Definition and Meanings for mute

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Part of Speech of mute

transitive verb, noun, adjective

Etymology of mute

l. mutare to change. see molt f. mutir, , of. esmeltir, fr. od. smelten, prop., to melt. see smelt l. mutus; cf. gr. my`ein to shut, skr. m bound, m dumb: cf. oe. muet, fr. f. muet, a dim. of of. mu, l. mutus

Meaning of mute

as transitive verb

  • to cast off; to molt.

as transitive verb

  • to eject the contents of the bowels; -- said of birds.

as noun

  • the dung of birds.

as adjective

  • not speaking; uttering no sound; silent.
  • incapable of speaking; dumb.
  • 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.
  • not giving a ringing sound when struck; -- said of a metal.

as noun

  • one who does not speak, whether from physical inability, unwillingness, or other cause.;one who, from deafness, either congenital or from early life, is unable to use articulate language; a deaf-mute.;a person employed by undertakers at a funeral.;a person whose part in a play does not require him to speak.;among the turks, an officer or attendant who is selected for his place because he can not speak.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • No antonyms for mute

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