- a person or thing that silences.
- a device for deadening the report of a firearm.
- Chiefly British. the muffler on an internal-combustion engine.
Origin of silencer
Examples from the Web for silencer
Gaga's featured in it, looking glam and wielding her weapon of choice: a handgun with a silencer.Lady Gaga’s Kick-Ass Movie Debut As A Sexy Assassin In ‘Machete Kills’
October 8, 2013
And it seems no one heard a sound, leading to the presumption that the killer—or killers—used a silencer.Murder on the Rue Lafayette
January 29, 2013
Three of the four had driven from Sweden into Denmark armed with a machine gun with silencer and a pistol.Bin Laden Message to France: Full Court Press on Afghanistan
January 21, 2011
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.Dave Dawson on the Russian Front
R. Sidney Bowen
Only that day he had worked with Mr. Cassar, the engineer, who had been making a silencer for the motor.Command
She was carrying the gun, unscrewing the silencer as we walked.Murder at Bridge
- 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
Word Origin and History for silencer
c.1600, "person who silences," agent noun from silence (v.). Meaning "mechanism that stifles the sound of a motor or firearm" is from 1898.