Definitions of mute

  1. To eject the contents of the bowels, as birds; the dung of fowls.
  2. To eject the contents of the bowels; - said of birds.
  3. To dung, as birds.
  4. deaden ( a sound or noise), esp. by wrapping
  5. To cast out the contents of the bowels, as birds.
  6. a deaf person who is unable to speak
  7. a device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument
  8. One who does not speak, whether from physical inability, unwillingness, or other cause.
  9. One who, from deafness, either congenital or from early life, is unable to use articulate language; a deaf- mute.
  10. A person employed by undertakers at a funeral.
  11. A person whose part in a play does not require him to speak.
  12. Among the Turks, an officer or attendant who is selected for his place because he can not speak.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Dung of birds.
  16. One who cannot speak or who remains silent; a consonant which is not pronounced; a contrivance to deaden or soften the sound of a musical instrument.
  17. Muteness.
  18. One mute or dumb: one who remains silent: a person stationed by undertakers at the door of a house at a funeral: ( gram.) a letter having no sound without the aid of a vowel, as b: ( law) one who refuses to plead to an indictment.
  19. A dumb or silent person; letter which can not be pronounced without a vowel.
  20. One who does not speak, as a silent actor.
  21. In Turkey, a dumb officer of the Seraglio, who acts as executioner.
  22. A letter ( as b in dumb) that is not sounded.
  23. One who cannot speak; one who remains silent; a person employed by undertakers to stand at the door of a house at a funeral; a letter that represents no sound; a consonant which stops the sound; one speechless when he should plead; an instrument to deaden or soften sound.
  24. One naturally unable to speak; one remaining wilfully silent; in gram., applied to those consonants which intercept the voice in utterance, as k, p, and t; an attendant at a funeral; in Turkey, a dumb executioner; a little instr. of wood or brass used on a violin to soften or deaden the sounds.
  25. Mutely.
  26. Not speaking; uttering no sound; silent.
  27. Incapable of speaking; dumb.
  28. 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.
  29. Not giving a ringing sound when struck; - said of a metal.
  30. Silent; dumb; speechless; not pronounced or sounded.
  31. Incapable of speaking: dumb: silent: unpronounced.
  32. Dumb; silent.
  33. Speechless; silent; dumb.
  34. Silent; not uttering words; uttering no sound; dumb; not sounded.
  35. Silent; uttering no sound; not having the power of utterance; not sounded, as a letter.