mute

adjective
\ ˈmyüt How to pronounce mute (audio) \
muter; mutest

Definition of mute

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : unable to speak : lacking the power of speech
2 : characterized by absence of speech: such as
a : felt or experienced but not expressed touched her hand in mute sympathy her mute hostility
b : refusing to plead directly or stand trial the prisoner stands mute
3 : remaining silent, undiscovered, or unrecognized The hounds generally hunt mute, so they can get close to the game.
4a : 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

noun
plural mutes

Definition of mute (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a device attached to or inserted into a musical instrument to soften or alter its tone
3 dated, offensive : a person who lacks the ability to speak

mute

verb (1)
muted; muting

Definition of mute (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

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

mute

verb (2)
muted; muting

Definition of mute (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

of a bird
: to evacuate the cloaca

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Other Words from mute

Adjective

mutely adverb
muteness noun

Synonyms for mute

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of mute in a Sentence

Adjective They hugged each other in mute sympathy. I could see a mute plea for help in his eyes. Noun I was practicing my trumpet at three in the morning when the mute fell out, and I managed to wake everyone up.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective After Berman’s death, Durst went into hiding, disguising himself as a mute woman living in a cheap apartment in Galveston, Texas. Time, 22 Oct. 2021 The LEDs change from white to red whenever the mute button is engaged. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 So many Americans are juggling the competing demands of work, family, and their health, all while teaching their first grader how to use the mute button for Zoom calls. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Marie Claire, 6 Oct. 2021 Among the camp’s guests are smiling police chief Souleymane (Ndiaga Mbow) and Awa (Evelyne Ily Juhen), an intense young mute woman who recognizes the Hyenas and threatens to expose them unless certain conditions are met. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 14 Sep. 2021 There are two volume buttons, a mute button, plus a hotkey that can be programmed by Windows users to fire up a program such as Skype or Microsoft Teams. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Prosecutors said Durst, who had gone into hiding there disguised as a mute woman, killed Black because the older man discovered his true identity. Brian Melley, ajc, 17 Aug. 2021 Unbeknownst to the family, Robert was hiding out in Galveston, Texas, and New Orleans, posing as a mute woman. Charles Bagli, Town & Country, 17 May 2021 In this small town, Filippo becomes attracted and unsettled by a mute young woman named Térèse, who had discovered the tears. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 3 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun True to form, the maverick Ellington rejected this norm, instead combining here a single trumpet and trombone—each using a mute and avoiding vibrato—with a clarinet. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, 16 Oct. 2020 The scourge of mute-button incompetence has been troubling video calls for years, but the massive shift to remote work during the pandemic has made the issue that much more prominent. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 13 Sep. 2021 The headphones now have a dedicated mute button for briefly turning off the mics when having a chat with a colleague. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 There are two buttons for volume, and a microphone mute button. Christian De Looper, BGR, 26 July 2021 There are also dedicated media controls for quickly accessing music, adjusting volume, skipping through music and video tracks and instant mute. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2021 The new model has two new buttons: power and mute, both to control the TV. David Phelan, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 There’s even a new mute button, which is super handy considering the fact that plenty of streaming services still rely on ads. Maren Estrada, BGR, 18 July 2021 In those rehearsals, the musicians would sing along with a rehearsal track while on mute. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There’s another button on the left earcup that toggles between Modes and which can also mute the mic during calls. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Harry testified that Swenson planned to earn a living making parts including ones necessary to convert semi-automatic weapons to fully automatic capacity and suppressors that mute the sound of a projectile being fired. Lynn Larowe, Arkansas Online, 20 Sep. 2021 With the popularity of Clubhouse, Instagram has now added controls to mute your audio and even turn off video during your live recordings - essentially giving your attendees an audio-only experience. Stephanie Burns, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 That did not mute the offense for a cringe-worthy stretch against two of baseball’s worst. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Aug. 2021 Every supersonic airplane experiences transonic instability of some kind, but engineers can program modulations into the flight computers of most modern jets in order to mute some of the bobbling. Anna Russel, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 There is currently no evidence that these changes might mute the impact of the Covid-19 vaccines that are being rolled out. Ken Thomas, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2020 There are ebbs and flows to your strength, speed, and mobility, in your confidence and self-esteem, and in your ability to mute the social pressures around you. Shauna Harrison, SELF, 29 July 2021 There are buttons for volume up and down, plus there’s a button to mute the microphone and turn off the camera. Christian De Looper, BGR, 22 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And the dim lighting helps to mute the effect of the bloody mess. Scott Luxor, sun-sentinel.com, 8 Oct. 2021 And members, who rarely would excuse themselves from an in-person meeting to take an important call, now regularly mute themselves to talk on the phone while meetings are in progress. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 31 May 2021 With the popularity of Clubhouse, Instagram has now added controls to mute your audio and even turn off video during your live recordings - essentially giving your attendees an audio-only experience. Stephanie Burns, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The main hurdle is to mute yourself and adopt a different identity. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 26 Aug. 2021 Smoke from the wildfires burning across the Pacific Northwest will drift over San Diego County through Tuesday, turning the sky a milky color that will mute the sun, says the National Weather Service. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Aug. 2021 There are ebbs and flows to your strength, speed, and mobility, in your confidence and self-esteem, and in your ability to mute the social pressures around you. Shauna Harrison, SELF, 29 July 2021 That did not mute the offense for a cringe-worthy stretch against two of baseball’s worst. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Aug. 2021 Every supersonic airplane experiences transonic instability of some kind, but engineers can program modulations into the flight computers of most modern jets in order to mute some of the bobbling. Anna Russel, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of mute

Adjective

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb (1)

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mute

Adjective, Noun, and Verb (1)

Middle English muet, mut, from Anglo-French, from mu, mute, from Latin mutus, probably from mu, representation of a muttered sound

Verb (2)

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)

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26 Oct 2021

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“Mute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mute. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for mute

mute

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not able or willing to speak
: felt or expressed without the use of words

mute

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mute (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who cannot speak
: a device on a musical instrument (such as a trumpet) that makes its sound much softer

mute

adjective
\ ˈmyüt How to pronounce mute (audio) \
muter; mutest

Kids Definition of mute

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : unable or unwilling to speak The shy boy sat mute through class.
2 : felt or expressed without the use of words He touched her hand in mute sympathy.

mute

noun

Kids Definition of mute (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a person who cannot or does not speak
2 : a device on a musical instrument that deadens, softens, or muffles its tone

mute

verb
muted; muting

Kids Definition of mute (Entry 3 of 3)

: to soften or reduce the sound of We muted our voices.

mute

adjective
\ ˈmyüt How to pronounce mute (audio) \
muter; mutest

Medical Definition of mute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: unable to speak : lacking the power of speech

Other Words from mute

muteness noun

mute

noun

Medical Definition of mute (Entry 2 of 2)

dated, offensive : a person who lacks the ability to speak

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