silently count to five on each inhale and exhale; continue for five to 15 minutes.
silently, he moves to grab a kombo (a whisk broom instrument)—then, softly, he taps her shoulders and head.
At the long defense table surrounded by a team of six, Casey Anthony's face reddened and she silently dabbed at her nose and eyes.
We sat there silently for a few seconds, staring at each other.
Instead, black models are required to remain meekly, silently off stage, waiting for a turn that may never come.
Vesper held it in his hand for a minute, then he silently put it in his pocket.
silently the American crew waited, listening for every sound.
silently they sat about the dimly-lighted cavern, and discussed the situation.
silently, he dug into his possessions, to produce a third bag.
Crook came out of the woods so suddenly and silently that the Confederates at that end of the line were simply astounded.
c.1500, "without speech, silent, not speaking," from Latin silentem (nominative silens) "still, calm, quiet," present participle of silere "be quiet or still" (see silence (n.)). Meaning "free from noise or sound" is from 1580s.
Of letters, c.1600; of films, 1914. In the looser sense "of few words," from 1840. Phrase strong, silent (type) is attested from 1905. Silent majority in the political sense of "mass of people whose moderate views are not publicly expressed and thus overlooked" is first attested 1955 in a British context and was used by John F. Kennedy but is most associated in U.S. with the rhetoric of the Nixon administration (1969-74).
It is time for America's silent majority to stand up for its rights, and let us remember the American majority includes every minority. America's silent majority is bewildered by irrational protest. [Spiro T. Agnew, May 9, 1969]In Victorian use, the phrase meant "the dead" (1874; cf. Roman use of the noun plural of "silent" to mean "the dead"). Silence is golden (1831) is Carlyle's translation ["Sartor Resartus"] of part of the "Swiss Inscription" Sprechen ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden.
silent si·lent (sī'lənt)
Producing no detectable signs or symptoms. Used of certain diseases or pathological processes.