WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
si•lence /ˈsaɪləns/USA pronunciation n., v., -lenced, -lenc•ing,interj. 

n. [uncountable]
  • absence of sound or noise;
    stillness:the silence of deep space.
  • the state or fact of being silent:He received the news with silence.
  • absence of mention or comment, as for keeping something secret:governmental silence about the scandal.

  • v. [+ object]
  • to put to silence; still:The teacher could silence the class with just one stern look.
  • to put (doubts, etc.) to rest;
    quiet:Her performance silenced all doubts about her talent.

  • interj. 
  • (used as a command) to be silent:"Silence!'' she snapped.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    silence /ˈsaɪləns/ n
    1. the state or quality of being silent
    2. the absence of sound or noise; stillness
    3. refusal or failure to speak, communicate, etc, when expected: his silence on the subject of their promotion was alarming
    4. a period of time without noise
    5. oblivion or obscurity
    vb (transitive)
    1. to bring to silence
    2. to put a stop to; extinguish: to silence all complaint
    Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Latin silēntium, from silēre to be quiet. See silent

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