What does silence mean?

Definitions for silence
ˈsaɪ lənssi·lence

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word silence.

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"


  1. silence(Noun)

    The lack of any sound.

    When the motor stopped, the silence was almost deafening.

    Etymology: From silence.

  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.

    Etymology: From silence.

  3. silence(Noun)

    The action of refraining from speaking.

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

    Etymology: From silence.

  4. silence(Verb)

    To make something silent.

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

    Etymology: From silence.

  5. silence(Verb)

    To suppress criticism etc.

    Etymology: From silence.

  6. silence(Verb)

    To block gene expression.

    Etymology: From silence.

  7. silence(Interjection)

    be quiet

    Etymology: From silence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Silence(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. silentium. See Silent.]

  2. Silence(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. silentium. See Silent.]

  3. Silence(noun)

    secrecy; as, these things were transacted in silence

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. silentium. See Silent.]

  4. Silence(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. silentium. See Silent.]

  5. Silence(noun)

    absence of mention; oblivion

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. silentium. See Silent.]

  6. Silence

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. silentium. See Silent.]

  7. Silence(verb)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. silentium. See Silent.]

  8. Silence(verb)

    to put to rest; to quiet

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. silentium. See Silent.]

  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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. silentium. See Silent.]

  10. Silence(verb)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. silentium. See Silent.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Silence

    sī′lens, n. state of being silent: absence of sound or speech: muteness: cessation of agitation: calmness: oblivion.—v.t. to cause to be silent: to put to rest: to stop.—interj. be silent!—adj. Sī′lent, free from noise: not speaking: habitually taciturn: still: not pronounced: of distilled spirit, without flavour or odour.—n. Silen′tiary, one who keeps order in an assembly.—adv. Sī′lently.—n. Sī′lentness=Silence. [L. silēre, to be silent.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. silence

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

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. silence

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

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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

Anagrams for silence »

  1. license, selenic

  2. Selenic

How to pronounce silence?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say silence in sign language?

  1. silence


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of silence in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of silence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of silence in a Sentence

  1. Marissa Janae Johnson:

    You are never going to hear Bernie Sanders speak if I don't hear silence now.

  2. Saskya Pandita:

    Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about.

  3. William Penn:

    True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.

  4. L.F. Magister:

    The silence of a heart echoes higher than thousand exalted words.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Falling in love is like submerging beneath the ocean with a submarine; you leave the outside world and wander in the silence of dimness.

Images & Illustrations of silence

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