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  • n. Plural form of silence.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of silence.


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  • It is often true that, to find out what the Constitution means, one has to read its silences: in other words, if those who wrote the basic document or its amendments did not say something specific, it is a fair assumption that the Constitution does not include it, and certainly does not require it.

    Lyle Denniston: Is the 60-Vote Norm Paralyzing the Senate?

  • Mr. Orlov's case is not isolated but represents how the Kremlin silences dissent.

    Truth in the Time of Putinism

  • He read poems from his forthcoming Broken Hallelujahs (BOA) and talked about seeing race everywhere, at gas stations, in silences, in the way people are physically positioned in conversations.

    Race/Poetry Symposium : Jeffrey McDaniel : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • McGrady hopes this win silences some of the skeptics, even though the Lakers were missing Pau Gasol, who's out indefinitely with a sprained ankle.

  • With my wife, it is about the absolute trust in silences, utter longing during absences, and sharing the everyday pattern of parents, lovers and best friends.

    Archive 2004-02-01

  • All over the world, no doubt, the mountain silences breed this kind of reserve, this shrinking from the glibness of the valleys.

    Fighting France

  • I was at that stage when all her words, all her gestures, all her silences were a heavy trial to me, put a stress on my resolution, on that fidelity to myself and to her which lay like a leaden weight on my untried heart.

    The Arrow of Gold

  • The Bible is also full of silences, which is why, for many readers, it is so difficult and seems always to need further translation.

    Language Makes the Senses One

  • The artist in so-called silences merely registers certain more or less delicate sound-waves flowing in easy contours, which others have not the leisure to distinguish.

    My Tropic Isle

  • And if the silences were a little too long, they were comfortable silences and she knew that once they started their new life in California, once they made friends and had kids and settled into marriage, those silences would disappear.

    The Store


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