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Noun: silence  sI-lun(t)s
  1. The state of being silent (as when no one is speaking)
    "there was a shocked silence"; "he gestured for silence"
     
  2. The absence of sound
    "he needed silence in order to sleep";
    - quiet
     
  3. A refusal to speak when expected
    "his silence about my contribution was surprising";
    - muteness
     
  4. The trait of keeping things secret
    - secrecy, secretiveness
Verb: silence  sI-lun(t)s
  1. Cause to be quiet or not talk
    "Please silence the children in the church!";
    - hush, quieten [Brit], still, shut up, hush up
     
  2. Keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
    "All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power"
Interjection: silence  sI-lun(t)s
  1. Be silent
    "silence! Remember the people downstairs!";
    - hush, sh, shh, shush, be quiet, whisht [UK, Ireland, dialect]

Derived forms: silenced, silences, silencing

Type of: condition, conquer, curb, inhibit, sound property, stamp down, status, subdue, suppress, uncommunicativeness

Antonym: sound

Encyclopedia: Silence