[ sahy-luh n-ser ]
/ ˈsaɪ lən sər /


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

First recorded in 1625–35; silence + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for silencer

/ (ˈsaɪlənsə) /


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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