WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
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.

interj. 
  1. (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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