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Definition of "silence" []

  • The condition or quality of being or keeping still and silent. (noun)
  • The absence of sound; stillness. (noun)
  • A period of time without speech or noise. (noun)
  • Refusal or failure to speak out. (noun)
  • To make silent or bring to silence: silenced the crowd with a gesture. (verb-transitive)

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.

Use "silence" in a sentence
  • "Now, of these four modes of misleading others by the tongue, when there is a _justa causa_ (supposing there can be such) -- a material lie, that is an untruth which is not a lie, an equivocation, an evasion, and silence, -- First, I have no difficulty whatever in recognizing as allowable the method of _silence_."
  • "“The most likely outcome of this silence is a raise,” Chapman writes."
  • "To this day, when a glass drops, she's reflexively brought back to what she describes as a "silence of death all around.""