Definitions for silenceˈsaɪ ləns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

si•lenceˈsaɪ ləns(n.; v.; interj.)-lenced, -lenc•ing

  1. (n.)absence of any sound or noise; stillness.

  2. the state or fact of being silent.

  3. absence or omission of mention or comment.

  4. the state of being forgotten; oblivion.

  5. concealment; secrecy.

  6. (v.t.)to put or bring to silence; still.

  7. to put (doubts, fears, etc.) to rest; quiet.

  8. (interj.)be silent!

Origin of silence:

1175–1225; < OF < L silentium. See silent , -ence

Princeton's WordNet

  1. silence(noun)

    the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking)

    "there was a shocked silence"; "he gestured for silence"

  2. silence, quiet(noun)

    the absence of sound

    "he needed silence in order to sleep"; "the street was quiet"

  3. muteness, silence(noun)

    a refusal to speak when expected

    "his silence about my contribution was surprising"

  4. secrecy, secretiveness, silence(verb)

    the trait of keeping things secret

  5. hush, quieten, silence, still, shut up, hush up(verb)

    cause to be quiet or not talk

    "Please silence the children in the church!"

  6. silence(verb)

    keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure

    "All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. silence(noun)ˈsaɪ ləns

    when there is complete quiet

    The silence in the school yard was strange.

  2. silenceˈsaɪ ləns

    when sb does not talk

    She maintained her silence throughout the day.

  3. silenceˈsaɪ ləns

    a short period when everyone is quiet as a sign of respect

    a two minute silence to remember those who died

  4. silence(verb)ˈsaɪ ləns

    to do sth to prevent sb from talking about sth

    They say the mafia silenced him.

  5. silenceˈsaɪ ləns

    to stop sb or sth from making any sound

    a plan to silence the dog

Wiktionary

  1. silence(Noun)

    The lack of any sound.

    When the motor stopped, the silence was almost deafening.

  2. silence(Noun)

    Form of meditative worship practiced by the Society of Friends (Quakers); meeting for worship.

    During silence a message came to me that there was that of God in every person.

  3. silence(Noun)

    The action of refraining from speaking.

    "You have the right to silence," said the police officer.

  4. silence(Verb)

    To make something silent.

    Can you silence the crowd, so we can start the show?

  5. silence(Verb)

    To suppress criticism etc.

  6. silence(Verb)

    To block gene expression.

  7. silence(Interjection)

    be quiet

  8. Origin: From silence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Silence(noun)

    the state of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise; absolute stillness

  2. Silence(noun)

    forbearance from, or absence of, speech; taciturnity; muteness

  3. Silence(noun)

    secrecy; as, these things were transacted in silence

  4. Silence(noun)

    the cessation of rage, agitation, or tumilt; calmness; quiest; as, the elements were reduced to silence

  5. Silence(noun)

    absence of mention; oblivion

  6. Silence

    be silent; -- used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence

  7. Silence(verb)

    to compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush

  8. Silence(verb)

    to put to rest; to quiet

  9. Silence(verb)

    to restrain from the exercise of any function, privilege of instruction, or the like, especially from the act of preaching; as, to silence a minister of the gospel

  10. Silence(verb)

    to cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy

Freebase

  1. Silence

    Silence is the lack of audible sound or presence of sounds of very low intensity. By analogy, the word silence can also refer to any absence of communication, including in media other than speech. Silence is also used as total communication, in reference to non verbal communication and spiritual connection. Silence also refers to no sounds uttered by anybody in a room or area. Silence is an important factor in many cultural spectacles, as in rituals. In discourse analysis, speakers use brief absences of speech to mark the boundaries of prosodic units. Silence in speech can be hesitation, stutters, self-correction—or deliberate slowing of speech to clarify or aid processing of ideas. These are short silences. Longer pauses in language occur in interactive roles, reactive tokens, or turn-taking. According to cultural norms, silence can be positive or negative. For example, in a Christian Methodist faith organization silence and reflection during the sermons might be appreciated by the congregation, while in a Southern Baptist church, silence might mean disagreement with what is being said, or perhaps disconnectedness from the congregated community.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. silence

    A trick of the human gullet that conceals weakness or emptiness.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'silence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1783

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'silence' in Nouns Frequency: #812


Translations for silence

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

silence(noun)

(a period of) absence of sound or of speech

A sudden silence followed his remark.

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