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  Dictionary Definition of mute

mute [1]
adjective
1. silent; refraining from speech or utterance.
2. not emitting or having sound of any kind.
3. incapable of speech; dumb.
4. Grammar (of letters) silent; not pronounced.
5. (of a hound in fox hunting) not giving tongue while hunting.
-- noun
6. one unable to utter words.
7. an actor whose part is confined to dumb show.
8. Law a person who makes no response when arraigned.
9. a hired attendant at a funeral; a professional mourner.
10. a mechanical device of various shapes and materials for muffling the tone of a musical instrument.
11. Phonetics a stop (def. 33).
-- verb (t) ( muted, muting )
12. to deaden or muffle the sound of (a musical instrument, etc.).
13. to reduce, as in volume; soften.
-- phrase
14. stand mute, Law (of a prisoner) to make no response when arraigned, now resulting in the entry of a plea of not guilty.
[L mutus silent, dumb; replacing ME muet, from OF]
-- mutely, adverb -- muteness, noun