mussitation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mussitation a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mussitation A speaking in a low tone; mumbling.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mussitation A mumbling or muttering.
    • n mussitation In pathology, movement of the lips and tongue as in speaking, but without articulation: a sign of bad omen in disease.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mussitation mus-i-tā′shun the movement of the tongue or lips as if in speech, without producing articulate sounds, muttering
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. mussitatio, suppression of the voice, fr. mussitare, to be silent, to murmur