Silent

  • 1 Silent — Si lent, a. [L. silens, entis, p. pr. of silere to be silent; akin to Goth. ana silan.] 1. Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet. [1913 Webster] How silent is this town! Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Not speaking; indisposed to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 silent — si·lent adj 1: making no utterance: resolved not to speak esp. about a certain topic the right to remain silent 2: making no mention or account: omitting explanation and leaving questions unanswered a criminal statute silent as to the requirement …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 silent — [sī′lənt] adj. [L silens < prp. of silere, to be silent, still, prob. < IE base * sē(i) , * sī , to rest > SEED, SIDE, Goth ( ana)silan, to cease (of the wind)] 1. making no vocal sound; not speaking; speechless; mute 2. seldom speaking; …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 silent — 1 Silent, uncommunicative, taciturn, reticent, reserved, secretive, close, close lipped, closemouthed, tight lipped are comparable when they mean showing restraint in speaking to or with others. Silent and uncommunicative often imply a tendency… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 silent — (adj.) 1560s, from L. silentem, from silere (see SILENCE (Cf. silence)). Phrase strong, silent (type) is attested from 1905. Silent majority in the political sense of mass of people whose moderate views are not publicly expressed and thus… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 Silent — Si lent, n. That which is silent; a time of silence. [R.] The silent of the night. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 silent — [adj1] quiet; speechless bashful, buttoned up*, checked, clammed up*, close, closed up, closemouthed, curbed, dumb, dummied up*, faint, hush, hushed, iced*, inarticulate, incoherent, inconversable, indistinct, inhibited, laconic, mousy, mum, mute …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 silent — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not making or accompanied by any sound. 2) not speaking or not spoken aloud. 3) (of a film) without an accompanying soundtrack. 4) (of a letter) written but not pronounced, e.g. b in doubt. 5) not prone to speak much. DERIVATIVES… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 silent — si|lent [ saılənt ] adjective *** ▸ 1 not making noise ▸ 2 place: very quiet ▸ 3 refusing to talk/inform ▸ 4 without noticeable signs ▸ 5 letter: not pronounced ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) a silent person or group of people does not talk, laugh, or make… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10 silent */*/*/ — UK [ˈsaɪlənt] / US adjective 1) a silent person or group of people does not talk, laugh, or make any noise Everyone was totally silent as the president spoke. a crowd of silent onlookers a) used about a person who does not usually talk to other… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 silent — [[t]sa͟ɪlənt[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ Someone who is silent is not speaking. Trish was silent because she was reluctant to put her thoughts into words... He spoke no English and was completely silent during the visit... They both fell… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 silent — si|lent W3 [ˈsaılənt] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(not speaking)¦ 2¦(not communicating)¦ 3¦(quiet)¦ 4¦(films)¦ 5¦(letter)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , present participle of silere to be silent ] 1.) ¦(NOT SPEAKING)¦ …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 silent — adjective 1 NOT SPEAKING a) not saying anything: Phil was silent for a moment as he thought about his reply. | fall silent (=become quiet): The crowd fell silent when the President appeared. b) not talking much to other people: Nate was in his… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 silent — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English sylent, from Latin silent , silens, from present participle of silēre to be silent; akin to Gothic anasilan to cease, grow calm Date: 15th century 1. a. making no utterance ; mute, speechless b. indisposed… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 silent — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ become, fall, go, grow ▪ The crowd fell silent as she began to speak. ▪ The …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 silent — silently, adv. silentness, n. /suy leuhnt/, adj. 1. making no sound; quiet; still: a silent motor. 2. refraining from speech. 3. speechless; mute. 4. not inclined to speak; taciturn; reticent. 5. characterized by absence of speech or sound: a… …

    Universalium

  • 17 silent — Producing no detectable signs or symptoms, said of certain diseases or morbid processes. * * * si·lent sī lənt adj 1) not exhibiting the usual signs or symptoms of presence <a silent infection> <silent gallstones> <silent… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 18 silent*/*/ — [ˈsaɪlənt] adj 1) not talking or making any noise a crowd of silent onlookers[/ex] Everyone fell silent (= stopped talking) as the president walked in.[/ex] 2) a silent place is very quiet The old house was completely silent.[/ex] 3) refusing to… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 silent — si•lent [[t]ˈsaɪ lənt[/t]] adj. 1) making no sound; quiet; still 2) refraining from speech 3) speechless; mute 4) not inclined to speak 5) characterized by absence of speech or sound: silent prayers[/ex] 6) unspoken; tacit: a silent assent[/ex]… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 silent — 1. adjective /ˈsaɪlənt/ a) Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet. How silent is this town! b) Not speaking; …

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