Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Music Be silent. Used chiefly as a direction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. instruction indicating silence on the part of the performers of a piece

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • It is silent; -- a direction for a vocal or instrumental part to be silent during a whole movement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In musical notation, an indication that the instrument or voice in whose part it is inserted is silent for a time.

Etymologies

Latin, third person sing. present tense of tacēre, to be silent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tacēre (to be silent) (Wiktionary)

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