from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition or quality of being or keeping still and silent.
- n. The absence of sound; stillness.
- n. A period of time without speech or noise.
- n. Refusal or failure to speak out.
- transitive v. To make silent or bring to silence: silenced the crowd with a gesture.
- transitive v. To curtail the expression of; suppress: silencing all criticism; silenced their opponents.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The lack of any sound.
- n. Form of meditative worship practiced by the Society of Friends (Quakers); meeting for worship.
- n. The action of refraining from speaking.
- v. To make (someone or something) silent.
- v. To suppress criticism, etc.
- v. To block gene expression.
- interj. be quiet
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise; absolute stillness.
- n. Forbearance from, or absence of, speech; taciturnity; muteness.
- n. Secrecy.
- n. The cessation of rage, agitation, or tumilt; calmness; quiest.
- n. Absence of mention; oblivion.
- interj. Be silent; -- used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence.
- transitive v. To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush.
- transitive v. To put to rest; to quiet.
- transitive v. To restrain from the exercise of any function, privilege of instruction, or the like, especially from the act of preaching.
- transitive v. To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to be or keep silent; put or bring to silence; restrain from speech or noise; stop the noise of: as, to silence a battery or a gun-boat.
- To restrain from speech about something; cause or induce to be silent on a particular subject or class of subjects; make silent or speechless, as by restraint of privilege or license, or by unanswerable argument.
- Hence To make quiescent; put at rest or into abeyance; stop the activity of: as, to silence one's conscience.
- n. The state of being or keeping silent; forbearance or restraint of sound; abstinence from speech or other noise; muteness; reticence: as, to listen in silence; the chairman rapped for silence.
- n. Absence of sound or noise; general stillness within the range or the power of hearing: as, the silence of midnight; the silence of the tomb.
- n. Absence of mention: as, the silence of Scripture (on a particular subject); oblivion; obscurity.
- n. In distilled spirits, want of flavor and odor; flatness; deadness. See silent spirit, under silent.
- n. In music, same as rest, 8.
- n. Synonyms See silent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to be quiet or not talk
- n. the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking)
- n. the trait of keeping things secret
- n. a refusal to speak when expected
- n. the absence of sound
- v. keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
Now, of these four modes of misleading others by the tongue, when there is a _justa causa_ (supposing there can be such) -- a material lie, that is an untruth which is not a lie, an equivocation, an evasion, and silence, -- First, I have no difficulty whatever in recognizing as allowable the method of _silence_.
“The most likely outcome of this silence is a raise,” Chapman writes.
To this day, when a glass drops, she's reflexively brought back to what she describes as a "silence of death all around."
Whatever the cause might be of the diffidence Mr. Harris sees in the approach of scientists to issues of value and morality, their silence is the sine qua non of arguments like his.
You have to look at yourself naked in silence, which is why television, radio, and any other distractions are so popular with society.
I think their silence is an example of good old Canadian patriotism.
Margaret's goal was always to get away from the crowds and experience what she referred to as the silence of the woods.
Of course, you can't win, because if you say nothing, your silence is also understood to be an admission of guilt.
IFILL: Well I think that's what we're really seeing from this and I hope we don't miss this opportunity to break what I call the silence that surrounds this history.
A murder of crows looks on in silence from the eucalyptus trees above as we stand over the bodies — who look as if they might roll over, wake from a dream and question us about the blood drying on their scalps, the bullets lodged in the back of their skulls, to ask where their wives and children are this morning, and why this hovering of flies, the taste of flatbread and chai gone from their mouths as they stretch and rise, wondering who these strangers are who would kick their hard feet, saying
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