Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a silent manner.

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  • adverb In a silent manner; making no noise.

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

  • adverb without speaking

Etymologies

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silent +‎ -ly

Examples

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

    Life As We Know It

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

    Life As We Know It

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

    Life As We Know It

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

    Life As We Know It

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

    Life As We Know It

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

    Life As We Know It

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

    Life As We Know It

  • 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.

    Her Fearful Symmetry

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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