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noiseless

[noiz-lis] /ˈnɔɪz lɪs/
adjective
1.
accompanied by or making little or no noise; silent; quiet:
a noiseless step; a noiseless typewriter.
Origin of noiseless
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; noise + -less
Related forms
noiselessly, adverb
noiselessness, noun
Synonyms
inaudible, soundless.
Synonym Study
See still1.
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Examples from the Web for noiseless
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  • He slipped to the door in turn with a step so noiseless that even Jud wondered.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Behind him with steps as noiseless as his own came the three men to whom he had just given the message.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • With noiseless steps lest she awake him, she began to move about the room.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • As they slid along, noiseless as shadows, in the moonlight, they came upon a run-way.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Thereupon he slipped off and flew up the stairs with noiseless agility.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • It was only the noiseless summer lightning, but the children had never seen it before.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • With noiseless steps he walked to the door of the Father's room and listened again.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Thanks to them his footsteps had been noiseless, at any rate.

  • M'Nab said not a word, but, with noiseless step, stole from the room.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • He held his breath while she passed by, noiseless and with heavy eyelids.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for noiseless

noiseless

/ˈnɔɪzlɪs/
adjective
1.
making little or no sound; silent
Derived Forms
noiselessly, adverb
noiselessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for noiseless
adj.

c.1600, from noise (n.) + -less. Related: Noiselessly; noiselessness.

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