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baffle

(băf′ĭl)
In respiratory care, a component of a nebulizer designed to remove large aerosol particles.
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But he expressed bafflement that management was caught by surprise.
It's a really strange film, liable to provoke either stimulated enjoyment or irritated bafflement.
Disjointed declarations, dislocated meaning, conflicting thoughts, contradictory comments, paradoxical phrases, and enigmatic expressions--all leave one with a sense of bafflement.
The end result is often bafflement for consumers and widespread suspicion between companies and NGOs.
Once a new useless fact has been explained and clarified with video clips, historical photos and computer animations, the guests have to push their Heeee button to express their bafflement and show their ignorance: the more hits, the bigger the surprise.
These new paintings provoke neither bafflement nor astonishment, but rather convey clarity and energy, change and transformation.
The decision by the Bush Administration to launch a World Trade Organisation challenge against the European Union's moratorium on genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) has been greeted with regret and bafflement by the European Commission.
And I'm also aware of the fact that many YAs become vegetarians to the bafflement of their parents.
In the mid-19th century, a slight anomaly in Mercury's orbit proved a bafflement to astronomers.
Whether out of guilt, fatigue, or just plain bafflement, many parents abdicate their authority as heads of the household and become wimps.
With all of the violence, strife, and bafflement between the sexes as the century closes, one wonders (and fears) just how bad it will have to get before we generally resolve to roll back the damage and establish, in law and in life, genuine "community standards" with strict limits to our tolerance.
He preferred to put his characters--and his readers--in situations of ethical bafflement and then watch to discover if their moral compasses will help them find their way home.