- silence is golden,
- silent alarm,
- silent area,
- silent auction,
- silent barter,
- silent butler
Origin of silent
Examples from the Web for silently
Yasin silently drew the string of his bow and let loose an arrow.
Deprived of amplification, he silently stripped down and collapsed onstage.
They stared at me silently, then I smiled, and said, “Maybe next time.”Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins|Nick Willard|May 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Silently, he moves to grab a kombo (a whisk broom instrument)—then, softly, he taps her shoulders and head.
In the meantime OTV-3 continues to drift overhead, silently orbiting the Earth, doing whatever it does.Will The Pentagon’s Secret Space Plane Ever Return to Earth?|Kyle Mizokami|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Carefully, silently, the chief crawled down from the rock, which immediately became again a small stone.Basutoland|Minnie Martin
I believe that they silently rate each other as we do men on 'Change—worth five hundred, worth eight hundred napkins.Debit and Credit|Gustav Freytag
Her husband covered his face with his handkerchief, and silently turned from the carriage.A Russian Proprietor|Lyof N. Tolstoi
Norry gave him the drink and then sat down on the edge of the bed, silently waiting.The Plastic Age|Percy Marks
A century's silently and gently borne wrongs smoulder now and then in the deep eyes of some beautiful, dark-skinned girl.Alaska|Ella Higginson
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.