WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
si•lence /ˈsaɪləns/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -lenced, -lenc•ing, interj. 
n. [uncountable]
  1. absence of sound or noise;
    stillness:the silence of deep space.
  2. the state or fact of being silent:He received the news with silence.
  3. absence of mention or comment, as for keeping something secret:governmental silence about the scandal.

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

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

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
si•lence  (sīləns),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -lenced, -lenc•ing, interj. 
  1. absence of any sound or noise;
  2. the state or fact of being silent;
  3. absence or omission of mention, comment, or expressed concern:the conspicuous silence of our newspapers on local graft.
  4. the state of being forgotten;
    oblivion:in the news again after years of silence.
  5. concealment;

  1. to put or bring to silence;
  2. to put (doubts, fears, etc.) to rest;
  3. Militaryto still (enemy guns), as by more effective fire.

  1. be silent! "Silence!'' the teacher shouted.
  • Latin silentium. See silent, -ence
  • Old French
  • Middle English (noun, nominal) 1175–1225
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hush, quell, muzzle, gag.

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

'silence' also found in these entries:
Collocations: a [stunned, confusing, fearful] silence, an eerie silence in the [street, room, hall], [caused, there was] an awkward silence in the conversation, more...

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