mute


1mute

adjective \ˈmyüt\

: not able or willing to speak

: felt or expressed without the use of words

mut·ermut·est

Full Definition of MUTE

1
:  unable to speak :  lacking the power of speech
2
:  characterized by absence of speech: as
a :  felt or experienced but not expressed <touched her hand in mute sympathy>
b :  refusing to plead directly or stand trial <the prisoner stands mute>
3
:  remaining silent, undiscovered, or unrecognized
4
a :  contributing nothing to the pronunciation of a word <the b in plumb is mute>
b :  contributing to the pronunciation of a word but not representing the nucleus of a syllable <the e in mate is mute>
mute·ly adverb
mute·ness noun

Examples of MUTE

  1. They hugged each other in mute sympathy.
  2. I could see a mute plea for help in his eyes.

Origin of MUTE

Middle English muet, mut, from Anglo-French, from mu, mute, from Latin mutus, probably from mu, representation of a muttered sound
First Known Use: 1513

2mute

noun

Definition of MUTE

1
:  stop 9
2
:  a person who cannot or does not speak
3
:  a device attached to or inserted into a musical instrument to soften or alter its tone

Examples of MUTE

  1. <I was practicing my trumpet at three in the morning when the mute fell out, and I managed to wake everyone up.>

First Known Use of MUTE

1530

Related to MUTE

3mute

verb
mut·edmut·ing

Definition of MUTE

transitive verb
1
:  to muffle, reduce, or eliminate the sound of
2
:  to tone down :  soften, subdue <mute a color>

First Known Use of MUTE

1883

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

4mute

verb
mut·edmut·ing

Definition of MUTE

intransitive verb
of a bird
:  to evacuate the cloaca

Origin of MUTE

Middle English, from Anglo-French *meutir, short for ameutir, alteration of Old French esmeltir, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch smelten to melt, make fluid, defecate (of birds)
First Known Use: 15th century

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