Definitions of mute

  1. deaden ( a sound or noise), esp. by wrapping
  2. a deaf person who is unable to speak
  3. unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
  4. a device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument
  5. deaden ( a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
  6. One who is dumb.
  7. The dung of birds.
  8. Not speaking; uttering no sound; silent.
  9. Incapable of speaking; dumb.
  10. One who does not speak, whether from physical inability, unwillingness, or other cause.
  11. One who, from deafness, either congenital or from early life, is unable to use articulate language; a deaf- mute.
  12. A person employed by undertakers at a funeral.
  13. A person whose part in a play does not require him to speak.
  14. Among the Turks, an officer or attendant who is selected for his place because he can not speak.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Dung of birds.
  18. To eject the contents of the bowels; - said of birds.
  19. 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.
  20. Not giving a ringing sound when struck; - said of a metal.
  21. 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.
  22. Silent; dumb; speechless; not pronounced or sounded.
  23. Mutely.
  24. Muteness.
  25. Incapable of speaking: dumb: silent: unpronounced.
  26. 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.
  27. To dung, as birds.
  28. A dumb or silent person; letter which can not be pronounced without a vowel.
  29. Dumb; silent.
  30. Speechless; silent; dumb.
  31. One who does not speak, as a silent actor.
  32. In Turkey, a dumb officer of the Seraglio, who acts as executioner.
  33. A letter ( as b in dumb) that is not sounded.
  34. Silent; not uttering words; uttering no sound; dumb; not sounded.
  35. 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.
  36. To eject the contents of the bowels, as birds; the dung of fowls.
  37. Silent; uttering no sound; not having the power of utterance; not sounded, as a letter.
  38. 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.
  39. To cast out the contents of the bowels, as birds.

Usage examples for mute

  1. None of them could defend himself, but each was left silent and mute. – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  2. Mute and still, she leaned back in the corner of the carriage. – At the Mercy of Tiberius by August Evans Wilson
  3. The ladies were absolutely mute before the blaze of beauty that met them. – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  4. But memory is first to be feared; and still more that prejudice which will not have the patience to lend mute attention. – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  5. " Here, sir," replied Jonathan, very solemnly, who had just brought in the eggs, and now stood erect as a mute behind his master's chair, for it was a case of danger, if not of death. – The Pirate by Frederick Marryat
  6. The old voice of conscience was not mute, but Miriam turned from it with sullen scorn. – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  7. The mute letter is not so much the c as the k. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  8. The railway car, in which the crime occurred, was detached from the train to serve as a mute witness at the official investigation. – The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar by Maurice Leblanc
  9. She sat dazed and mute, gazing on the face of him she loved above all men on earth. – Annie o' the Banks o' Dee by Gordon Stables
  10. Eleanore suddenly felt that she could no longer endure Daniel’ s mute questioning. – The Goose Man by Jacob Wassermann
  11. Dazed, bewildered, he stood for an instant, then his heavy hands, which for the first time in his life had been held out in mute appeal, dropped to his sides. – The Plunderer by Roy Norton
  12. Justine clasped his arm in mute astonishment. – The Sherrods by George Barr McCutcheon
  13. And the king sat upon his royal seat A dead king, marble- mute: but no man stirred Or spake: and only silence might be heard. – The Poems of William Watson by William Watson
  14. So the six weeks passed slowly away, and Olga waited and watched, with smiles on her lips, in mute terror. – The Beckoning Hand and Other Stories The Beckoning Hand--Lucretia--The Third Time--The Gold Wulfric--My Uncle's Will--The Two Carnegies--Olga Davidoff's Husband--John Cann's Treasure--Isaline and I--Professor Milliter's Dilemma--In Strict Confidence--The by Grant Allen
  15. I have also seen a whole company all willing to be pleased, but all mute from not knowing what to say to each other: not knowing how to begin. – Gryll Grange by Thomas Love Peacock Commentator: George Saintsbury
  16. And so this mute farewell meant something more to him than even the final parting from the woman he loved; it was also a parting from his gentler nature. – A Romance of Wastdale by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  17. " I want you to look at a picture which has charmed me," Goswyn said, after a pause, desirous to change the subject, and as he spoke he pointed to a picture at sight of which the old lady uttered an exclamation of admiration, while Erika gazed at it pale and mute. – Countess Erika's Apprenticeship by Ossip Schubin
  18. The door closed, and for several minutes the three children stood regarding each other, alarmed, mute. – The Nether World by George Gissing