• WordNet 3.6
    • n silencer a tubular acoustic device inserted in the exhaust system that is designed to reduce noise
    • n silencer short tube attached to the muzzle of a gun that deadens the sound of firing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Actress Michelle Pfeiffer was the first choice to play Clarice Starling in the movie "Silence of the Lambs." She turned down the role because she found it too scary
    • n Silencer One that silences;
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In "Silence of the Lambs", Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) does not blink in any scene.
    • n silencer One who or that which silences.
    • n silencer Same as muffler .
    • n silencer A device, invented by H. P. Maxim, for silencing, or greatly reducing, the noise produced by the discharge of a rifle or other firearm. It is in the form of a steel tube, several inches in length, which can be attached to the muzzle of the gun.
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  • Ben Becht
    Ben Becht
    “There's a thing that keeps surprising you about stormy old friends after they die; their silence.”
  • Phillips Brooks
    “A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.”
  • Sheryl Condie
    Sheryl Condie
    “A friend is someone you can be alone with and have nothing to do and not be able to think of anything to say and be comfortable in the silence.”
  • David Tyson Gentry
    David Tyson Gentry
    “True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.”
  • John Enoch Powell
    John Enoch Powell
    “If I cannot understand my friend's silence, I will never get to understand his words.”
  • C. S. Robinson
    C. S. Robinson
    “There are times when God asks nothing of his children except silence, patience and tears.”


Silence is golden - It is often better to say nothing than to talk, so silence is golden.


In literature:

Some, although oppressed by the silence, asked what it was and were silenced quickly.
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
He sat in silence, but somehow his silence was kind.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
But in the silence of the night Madame Depine had another inspiration.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
Here, too, dwelt absolute solitude and absolute silence.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
Again, with simplicity, she accepted, and there fell a silence between them while she ate, her eyes again upon the fire.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Rhoda and John returned in a silence that lasted until DeWitt lifted Rhoda from the buggy to the veranda.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
She was one of those who had learnt the art of silence.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
They walked for some time in silence.
"Sunrise" by William Black
Then there fell a silence once more.
"None Other Gods" by Robert Hugh Benson
A silence like the silence of despair reigned in the house.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

In poetry:

The firelight flamed and flickered,
The embers fell apart,
I woke to empty silence,
With sorrow at my heart.
"Himself" by Alice Guerin Crist
Now better were the silence,
The peace divine and deep,
In dream and tranced vision
Upon thy breast to sleep!
"The Eternal Infant" by Manmohan Ghose
A gift of Silence, sweet!
Who may not ever hear:
To lay down at your unobservant feet,
Is all the gift I bear.
"Amor Umbratilis" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
And there were hidden mossy dells
That she knew only,
Where Beauty born of silence dwells
Mysterious, lonely.
"The River Maiden" by Victor James Daley
Tired at last of song and play,
They found a canyon deep
And in its echoing silences
They made a place to weep.
"The Bridge Builder" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Thy song shall soon be silenced;
I feel it... For I know
Thy heart is near to bursting
With loneliness and woe.
"In The Wilderness" by Morris Rosenfeld

In news:

Campo Breaks Silence On TheaterWorks Exit.
On warm nights the peepers' chorus can be heard, but there have been many nights of silence this past week.
After Le Choc , An Uneasy Silence-What's Been Lost.
A moment of silence for silent prayer.
I was settled by 2.15 pm Five minutes later the silence breaks with the sound of deer running through the dry November leaves.
Cissy Houston is breaking her silence.
"There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal," proclaimed Rev.
An Enigma Cloaked In a Veil of Silence.
For Many an End to Silence.
National political silence related to gun violence deafening .
Media Silence Is Deafening About Important Gun News.
UO's silence is deafening on Moos call.
CINCINNATI — The silence in the Milwaukee Brewers' clubhouse vividly described their plight.
After Decades of Acts Like Patti Smith and the Fugees, Silence for a Village Club.
The unauthorized parody of Jonathan Demme's Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs" stars Brent Barrett and Jenn Harris.

In science:

Iwasawa frame variables 4 Asymptotic silence, locality, and the silent boundary Discussion of the basic concepts and assumptions about generic spacelike singularities in the dynamical systems approach.
The cosmological billiard attractor
Asymptotic silence and asymptotic local dynamics are closely related concepts.
The cosmological billiard attractor
A Assumption: Asymptotic silence and asymptotically local dynamics.
The cosmological billiard attractor
The asymptotic causal structure associated with asymptotic silence indicates that local and quasi-local aspects, and not global ones, are most important when trying to understand the physics of generic spacelike singularities in GR.
The cosmological billiard attractor
The asymptotic causal structure associated with asymptotic silence suggests considerable temporal gauge robustness, and we expect a large class of time choices to be compatible with asymptotic local dynamics.
The cosmological billiard attractor