AskDefine | Define earmuff

Dictionary Definition

earmuff n : either of a pair of ear coverings (usually connected by a headband) that are worn to keep the ears warm in cold weather

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

ear + muff

Alternative spellings

  • ear muff

Noun

  1. A garment to keep the ears warm.

Extensive Definition

Earmuffs are objects designed to cover a person's ears for protection. They consist of a thermoplastic or metal head-band, that fits over the top of the head, and a pad at each end, to cover the external ears. They come in two basic kinds:
  • Thermal earmuffs, worn in winter to keep a person's ears warm.
  • Acoustic earmuffs, also known as ear defenders: cups lined with sound-deadening material, like thermal earmuffs and headphones in appearance, which are worn as hearing protection. These may be carried on a head-band or clipped onto the sides of a hard hat, for use on construction sites. Some manufacturers combine headphones with ear defenders, allowing the wearer to listen to a music, communication or other audio source and also enjoy protection or isolation from ambient noise. Acoustic earmuffs were created in Italy in 1982.

See also

earmuff in Bulgarian: Слухов протектор
earmuff in German: Ohrenschützer
earmuff in Korean: 보호용 귀마개
earmuff in Swedish: Öronmuffar
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