mute

[[t]mju͟ːt[/t]]
mutes, muting, muted
1) ADJ Someone who is mute is silent for a particular reason and does not speak.

He was mute, distant, and indifferent...

I threw a mute look of appeal at Paula.

Derived words:
mutely ADV ADV with v

I crouched by him and grasped his hand, mutely offering what comfort I could.

ADV: ADV after v
Mute is also an adverb.

He could watch her standing mute by the phone... He sat mute, speechless with ecstasy, gazing into the sky.

2) ADJ Someone who is mute is unable to speak. [OLD-FASHIONED]

Marianna, the duke's daughter, became mute after a shock.

3) VERB If someone mutes something such as their feelings or their activities, they reduce the strength or intensity of them.

[V n] The corruption does not seem to have muted the country's prolonged economic boom.

Derived words:
muted ADJ-GRADED

The threat contrasted starkly with his administration's previous muted criticism...

The financial markets gave a muted response to the Democrats' triumph.

4) VERB If you mute a noise or sound, you lower its volume or make it less distinct.

[V n] They begin to mute their voices, not be as assertive...

[V n] At first the wooded hillsides muted the sounds.

Derived words:
muted ADJ-GRADED

`Yes,' he muttered, his voice so muted I hardly heard his reply...

There were muted cheers from the public gallery.

5) N-COUNT A mute is a device which can be used to make a musical instrument produce a quieter, softer sound.

English dictionary. 2008.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • mute — mute …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • mute´ly — mute «myoot», adjective, noun, verb, mut|ed, mut|ing. –adj. 1. not making any sound; silent: »The little girl stood mute with embarrassment. Mute did the minstrels stand To hear my story (Longfellow). Mute was the room mute the house (Charlotte… …   Useful english dictionary

  • MUTE — Developer(s) Jason Rohrer Discontinued 0.5.1 / April 23, 2007 (unmaintained) Operating system Cross platform Type File sharing, An …   Wikipedia

  • Mute — Mute, a. [L. mutus; cf. Gr. my ein to shut, Skr. m[=u]ta bound, m[=u]ka dumb: cf. OE. muet, fr. F. muet, a dim. of OF. mu, L. mutus.] 1. Not speaking; uttering no sound; silent. [1913 Webster] All the heavenly choir stood mute, And silence was in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mute — may refer to: Muteness, a speech disorder in which a person lacks the ability to speak Mute, a silent letter in phonology Mute (film), an upcoming sequel to the movie Moon Mute (death customs) a professional mourner in Victorian and other… …   Wikipedia

  • MUTE — Logo Basisdaten Entwickler Jason Rohrer Aktuelle Version 0.5.1b (27. Mai 2009) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • mute — [myo͞ot] adj. [ME mewet < OFr muet < mu < L mutus, silent: for IE base see MOPE] 1. not speaking; voluntarily silent: often used figuratively 2. unable to speak 3. not spoken [a mute appeal] 4. SILENT (adj …   English World dictionary

  • MUTE — puede referirse a: MUTE (Informática): una red de intercambio de datos. Mute (gastronomía): sopa de maiz, en Colombia y Venezuela. Mute Records: sello discográfico. Mute Math: banda de rock alternativo. Esta página de desambiguación cataloga… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Mute — bezeichnet: eine Tauschbörsensoftware, siehe MUTE ein Independent Label, siehe Mute Records bei elektronischen Geräten die Stummschaltung ein Elektroautomobilprojekt der Technischen Universität München, siehe MUTE (Elektroauto) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mute — Mute, n. 1. One who does not speak, whether from physical inability, unwillingness, or other cause. Specifically: (a) One who, from deafness, either congenital or from early life, is unable to use articulate language; a deaf mute. (b) A person… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mute... — Mute...   [englisch, mjuːt; Mute Guitar, Mute Trumpet usw.], Sound eines gedämpft gespielten Instruments (Dämpfer) …   Universal-Lexikon


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.