adjective, muter, mutest.
silent; refraining from speech or utterance.
not emitting or having sound of any kind.
incapable of speech; dumb.
(of letters) silent; not pronounced.
Law. (of a person who has been arraigned) making no plea or giving an irrelevant response when arraigned, or refusing to stand trial (used chiefly in the phrase to stand mute).
Fox Hunting. (of a hound) hunting a line without giving tongue or cry.
Offensive. a person incapable of speech.
an actor whose part is confined to dumb show.
Law. a person who stands mute when arraigned.
Also called sordino. a mechanical device of various shapes and materials for muffling the tone of a musical instrument.
Phonetics. a stop.
British Obsolete. a hired mourner at a funeral; a professional mourner.
verb (used with object), muted, muting.
to deaden or muffle the sound of.
to reduce the intensity of (a color) by the addition of another color.
not giving out sound or speech; silent
unable to speak; dumb
unspoken or unexpressed: mute dislike
(law) (of a person arraigned on indictment) refusing to answer a charge
(phonetics) another word for plosive
(of a letter in a word) silent
a person who is unable to speak
(law) a person who refuses to plead when arraigned on indictment for an offence
any of various devices used to soften the tone of stringed or brass instruments
(phonetics) a plosive consonant; stop
a silent letter
an actor in a dumb show
a hired mourner at a funeral
to reduce the volume of (a musical instrument) by means of a mute, soft pedal, etc
to subdue the strength of (a colour, tone, lighting, etc)
(of birds) to discharge (faeces)
late 14c., mewet “silent,” from Old French muet “dumb, mute” (12c.), diminutive of mut, mo, from Latin mutus “silent, speechless, dumb,” probably from imitative base *meue- (cf. Sanskrit mukah “dumb,” Greek myein “to be shut,” of the mouth). Form assimilated in 16c. to Latin mutus.
“deaden the sound of,” 1861, from mute (n.). Related: Muted; muting.
1570s, “stage actor in a dumb show;” 1610s as “person who does not speak,” from mute (adj.). Musical sense first recorded 1811 of stringed instruments, 1841, of horns.
Unable or unwilling to speak. n.
One who does not have the faculty of speech. No longer in technical use, considered offensive.
noun 1. a commonly domesticated soundless white swan, Cygnus olor, of Europe and Asia. noun 1. a Eurasian swan, Cygnus olor, with a pure white plumage, an orange-red bill with a black base, and a curved neck Compare whistling swan
tool, music An extension of TeX for typesetting music. (ftp://nic.stolaf.edu/pub/mutex/MuTeX.tar.Z). (1995-02-06) parallel A mutual exclusion object that allows multiple threads to synchronise access to a shared resource. A mutex has two states: locked and unlocked. Once a mutex has been locked by a thread, other threads attempting to lock it will block. When the locking […]
/ˈmʌðə/ noun 1. (offensive, taboo, slang, mainly US) short for (offensive) motherfucker
occurring only in the title of Psalm 9. Some interpret the words as meaning “on the death of Labben,” some unknown person. Others render the word, “on the death of the son;” i.e., of Absalom (2 Sam. 18:33). Others again have taken the word as the name of a musical instrument, or as the name […]