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mute

(myo͞ot), in music, device designed to diminish uniformly the loudness of a musical instrument. For example, a trumpet mute is cone-shaped and fits into the instrument's bell, and a violin mute is a wooden or rubber clamp that can be attached to the bridge.

Mute

 

a device on musical instruments that muffles the sound and partially alters the timbre. Mutes are used principally with bowed stringed instruments, horns, and trumpets. In bowed stringed instruments, they consist of a clamp made of hard wood, metal, or plastic placed over the top of the bridge. In trumpets and horns, they are a pear-shaped vessel, usually made of aluminum with a layer of cork around the edges, which fits into the bell of the instrument. In the piano, the function of the mute is fulfilled by the left (soft) pedal.

mute

A mortised rubber silencer for a door.

mute

1
1. unable to speak; dumb
2. Law (of a person arraigned on indictment) refusing to answer a charge
3. a person who is unable to speak
4. Law a person who refuses to plead when arraigned on indictment for an offence
5. any of various devices used to soften the tone of stringed or brass instruments
6. an actor in a dumb show

mute

2 Archaic
birds' faeces
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8) The writer of a treatise attributed to the oboist Johann Christian Fischer (1733-1800) recommended the use of a mute |to soften the sound of the hoboy'.
The materials used to mute the oboe were varied, and the particular method used depended upon local practice, upon the effect desired by the composer and upon the characteristics of the instrument being muted.
Subject: Subcommittee Hearing, May 20, 2004 regarding the pending lawsuit between the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and ClearPlay et al providing technology to skip and mute foul language, excessive violence, and scenes of a sexual nature in DVD movies.
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