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Anne-Sophie. born 1963, German violinist
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


To quietly enter a command not meant for the ears, eyes, or fingers of ordinary mortals. Often used in "mutter an incantation".

See also wizard.
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"You don't know my little girl," Monty muttered. "How should you?
"Strange, strange," the Ancient Mariner would next mutter, half to his cogitating soul, half aloud to the treasure-seekers.
"Fool!" he muttered. "Think you that for your happiness Solan will give up his life?
I was never served so before without giving a hard blow for it, muttered Stubb, as he found himself descending the cabin-scuttle.
His, I think, were business letters, and apparently not much to his mind, for he crushed them into his pocket with some muttered expletives that I should have reproved him for at any other time.
serpent," muttered D'Artagnan, "I would give my chance of a captaincy in the mousquetaires for that to be my name."
"Nothing yet," Collins muttered. "Let's get the things out quickly."
When she was gone the old heartbreaker muttered, rubbing his hands--
Nobody knows," he muttered dog- gedly and went on his way.
Nothing farther then he uttered -- not a feather then he fluttered -- Till I scarcely more than muttered "Other friends have flown before -- On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before." Then the bird said "Nevermore."
"'Tis some visiter," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-- Only this and nothing more."
"No, he thinks only of himself," muttered the princess without restraining her angry tears.