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Confound Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    confound v
  1. be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher" [syn: confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, discombobulate]
  2. mistake one thing for another; "you are confusing me with the other candidate"; "I mistook her for the secretary" [syn: confuse]
Confound Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Confound \Con*found"\ (k[o^]n*found"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Confounded; p. pr. & vb. n. Confounding.] [F. confondre, fr. L. confundere, -fusum, to pour together; con- + fundere to pour. See Fuse to melt, and cf. Confuse.]
  1. To mingle and blend, so that different elements can not be distinguished; to confuse. They who strip not ideas from the marks men use for them, but confound them with words, must have endless dispute. --Locke. Let us go down, and there confound their language. --Gen. xi. 7.
  2. To mistake for another; to identify falsely. They [the tinkers] were generally vagrants and pilferers, and were often confounded with the gypsies. --Macaulay.
  3. To throw into confusion or disorder; to perplex; to strike with amazement; to dismay. The gods confound... The Athenians both within and out that wall. --Shak. They trusted in thee and were not confounded. --Ps. xxii. 5. So spake the Son of God, and Satan stood A while as mute, confounded what to say. --Milton.
  4. To destroy; to ruin; to waste. [Obs.] One man's lust these many lives confounds. --Shak. How couldst thou in a mile confound an hour? --Shak. Syn: To abash; confuse; baffle; dismay; astonish; defeat; terrify; mix; blend; intermingle. See Abash.

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  • Confounding: In statistics, a confounding variable (also confounding factor, lurking variable, a confound, or confounder) is an extraneous variable in ...
  • Procedural confound: A procedural confound is a type of confound that can occur in a laboratory experiment or a quasi-experiment . This type of confound ...
  • Operational confound: In design of experiments , a subdiscipline of statistics , an operational confound is a type of confound that can occur in both experiment ...
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* My final merit I refuse you, I refuse putting from me what I really am, Encompass worlds but never try to encompass me, I crowd your sleekest and best by simply looking toward you. Writing and talk do not prove me, I carry the plenum of proof in my face, With the hush of my lips I wholly confound the skeptic. - Walt Whitman

* The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity. - Maria Montessori


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