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Definition of Mute


  1. To cast off; to molt.
  2. To eject the contents of the bowels; -- said of birds.
  3. The dung of birds.
  4. Not speaking; uttering no sound; silent.
  5. Incapable of speaking; dumb.
  6. 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.
  7. Not giving a ringing sound when struck; -- said of a metal.
  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.

Mute Quotations

The past is only the present become invisible and mute; and because it is invisible and mute, its memorized glances and its murmurs are infinitely precious. We are tomorrow's past.
Mary Webb

My voice went recently, never happened before, off like a tap. I had to sit in silence for nine days, chalkboard around my neck. Like an old-school mime. Like a kid in the naughty corner. Like a Victorian mute.

Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.
Robert Browning

I'm happy to be a writer - of prose, poetry, every kind of writing. Every person in the world who isn't a recluse, hermit or mute uses words. I know of no other art form that we always use.
Maya Angelou

What I am looking for... is an immobile movement, something which would be the equivalent of what is called the eloquence of silence, or what St. John of the Cross, I think it was, described with the term 'mute music'.
Joan Miro
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Mute Translations

mute in Danish is stum
mute in Dutch is sprakeloos, stom
mute in French is muet
mute in Italian is muto
mute in Norwegian is stum
mute in Spanish is mudo
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