Mute

Definition of Mute

Pronunciation: mūt
v. t.1.To cast off; to molt.
Have I muted all my feathers?
- Beau. & Fl.
v. t. & i.1.To eject the contents of the bowels; - said of birds.
n.1.The dung of birds.
a.1.Not speaking; uttering no sound; silent.
All the heavenly choir stood mute,
And silence was in heaven.
- Milton.
2.Incapable of speaking; dumb.
3.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.
4.Not giving a ringing sound when struck; - said of a metal.
Mute swan
(Zool.) a European wild white swan (Cygnus olor syn. Cygnus gibbus), which produces no loud notes, in distinction from the Trumpeter swan.
They spake not a word;
But, like dumb statues, or breathing stones,
Gazed each on other.
- Shak.
All sat mute,
Pondering the danger with deep thoughts.
- Milton.
n.1.One who does not speak, whether from physical inability, unwillingness, or other cause.
2.(Phon.) 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.
3.(Mus.) 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.

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