See also: Mute, muté, and mutē

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English muet, from Anglo-Norman muet, moet, Middle French muet, from mu (dumb, mute) + -et, remodelled after Latin mūtus.

AdjectiveEdit

mute (comparative muter, superlative mutest)

  1. Not having the power of speech; dumb. [from 15th c.]
    • 1717 Ovid: Metamorphoses, translated by John Dryden et al.
      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.
  2. Silent; not making a sound. [from 15th c.]
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 3”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      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 Die Jüdin von Toledo),[1] 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!”
  3. Not uttered; unpronounced; silent; also, produced by complete closure of the mouth organs which interrupt the passage of breath; said of certain letters.
  4. Not giving a ringing sound when struck; said of a metal.
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mute (plural mutes)

  1. (phonetics, now historical) A stopped consonant; a stop. [from 16th c.]
    Synonyms: occlusive, plosive, stop
  2. (obsolete, theater) An actor who does not speak; a mime performer. [16th-19th c.]
    • 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:
  3. A person who does not have the power of speech. [from 17th c.]
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[2]:
      The girl left, and presently returned, followed by two male mutes, to whom the Queen made another sign.
  4. A hired mourner at a funeral; an undertaker's assistant. [from 18th c.]
    • 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?’
  5. (music) An object for dulling the sound of an instrument, especially a brass instrument, or damper for pianoforte; a sordine. [from 18th c.]
  6. An electronic switch or control that mutes the sound.
    • 2012, Tomlinson Holman, Sound for Film and Television (page 174)
      Another related primary control is called a mute, which is simply a switch that kills the signal altogether, allowing for a speedier turn-off than turning the fader all the way down rapidly. Mutes are probably more commonly used during multitrack music recording than during film mixing because in music all tracks are on practically all of the time, whereas workstations produce silence when there is no desired signal []
  7. A mute swan.
    • 1998, Bob Devine, National Geographic Society (U.S.), Alien invasion: America's battle with non-native animals and plants
      The trumpeters' fate seems likely to get tangled with that of the mute swan. Currently there's enough habitat for both species, but that may change if trumpeters flourish and mutes aren't controlled. Right now mutes are thriving.
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mute (third-person singular simple present mutes, present participle muting, simple past and past participle muted)

  1. (transitive) To silence, to make quiet.
  2. (transitive) To turn off the sound of.
    Please mute the music while I make a call.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle French muetir, probably a shortened form of esmeutir, ultimately from Proto-Germanic.

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mute (third-person singular simple present mutes, present participle muting, simple past and past participle muted)

  1. (now rare) Of a bird: to defecate. [from 15th c.]
    • 1946, George Orwell, Animal Farm, Signet Classics, pages 40–41:
      All the pigeons, to the number of thirty-five, flew to and fro over the men's heads and muted upon them from mid-air;...
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)

NounEdit

mute (plural mutes)

  1. The faeces of a hawk or falcon.
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Etymology 3Edit

From Latin mutare (to change).

VerbEdit

mute (third-person singular simple present mutes, present participle muting, simple past and past participle muted)

  1. (transitive) To cast off; to moult.

EsperantoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From muta +‎ -e.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

mute

  1. mutely, speechlessly

FrenchEdit

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mute

  1. first/third-person singular present indicative of muter
  2. first/third-person singular present subjunctive of muter
  3. second-person singular imperative of muter

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ItalianEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmu.te/
  • Hyphenation: mu‧te

AdjectiveEdit

mute

  1. feminine plural of muto

NounEdit

mute f pl

  1. plural of muta

LatgalianEdit

NounEdit

mute f

  1. mouth

LatinEdit

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mūte

  1. vocative masculine singular of mūtus

LatvianEdit

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Mute

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Indo-European *mnt-, *ment- (to chew; jaw, mouth). Cognate with Latin mentum (chin) and mandō (to chew), Ancient Greek μάσταξ (mástax, jaws, mouth) and μασάομαι (masáomai, to chew), Welsh mant (jawbone), Hittite [script needed] (mēni, chin), Proto-Germanic *munþaz (mouth) (English mouth, German Mund, Dutch mond, Swedish mun, Icelandic munnur, Gothic 𐌼𐌿𐌽𐌸𐍃 (munþs)).

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

mute f (5th declension)

  1. (anatomy) mouth (orifice for ingesting food)
    mutes orgānimouth organs
    aizvērt mutito close one's mouth
    plātīt mutito keep one's mouth open, to gape
    turēt mutē konfektito have candy in one's mouth
    mutes kaktiņicorners of the mouth
    mutes harmonikasharmonica (musical instrument)
  2. orifice, opening, entrance
    krāsns mutethe mouth of the oven
  3. face
    mazgāt mutito wash one's mouth (= face)
    bērni ar netīrām mutēmchildren with dirty mouths (= faces)
  4. kiss
    dot mutesto give mouths (= kisses)

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Middle EnglishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

mute

  1. Alternative form of muet

Murui HuitotoEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ˈmu.tɛ]
  • Hyphenation: mu‧te

VerbEdit

mute

  1. (intransitive) to complain

ReferencesEdit

  • Katarzyna Izabela Wojtylak (2017) A grammar of Murui (Bue): a Witotoan language of Northwest Amazonia.[3], Townsville: James Cook University press (PhD thesis), page 129

Norwegian NynorskEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse múta.

NounEdit

mute f (definite singular muta, indefinite plural muter, definite plural mutene)

  1. bribe
  2. secrecy

VerbEdit

mute (present tense mutar, past tense muta, past participle muta, passive infinitive mutast, present participle mutande, imperative mut)

  1. (transitive) to bribe
  2. (transitive) to hide, conceal

Etymology 2Edit

From German muten.

VerbEdit

mute (present tense mutar, past tense muta, past participle muta, passive infinitive mutast, present participle mutande, imperative mut)

  1. (mining) to apply for a mining permit

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RomanianEdit

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mute

  1. third-person singular present subjunctive of muta
  2. third-person plural present subjunctive of muta

Serbo-CroatianEdit

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mute (Cyrillic spelling муте)

  1. third-person plural present indicative of mutiti

SpanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmute/, [ˈmu.t̪e]

VerbEdit

mute

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of mutar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of mutar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of mutar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of mutar.