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- n. silence
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. State of being silent; silence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or condition of being silent; stillness; silence.
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Frost at Midnight (9-10); the "moonlight steeped in silentness" in the Mariner's return to an alien home harbor (The Rime of the Ancyent
Lime-Tree Bower, My Prison (39), or the gothic turns: that "strange/And extreme silentness" that vexes meditation and nearly freezes the meter in
It was the striking of the church clock, distinct in the still atmosphere as if it had come from the tower hard by, which, wrapt in its solitary silentness, gave out no such sounds of life.
The silentness of death succeeded, interrupted only by the long, loud breathing of P----, and the low, melancholy howl of wolves in the mountains.
The silentness jest natcherally swamps everything after a while, and then all them queer little noises you never hear in the daytime comes popping and poking through the silentness, or kind o 'scratching their way through it sometimes, and makes it kind o' feel more silent than ever.
And having said this with a beaming face, he made a little salaam and slipped through the skylight with an agile silentness of movement which showed Becky how easily he had done it before.
Nor did we give expression to a thought which strongly oppressed me, and which I once or twice fancied I could detect in John likewise – how very like this night seemed to the night when Mr. March died; the same silentness in the house – the same windy whirl without – the same blaze of the woodfire on the same kitchen-ceiling.
They appeared little larger than pigeons, and made their tiny movements with a soft, spirit-like silentness.
His co-voyageur was without curiosity; the former pallidness and silentness resumed their dominion over him, and the lesser gentleman settled moodily back to his newspaper.
And of a very grave, I think dull, and very quiet little personage, who went about like a mouse, for silentness, and gave no trouble to anybody, excepting only to herself.