from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Refraining from producing speech or vocal sound.
- adj. Often Offensive Unable to speak.
- adj. Unable to vocalize, as certain animals.
- adj. Expressed without speech; unspoken: a mute appeal.
- adj. Law Refusing to plead when under arraignment.
- adj. Linguistics Not pronounced; silent, as the e in the word house.
- adj. Linguistics Pronounced with a temporary stoppage of breath, as the sounds (p) and (b); plosive; stopped.
- n. Often Offensive One who is incapable of speech.
- n. Law A defendant who refuses to plead when under arraignment.
- n. Music Any of various devices used to muffle or soften the tone of an instrument.
- n. Linguistics A silent letter.
- n. Linguistics A plosive; a stop.
- transitive v. To soften or muffle the sound of.
- transitive v. To soften the tone, color, shade, or hue of.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To silence, to make quiet.
- v. To turn off the sound of.
- n. The faeces of a hawk or falcon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cast off; to molt.
- v. To eject the contents of the bowels; -- said of birds.
- n. The dung of birds.
- adj. Not speaking; uttering no sound; silent.
- adj. Incapable of speaking; dumb.
- adj. Not uttered; unpronounced; silent; also, produced by complete closure of the mouth organs which interrupt the passage of breath; -- said of certain letters. See 5th Mute, 2.
- adj. Not giving a ringing sound when struck; -- said of a metal.
- n. One who does not speak, whether from physical inability, unwillingness, or other cause.
- n. One who, from deafness, either congenital or from early life, is unable to use articulate language; a deaf-mute.
- n. A person employed by undertakers at a funeral.
- n. A person whose part in a play does not require him to speak.
- n. Among the Turks, an officer or attendant who is selected for his place because he can not speak.
- n. A letter which represents no sound; a silent letter; also, a close articulation; an element of speech formed by a position of the mouth organs which stops the passage of the breath.
- n. A little utensil made of brass, ivory, or other material, so formed that it can be fixed in an erect position on the bridge of a violin, or similar instrument, in order to deaden or soften the tone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Silent; not speaking; not uttering words.
- Incapable of utterance; not having the power of speech; dumb; hence, done, made, etc., without speech or sound.
- In grammar and philology:
- Silent; not pronounced: as, the b in dumb is mute.
- Involving a complete closure of the mouth-organs in, utterance: said of certain alphabetic sounds: see II., 2.
- In mineralogy, applied to metals which do not ring when struck.
- In entomology, not emitting audible sounds: opposed to sonant, stridulating, shrilling, etc.: said of insects.
- Showing no sign; devoid; destitute.
- Synonyms and Dumb, etc. See silent.
- n. A person who is speechless or silent; one who does not speak, from physical inability, unwillingness, forbearance, obligation. etc.
- n. In some Eastern countries, a dumb porter or doorkeeper, usually one who has been deprived of speech.
- n. In theaters, one whose part is confined to dumb-show; also, a spectator; a looker-on.
- n. In law, a person who makes no response when arraigned and called on to plead or answer.
- n. In grammar and philology, an alphabetic utterance involving a complete closure of the mouth-organs; a. check; a stop; an explosive.
- n. In music:
- n. In stringed musical instruments of the viol family, a clip or weight of brass, wood, or ivory that can be slipped over the bridge so as to deaden the resonance without touching the strings; a sordino.
- n. In metal wind-instruments, a pear-shaped leathern pad which can be inserted into the bell to check the emission of the tone.
- In music, to deaden or muffle the sound of, as an instrument. See mute, n., 3.
- To check fermentation in. See mutage.
- To change the feathers; mew; molt, as a bird.
- To shed; molt, as feathers.
- n. A mew for hawks.
- n. A pack of hounds.
- n. The cry of hounds.
- To pass excrement: said of birds.
- To void, as dung: said of birds.
- n. The dung of fowls.
- n. See the quotation.
- In numismatics, destitute of legend or means of identification beyond those furnished by heraldic or other symbolic devices.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
- adj. expressed without speech
- n. a deaf person who is unable to speak
- n. a device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument
- adj. unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
Middle English muet, from Old French, from diminutive of mu, from Latin mūtus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman muet, moet, Middle French muet, from mu ("dumb, mute") + -et, remodelled after Latin mūtus. (Wiktionary)
From Middle French muetir, probably a shortened form of esmeutir, ultimately from Proto-Germanic. (Wiktionary)