1refraining from speech or temporarily speechless:Harry sat mute, his cheeks burning resentfully (of a person) lacking the faculty of speech: he’d been bullied into silence—people often wondered if he was actually mute not expressed in speech:she gazed at him in mute appeal characterized by an absence of sound; quiet:the great church was mute and dark (of hounds) not giving tongue while hunting.
2(of a letter) not pronounced:mute e is generally dropped before suffixes beginning with a vowel
1a person lacking the faculty of speech: the child remained as silent as a mute historical (in some Asian countries) a servant who was deprived of the power of speech. historical an actor in a dumbshow. historical a professional attendant or mourner at a funeral: an undertaker’s mute 2a clamp placed over the bridge of a stringed instrument to deaden the resonance without affecting the vibration of the strings. a pad or cone placed in the opening of a brass or other wind instrument to soften the sound.
3a device on a television, telephone, or other appliance that temporarily turns off the sound.
deaden, muffle, or soften the sound of:her footsteps were muted by the thick carpet muffle the sound of (a musical instrument), especially by the use of a mute: when muted and blown hard the trombone produces a very nasal and metallic sound reduce the strength or intensity of:police violence was always muted by the presence of the media