1 expressed without speech; especially because words would be inappropriate or inadequate; "a mute appeal"; "a silent curse"; "best grief is tongueless"- Emily Dickinson; "the words stopped at her lips unsounded"; "unspoken grief"; "choking exasperation and wordless shame"- Thomas Wolfe [syn: tongueless, unspoken, wordless]
2 lacking power of speech [syn: tongueless]
2 a device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument v : deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping [syn: muffle, dull, damp, dampen, tone down]
EtymologyVia and from mutus.
- moot (in some dialects)
silent, not making a sound
not having the power of speech
- A person who does not have the power of speech.
- An acting part where no speaking (and in opera, no singing) is required.
- An object for dulling the sound of an instrument, especially a brass instrument, or damper for pianoforte; a sordine.
- One refusing to speak.
- An undertaker's assistant.
- The deadening of an appliance's or musical instrument's volume.
- In falconry, a mute is a hawk's or falcon's droppings.
- In wine making, mute, from the French, is the grape juice from pressed grapes kept aside in chilled stainless steel tanks and used at later stages of wine making by adding to the dry wine base to achieve the desired residual sugar level in the final product. (Usually spelled "muté " in this case and pronounced "mju:te".)
person unable to speak
silent acting part
- French: sourdine
- Italian: sordino, sordina
- Swedish: sordin
one refusing to speak
- To silence, to make quiet.
- To turn off the sound of.
- Please mute the music while I make a call.
silence, make quiet
- feminine of muto
- Plural of muta
Mute may refer to:
- Muteness, a speech disorder in which a person lacks the power of articulate speech
- Mute, a silent letter in phonology
- Mute (music), a device used to alter the tone of a musical instrument
- Mute Records, a record label in the United Kingdom
- MUTE, a peer-to-peer file-sharing network
- Mute Magazine, a United Kingdom arts magazine
- Mute (album), a 2000 compilation album from Hush Records featuring several indie rock acts
- Mute (The Twilight Zone), an episode of The Twilight Zone
mute in German: Mute
mute in French: Mute
mute in Dutch: Mute
mute in Japanese: ミュート
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