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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
si•lence /ˈsaɪləns/USA pronunciation
n., v., -lenced, -lenc•ing, interj. n. [uncountable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [~ + object]
- 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.
- 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.
- (used as a command) to be silent:"Silence!'' she snapped.
(sī′ləns),USA pronunciation n., v., -lenced, -lenc•ing, interj. n.
- absence of any sound or noise;
- the state or fact of being silent;
- absence or omission of mention, comment, or expressed concern:the conspicuous silence of our newspapers on local graft.
- the state of being forgotten;
oblivion:in the news again after years of silence.
- to put or bring to silence;
- to put (doubts, fears, etc.) to rest;
- Militaryto still (enemy guns), as by more effective fire.
- 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
- the state or quality of being silent
- the absence of sound or noise; stillness
- refusal or failure to speak, communicate, etc, when expected: his silence on the subject of their promotion was alarming
- a period of time without noise
- oblivion or obscurity
Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Latin silēntium, from silēre to be quiet. See silent
- to bring to silence
- to put a stop to; extinguish: to silence all complaint
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