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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music A mute for an instrument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as mute, 3. See con sordini, and senza sordini (under senza). These terms are occasionally used with reference to the soft pedal of the pianoforte.
  • n. Same as pochette.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mute for a violin


Italian, diminutive of sordo, deaf, mute, from Latin surdus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • _Con sordino_ and _pizzicato_ passages occur as often for the _cello_ as for the violin.

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  • The _mute_ (or _sordino_) is a small clamp made of metal, wood, or ivory, which when clipped to the top of the bridge causes the vibrations to be transmitted less freely to the body of the violin, giving rise to

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  • He was using a _sordino_ and playing it very softly; but I was not mistaken.

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  • This reminiscence probably influenced his fancy also in another direction; for it seemed to him that very faintly, as though played far off, and with the _sordino_, he could hear the air of the _Gagliarda_.

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  • As they reached his ears through the heavy stone roof they were more harmonious, all harshness was softened; the _sordino_ of the vaulting produced the effect of a muffled peal.

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  • Additionally, many of these articulations may be played altra corda (on an adjoining string) or con sordino (muted).

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  • While you were playing the _Gagliarda_ to-night, I could almost have imagined that someone in an adjacent room was playing the same air with a _sordino_, so distinct was the echo. "

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