silent

[ sahy-luhnt ]
/ ˈsaɪ lənt /

adjective

noun

Usually silents. silent films.

Nearby words

  1. silence is golden,
  2. silenced,
  3. silencer,
  4. silene,
  5. silenos,
  6. silent alarm,
  7. silent area,
  8. silent auction,
  9. silent barter,
  10. silent butler

Origin of silent

1555–65; < Latin silent- (stem of silēns), present participle of silēre to be quiet; see -ent

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See still1.

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British Dictionary definitions for silent

silent

/ (ˈsaɪlənt) /

adjective

noun

a silent film
Derived Formssilently, adverbsilentness, noun

Word Origin for silent

C16: from Latin silēns, from silēre to be quiet

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Word Origin and History for silent

silent

adj.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for silent

silent

[ sīlənt ]

adj.

Producing no detectable signs or symptoms. Used of certain diseases or pathological processes.

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Science definitions for silent

silent

[ sīlənt ]

Relating to a mutation that changes a nucleotide in a codon without a difference in the amino acid for which it is coded. See more at point mutation.
Producing no detectable signs or symptoms, as a medical condition such as heart attack.
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