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DUMB, adjective Dum.

1. Mute; silent; not speaking.

I was dumb with silence; I held my peace. Psalms 34:1.

2. Destitute of the power of speech; unable to utter articulate sounds; as the dumb brutes. The asylum at Hartford in Connecticut was the first institution in America for teaching the deaf and dumb to read and write.

3. Mute; not using or accompanied with speech; as a dumb show; dumb signs.

To strike dumb is to confound; to astonish; to render silent by astonishment; or it may be, to deprive of the power of speech.

DUMB, verb transitive To silence.