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Definition of the noun mute

What does mute mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: mutes

  1. a deaf person who is unable to speak
  2. a device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: acoustic device = a device for amplifying or transmitting sound
    • more specific words: sourdine / sordino = a mute for a violin

Alternative definition of the noun mute


  1. A person who does not have the power of speech.
  2. An acting part where no speaking (and in opera, no singing) is required.
  3. [music] An object for dulling the sound of an instrument, especially a brass instrument, or damper for pianoforte; a sordine.
  4. One refusing to speak.
  5. An undertaker's assistant.
  6. The deadening of an appliance's or musical instrument's volume.
  7. In falconry, a 'mute' is a hawk's or falcon's droppings, particularly more solid ones which fall down. (See slice.)
  8. In wine making, 'mute', from the French, is the grape juice from pressed grapes kept aside in chilled stainless steel tanks and used at later stages of wine making by adding to the dry wine base to achieve the desired residual sugar level in the final product. (Usually spelled "muté " in this case and pronounced "mju:te".)

Definition of the adjective mute

What does mute mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: muter | mutest

  1. expressed without speech
  2. unable to speak because of hereditary deafness

Alternative definition of the adjective mute


  1. Silent; not making a sound.
  2. [of a person] Not having the power of speech.

Definition of the verb mute

What does mute mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: muted | muting | mutes

  1. deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

Alternative definition of the verb mute


  1. [transitive] To silence, to make quiet.
  2. [transitive] To turn off the sound of.


Mute a.k.a. Mute Records: Mute is a British record label. It was founded in 1978 by Daniel Miller and featured several prominent musical acts on its roster such as Depeche Mode, Erasure, Fad Gadget, Goldfrapp, Grinderman, Moby, Nitzer Ebb, Wire, and Yazoo.


  1. Mute is a musical group.
    • albums: "Sleepers", "The Raven", "Blueprints", "Thunderblast"
  2. Mute a.k.a. M.U.T.E. is a musical group.
  3. MUTe is a musical group.
    • album: "On Off"

There are other groups with in their name, like 98 Mute, Mute Beat, Mute Hound, Mute Ocean, Mute Agency, Mute Drivers, Mute Socialite, Mute Angst Envy and Mute the Silence.


  1. Mute is a fictional character from the 2007 film 1612.
  2. Mute is a fictional character from the 2005 film The Iris Effect.

There are other characters with in their name, like Deaf-mute, Deaf Mute Sister.


"Mute" is a book by Piers Anthony.

  • genre: Speculative fiction
  • copyright: 1981


  1. "Mute" is a 2013 short animated film written and directed by Job Roggeveen, Joris Oprins and Marieke Blaauw.
  2. "Mute" a.k.a. "Lal" is a film, directed by Semir Aslanyürek.
    • read more about Lal
  3. "Mute" is a 2005 American short comedy film directed by Melissa Joan Hart and written by Kristin Lipiro. The film stars Emily Hart, Emily Deschanel and Dylan Neal.


  1. "Mute" is a musical album of Demians.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  2. "Mute" is a composition.
  3. "Mute" is a musical album of Sinexoid.
    • released on
  4. "Mute" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  5. "Mute" is a musical EP of The Fusionmen.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  6. "Mute" is a musical album of Fourprint.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  7. "Mute" is a musical single of Techno Squirrels.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  8. "Mute" is a musical album of Catchers.
    • released on (21 years ago)
  9. "Mute" is a composition.
  10. "mute" is a musical single of Stakka Bo.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  11. "Mute" is a musical album of Scars of Life.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  12. "Mute" is a musical album of Black Harvest.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  13. "Mute" is a musical album of Deafened.
  14. "Mute" is a musical EP of Colonial Excess.


Mute is a Colombian cuisine soup from Boyacá and Santander departments. The word may be used as slang for a whole corn soup in other areas. In Santander cuisine, ingredients include pork parts, corn, and vegetables. In Boyaca, beef and potato seem to be used more commonly. Goat meat can also used.


  1. The MUTE Network is an unmaintained peer-to-peer file sharing network developed with anonymity in mind. The MUTE client is open source software released under the Public domain and includes support for the Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows computer operating systems.
  2. Mute is a British online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of subjects related to cyberculture, artistic practice, left wing politics, urban regeneration, biopolitics, direct democracy, net art, the commons, horizontality and UK arts.

Phrases with Mute

Phrases starting with the word Mute:

  1. Mute E
  2. Mute H
  3. Mute Frog
  4. mute swan
  5. Mute Coqui
  6. Mute Cancel

Phrases ending with the word Mute:

  1. I'm Mute
  2. deaf-mute
  3. Plunger Mute

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Mute

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Google previewEssential Dictionary of Orchestration (2005)

The Most Practical and Comprehensive Resource for Composers, Arrangers and Orchestrators by Dave Black, Tom Gerou

With the stem pulled all the way out, the mute produces a filtered, hollow sound. • Whispa Mute: The sound is forced out of a sound-absorbent material with small holes. The softest of all mutes, it is almost inaudible except in extremely quiet ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

MUTE, adj. & n.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

And thus, Mute, that which is moved, (mohtm,) sc. out of the bowels. And see Falconry. Upon the oake, the plumbe-tree and the holme, The stock-dove and the blackbird should not come, Whose muting on those trees does make to grow ...

Google previewA New Dictionary of the English Language ... (1856)

by Charles Richardson

MUTE, v. That can or may be changed ...

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Sign language

Mute cat uses sign language

This male cat is deaf and uses sign language to communicate also has a translator through his sister cat!

Quotes about Mute

The past is only the present become invisible and mute and because it is invisible and mute, its memoried glances and it's murmurs are infinitely precious. We are tomorrow's past. (Mary Webb)
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Scrabble value of M3U1T1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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