Dumb

Definition of Dumb

a.1.Destitute of the power of speech; unable; to utter articulate sounds; as, the dumb brutes.
To unloose the very tongues even of dumb creatures.
- Hooker.
2.Not willing to speak; mute; silent; not speaking; not accompanied by words; as, dumb show.
This spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him.
- Shak.
To pierce into the dumb past.
- J. C. Shairp.
3.Lacking brightness or clearness, as a color.
Her stern was painted of a dumb white or dun color.
- De Foe.
Deaf and dumb
See Deaf-mute.
Dumb ague
a form of intermittent fever which has no well-defined "chill."
Dumb animal
any animal except man; - usually restricted to a domestic quadruped; - so called in contradistinction to man, who is a "speaking animal."
Dumb cake
a cake made in silence by girls on St. Mark's eve, with certain mystic ceremonies, to discover their future husbands.
Dumb cane
(Bot.) a west Indian plant of the Arum family (Dieffenbachia seguina), which, when chewed, causes the tongue to swell, and destroys temporarily the power of speech.
- Halliwell.
Dumb crambo
See under crambo.
Dumb show
a - Formerly, a part of a dramatic representation, shown in pantomime.
b - Signs and gestures without words; as, to tell a story in dumb show.
- Shak.
To strike dumb
to confound; to astonish; to render silent by astonishment; or, it may be, to deprive of the power of speech.
v. t.1.To put to silence.

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