a part of a dramatic representation given in pantomime, common in early English drama.
gestures without speech.
a part of a play acted in pantomime, popular in early English drama
meaningful gestures; mime
verb to reduce the personnel in a company to a point where the work can no longer be carried out effectively or profitably Examples Downsizing has gone too far and has become dumbsizing. Word Origin patterned on ‘downsize’
- Dumb something up
verb phrase To make something simpler and easier; leach out all but the most puerile substance; dumb down: They handed him the script and told him to dumb it up still more (1960s+)
[duhm-struhk] /ˈdʌmˌstrʌk/ adjective 1. temporarily deprived of the power of speech, as by surprise or confusion; dumbfounded. /ˈdʌmˌstrʌk/ adjective 1. temporarily deprived of speech through shock or surprise adj. 1823, from dumb + past participle of strike (v.).
- Dumb terminal
hardware A type of terminal that consists of a keyboard and a display screen that can be used to enter and transmit data to, or display data from, a computer to which it is connected. A dumb terminal, in contrast to an intelligent terminal, has no independent processing capability or auxiliary storage and thus cannot […]