- Mute is defined as silent or not capable of speaking.
An example of something mute is a television with the sound turned off.
- The definition of a mute is a person who chooses to not speak or who cannot speak.
An example of a mute is a person who has always been deaf and has never spoken.
mute definition by Webster's New World
- not speaking; voluntarily silent: often used figuratively
- unable to speak
- not spoken: a mute appeal
- silent (): the letter e in “mouse” is mute
Origin: Middle English mewet ; from Old French muet ; from mu ; from Classical Latin mutus, silent: for Indo-European base see mope
- a person who does not speak; specif., one who, deaf from infancy, has not learned to speak; deaf-mute
- Now Rare a hired mourner at a funeral
- a silent letter
- Music any of various devices used to soften or muffle the tone of an instrument, as a block placed within the bell of a brass instrument or a piece set onto the bridge of a violin
mute definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective mut·er, mut·est
- Refraining from producing speech or vocal sound.
- a. Often Offensive Unable to speak.b. Unable to vocalize, as certain animals.
- Expressed without speech; unspoken: a mute appeal.
- Law Refusing to plead when under arraignment.
- Linguistics a. Not pronounced; silent, as the e in the word house.b. Pronounced with a temporary stoppage of breath, as the sounds (p) and (b); plosive; stopped.
- Often Offensive One who is incapable of speech.
- Law A defendant who refuses to plead when under arraignment.
- Music Any of various devices used to muffle or soften the tone of an instrument.
- Linguistics a. A silent letter.b. A plosive; a stop.
- To soften or muffle the sound of.
- To soften the tone, color, shade, or hue of.
Origin: Middle English muet, from Old French, from diminutive of mu, from Latin mūtus.
- muteˈly adverb
- muteˈness noun
mute - Computer Definition
The voluntary silencing of a microphone or speaker.
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