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daze +‎ -le, a frequentative form.


  • IPA(key): /ˈdæzəl/
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  • Rhymes: -æzəl


dazzle (third-person singular simple present dazzles, present participle dazzling, simple past and past participle dazzled)

  1. (transitive) To confuse the sight of by means of excessive brightness.
    Dazzled by the headlights of the lorry, the deer stopped in the middle of the street.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book IX”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      Those heavenly shapes / Will dazzle now the earthly, with their blaze / Insufferably bright.
    • 1834, Henry Taylor, Philip van Artevelde[1], volume 1, page 45:
      An unreflected light did never yet / Dazzle the vision feminine.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To render incapable of thinking clearly; to overwhelm with showiness or brilliance.
    Synonyms: impress, overpower
    The delegates were dazzled by the originality of his arguments.
  3. (intransitive) To be overpowered by light; to be confused by excess of brightness.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum: or, A Natural History in Ten Centuries[2]:
      For we see, that an over-light maketh the Eyes dazel, insomuch as perpetual looking against the Sun, would cause blindness.
    • 1675, John Dryden, Aureng-zebe: A Tragedy[3]:
      […] I dare not trust these Eyes; / They Dance in Mists, and dazle with surprize.

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dazzle (countable and uncountable, plural dazzles)

  1. A light of dazzling brilliancy.
  2. (figuratively) Showy brilliance that may stop a person from thinking clearly.
  3. (uncommon) A herd of zebra.
    • 1958, Laurens Van der Post, The lost world of the Kalahari: with the great and the little memory (1998 David Coulson edition):
      We were trying to stalk a dazzle of zebra which flashed in and out of a long strip of green and yellow fever trees, with an ostrich, its feathers flared like a ballet skirt around its dancing legs, on their flank, when suddenly []
    • 2009, Darren Paul Shearer, In You God Trusts, page 176:
      Zebras move in herds which are known as "dazzles." When a lion approaches a dazzle of zebras during its hunt, []
    • 2010, Douglas Rogers, The Last Resort: A Memoir of Mischief and Mayhem on a Family Farm in Africa, page 22:
      I reached the lodge as a dazzle of zebras trotted across the dirt road into thorny scrub by the game fence, and a lone kudu gazed up at me from the short grass near the swimming pool.
  4. (uncountable) Dazzle camouflage.


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