],
G. mund, Icel. mu[eth]r, munnr, Sw. mun, Dan. mund, Goth.
mun[thorn]s, and possibly L. mentum chin; or cf. D. muil
mouth, muzzle, G. maul, OHG. m[=u]la, Icel. m[=u]li, and Skr.
1. The opening through which an animal receives food; the
aperture between the jaws or between the lips; also, the
cavity, containing the tongue and teeth, between the lips
and the pharynx; the buccal cavity.
2. Hence: An opening affording entrance or exit; orifice;
(a) The opening of a vessel by which it is filled or
emptied, charged or discharged; as, the mouth of a jar
or pitcher; the mouth of the lacteal vessels, etc.
(b) The opening or entrance of any cavity, as a cave, pit,
well, or den.
(c) The opening of a piece of ordnance, through which it
(d) The opening through which the waters of a river or any
stream are discharged.
(e) The entrance into a harbor.
3. (Saddlery) The crosspiece of a bridle bit, which enters
the mouth of an animal.
4. A principal speaker; one who utters the common opinion; a
Every coffeehouse has some particular statesman
belonging to it, who is the mouth of the street
where he lives. --Addison.
5. Cry; voice. [Obs.] --Dryden.
6. Speech; language; testimony.
That in the mouth of two or three witnesses every
word may be established. --Matt. xviii.
7. A wry face; a grimace; a mow.
Counterfeit sad looks,
Make mouths upon me when I turn my back. --Shak.
Down at the mouth
or Down in the mouth
, chapfallen; of
dejected countenance; depressed; discouraged. [Obs. or
, one who professes friendship insincerely.
, a small mirror for inspecting the mouth or
, honor given in words, but not felt. --Shak.
(a) Pan's pipes. See Pandean
(b) An harmonicon.
, an organ pipe with a lip or plate to cut the
escaping air and make a sound.
To stop the mouth
, to silence or be silent; to put to
shame; to confound.
To put one's foot in one's mouth
, to say something which
causes one embarrassment.
To run off at the mouth
, to speak excessively.
To talk out of both sides of one's mouth
, to say things
which are contradictory.
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The mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
Whose mouths must be stopped. --Titus i. 11.
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stopped
; p. pr. & vb. n.
.] [OE. stoppen, AS. stoppian (in comp.); akin to
LG. & D. stoppen, G. stopfen, Icel. stoppa, Sw. stoppa, Dan.
stoppe; all probably fr. LL. stopare, stupare, fr. L. stuppa
the coarse part of flax, tow, oakum. Cf. Estop
1. To close, as an aperture, by filling or by obstructing;
as, to stop the ears; hence, to stanch, as a wound.
2. To obstruct; to render impassable; as, to stop a way,
road, or passage.
3. To arrest the progress of; to hinder; to impede; to shut
in; as, to stop a traveler; to stop the course of a
stream, or a flow of blood.
4. To hinder from acting or moving; to prevent the effect or
efficiency of; to cause to cease; to repress; to restrain;
to suppress; to interrupt; to suspend; as, to stop the
execution of a decree, the progress of vice, the
approaches of old age or infirmity.
Whose disposition all the world well knows
Will not be rubbed nor stopped. --Shak.
5. (Mus.) To regulate the sounds of, as musical strings, by
pressing them against the finger board with the finger, or
by shortening in any way the vibrating part.
6. To point, as a composition; to punctuate. [R.]
If his sentences were properly stopped. --Landor.
7. (Naut.) To make fast; to stopper.
Syn: To obstruct; hinder; impede; repress; suppress;
restrain; discontinue; delay; interrupt.
To stop off
(Founding), to fill (a part of a mold) with
sand, where a part of the cavity left by the pattern is
not wanted for the casting.
To stop the mouth
. See under Mouth