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silencer

[sahy-luh n-ser] /ˈsaɪ lən sər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that silences.
2.
a device for deadening the report of a firearm.
3.
Chiefly British. the muffler on an internal-combustion engine.
Origin of silencer
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35; silence + -er1
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  • The muffled sounds of an automatic pistol, fitted with a silencer!

  • So, with silencer in readiness, he puckered his lips and gave a low whistle.

    Dreamy Hollow

    Sumner Charles Britton
  • Dawson's eyes saw the revolver with the silencer fitted to the barrel.

  • Only that day he had worked with Mr. Cassar, the engineer, who had been making a silencer for the motor.

    Command William McFee
  • She was carrying the gun, unscrewing the silencer as we walked.

    Murder at Bridge

    Anne Austin
  • And you saw Mrs. Selim place the gun and the silencer in the drawer?

    Murder at Bridge

    Anne Austin
  • The gun and silencer must be here, since they could be no place else!

    Murder at Bridge

    Anne Austin
British Dictionary definitions for silencer

silencer

/ˈsaɪlənsə/
noun
1.
any device designed to reduce noise, esp the tubular device containing baffle plates in the exhaust system of a motor vehicle US and Canadian name muffler
2.
a tubular device fitted to the muzzle of a firearm to deaden the report
3.
a person or thing that silences
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Word Origin and History for silencer
n.

c.1600, "person who silences," agent noun from silence (v.). Meaning "mechanism that stifles the sound of a motor or firearm" is from 1898.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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