What does silent mean?

Definitions for silent
ˈsaɪ ləntsilent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. silent, soundless, stilladjective

    marked by absence of sound

    "a silent house"; "soundless footsteps on the grass"; "the night was still"

  2. mum, silentadjective

    failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to

    "the witness remained silent"

  3. silent, tacit, understoodadjective

    implied by or inferred from actions or statements

    "gave silent consent"; "a tacit agreement"; "the understood provisos of a custody agreement"

  4. silent, unsoundedadjective

    not made to sound

    "the silent `h' at the beginning of `honor'"; "in French certain letters are often unsounded"

  5. silentadjective

    having a frequency below or above the range of human audibility

    "a silent dog whistle"

  6. dumb, mute, silentadjective

    unable to speak because of hereditary deafness


  1. silentnoun

    That which is silent; a time of silence.

  2. silentnoun

    A silent movie

  3. silentadjective

    Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.

  4. silentadjective

    Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative.

  5. silentadjective

    Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed; as, the wind is silent. Parnell. Sir W. Raleigh.

  6. silentadjective

    Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, "e is silent in fable."

  7. silentadjective

    Having no effect; not operating; inefficient.

  8. silentadjective

    Without audio capability.

    The Magnavox Odyssey was a silent console.

  9. silentadjective

    Hidden, unseen, as a silent voter or silent partner.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Silentadjective

    Etymology: silens, Latin.

    O my God, I cry in the day time, and in the night season I am not silent. Psalms xxii. 2.

    Silent, and in face
    Confounded long they sat as stricken mute. John Milton.

    Be not silent to me: lest if thou be silent, I become like those that go down into the pit. Psalms xxviii. 1.

    Ulysses, adds he, was the most eloquent and most silent of men; he knew that a word spoken never wrought so much good as a word conceal’d. Notes on the Odyssey.

    Deep night, dark night, the silent of the night,
    The time of night when Troy was set on fire,
    The time when screech-owls cry, and ban-dogs howl. William Shakespeare.

    Now is the pleasant time,
    The cool, the silent, save where silence yields
    To the night-warbling bird. John Milton.

    Second and instrumental causes, together with nature itself, without that operative faculty which God gave them, would become silent, virtueless and dead. Walter Raleigh, History.

    The sun to me is dark,
    And silent as the moon,
    When she deserts the night,
    Hid in her vacant interlunar cave. John Milton.

    This new created world, whereof in hell
    Fame is not silent. John Milton.


  1. Silent

    Silent may mean any of the following:

Webster Dictionary

  1. Silentadjective

    free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet

  2. Silentadjective

    not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative

  3. Silentadjective

    keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed; as, the wind is silent

  4. Silentadjective

    not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, e is silent in "fable."

  5. Silentadjective

    having no effect; not operating; inefficient

  6. Silentnoun

    that which is silent; a time of silence


  1. Silent

    Silent were a Brazilian arena rock band from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'silent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2626

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'silent' in Adjectives Frequency: #357

Anagrams for silent »

  1. tinsel

  2. inlets

  3. leints

  4. listen

  5. enlist

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of silent in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of silent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of silent in a Sentence

  1. John Stemberger:

    Federalist Society's Federalist Society, supreme Court is not just four or eight years. You're talking about 20 to 30 years out. I think that it's a very significant, silent but powerful influence that he has into the future.

  2. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor:

    The order stays silent on the rules of having no more than 10 individuals at one location and a requirement to stay 6 feet apart in those locations.

  3. Kedar Joshi:

    Ask a scientist a very profound question on his science, and he will be silent. Ask a religious person a very simple question on his religion, and he will be frenzied.

  4. Mohammed Amari:

    We will not be silent, we will rebel if any one touches our interests and our work, whatever the political color of the rulers, whether Islamist or secular, old system or a new system.

  5. RJ Intindola:

    Your legacy among family and friends shall resemble a blank page while you remain silent when others threaten our constitutional values.

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    expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language
    • A. soft-witted
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