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Mute \Mute\, n.

  1. One who does not speak, whether from physical inability, unwillingness, or other cause. Specifically:

    1. One who, from deafness, either congenital or from early life, is unable to use articulate language; a deaf-mute.

    2. A person employed by undertakers at a funeral.

    3. A person whose part in a play does not require him to speak.

    4. 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

fourth letter of the Roman alphabet, from Greek delta, from Phoenician and Hebrew daleth, pausal form of deleth "door," so called from its shape. The sign for "500" in Roman numerals. 3-D for "three-dimensional" is attested from 1952.


Etymology 1 letter (Latn-def en letter 4 dee) num. (Latn-def en ordinal 4 dee) Etymology 2

abbr. 1 died, death. 2 (context cricket English) declared; also abbreviated as (term dec English) sym. 1 (context until February 1971 English) a British penny; an old penny (the modern decimal penny being abbreviated (term p English)). 2 (context games infix English) dice to use in a diceroll 3 penny, a measure of the size of nails


adj. denoting a quantity consisting of 500 items or units [syn: five hundred, 500]


( minuscule) or D-cedilla is a letter of the Latin alphabet, consists of the letter "D" with the cedilla under it. The letter stands for the voiced palatal plosive in the Livonian alphabet. The cedilla traditionally looks like a comma below in Livonian use. In other use, like UNGEGN romanizations, the cedilla is like a regular cedilla.

D (programming language)

The D programming language is an object-oriented, imperative, multi-paradigm system programming language created by Walter Bright of Digital Mars and released in 2001. Bright was joined in the design and development effort in 2007 by Andrei Alexandrescu. Though it originated as a re-engineering of C++, D is a distinct language, having redesigned some core C++ features while also taking inspiration from other languages, notably Java, Python, Ruby, C#, and Eiffel.

D's design goals attempt to combine the performance and safety of compiled languages with the expressive power of modern dynamic languages. Idiomatic D code is commonly as fast as equivalent C++ code, while being shorter and memory-safe.

Memory Safety has an entire chapter, with recipes. It's a major theme of the language. Failures to reach this standard are defects.

Type inference, automatic memory management and syntactic sugar for common types allow faster development, while bounds checking, design by contract features and a concurrency-aware type system help reduce the occurrence of bugs.

D (New York City Subway service)

The D Sixth Avenue Express is a rapid transit service in the B Division of the New York City Subway. Its route emblem, or "bullet", is colored since it uses the IND Sixth Avenue Line in Manhattan. The D operates at all times between 205th Street in Norwood, Bronx, and Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn via Grand Concourse in the Bronx, Central Park West / Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, the north side of the Manhattan Bridge, and Fourth Avenue / West End in Brooklyn. The D runs express in Manhattan and makes all stops on the BMT West End Line in Brooklyn at all times. The D also makes all stops in the Bronx except when it runs express in the peak direction during rush hours. The D runs express on Fourth Avenue at all times except nights when it serves all stops.

  1. redirect 500 (number)

The graphemeĎ ( minuscule: ď) is a letter in the Czech and Slovak alphabets. It is formed from Latin D with the addition of háček and is placed right after regular D in the alphabet. It is used to denote , the voiced palatal plosive. It was also used in Polabian.

Ď is also used to represent uppercase ð in the Coat of Arms of Shetland; however, the typical form is Ð.

D (disambiguation)

D is the fourth letter of the Latin alphabet. It can also refer to the following:

D (data language specification)

D is a set of prescriptions for what Christopher J. Date and Hugh Darwen believe a relational database management system ought to be like. It is proposed in their paper The Third Manifesto, first published in 1994 and elaborated on in several books since then.

D (band)

D is a Japanese visual kei rock band formed in 2003 by Asagi, Ruiza and Sin, after their previous band Syndrome disbanded.

D (video game)

is a psychological horror puzzle adventure game developed by WARP and produced by Kenji Eno. It was first released for the 3DO in 1995 and was later ported to the Sega Saturn, PlayStation, and MS-DOS. It is the first entry in Eno's D series and features CGI full-motion video.

The story of D follows Laura Harris as she goes to investigate a hospital after learning her father went on a mass murdering spree and barricaded himself inside. The hospital morphs into a castle upon her arrival, which she must explore to find her father. Since the storyline and graphics depicted violence unlike anything seen in a previous video game, Eno deliberately chose to bypass censorship. He submitted a "clean" version to pass publisher approval late, knowing that they would be require him to hand deliver the game to the manufacturer. On his way to the manufacturer, he switched the "clean" with his master version containing the more disturbing content.

Although it sold over a million copies in Japan, D was not commercially successful in North America. Eno attributed this failure to Sony not printing enough copies to match PlayStation pre-orders. WARP would later take revenge on Sony by releasing later games exclusively on Sega platforms. Reception of D was positive, with critics praising the horror elements, story, presentation, and graphics. The game was followed by Enemy Zero and D2, which star the same "digital actress" Laura although their stories are unrelated.

( minuscule: ) is a letter of the Latin alphabet, formed from D with the addition of a dot diacritic.

In the transcription of Afro-Asiatic languages such as Arabic, ḍ represents an " emphatic" consonant , and is used for that purpose in the Berber Latin alphabet.

In the transcription of Indic and East Iranian languages, and in the orthography of the O'odham language, ḍ represents a retroflex . This was used in a former transcription of Javanese, but has been replaced by "dh."

D (series)

D is a series of survival horror games that follow the events of "digital actress" Laura and were developed by now-defunct WARP. The series officially began with 1995's D, then the 1996 game Enemy Zero and later the 1999 game D2. Japanese musical talent Kenji Eno directed and produced each game. The series is noted for its controversial nature (with extreme blood and violence, and a plot that involved cannibalism).

D (film)

D is a 2005 Indian crime drama- thriller film, directed by Vishram Sawant, co-written by Manish Gupta, and Ram Gopal Varma. Produced by Varma and Ronnie Screwvala, it was released in India on 3 June 2005. It is the third film in the Gangster film series.

The film is a sequel to Varma's 2002 film Company. Like its predecessor, D is based on the real-life Mumbai underworld organization, the D-Company. The three Varma films Satya, Company and D are together considered an Indian Gangster Trilogy, comparable to the Godfather Trilogy or Infernal Affairs trilogy. The film features Randeep Hooda in his first lead appearance. It also marks the comeback of actress Rukhsar Rehman, who was also seen in Sarkar.

D (musical note)

D is a musical note a whole tone above C, and is known as Re within the fixed-Do solfege system. An enharmonic note is C, which is a diatonic semitone below D.

When calculated in equal temperament with a reference of A above middle C as 440 Hz, the frequency of middle D (D) is approximately 293.665 Hz. See pitch for a discussion of historical variations in frequency.

D (Os Paralamas do Sucesso album)

D is the first live album released by brazilian rock band Os Paralamas do Sucesso at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

D (Los Angeles Railway)

D was a line operated by the Los Angeles Railway from 1895 to 1947.

D (White Denim album)

D is the fourth full-length studio album by the Texan band White Denim, released by Downtown Records on May 24, 2011 to wide critical acclaim.

D (Deuter album)

D is the debut studio album of composer Deuter, released in 1971 by Kuckuck Schallplatten.

D (Big Bang album)

D is the sixth single album by South Korean band Big Bang, and the third from their MADE Series.

Usage examples of "d".

Their attempt to protect their chil dren from anxiety is revealed as a way of concealing fear from themselvesa doubly guilty action: delay brings increased physical danger to the children and it causes Jack to be exposed to the toxic cloud.

If the givers are dead and the person has chil- dren, the edge goes to the child who is complete.

If she was right and Sherry was the one who had picked up that gun and pointed it at the father of her chq dren, then something had driven her to it.

Dest for eleven years of local time that would be, he estimated, a little over ten years on Old Earth, since the shorter days on Dest more than made up for the four hundred and two of them in a year.

That meant he had left Mars three hundred and fourteen years ago by Old Earth time, three hundred and thirty-eight years ago by Dest time, ignoring, as he always did, the fact that it was virtually meaningless to speak of simultaneity on two planets so far apart in a relativistic universe.

On Dest, no one had had any idea what was going on, so the question had never come up.

His computer had had records of the fleet being sent, but no records of why it had been sent, and so far as Turner knew, no one on Dest had even realized the fleet was human in origin.

With the passage of time and his acceptance into Prauncer society, he had almost forgotten that he was the only person on Dest not born there, a war-surplus cyborg centuries out of his own era.

If a ship from Old Earth was approaching Dest, it might well be military and could be just as hostile as his own had been.

If it had fought enough before reaching Dest, its armament might be depleted by use.

If it took three hundred years to reach Dest, then the newcomer had presumably not come directly from prewar Old Earth by straight-line-course, so it might well have fired off a good bit of its original supply of ammunition at stops along the way, and so far as he knew, it would not have been able to rearm anywhere.

He suspected that if he had grown up on Dest he would be more creative in his magic.

He would assure it that Dest had always been friendly, that he was content to stay there, and the newcomer was free to stay or go, and all would be well.

The question and that familiar wording also implied that he might have a slightly harder time than he had hoped convincing IRU 247 that nothing on Dest deserved Destruction.

He remembered innumberable arguments with his own computer, which had steadfastly maintained that Dest had to be enemy territory, or at best neutral and therefore a potential enemy, since Old Earth had sent a fleet to attack it, and besides, there was no record of antigravity research being done by anyone friendly.