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
Her eyes clung to him, her expression mute in its appeal.
On account of the great progress made, especially during the last century, in the education of deaf-mutes, by which a large percentage are taught to speak, the term mute is also omitted when speaking of matters pertaining to that class formerly designated as
"It is what we call a mute 'e'; but it exercises a modifying influence on the preceding vowel."
She laid her hand in mute appeal upon the back of his, which turned over and became a prison.
Now it happened that while his centre of amativeness was pronounced, it had lain mute and passive during the years he lived on moose and salmon and chased glowing
GLSEN — the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network — is organizing the 15th annual Day of Silence for April 16, encouraging students to remain mute during classes to call attention to verbal and physical abuse of gay students.
And why the deafen silence of the normally vocal Republicans remain mute, with no loud attacks on everything the Media Imperial President has done, with no rhetorical shouting points repeated ad nauseum, just taking the high road with a few reasonable discussions over actual policy points?
Rping mute is amazingly challenging (i.e., hard), but I'm loving it.
He feels his syllables beautifully to this end: Where (whispering across warbles) echoes in Air, and within, mute is poised for reverberation into
[Steve Petermann] At the very least, to be consistent, you should remain mute when confronted with those who do feel they have some grasp on Truth.