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MUTE, a. [L. mutus.]

1. Silent; not speaking; not uttering words, or not having the power of utterance; dumb. Mute may express temporary silence, or permanent inability to speak.

To the mute my speech is lost.

In this phrase, it denotes unable to utter words. More generally, it denotes temporarily silent; as, all sat mute.

All the heavenly choir stood mute.

2. Uttering no sound; as mute sorrow.

3. Silent; not pronounced; as a mute letter.

MUTE, n. In law, a person that stands speechless when he ought to answer or plead.

1. In grammar,a letter that represents no sound; a close articulation which intercepts the voice. Mutes are of two kinds, pure and impure. The pure mutes instantly and entirely intercept the voice, as k, p and t, in the syllables ek,ep, et. The impure mutes intercept the voice less suddenly, as the articulations are less close. Such are b,d and g, as in the syllables eb, ed,eg.

2. In music, a little utensil of wood or brass, used on a violin to deaden or soften the sounds.

MUTE, v.i. To eject the contents of the bowels, a birds.

MUTE, n. The dung of fowls.




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MUTE, a. [L. mutus.]

1. Silent; not speaking; not uttering words, or not having the power of utterance; dumb. Mute may express temporary silence, or permanent inability to speak.

To the mute my speech is lost.

In this phrase, it denotes unable to utter words. More generally, it denotes temporarily silent; as, all sat mute.

All the heavenly choir stood mute.

2. Uttering no sound; as mute sorrow.

3. Silent; not pronounced; as a mute letter.

MUTE, n. In law, a person that stands speechless when he ought to answer or plead.

1. In grammar,a letter that represents no sound; a close articulation which intercepts the voice. Mutes are of two kinds, pure and impure. The pure mutes instantly and entirely intercept the voice, as k, p and t, in the syllables ek,ep, et. The impure mutes intercept the voice less suddenly, as the articulations are less close. Such are b,d and g, as in the syllables eb, ed,eg.

2. In music, a little utensil of wood or brass, used on a violin to deaden or soften the sounds.

MUTE, v.i. To eject the contents of the bowels, a birds.

MUTE, n. The dung of fowls.


MUTE, a. [L. mutus; W. mûd; Fr. muet; It. muto; Sp. mudo; Ir. muite; Arm. mud or simudet.]

  1. Silent; not speaking; not uttering words, or not having the power of utterance; dumb. Mute may express temporary silence, or permanent inability to speak. To the mute my speech is lost. – Dryden. In this phrase, it denotes unable to utter words. More generally, it denotes temporarily silent; as, all sat mute. All the heavenly choir stood mute. – Milton.
  2. Uttering no sound; as, mute sorrow.
  3. Silent; not pronounced; as, a mute letter.

MUTE, n.1

  1. In law, a person that stands speechless when he ought to answer or plead.
  2. In grammar, a letter that represents no sound; a close articulation which intercepts the voice. Mutes are of two kinds, pure and impure. The pure mutes instantly and entirely intercept the voice, as k, p and t, in the syllables ek, ep, et. The impure mutes intercept the voice less suddenly, as the articulations are less close. Such are b, d and g, as in the syllables eb, ed, eg.
  3. In music, a little utensil of wood or brass, used on a violin to deaden or soften the sounds. – Busby.

MUTE, n.2

The dung of fowls.


MUTE, n.3

  1. In Turkey, a dumb officer who acts as executioner.
  2. In England, a person employed by undertakers, to stand before the door of a house in which there is a corpse.

MUTE, v.i. [Fr. mutir.]

To eject the contents of the bowels, as birds. – B. Jonson.


Mute
  1. To cast off; to molt.

    Have I muted all my feathers? Beau. *** Fl.

  2. To eject the contents of the bowels; -- said of birds.

    B. Jonson.
  3. The dung of birds.

    Hudibras.
  4. Not speaking; uttering no sound; silent.

    All the heavenly choir stood mute,
    And silence was in heaven.
    Milton.

    * 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.

  5. One who does not speak, whether from physical inability, unwillingness, or other cause.

    Specifically: (a)
  6. Incapable of speaking; dumb.

    Dryden.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Not giving a ringing sound when struck; -- said of a metal.

    Mute swan (Zoöl.), a European wild white swan (Cygnus gibbus), which produces no loud notes.

    Syn. -- Silent; dumb; speechless. -- 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.
    Shak.

    All sat mute,
    Pondering the danger with deep thoughts.
    Milton.

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Mute

MUTE, adjective [Latin mutus.]

1. Silent; not speaking; not uttering words, or not having the power of utterance; dumb. mute may express temporary silence, or permanent inability to speak.

To the mute my speech is lost.

In this phrase, it denotes unable to utter words. More generally, it denotes temporarily silent; as, all sat mute

All the heavenly choir stood mute

2. Uttering no sound; as mute sorrow.

3. Silent; not pronounced; as a mute letter.

MUTE, noun In law, a person that stands speechless when he ought to answer or plead.

1. In grammar, a letter that represents no sound; a close articulation which intercepts the voice. Mutes are of two kinds, pure and impure. The pure mutes instantly and entirely intercept the voice, as k, p and t, in the syllables ek, ep, et. The impure mutes intercept the voice less suddenly, as the articulations are less close. Such are b, d and g, as in the syllables eb, ed, eg.

2. In music, a little utensil of wood or brass, used on a violin to deaden or soften the sounds.

MUTE, verb intransitive To eject the contents of the bowels, a birds.

MUTE, noun The dung of fowls.

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