Associations to the word «Mute»


MUTE, adjective. Not having the power of speech; dumb. [from 15th c.]
MUTE, adjective. Silent; not making a sound. [from 15th c.]
MUTE, adjective. Not uttered; unpronounced; silent; also, produced by complete closure of the mouth organs which interrupt the passage of breath; said of certain letters.
MUTE, adjective. Not giving a ringing sound when struck; said of a metal.
MUTE, noun. (phonetics) (now historical) A stopped consonant; a stop. [from 16th c.]
MUTE, noun. (obsolete) (theatre) An actor who does not speak; a mime performer. [16th-19th c.]
MUTE, noun. A person who does not have the power of speech. [from 17th c.]
MUTE, noun. A hired mourner at a funeral; an undertaker's assistant. [from 18th c.]
MUTE, noun. (music) An object for dulling the sound of an instrument, especially a brass instrument, or damper for pianoforte; a sordine. [from 18th c.]
MUTE, verb. (transitive) To silence, to make quiet.
MUTE, verb. (transitive) To turn off the sound of.
MUTE, verb. (now rare) Of a bird: to defecate. [from 15th c.]
MUTE, noun. The faeces of a hawk or falcon.
MUTE, verb. (transitive) To cast off; to moult.
MUTE CANCEL, noun. (philately) A postal cancellation that does not state any location or date, used in wartime to prevent the enemy gathering information about troop movements from captured mail.
MUTE E, noun. (grammar) (British) an unpronounced letter e at the end of a word; such as excite or glue.
MUTE H, noun. (linguistics) In the French language usage of the letter h at the start of a word which allows liaison with a preceding consonant.
MUTE POINT, noun. Misspelling of moot point.
MUTE SWAN, noun. A white swan, Cygnus olor, found throughout Europe and much of Asia, having a distinctive orange bill with a black tip; it is not actually mute, but is not very vocal.
MUTE SWANS, noun. Plural of mute swan

Dictionary definition

MUTE, noun. A deaf person who is unable to speak.
MUTE, noun. A device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument.
MUTE, verb. Deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping.
MUTE, adjective. 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.
MUTE, adjective. Unable to speak because of hereditary deafness.

Wise words

Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
Benjamin Franklin