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  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mute  \Mute\,  v.  t.  [L.  mutare  to  change.  See  {Molt}.] 
  To  cast  off  to  molt. 
  Have  I  muted  all  my  feathers?  --Beau.  &  Fl 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mute  \Mute\,  v.  t.  &  i.  [F.  mutir,  ['e]meutir,  OF  esmeltir  fr 
  OD  smelten,  prop.,  to  melt.  See  {Smelt}.] 
  To  eject  the  contents  of  the  bowels;  --  said  of  birds.  --B. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mute  \Mute\,  n. 
  The  dung  of  birds.  --Hudibras. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mute  \Mute\,  a.  [L.  mutus;  cf  Gr  ?  to  shut,  Skr.  m?ta  bound, 
  m?ka  dumb:  cf  OE  muet,  fr  F.  muet,  a  dim.  of  OF  mu  L. 
  1.  Not  speaking;  uttering  no  sound;  silent. 
  All  the  heavenly  choir  stood  mute,  And  silence  was 
  in  heaven.  --Milton. 
  Note:  In  law  a  prisoner  is  said  to  stand  mute,  when  upon 
  being  arranged,  he  makes  no  answer,  or  does  not  plead 
  directly,  or  will  not  put  himself  on  trial. 
  2.  Incapable  of  speaking;  dumb.  --Dryden. 
  3.  Not  uttered;  unpronounced  silent;  also  produced  by 
  complete  closure  of  the  mouth  organs  which  interrupt  the 
  passage  of  breath;  --  said  of  certain  letters.  See  5th 
  {Mute},  2. 
  4.  Not  giving  a  ringing  sound  when  struck;  --  said  of  a 
  {Mute  swan}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  European  wild  white  swan  ({Cygnus 
  gibbus}),  which  produces  no  loud  notes. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mute  \Mute\,  n. 
  1.  One  who  does  not  speak,  whether  from  physical  inability, 
  unwillingness,  or  other  cause  Specifically: 
  a  One  who  from  deafness,  either  congenital  or  from 
  early  life,  is  unable  to  use  articulate  language;  a 
  b  A  person  employed  by  undertakers  at  a  funeral. 
  c  A  person  whose  part  in  a  play  does  not  require  him  to 
  d  Among  the  Turks,  an  officer  or  attendant  who  is 
  selected  for  his  place  because  he  can  not  speak. 
  2.  (Phon.)  A  letter  which  represents  no  sound;  a  silent 
  letter;  also  a  close  articulation;  an  element  of  speech 
  formed  by  a  position  of  the  mouth  organs  which  stops  the 
  passage  of  the  breath;  as  {p},  {b},  {d},  {k},  {t}. 
  3.  (Mus.)  A  little  utensil  made  of  brass,  ivory,  or  other 
  material,  so  formed  that  it  can  be  fixed  in  an  erect 
  position  on  the  bridge  of  a  violin,  or  similar  instrument, 
  in  order  to  deaden  or  soften  the  tone. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  expressed  without  speech;  especially  because  words  would  be 
  inappropriate  or  inadequate;  "a  mute  appeal";  "a 
  silent  curse";  "best  grief  is  tongueless"-  Emily 
  Dickinson;  "the  words  stopped  at  her  lips  unsounded"; 
  "unspoken  grief";  "choking  exasperation  and  wordless 
  shame"-  Thomas  Wolfe  [syn:  {tongueless},  {unspoken},  {wordless}] 
  2:  lacking  power  of  speech  [syn:  {tongueless}] 
  3:  unable  to  speak  because  of  hereditary  deafness  [syn:  {dumb}, 
  n  1:  a  deaf  person  who  is  unable  to  speak  [syn:  {deaf-mute},  {deaf-and-dumb 
  2:  a  device  used  to  soften  the  tone  of  a  musical  instrument 
  v  1:  deaden  (a  sound  or  noise),  esp.  by  wrapping  [syn:  {muffle}, 
  {dull},  {damp},  {dampen},  {tone  down}] 
  2:  quieten  or  silence  (a  sound)  or  make  (an  image)  less  visible 
  [syn:  {dampen},  {muffle},  {deaden},  {damp},  {tone  down}] 

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