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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ This area is always full of interest: mime artists, solo guitarists and full-blown jazz bands entertain the passing public.
▪ Clark is wonderful in the role, which is mostly mime and dance.
▪ One performer did a silly mime during the overture.
▪ Her authoritative performance made the superb mime and rhythms invigorating to watch.
▪ I peer through the window to the side of the door and a mime is in progress, a woman energetically vacuuming.
▪ There was mime and a resolutely modern organ piece one evening, between announcements and prayers.
▪ They suggest approaching the average and below-average children through mime, dance and personal composition.
▪ This mime of his never failed to invoke my deep defensiveness with regard to all things Kip.
▪ We expect reality but mime is not bound by such limitations.
▪ They mimed a tug of war.
▪ Chutra and Koju mimed their technique.
▪ Every derangement of the page-space deftly mimes the current derangement of the house-space in the narrative.
▪ Everywhere he went running, running, running; and on the spot he mimed it.
▪ I mimed that this was not necessary but he insisted.
▪ Langford is pointing at him, his face in profile miming shock-horror: a lost joke.
▪ Phagu mimed back that we had no choice.
▪ Soundlessly she mimed picking up a phone and speaking into it.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mime \Mime\, n. [L. mimus, Gr. ?, akin to ? to imitate, to mimic: cf. F. mime. Cf. Mimosa.]

  1. A kind of drama in which real persons and events were generally represented in a ridiculous manner; an ancient Greek or Roman form of farce.

  2. An actor in such representations.

  3. The art of representing actions, events, situations, or stories solely by gestures and body movements, without speaking; pantomime[3].

  4. An actor who performs or specializes in mime[3]; an actor who communicates entirely by gesture and facial expression; a pantomime[2]; a pantomimist; a mimer.

    Syn: mummer, pantomimer, pantomimist.

  5. A mimic.


Mime \Mime\, v. i. To mimic. [Obs.] -- Mim"er, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, "a buffoon who practices gesticulations" [Johnson], from French mime (16c.) and directly from Latin mimus, from Greek mimos "imitator, mimic, actor, mime, buffoon," of unknown origin. In reference to a performance, 1640s in a classical context; 1932 as "a pantomime."


1610s, "to act without words," from mime (n.). The transferred sense of "to imitate" is from 1733 (Greek mimeisthai meant "to imitate"). Meaning "to pretend to be singing a pre-recorded song" is from 1965. Related: mimed; miming.


n. 1 A form of acting without words; pantomime 2 A pantomime actor 3 A classical theatrical entertainment in the form of farce 4 A performer of such a farce 5 A person who mimics others in a comical manner vb. 1 To mimic. 2 To act without words. 3 To represent an action or object through gesture, without the use of sound.

  1. n. an actor who communicates entirely by gesture and facial expression [syn: mimer, mummer, pantomimer, pantomimist]

  2. a performance using gestures and body movements without words [syn: pantomime, dumb show]

  1. v. imitate (a person, a manner, etc.), especially for satirical effect; "The actor mimicked the President very accurately" [syn: mimic]

  2. act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements only; "The acting students mimed eating an apple" [syn: pantomime]


Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) is an Internet standard that extends the format of email to support:

  • Text in character sets other than ASCII
  • Non-text attachments: audio, video, images, application programs etc.
  • Message bodies with multiple parts
  • Header information in non-ASCII character sets

Virtually all human-written Internet email and a fairly large proportion of automated email is transmitted via SMTP in MIME format.

MIME is specified in six linked RFC memoranda: , , , , and ; with the integration with SMTP email specified in detail in and .

Although MIME was designed mainly for SMTP, the content types defined by MIME standards are also of importance in communication protocols outside of email, such as HTTP for the World Wide Web. Servers insert the MIME header at the beginning of any Web transmission. Clients use this content type or media type header to select an appropriate "player" application for the type of data the header indicates. Some of these players are built into the Web client or browser (for example, almost all browsers come with GIF and JPEG image players as well as the ability to handle HTML files); other players may need to be downloaded.

Mime (disambiguation)

The word mime is used to refer to a mime artist who uses a theatrical medium or performance art involving the acting out of a story through body motions without use of speech.

Mime may also refer to:

  • Mime, an alternative word for lip sync
  • MIME, Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
  • Mime, a character in Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen.
  • Mime (character class), a type of character in the Final Fantasy series of role-playing games
  • Mime, a fictional character in the cartoon series Happy Tree Friends
  • Mime, a style of Dorian Greek poetry also called mime-iambic. Sophron and Herodas were two major authors of them.
  • M.I.M.E - initialism for Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Mime, a unit of imitation in the theory of symbiosism
  • Mr. Mime and Mime Jr., species of Pokémon

Usage examples of "mime".

Citizen Boyne, of course, was carefully opening every seam with graceful rending motions, miming great smooth effort of the biceps and trapezius.

Grands Danseurs on the boulevard du Temple, with its winning mixture of acrobatics, burlesque, pantomime, mime acts, song and sentimen-tal drama.

We have met, for instance, with several kinds of present-giving, with auguries for the New Year, with processions of carol-singers and well-wishers, with ceremonial feasting that anticipates the Christmas eating and drinking, and with various figures, saintly or monstrous, mimed or merely imagined, which we shall find reappearing at the greatest of winter festivals.

His intimates were gladiatorial stars like Mustela and Tiro, freedmen like Formio and Gnatho, actress-whores like Cytheris, actors like Hippias, mimes like Sergius, and gamblers like Licinius Denticulus.

As the period ticked away glacially, Arthur Lomb buzzed him twice, squinting to see the title of the comic, then pursing lips in false concentration as he mimed browsing the half-empty shelves nearby, before stepping close enough for Dylan to hear him speak in an angry, clenched whisper.

When he went to buy it, the shopkeeper would, in his earthy Chinese manner, designate it with a remarkable phonic mime of the substance at work.

He mimed thrusting movements with his hips as if to tell the poor unfortunates that he intended to sodomize them after he had killed them.

Should she not be a Happy Medium, a Plateau Potato, a Twanger, a Mime, a Dreamer, and Enhincer-Dincer?

Since the guards were prohibited from speaking to him, all communications were carried out in uneconomical and sometimes comic mime.

He could only recommend excommunication for the mimes and histrions who were corrupting the public taste.

Hundreds of men, women, and children passed to and fro through the gateway in incessant streams, and so they are passing through every daylight hour of every day in the year, thousands becoming tens of thousands on the great matsuri days, when the mikoshi, or sacred car, containing certain symbols of the god, is exhibited, and after sacred mimes and dances have been performed, is carried in a magnificent, antique procession to the shore and back again.

Matter with which this theory presents us comports in its own being all the realities, it is no longer the substrate of all: on the contrary, the other things can have no reality whatever, if they are no more than states of Matter in the sense that the poses of the mime are states through which he passes.

Then he beckoned Hawkril forward with a whirling of his hand, and mimed the thrusting of a warsword through the wall.

In Mime, which sees the universe as finite and expanding, the Mach hypothesis dictates that every point is a unique point of vantage- except for the metagalactic center, which is stress-free and in stasis because all the stresses cancel each other out, being equidistant.

His intimates were gladiatorial stars like Mustela and Tiro, freedmen like Formio and Gnatho, actress-whores like Cytheris, actors like Hippias, mimes like Sergius, and gamblers like Licinius Denticulus.