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Definitions of silence

  1. cause to be quiet or not talk; "Please silence the children in the church!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a refusal to speak when expected; "his silence about my contribution was surprising" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the absence of sound; "he needed silence in order to sleep"; "the street was quiet" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the trait of keeping things secret Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure; "All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking); "there was a shocked silence"; "he gestured for silence" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. The state of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise; absolute stillness. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Forbearance from, or absence of, speech; taciturnity; muteness. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Secrecy; as, these things were transacted in silence. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The cessation of rage, agitation, or tumilt; calmness; quiest; as, the elements were reduced to silence. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Absence of mention; oblivion. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To put to rest; to quiet. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To restrain from the exercise of any function, privilege of instruction, or the like, especially from the act of preaching; as, to silence a minister of the gospel. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Be silent; - used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Be silent!. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. The state of being still or mute; absence of sound or noise; stillness; forbearance from, or absence of, mention. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. To cause to be still; to quiet; to take permission to speak away from; cause to cease firing, as hostile guns. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. State of being silent: absence of sound or speech: muteness: cessation of agitation: calmness: oblivion. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. To cause to be silent: to put to rest: to stop. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. Stillness; quiet; absence of sound or speech. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. To make silent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. To render silent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. The state of being silent; a keeping still and mute. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. Secrecy. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. Stillness or the entire absence of sound; forbearance of speech or noise; habitual taciturnity; secrecy; quiet; absence of mention; oblivion. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. To restrain from noise or speaking; to still; to quiet; to cause to cease firing; to stop; to restrain from preaching; to put an end to. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. Entire absence of sound or noise; temporary cessation of speech in man; stillness; quiet. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. To restrain from noise or speaking; to still; to appease; to stop; to put an end to. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. Let there be no speech or noise. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. Be silent; -- used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence. mso.anu.edu.au
  33. Be silent; used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence. dictgcide_fs
  34. s[=i]'lens, n. state of being silent: absence of sound or speech: muteness: cessation of agitation: calmness: oblivion.--v.t. to cause to be silent: to put to rest: to stop.--interj. be silent!--adj. S[=I]'LENT, free from noise: not speaking: habitually taciturn: still: not pronounced: of distilled spirit, without flavour or odour.--n. SILEN'TIARY, one who keeps order in an assembly.--adv. S[=I]'LENTLY.--n. S[=I]'LENTNESS=Silence. [L. sil[=e]re, to be silent.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  35. Abstinence from speech or noise, being silent, taciturnity, non-betrayal of secret &c., fact of not mentioning a thing (the s. of Scripture on the subject); absence of sound, stillness; oblivion, state of not being mentioned, (have passed into s.). (Vb) make silent by force, superior argument, &c. (silenced the enemy\'s batteries, the best debaters in the House, the voice of conscience). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  36. keep, break, s., abstain from speaking, speak; put to s., (esp.) refute in argument; in s., without speech or other sound. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  37. n. State of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise;-forbearance from or absence of speech;—secrecy; — cessation of rage, agitation, or tumult; calmness; quiet;—absence of mention; oblivion. Cabinet Dictionary

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