WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
si•lence /ˈsaɪləns/USA pronunciation
n., v., -lenced, -lenc•ing,interj.
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.
(used as a command) to be silent:"Silence!'' she snapped.
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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