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Definition of "silent" []

  • Marked by absence of noise or sound; still. (adjective)
  • Not inclined to speak; not talkative. (adjective)
  • Unable to speak. (adjective)
  • Refraining from speech: Do be silent. (adjective)
  • Not voiced or expressed; unspoken: a silent curse; silent consent. (adjective)
  • Characterized by an absence or near absence of noise or sound (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Tending to speak very little or not at all (adjective)
  • Unable to speak (adjective)
  • Failing to speak, communicate, etc, when expected (adjective)
  • Not spoken or expressed (adjective)
  • Not active or in operation (adjective)
  • (of a letter) used in the conventional orthography of a word but no longer pronounced in that word (adjective)
  • Denoting a film that has no accompanying soundtrack, esp one made before 1927, when such soundtracks were developed (adjective)
  • A silent film (noun)

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Use "silent" in a sentence
  • "Sometimes, to remain silent is to lie, since silence can be interpreted as assent."
  • "The term silent evidence comes from a book I am currently enjoying, entitled "Fooled by Randomness" by a former securities trader named Nassim Taleb. which I have mentioned before."
  • "But alone among the major parties here, the Salafi candidates have embraced the powerful strain of populism that helped rally the public against the crony capitalism of the Mubarak era and seems at times to echo - like the phrase "silent majority" - right-wing movements in the United States and Europe."