Mime definition

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Representation of an action, character, mood, etc. by means of gestures and actions rather than words.
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(Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) The most common method for transmitting non-text files via Internet email, which was originally designed for only ASCII text. Defined by IETF RFC 2822, MIME encodes the files using one of two encoding methods and decodes it back to its original format at the receiving end. A MIME header is added to the file which includes the type of data contained and the encoding method used. The MIME "type" (renamed "Internet media type") has become the de facto standard for describing files on the Internet (see Internet media type).Secure MIME (S/MIME)S/MIME is a version of MIME that adds RSA encryption for secure email transmission. It is available in many email programs, including versions of Outlook and Gmail. S/MIME is defined by IETF RFCs 3850-3852 and 2634. See base64, quoted printable encoding, UUcoding, BinHex and Wincode.
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To act out with gestures and body movement.
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To portray characters and situations by gesture and body movement.
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An ancient Greek or Roman farce, in which people and events were mimicked and burlesqued.
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The art of portraying characters and acting out situations or a narrative by gestures and body movement without the use of words; pantomime.
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To act as a mime; play a part with gestures and actions, but without words.
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To ridicule by imitation; mimic.
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To act as a mimic.
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An actor, often, specif., a street performer, who performs in mime.
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A mimic or pantomimist.
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To imitate, mimic, or act out as a mime.
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A modern performer who specializes in comic mimicry.
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The definition of a mime is a performer who expresses himself using body movements and no words.

An example of a mime is the French actor Marcel Marceau's character Bip the Clown.

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A form of ancient Greek and Roman theatrical entertainment in which familiar characters and situations were farcically portrayed on stage, often with coarse dialogue and ludicrous actions.
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A performance of or dialogue for such an entertainment.
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A performer in a mime.
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A performance of pantomime.
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An actor or actress skilled in pantomime.
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A communications protocol that allows for the transmission of data in many forms, such as audio, binary, or video.
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Extensions to the Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) used in IP-based networks for e-mail. MIME was developed to overcome SMTP's ASCII limitation, which supports only plain text, i.e., unformatted text. MIME standards, as defined in the IETF RFC 2045, include a number of types and subtypes that support a range of data formats. Those types include the following.
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A form of acting without words; pantomime.
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A pantomime actor.
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A performer of such a farce.
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A person who mimics others in a comical manner.
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To mimic.
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To act without words.
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To represent an action or object through gesture, without the use of sound.
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(networking) Acronym of Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions, an Internet standard that extends the formatting and content capabilities of email.
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Mime is defined as to perform using only body movements and no words.

An example of mime is crouching down while putting your hands on all four sides and on top of you, as if you're trapped in a box.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mime
Plural:
mimes

Origin of mime

  • M(ultipurpose) I(nternet) M(ail) E(xtensions)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin mīmus from Greek mīmos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via Latin mimus, from Ancient Greek μῖμος (mimos, “imitator, actor").

    From Wiktionary