(obsolete) To mew; to moult.
From (etyl) (m), (m), (etyl) (m), from .
Not having the power of speech; dumb.
* Ovid: Metamorphoses , translated by (John Dryden)
Silent; not making a sound.
- 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.
* 1956 , Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins (?, translators), Lion Feuchtwanger (German author), Raquel: The Jewess of Toledo'' (translation of '' ), Messner, page 178:
- All the heavenly choir stood mute , / And silence was in heaven.
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.
- “ 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 !”
(obsolete, theatre) An actor who does not speak; a mime performer.
* 1668 OF Dramatick Poesie, AN ESSAY. By JOHN DRYDEN Esq; ((John Dryden))
A person who does not have the power of speech.
A hired mourner at a funeral; an undertaker's assistant.
- 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:
* 1978 , (Lawrence Durrell), Livia'', Faber & Faber 1992 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 481:
- 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.
(music) An object for dulling the sound of an instrument, especially a brass instrument, or damper for pianoforte; a sordine.
- Then followed a long silence during which the mute turned to them and said, ‘Of course you'll be wanting an urn, sir?’
To silence, to make quiet.
To turn off the sound of.
- Please mute the music while I make a call.
From (etyl) (m), probably a shortened form of (m), ultimately from (etyl).
The faeces of a hawk or falcon.
To cast off; to moult.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
- Have I muted all my feathers?