Main definitions of mime in US English:

: mime1MIME2

mime1

noun

  • 1The theatrical technique of suggesting action, character, or emotion without words, using only gesture, expression, and movement.

    • ‘He uses mime, movement, acrobatics and text in a very literate way.’
    • ‘The ‘provocative and powerful’ show combines humour, spectacle, character comedy and mime on September 26 - October 1.’
    • ‘He muffed a few steps in his solo, but for most of the ballet delivered well the extraordinary combination of modern technique, mime and classical choreography.’
    • ‘Contrary to popular misconception, it is not a collection of gestures or mime.’
    • ‘Her storytelling manner is highly stylised and she uses elements of mime in her movements.’
    • ‘Sometimes she added her own witty mime to the words or pulled a funny face to make us laugh, and we did laugh.’
    • ‘Lose yourself at the Wits Theatre in Braamfontein, where Just In Time interweaves mime and movement, and illusion and the surreal take centre stage.’
    • ‘Her pupils learn all about camera work, have step-by-step vocal exercises, discover how to create new characters, find out all about movement, mime and script work and are also taught all about audition techniques.’
    • ‘Their easy, unforced use of gesture breathes life into mime, making it an extension of speech.’
    • ‘He did not undergo any special studies in mime or movement.’
    • ‘He was the outsider who was on intimate terms with them, communicating through comic mime with expressions and gestures that became a well known code.’
    • ‘Go along to see a variety of dance including contemporary, hip hop, cabaret, physical theatre, salsa, mime and physical character.’
    • ‘McColl's delightful monologue is the most well integrated of the five, assisted by physical theatre and mime.’
    • ‘All aspects of the theatre will be covered including games, improvisation, script, mime, physical theatre and clowning.’
    • ‘She trained in mime and physical theatre, acted on stage and on TV, and ran theatres in Islington and St Catherine's Docks before seeing the job at Jacksons Lane advertised.’
    • ‘Her vocabulary was composed of simple runs, skips, and jumps; large, expressive gestures and playful mime.’
    • ‘Improvisational mime and innovative physical theatre tell the story of a dysfunctional family living outside the law.’
    • ‘A training system needs to integrate technique, style, mime, acting, character dancing, and historical dance.’
    • ‘Backyard Theatre Company provides training for acting, mime and improvisation, scriptwriting, filmmaking and community drama.’
    • ‘It offers workshops providing acting skills, voice, movement, mime, improvisation, text reading, stagecraft, character development and confidence building.’
    1. 1.1 A theatrical performance or part of a performance using mime.
      • ‘Martin Rowland and Colm Grealis performed wonders in a mime about a visit to the dreaded dentist.’
      • ‘Any series that can combine absinthe, mannequins, mimes, and beheadings and pull it off is okay in my book.’
      • ‘With a cast of 66, lots of music and humour, the mime is produced by Aysha Rau and directed by Aparna Gopinath.’
      • ‘The mime in Act 1 looked foreshortened - but I'm used to the Peter Wright version which makes much of it.’
      • ‘Her majesty also watched a mime and street dance performance from students at Welling School on the theme of life as a teenager.’
      • ‘A six-member troupe of students presented a mime based on unemployment problems of the youth as well as on issues such as dowry and corruption in various Government departments.’
      • ‘They cleared the floor and treated the crowd to a mime and dance routine that had us all in stitches.’
      • ‘On the night of January 27 there will be a two-hour multi cultural performance of drama, songs, dances and mimes.’
      • ‘Remembered primarily as a pastoral poet, he was in fact a most versatile writer, and a bridal hymn, a panegyric, and a mime describing two middle-class women at a showy religious ceremony are among his best pieces.’
      • ‘Their attack on George, a 58 year-old United Church minister who was performing a mime, was totally uncalled for, and seemed to be designed to provoke an angry reaction from a peaceful crowd.’
      • ‘The school won for performing a street mime showing God's wonderful creation of trees and flowers, butterflies, lady-birds, and insects of all kinds enjoying a clean environment.’
      • ‘But after a point, blogging without writing gets to be like the electronic equivalent of street miming, and we all know how lame and annoying street mimes can get.’
      • ‘Anyone who wanted to take part in any way, be it dancing, singing, telling an impromptu story or doing a mime, was given the opportunity to perform.’
      • ‘The crowd were then treated to a mime performed by pupils of 3rd class.’
      dumb show, pantomime, mummery
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    2. 1.2 An action or set of actions intended to convey the idea of another action or an idea or feeling.
      ‘he performed a brief mime of someone fencing’
      • ‘Lachlan Rayburn saw her looking at him and, to her complete astonishment, put his hands together in the mime of applause before turning his back to her and shoving his way out of the crowd of people.’
      • ‘And, when they do, they always smile and sigh, and there's a silent mime of applause.’
      • ‘I managed to communicate to her what I had discovered through a series of mimes, mews and whisker movements.’
      • ‘Finally he ended with a mime of what looked like the preparation of an egg dish.’
      • ‘Joshua made circles of his fingers over his eyes, a brief mime of spectacles.’
      • ‘In his elation, he performed another of his mimes.’
      dumb show, pantomime, mummery
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    3. 1.3 A practitioner of mime or a performer in a mime.
      ‘he's a very fine actor and mime artist’
      ‘a group of mimes pretending to play tennis’
      • ‘The show will also have some mime artists giving performances.’
      • ‘I didn't talk much in my other classes, but it was a mandatory thing to talk in theatre, unless you wanted to be a mime and I wasn't into all those horizontal stripes, they made me look hippy.’
      • ‘I was enormously gratified, especially considering that Doug's first impression of me was formed at our launch event, where I was acting as a mime.’
      • ‘So far Joan has encountered the Almighty as a street sweeper, a mime, a guy from the power company, a naval recruiter, and a little girl playing with a ball in the park.’
      • ‘From a pair of mimes to a company the size of Cirque du Soleil, the French are visited by dozens of new-circus troupes a year.’
      • ‘From here we observed the mime artists performing in the glorious fountained gardens.’
      • ‘Illya was a white-blond pre-bald beatnik in black everything plus turtleneck who brought to mind one of those theatre of the absurd clowns we now associate with mimes and Frenchmen in general.’
      • ‘You have to imagine a combination of Dr Johnson, Isaiah Berlin, Peter Sellers, and don't forget Charlie Chaplin because Peter was a great mime too.’
      • ‘And for the first time it seems to be populated by people, not jerky mimes in pancake makeup.’
      • ‘MacLean is an adept physical comic and a skilled mime, which adds a bit of flare here, but this gloss hardly excuses the standard manner in which the play unfolds.’
      • ‘There are street minstrels, acrobats, story tellers, mimes, and painters.’
      • ‘One night a friend and I went into town to see the mime artist Marcel Marceau.’
      • ‘Initially 20 professional mimes shadowed pedestrians who didn't follow crossing rules: A pedestrian running across the road would be tracked by a mime who mocked his every move.’
      • ‘Was it his experience of studying with legendary French mimes Jacques Lecoq and Philippe Gaultier?’
      • ‘She has a habit of being photographed menacing her band-mate with an antique sword, for one thing, and for another, well, she makes herself up like a mime before performances.’
      • ‘There will be actors strolling among the crowds, square dancers, singers, mimes and someone creating balloon animals.’
      • ‘Musicians, dancers, acrobats, clowns, actors, mimes and every hybrid in between entertain and educate audiences of kids, their parents and teachers.’
      • ‘Past various buskers, mimes and outdoor performance artists we slowly made our way towards the Empress Hotel, a gorgeous chateau-style grand hotel dating back to 1908.’
      • ‘The magic tricks of Astor, the performance of mimes and the band will keep the party spirit up.’
      • ‘Other entertainment included talented mimes, beauty contests and other on-stage performances, boxing, water sports competitions and loads of local and regional merchandise displayed along Beach Road.’
  • 2(in ancient Greece and Rome) a simple farcical drama including mimicry.

    • ‘His works have not survived, and the only known Greek mimes date from two centuries later.’
    • ‘N. Purcell examines imperial mimes, K. Coleman presents a study of the punishment of delatores - those who had spied for previous (and now deceased and discredited) emperors.’
    • ‘In fact, in Greece during the first centuries ad the term denoted a category of actors who recreated ancient legends on stage through dramatic mimes!’
    • ‘These were designed for public performances - gladiatorial contests and other spectacles in the amphitheatres, plays and mimes in the theatres - and were accessible to all classes of Roman society.’
    dumb show, pantomime, mummery
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Use gesture and movement without words in the acting of (a play or role).

    • ‘The title role was mimed in the original version.’
    • ‘They gave him easy stuff to do, such as miming a scene while someone else did the voice.’
    • ‘So Jon and I were standing there, miming this scene from Moonlight Mile - and have I mentioned just how scrumptious Jake Gyllenhaal looks in this movie, with the doe eyes and the buttery, knobby shoulders?’
    1. 1.1 Convey an impression of (an idea or feeling) by gesture and movement, without using words; mimic (an action or set of actions) in this way.
      ‘he stands up and mimes throwing a spear’
      • ‘In one of the most arresting scenes in the film we see Szpilman miming the piano with his hands hovering over the keys in order to not make a sound and be detected.’
      • ‘For example, in one early scene, he wakes Barrett up with a boisterous aria from ‘The Barber of Seville,’ but his hand over Barrett gently mimes a stabbing motion.’
      • ‘In the final ‘whipping’ scene he really looks like a drama student miming agony, sad to say.’
      • ‘He mimes gun motions in the mirror with his hands, and looks on the Internet for assistance in acquiring one.’
      • ‘Robyn stood back and clasped her hands together, miming maidenly awe.’
      • ‘The video shows lots of river shots, while the dancers mime fishlike movements.’
      • ‘She mimes the movements of her double, projected same-size on the screen of her own body.’
      • ‘As Sancho runs to help, the clown climbs upon his donkey and mimes the funny scene he has just witnessed and then returns the donkey.’
      • ‘He mimed her ceaseless talking with a gesture of his right hand.’
      • ‘Spitefully, Madame Defarge replies that she has indeed observed Lucie and makes a sinister gesture miming the guillotine.’
      • ‘In its most vividly political form, dancers mime movements from the hunt as they chant joyful threats at police holding machine guns.’
      • ‘After a few moments, Telli seemed to have decided that there were no obvious dangers in the castle, as he turned back and, still too careful to shout down, made gestures with his arms and hands miming someone climbing a rope.’
      • ‘It feels real, thanks to the inclusion of a small girl who can effectively mime fear and horror.’
      • ‘The latter is a chance for the artists to flex their iconic muscle, using manga's sophisticated visual code to mime new heights of emotion.’
      • ‘Boris, playing to the crowd, mimed the pratfall from his side of the court.’
      • ‘As each number came up, the girls silently mouthed the lyrics and moved subtly in their seats, miming the actors' gestures.’
      • ‘I mimed a throat-slitting gesture with my finger and followed it up by tugging on an invisible rope around my neck; David snorted into his mug.’
      • ‘Two big men with faces flushed from drink look over, miming cricketing actions that would not get them selected for a half-decent junior school team.’
      • ‘For as I had worshipped in the Christian churches, prayed to God, did everything the creatures about me did, I was simply miming the acts, the gestures, the holy phrases.’
      • ‘My character mimed ill-disguised boredom while waiting for him to settle down.’
      act out, pantomime, use gestures to indicate, gesture, simulate, represent, indicate by dumb show, indicate by sign language
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Origin

Early 17th century (also in the sense ‘mimic or jester’): from Latin mimus, from Greek mimos.

Pronunciation

mime

/mīm//maɪm/

Main definitions of mime in US English:

: mime1MIME2

MIME2

noun

Computing
  • A standard for formatting files of different types, such as text, graphics, or audio, so they can be sent over the Internet and seen or played by a web browser or email application.

Origin

1990s: an acronym for multipurpose Internet mail extensions.

Pronunciation

MIME

/mīm/