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mute

 (myo͞ot)
adj. mut·er, mut·est
1. Refraining from producing speech or vocal sound.
2.
a. Offensive Unable to speak.
b. Unable to vocalize, as certain animals.
3. Expressed without speech; unspoken: a mute appeal.
4. Law Declining to enter a plea to a criminal charge: standing mute.
5. Linguistics
a. Not pronounced; silent, as the e in the word house.
b. Pronounced with a temporary stoppage of breath, as the sounds (p) and (b); plosive; stopped.
n.
1. Offensive One who is incapable of speech.
2. Law A defendant who declines to enter a plea to a criminal charge.
3. Music Any of various devices used to muffle or soften the tone of an instrument.
4. Linguistics
a. A silent letter.
b. A plosive; a stop.
tr.v. mut·ed, mut·ing, mutes
1. To soften or muffle the sound of.
2. To soften the tone, color, shade, or hue of.

[Middle English muet, from Old French, from diminutive of mu, from Latin mūtus.]

mute′ly adv.
mute′ness n.
Usage Note: In reference to people who are unable to speak, mute and deaf-mute are now usually considered objectionable. Unlike blind and deaf, which are straightforward terms that need not be avoided out of fear of causing offense, mute and deaf-mute have fallen out of use and are likely to evoke older stereotypes of helplessness or pitiableness. They are especially objectionable if taken to imply that a person who cannot or does not use oral speech is thereby deprived of language. Many people who lack the ability to speak now converse through ASL or similar sign languages, which have the same communicative utility as spoken language. See Usage Note at deaf.

mute

(mjuːt)
adj
1. not giving out sound or speech; silent
2. (Pathology) offensive unable to speak; dumb
3. unspoken or unexpressed: mute dislike.
4. (Law) law (of a person arraigned on indictment) refusing to answer a charge
5. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics another word for plosive
6. (Phonetics & Phonology) (of a letter in a word) silent
n
7. (Pathology) offensive a person who is unable to speak
8. (Law) law a person who refuses to plead when arraigned on indictment for an offence
9. (Instruments) any of various devices used to soften the tone of stringed or brass instruments
10. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics a plosive consonant; stop
11. (Phonetics & Phonology) a silent letter
12. (Theatre) an actor in a dumb show
13. a hired mourner at a funeral
vb (tr)
14. (Instruments) to reduce the volume of (a musical instrument) by means of a mute, soft pedal, etc
15. (Art Terms) to subdue the strength of (a colour, tone, lighting, etc)
[C14: muwet from Old French mu, from Latin mūtus silent]
ˈmutely adv
ˈmuteness n
Usage: Using mute to refer to people without speech is considered outdated and offensive and should be avoided. The phrase profoundly deaf is a suitable alternative in many contexts

mute

(mjuːt)
vb
(Zoology) (of birds) to discharge (faeces)
n
(Zoology) birds' faeces
[C15: from Old French meutir, variant of esmeltir, of Germanic origin; probably related to smelt1 and melt]

mute

(myut)

adj. mut•er, mut•est, adj.
1. silent; refraining from speech or utterance.
2. not emitting or having sound of any kind.
3. incapable of speech.
4. (of letters) silent; not pronounced.
5. Law. (of a person who has been arraigned) making no plea or refusing to stand trial: to stand mute.
n.
6. a person who does not speak, esp. one who, because of congenital deafness, has never learned to speak.
7. Law. a person who stands mute when arraigned.
8. a mechanical device for muffling the tone of a musical instrument.
v.t.
10. to deaden or muffle the sound of.
11. to reduce the intensity of (a color) by the addition of another color.
[1375–1425; Middle English muet < Middle French, assimilated, in the 16th century, to Latin mūtus mute]
mute′ly, adv.
mute′ness, n.
usage: See dumb.

Mute

 pack of hounds—Bk. of St. Albans, 1486.

mute


Past participle: muted
Gerund: muting

Imperative
mute
mute
Present
I mute
you mute
he/she/it mutes
we mute
you mute
they mute
Preterite
I muted
you muted
he/she/it muted
we muted
you muted
they muted
Present Continuous
I am muting
you are muting
he/she/it is muting
we are muting
you are muting
they are muting
Present Perfect
I have muted
you have muted
he/she/it has muted
we have muted
you have muted
they have muted
Past Continuous
I was muting
you were muting
he/she/it was muting
we were muting
you were muting
they were muting
Past Perfect
I had muted
you had muted
he/she/it had muted
we had muted
you had muted
they had muted
Future
I will mute
you will mute
he/she/it will mute
we will mute
you will mute
they will mute
Future Perfect
I will have muted
you will have muted
he/she/it will have muted
we will have muted
you will have muted
they will have muted
Future Continuous
I will be muting
you will be muting
he/she/it will be muting
we will be muting
you will be muting
they will be muting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been muting
you have been muting
he/she/it has been muting
we have been muting
you have been muting
they have been muting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been muting
you will have been muting
he/she/it will have been muting
we will have been muting
you will have been muting
they will have been muting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been muting
you had been muting
he/she/it had been muting
we had been muting
you had been muting
they had been muting
Conditional
I would mute
you would mute
he/she/it would mute
we would mute
you would mute
they would mute
Past Conditional
I would have muted
you would have muted
he/she/it would have muted
we would have muted
you would have muted
they would have muted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mute - a deaf person who is unable to speakmute - a deaf person who is unable to speak
deaf person - a person with a severe auditory impairment
dummy, silent person - a person who does not talk
2.mute - a device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument
acoustic device - a device for amplifying or transmitting sound
sordino, sourdine - a mute for a violin
Verb1.mute - deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrappingmute - deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
soften - make (images or sounds) soft or softer
Adj.1.mute - expressed without speech; "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
inarticulate, unarticulate - without or deprived of the use of speech or words; "inarticulate beasts"; "remained stupidly inarticulate and saying something noncommittal"; "inarticulate with rage"; "an inarticulate cry"
2.mute - unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
inarticulate, unarticulate - without or deprived of the use of speech or words; "inarticulate beasts"; "remained stupidly inarticulate and saying something noncommittal"; "inarticulate with rage"; "an inarticulate cry"

mute

adjective
1. close-mouthed, silent, taciturn, tongue-tied, tight-lipped, unspeaking He was mute, distant and indifferent.
2. silent, dumb, unspoken, tacit, wordless, voiceless, unvoiced I threw her a mute look of appeal.
3. dumb, speechless, voiceless, unspeaking, aphasic, aphonic The duke's daughter became mute after a shock.
verb
1. tone down, lower, moderate, subdue, dampen, soft-pedal Bush muted his racially moderate views.
2. muffle, subdue, moderate, lower, turn down, soften, dampen, tone down, deaden The wooded hillside muted the sounds.

mute

adjective
1. Temporarily unable or unwilling to speak, as from shock or fear:
2. Lacking the power or faculty of speech:
verb
1. To decrease or dull the sound of:
2. To make or become less severe or extreme:
Translations
صامِتغَيْر مَنْطوق بهلا يَسْتَطيع الكلام، أخْرَس
глухоням
němýneznělá hláska
stum
äänetönhiljentäämykistäämykkävaientaa
hangfogónémaszordínó
mállausòögull
bežadisnebylusnetariamas
mēmsmēms, bezvārdu-neizrunājams
nevyslovený
nemnemanemo
sordinstumtyst
dilsizokunmayansessiz

mute

[mjuːt]
A. ADJmudo
to become muteenmudecer
with H mutecon hache muda
B. N
1. (= person) → mudo/a m/f
2. (Mus) → sordina f
3. (Ling) → letra f muda
C. VT (Mus) → poner sordina a; [+ noise] → amortiguar; [+ feelings etc] → acallar

mute

[ˈmjuːt]
adjmuet(te)
vt
[+ criticism] → modérer, tempérer
[+ sound] → atténuer

mute

adjstumm (also Ling); amazement, ragesprachlos; mute (Comput: command) → Ton aus; to be mute about somethingüber etw (acc)schweigen; to sit muteschweigend dasitzen; he was mute with rageer brachte vor Wut kein Wort heraus
n
(= dumb person)Stumme(r) mf
(= hired mourner)Totenkläger m; (= woman)Klageweib nt
(Mus) → Dämpfer m
vtdämpfen

mute

[mjuːt]
1. adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl))) → muto/a
2. n (person) → muto/a (Mus) → sordina

mute

(mjuːt) adjective
1. unable to speak; dumb.
2. silent. She gazed at him in mute horror.
3. (of a letter) not sounded in certain words. The word `dumb' has a mute `b' at the end.
ˈmutely adverb

mute

n. mudo-a.

mute

adj & n mudo -da mf
References in classic literature ?
was the only answer her mute appeal received, and too proud to cry or beseech, Amy set her teeth, threw bach her head defiantly, and bore without flinching several tingling blows on her little palm.
On the contrary, he sat rather mute and receptive before her chatty eagerness to make him feel at home and in face of Gaston's frank and wordy hospitality.
She recalled the absolute freedom of their al-fresco life in the old double cabin, when she spent the greater part of her waking hours under the mute trees in the encompassing solitude, and, half regretting the more civilized restraints of this newer and more ambitious abode, forgot that she had ever rebelled against it.
For a minute there, apart from observation, we exchanged mute alarms, and I could feel with what high interest my friend returned me all those I had from the first given her.
Over his ivory-inlaid table, Ahab presided like a mute, maned sea-lion on the white coral beach, surrounded by his warlike but still deferential cubs.
But even so, amid the tornadoed Atlantic of my being, do I myself still for ever centrally disport in mute calm; and while ponderous planets of unwaning woe revolve round me, deep down and deep inland there i still bathe me in eternal mildness of joy.
The second violin is a Slovak, a tall, gaunt man with black- rimmed spectacles and the mute and patient look of an overdriven mule; he responds to the whip but feebly, and then always falls back into his old rut.
She moved cautiously along the entry, paused one moment at her mistress' door, and raised her hands in mute appeal to Heaven, and then turned and glided into her own room.
For was not this my darling, and was not all this mute wonder and interest and homage a most eloquent tribute and unforced compliment to it?
She looked at me, leaning back in her chair, and remained motionless and mute.
Noticing Miss Garth's mute look of inquiry, the civil little man hastened to explain that the card was his own, and that he was merely asking the favor of Miss Vanstone's recommendation at any future opportunity.
but I was, I am glad to remember, as mute as a mouse about it.