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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
muted blues and purples
▪ He was awakened by a muted buzzer.
▪ The Air Transport Association expressed muted support for the action.
▪ There was rather a muted response to the speech.
▪ A muted grumbling followed, then the slamming of a door.
▪ Before he could say anything, the telephone on the Grecian plinth nearest to the girl gave a muted double purr.
▪ Here muted lights, soft leather, stained wood and anaesthetic chamber music prevailed.
▪ I could spot only four or five, grey-haired and staid-looking, dressed in muted, somewhat old-fashioned, frocks.
▪ I liked the town, for all its drab and muted calm; it seemed a safe place to be.
▪ In the second the observations of a character are noted: the metaphor is muted.
▪ Market reaction to the resignation was muted, with the CAC40 rising 1 percent to 1,942.73.
▪ Then a cough from next door, muted but clear enough, made him stare at Renwick and shake his head.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

muted \muted\ adj.

  1. same as quiet; as, the muted atmosphere of a church. Opposite of noisy.

    Syn: hushed.

  2. softened; rendered less loud or harsh; -- of sounds and instruments which produce sounds; as, muted trumpets.

    Syn: dull, muffled, softened.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1861, in reference to musical instruments, past participle adjective from mute (v.). Figuratively by 1879. Of colors by 1939. Related: mutedness.


vb. (en-past of: mute)

  1. adj. in a softened tone; "hushed voices"; "muted trumpets"; "a subdued whisper"; "a quiet reprimand" [syn: hushed, subdued, quiet]

  2. being or made softer or less loud or clear; "the dull boom of distant breaking waves"; "muffled drums"; "the muffled noises of the street"; "muted trumpets" [syn: dull, muffled, softened]


Protein Muted homolog is a protein that in humans is encoded by the MUTED gene.

Muted (album)

Muted is a studio album by American hip hop musician Alias. It was released on Anticon in 2003. The album features guest appearances from Markus Acher of The Notwist and rapper Pedestrian.

Usage examples of "muted".

The points were covered in a coating of what looked like thick rubber, which muted the effect of the powerful spring that the Armorer had triggered.

He directed the cavalcade of cars and large autobuses while birds chirped merrily in the trees on that sunny afternoon, but the birdsong was the only merriment as perfectly groomed men and women in muted mourning colors filed past him for the funeral of Madam C.

Yet it was possible in still weather to hear the muted bombilation of the sleepless city and when the wind was in the north to count the hammer-strokes of the great bell of St.

To human eyes, a Calvin cycler was a shiny metal coffin built for a minivan: to the botfly it was a muted tangle of EM emissions.

Leopard being close-hauled to weather Fogo, even those muted notes were borne away by the wind.

A reek of putrid fish and fruit even in this chill damp night, though muted somewhat by the baking-sugar sweetness of Chinese gasohol from the vehicles whirring past on the expressway.

Listen: a machine-gun rattle of silver coins as they tumble and spurt down into a slot machine tray and overflow onto monogrammed carpets is replaced by the siren clangor of the slots, the jangling, blippeting chorus swallowed by the huge room, muted to a comforting background chatter by the time one reaches the card tables, the distant sounds only loud enough to keep the adrenaline flowing through the gamblers veins.

As Korin stepped back, the doors ponderously opened and Korin ushered Spyder through them before they slowly closed with a muted, yet solid, boom of finality.

Two buildings away, the mayoral building was, from the muted sounds reaching his ears, indeed surrounded by milling groups of people.

For example, while Monadology went a long way toward convincing her that the universe was composed of discrete particles, The Color Me Beautiful Make- Up Book made her realize she had been employing far too muted a color palette for her skin tone.

He had such a hold over his emotions, and the muffling effect of the dark hold muted his voice just enough, that Zacharias could not guess how he felt.

Below him the ship was unnaturally quiet, not even a bell to mark the passage of the hours, only the soft song of the sails and the muted accompaniment of the rigging.

To his lust-motif, inverted and muted to a sinister whisper in the strings and flutes, Tosca set a lighted candle down at each of his outflung hands.

And father and son smiled affectionately at each other and listened in silence to the muted sound of happy laughter from the hundreds of Tweenies outside.

In response to a muted mandibular click, a chronometer appeared briefly before him in the hot, humid air of the room.