Muted vs Low - What's the difference?

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Muted is a related term of low.

As verbs the difference between muted and low

is that muted is (mute) while low is (obsolete|transitive) to depress; to lower or low can be or low can be to moo or low can be (uk|scotland|dialect) to burn; to blaze.

As an adjective low is

in a position comparatively close to the ground.

As a noun low is

something that is low; a low point or low can be (countable|uk|scotland|dialect) a flame; fire; blaze or low can be , mound, tumulus.

As an adverb low is

close to the ground.

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  • (mute)

  • mute


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), (m), (etyl) (m), from .


  • Not having the power of speech; dumb.
  • * Ovid: Metamorphoses , translated by (John Dryden)
  • Thus, while the mute creation downward bend / Their sight, and to their earthly mother tend, / Man looks aloft; and with erected eyes / Beholds his own hereditary skies. / From such rude principles our form began; / And earth was metamorphos'd into Man.
  • Silent; not making a sound.
  • * Milton
  • All the heavenly choir stood mute , / And silence was in heaven.
  • * 1956 , Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins (?, translators), Lion Feuchtwanger (German author), Raquel: The Jewess of Toledo'' (translation of '' ), Messner, page 178:
  • “ The heathens have broken into Thy Temple, and Thou art silent! Esau mocks Thy Children, and Thou remainest mute'! Show thyself, arise, and let Thy Voice resound, Thou '''mutest''' among all the ' mute !”
  • Not uttered; unpronounced; silent; also, produced by complete closure of the mouth organs which interrupt the passage of breath; said of certain letters.
  • Not giving a ringing sound when struck; said of a metal.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete, theatre) An actor who does not speak; a mime performer.
  • * 1668 OF Dramatick Poesie, AN ESSAY. By JOHN DRYDEN Esq; ((John Dryden))
  • As for the poor honest Maid, whom all the Story is built upon, and who ought to be one of the principal Actors in the Play, she is commonly a Mute in it:
  • A person who does not have the power of speech.
  • A hired mourner at a funeral; an undertaker's assistant.
  • *
  • The little box was eventually carried in one hand by the leading mute , while his colleague, with a finger placed on the lid, to prevent it from swaying, walked to one side and a little to the rear.
  • * 1978 , (Lawrence Durrell), Livia'', Faber & Faber 1992 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 481:
  • Then followed a long silence during which the mute turned to them and said, ‘Of course you'll be wanting an urn, sir?’
  • (music) An object for dulling the sound of an instrument, especially a brass instrument, or damper for pianoforte; a sordine.
  • Verb

  • To silence, to make quiet.
  • To turn off the sound of.
  • Please mute the music while I make a call.
    Derived terms
    * muter

    See also

    * autism * dumb

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), probably a shortened form of (m), ultimately from (etyl).


  • (Ben Jonson)


    (en noun)
  • The faeces of a hawk or falcon.
  • (Hudibras)

    Etymology 3

    (etyl) (lena) .


  • To cast off; to moult.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Have I muted all my feathers?



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) lowe, lohe, . More at lie.


  • In a position comparatively close to the ground.
  • Small in height.
  • Situated below the normal level, or the mean elevation.
  • Depressed, sad.
  • low spirits
    I felt low at Christmas with no family to celebrate with.
  • Not high in amount or quantity.
  • Food prices are lower in a supermarket than in a luxury department store.
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  • Of a pitch, suggesting a lower frequency.
  • Quiet; soft; not loud.
  • Despicable; lacking dignity; vulgar.
  • a person of low mind
    a low trick or stratagem
  • Lacking health or vitality; feeble; weak.
  • a low pulse
    made low by sickness
  • Being near the equator.
  • the low northern latitudes
  • Humble in character or status.
  • * Milton
  • Why but to keep ye low and ignorant?
  • * Felton
  • In comparison of these divine writers, the noblest wits of the heathen world are low and dull.
  • Simple in complexity or development.
  • Designed for the slowest speed, as in low gear .
  • Articulated with a wide space between the flat tongue and the palette.
  • (phonetics) Made, as a vowel, with a low position of part of the tongue in relation to the palate.
  • (archaic) Not rich, highly seasoned, or nourishing; plain; simple.
  • a low diet
    * (in a position comparatively close to the ground) nether, underslung * (small in height) short, small * (depressed) blue, depressed, down, miserable, sad, unhappy, gloomy * reduced, devalued, low-level * low-pitched, deep, flat * low-toned, soft * (despicable thing to do) immoral, abject, scummy, scurvy
    * (in a position comparatively close to the ground) high
    Derived terms
    * high and low * lowball * low blow * low bridge * low-budget * low-cost * Low Countries * low-cut * lower * lowercase * low-fat * Low German * low-grade * low island * lowland * Low Latin * low-level * low loader * lowly * low-lying * low road * low tide


    (en noun)
  • Something that is low; a low point.
  • You have achieved a new low in behavior, Frank.
    ''Economic growth has hit a new low .
  • A depressed mood or situation.
  • He is in a low right now
  • (meteorology) An area of low pressure; a depression.
  • The lowest-speed gearing of a power-transmission system, especially of an automotive vehicle.
  • Shift out of low before the car gets to eight miles per hour.
  • (card games) The lowest trump, usually the deuce; the lowest trump dealt or drawn.
  • (slang) (usually accompanied by "the") a cheap, cost-efficient, or advantageous payment or expense.
  • He got the brand new Yankees jersey for the low .


  • Close to the ground.
  • Of a pitch, at a lower frequency.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Can sing both high and low .
  • With a low voice or sound; not loudly; gently.
  • to speak low
  • * Tennyson
  • The odorous wind / Breathes low between the sunset and the moon.
  • Under the usual price; at a moderate price; cheaply.
  • He sold his wheat low .
  • In a low mean condition; humbly; meanly.
  • * '>citation
  • In a time approaching our own.
  • * John Locke
  • In that part of the world which was first inhabited, even as low down as Abraham's time, they wandered with their flocks and herds.
  • (astronomy) In a path near the equator, so that the declination is small, or near the horizon, so that the altitude is small; said of the heavenly bodies with reference to the diurnal revolution.
  • The moon runs low , i.e. comparatively near the horizon when on or near the meridian.


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To depress; to lower.
  • (Jonathan Swift)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) . More at laugh.


  • .
  • Etymology 3

    From (etyl) . More at claim.


    (en verb)
  • To moo.
  • The cattle were lowing .
  • * Gray
  • The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea.

    Etymology 4

    From (etyl) lowe, loghe, from (etyl) . More at leye, light.

    Alternative forms

    * lowe


    (en noun)
  • (countable, UK, Scotland, dialect) A flame; fire; blaze.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (UK, Scotland, dialect) To burn; to blaze.
  • (Burns)

    Etymology 5

    From (etyl) . Obsolete by the 19th century, survives in toponymy as -low.

    Alternative forms

    * lawe


    (en noun)
  • , mound, tumulus.
  • A barrow or Low, such as were usually cast up over the bodies of eminent Captains.'' (Robert Plot, ''The natural history of Staffordshire , 1686; cited after OED).
  • (Scottish dialectal, archaic) A hill.
  • And some they brought the brown lint-seed, and flung it down from the Low.'' (Mary Howitt, ''Ballads and other poems 1847)