Definitions

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  • adv. In a silent manner; making no noise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a silent manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a silent manner; without speech or noise; not soundingly or noisily; mutely; quietly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. without speaking

Etymologies

silent +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I said the word silently to myself until the syllables collapsed into nonsense.

    Life As We Know It

  • In an attempt to prod my memory, I now began to repeat his name silently as I bent my steps homeward—Alexander Montague, Alexander Montague.

    Nevermore

  • He would close his eyes, repeat her name silently, moving his lips, one hundred times.

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  • He usually speaks my name silently, with longing in his eyes.

    Gingerbread

  • Now, after doing that, you are on the spot if you forget a person’s name, and I’m quite likely to forget it, unless I repeat the name silently to myself several times during the conversation, in addition to speaking it aloud.

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  • He pauses beside a canopy and sorts through touch, experiencing again the heat of an embrace, the wet, slippery feel against his hand of a whale rising silently from the Thames, a plume of water interacting with the moon to form a rainbow, making laughter rise inside him like bubbles.

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  • At least half of all the birds I've taken were shot after 9 am and/or came in silently with no gobbling at all.

    This is the first year ive been drawn for turkey hunting.

  • You can easily make the argument that reading silently is an economic artifact, a sign of a new prosperity beginning in the early 19th century and a new cheapness in books.

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  • The doctor squeezed her shoulder then slipped silently from the room.

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  • I call silently to George and he comes up beside me, at my elbow, as puzzled as I am.

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  • "Silently. Slience is always proper. When I understand this better I'll stop talking. You won't be able to hear me for miles. I will radiate silence like a dark star shining in the gaps between syllables and conversation." - 'Lanark', Alasdair Gray.

    December 13, 2007