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silencer

[ sahy-luhn-ser ]
/ ˈsaɪ lən sər /
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noun

a person or thing that silences.
a device for deadening the report of a firearm.
Chiefly British. the muffler on an internal-combustion engine.

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Origin of silencer

First recorded in 1625–35; silence + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for silencer

silencer
/ (ˈsaɪlənsə) /

noun

any device designed to reduce noise, esp the tubular device containing baffle plates in the exhaust system of a motor vehicleUS and Canadian name: muffler
a tubular device fitted to the muzzle of a firearm to deaden the report
a person or thing that silences
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