- silence is golden,
- silent alarm,
- silent area,
- silent auction,
- silent barter,
- silent butler
Origin of silent
Examples from the Web for silent
Hitchcock had the historical good fortune to have worked from silent films through television.
Hitchcock is silent for a moment as Batliner checks on Connery's availability.
His entry into the business of film making was as designer and writer of title cards for silent films.
Some were silent from shock, others giddy and smiling as they boarded the U.S. Air Force C-130s.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The people behind the new film, however, have been silent on the issue.‘The Hunger Games’ Stars Silent on Thai Protesters|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When first I saw Compton it was a cloudless noon in August, the day of days in which to come alone into this silent place.Apologia Diffidentis|W. Compton Leith
The man looked confusedly up and down, to either hand, and was silent.Sir Jasper Carew|Charles James Lever
Passing through the silent village they reached a long building which Gomez said was the Romanez hacienda.The Coast of Adventure|Harold Bindloss
He felt she was looking at him, but being busy with the car he was silent.Stubble|George Looms
He was silent and sedate, and conducted himself with astonishing dignity.Buddhism, In its Connexion With Brahmanism and Hinduism, and In Its Contrast with Christianity|Sir Monier Monier-Williams
Word Origin for silent
c.1500, "without speech, silent, not speaking," from Latin silentem (nominative silens) "still, calm, quiet," present participle of silere "be quiet or still" (see silence (n.)). Meaning "free from noise or sound" is from 1580s.
Of letters, c.1600; of films, 1914. In the looser sense "of few words," from 1840. Phrase strong, silent (type) is attested from 1905. Silent majority in the political sense of "mass of people whose moderate views are not publicly expressed and thus overlooked" is first attested 1955 in a British context and was used by John F. Kennedy but is most associated in U.S. with the rhetoric of the Nixon administration (1969-74).
It is time for America's silent majority to stand up for its rights, and let us remember the American majority includes every minority. America's silent majority is bewildered by irrational protest. [Spiro T. Agnew, May 9, 1969]
In Victorian use, the phrase meant "the dead" (1874; cf. Roman use of the noun plural of "silent" to mean "the dead"). Silence is golden (1831) is Carlyle's translation ["Sartor Resartus"] of part of the "Swiss Inscription" Sprechen ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden.