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Meaning of MUTE

Pronunciation:  myoot

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument
  2. [n]  a deaf person who is unable to speak
  3. [adj]  unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
  4. [adj]  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
  5. [adj]  lacking power of speech
  6. [v]  deaden (a sound or noise), esp. by wrapping

MUTE is a 4 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: damp, dampen, deaf-and-dumb person, deaf-mute, dull, dumb, inarticulate, muffle, nonspeaking, silent, tone down, tongueless, unarticulate, unspoken, walk-on, wordless
 See Also: acoustic device, deaf person, dummy, silent person, soften, sordino, sourdine



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mute\, v. t. [L. mutare to change. See {Molt}.]
    To cast off; to molt.
          Have I muted all my feathers?            --Beau. & Fl.
  2. \Mute\, v. t. & i. [F. mutir, ['e]meutir, OF. esmeltir, fr.
    OD. smelten, prop., to melt. See {Smelt}.]
    To eject the contents of the bowels; -- said of birds. --B.
  3. \Mute\, n.
    The dung of birds. --Hudibras.
  4. \Mute\, a. [L. mutus; cf. Gr. ? to shut, Skr. m?ta bound,
    m?ka dumb: cf. OE. muet, fr. F. muet, a dim. of OF. mu, L.
    1. Not speaking; uttering no sound; silent.
             All the heavenly choir stood mute, And silence was
             in heaven.                            --Milton.
    Note: In law a prisoner is said to stand mute, when, upon
          being arranged, he makes no answer, or does not plead
          directly, or will not put himself on trial.
    2. Incapable of speaking; dumb. --Dryden.
    3. 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.
    4. Not giving a ringing sound when struck; -- said of a
    {Mute swan} (Zo["o]l.), a European wild white swan ({Cygnus
       gibbus}), which produces no loud notes.
    Syn: Silent; dumb; speechless.
    Usage: {Mute}, {Silent}, {Dumb}. One is silent who does not
           speak; one is dumb who can not, for want of the proper
           organs; as, a dumb beast, etc.; and hence,
           figuratively, we speak of a person as struck dumb with
           astonishment, etc. One is mute who is held back from
           speaking by some special cause; as, he was mute
           through fear; mute astonishment, etc. Such is the case
           with most of those who never speak from childhood;
           they are not ordinarily dumb, but mute because they
           are deaf, and therefore never learn to talk; and hence
           their more appropriate name is deaf-mutes.
                 They spake not a word; But, like dumb statues,
                 or breathing stones, Gazed each on other.
                 All sat mute, Pondering the danger with deep
                 thoughts.                         --Milton.
  5. \Mute\, n.
    1. One who does not speak, whether from physical inability,
       unwillingness, or other cause. Specifically:
       (a) One who, from deafness, either congenital or from
           early life, is unable to use articulate language; a
       (b) A person employed by undertakers at a funeral.
       (c) A person whose part in a play does not require him to
       (d) Among the Turks, an officer or attendant who is
           selected for his place because he can not speak.
    2. (Phon.) 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; as, {p}, {b}, {d}, {k}, {t}.
    3. (Mus.) 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.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are mute indicates that you are afraid to say something for fear of being criticized or judged. There may also be a situation in your waking life that has left you speechless.
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