- absence of any sound or noise; stillness.
- the state or fact of being silent; muteness.
- absence or omission of mention, comment, or expressed concern: the conspicuous silence of our newspapers on local graft.
- the state of being forgotten; oblivion: in the news again after years of silence.
- concealment; secrecy.
- to put or bring to silence; still.
- to put (doubts, fears, etc.) to rest; quiet.
- Military. to still (enemy guns), as by more effective fire.
- be silent! “Silence!” the teacher shouted.
Origin of silence
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Examples from the Web for silence
If so, he has his silence -- on top of poor judgment -- to blame.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
Jay is hard to empathize with and his silence suggests that, yeah, something is up.The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline
December 31, 2014
“Do not use complaints, courts and lawyers to beat and to silence the enemy,” the NOA activists wrote.Italy’s Terror on the Tracks
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 28, 2014
The families announced along with it that they had entered a “phase of silence” surrounding the details of the new deal.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
These are men who now have wives and children, and their silence so many years later shows how morally bankrupt they remain.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
The silence remained unbroken, until Paralus asked for music.
Eudora persevered in silence, but her agitation obviously increased.
He was busy almost half an hour, while Uncle Peter smoked in silence.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Each instinctively touched the other's arm, as a signal for silence.
Robert pointed in silence to the huge rock which lay on the track.Brave and Bold
- the state or quality of being silent
- the absence of sound or noise; stillness
- refusal or failure to speak, communicate, etc, when expectedhis silence on the subject of their promotion was alarming
- a period of time without noise
- oblivion or obscurity
- to bring to silence
- to put a stop to; extinguishto silence all complaint
Word Origin and History for silence
c.1200, "muteness, state of being silent," from Old French silence "state of being silent; absence of sound," from Latin silentium "a being silent," from silens, present participle of silere "be quiet or still," of unknown origin. Meaning "absence of sound" in English is from late 14c.
1560s, intransitive, "become still or silent;" 1590s, transitive, "make silent," from silence (n.). Related: Silenced; silencing.