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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 ?
The sound I mean may be either a vowel, a semi-vowel, or a mute.
If I can make a deaf- mute talk," he said, "I can make iron talk.
The hovering thought that they must and would renounce each other made this moment of mute confession more intense in its rapture.
And so they remained for many minutes, opposite each other, far apart, in silence; Will's face still possessed by a mute rage, and Rosamond's by a mute misery.
From all these mute signs and tokens of her presence, he naturally glanced at Barbara herself, who sat as mute as they, shelling peas into a dish; and just when Kit was looking at her eyelashes and wondering--quite in the simplicity of his heart-- what colour her eyes might be, it perversely happened that Barbara raised her head a little to look at him, when both pair of eyes were hastily withdrawn, and Kit leant over his plate, and Barbara over her pea-shells, each in extreme confusion at having been detected by the other.
The poor child had sat in mute amazement, and patiently imitated everything her teacher did; but now the truth began to flash upon her: her intellect began to work: she perceived that here was a way by which she could herself make up a sign of anything that was in her own mind, and show it to another mind; and at once her countenance lighted up with a human expression: it was no longer a dog, or parrot: it was an immortal spirit, eagerly seizing upon a new link of union with other spirits
I don't mean a regular mute to attend grown-up people, my dear, but only for children's practice.
And then in a flash it came to him--the man was a mute, possibly a deaf mute.
As the frantic old man thus spoke and thus trampled with his live and dead feet, a sneering triumph that seemed meant for Ahab, and a fatalistic despair that seemed meant for himself --these passed over the mute, motionless Parsee's face.
D'Artagnan stood for an instant, mute, pensive and motionless; then, as he went in, he saw the fair Madeleine, his hostess, standing on the threshold.
He replied by a mute and energetic pressure to the endearment of his friend.
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.