- Silence is a complete absence of sound, or not talking, or not talking about a specific issue.
- When everyone refuses to talk about a scandal, this is an example of a time when there is silence on the scandal.
- When you are the only person in a church and there is no music, no foot steps or no sound at all, this is an example of silence.
- To silence is to cause someone to stop speaking, or to cause noise to stop.
When you cut someone off and make him be quiet, this is an example of a time when you silence him.
- the state or fact of keeping silent; a refraining from speech or from making noise
- absence of any sound or noise; stillness
- a withholding of knowledge or omission of mention: to note an author's silence on a point
- failure to communicate, write, keep in touch, etc.
- oblivion or obscurity
Origin of silenceOld French from Classical Latin silentium from silens: see silent
transitive verb-·lenced, -·lenc·ing
- to cause to be silent; still; quiet
- to put down; repress
- to put (enemy guns) out of action
- The condition or quality of being or keeping still and silent.
- The absence of sound; stillness.
- A period of time without speech or noise.
- Refusal or failure to speak out.
verbtransitivesi·lenced, si·lenc·ing, si·lenc·es
- To make silent or bring to silence: silenced the crowd with a gesture.
- To curtail the expression of; suppress: silencing all criticism; silenced their opponents.
- Genetics To interfere with the expression of (a gene or gene segment) so that its biological function is suppressed.
Origin of silenceMiddle English from Old French from Latin silentium from silēns silent- present participle of silēre to be silent
(usually uncountable, plural silences)
- The lack of any sound.
- When the motor stopped, the silence was almost deafening.
- The act of refraining from speaking.
- "You have the right to silence," said the police officer.
- Form of meditative worship practiced by the Society of Friends (Quakers); meeting for worship.
- During silence a message came to me that there was that of God in every person.
(third-person singular simple present silences, present participle silencing, simple past and past participle silenced)
From Old French silence.