mute

Mute means “silent.” No matter how much you talk to your houseplants, they’ll never talk back; they'll remain mute.

When used as a noun, mute can mean “someone who isn't capable of speech" or “a device that deadens the sound of an instrument.” Mute can also be used as a verb meaning "to make silent.” One might mute the television by pressing a button on the remote, or one might try to mute a loquacious individual. Unfortunately, the technology for that last option doesn’t exist yet.

Definitions of mute
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adj expressed without speech

“a mute appeal”
Synonyms:
tongueless, unspoken, wordless
inarticulate, unarticulate
without or deprived of the use of speech or words

adj unable to speak

Synonyms:
dumb, silent
inarticulate, unarticulate
without or deprived of the use of speech or words

n a device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument

Types:
sordino, sourdine
a mute for a violin
Type of:
acoustic device
a device for amplifying or transmitting sound

n a deaf person who is unable to speak

Synonyms:
deaf-and-dumb person, deaf-mute
Types:
dummy, silent person
a person who does not talk
Type of:
deaf person
a person with a severe auditory impairment

v deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

Synonyms:
damp, dampen, dull, muffle, tone down
Type of:
soften
make (images or sounds) soft or softer

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