silent

Definitions

  • The prince looks thoughtfully at the silent Dorani
    The prince looks thoughtfully at the silent Dorani
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj silent unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
    • adj silent having a frequency below or above the range of human audibility "a silent dog whistle"
    • adj silent not made to sound "the silent `h' at the beginning of `honor'","in French certain letters are often unsounded"
    • adj silent failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to "the witness remained silent"
    • adj silent implied by or inferred from actions or statements "gave silent consent","a tacit agreement","the understood provisos of a custody agreement"
    • adj silent marked by absence of sound "a silent house","soundless footsteps on the grass","the night was still"
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A silent tribute to the brave A silent tribute to the brave

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On April 6, 1925, the first in-flight movie was shown. It was a silent film and appeared on a Deutsche Luft Hansa flight
    • Silent Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet. "How silent is this town!"
    • Silent Having no effect; not operating; inefficient. "Cause . . . silent , virtueless, and dead."
    • Silent Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed; as, the wind is silent .
    • Silent (Pron) Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, e is silent in “fable.”
    • Silent Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative. "Ulysses, adds he, was the most eloquent and most silent of men.""This new-created world, whereof in hell
      Fame is not silent ."
    • n Silent That which is silent; a time of silence. "The silent of the night."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The "countdown" (counting down from 10 for an event such as New-Years Day) was first used in a 1929 German silent film called "Die Frau Im Monde" (The Girl in the Moon).
    • silent Not speaking, or making a noise with the voice; withholding or restraining vocal sounds; mute; dumb; speechless: as, a silent spectator; silent watchers.
    • silent In a restricted use, not given to speaking; using; few words; not loquacious.
    • silent Not speaking about some specified thing; withholding mention or statement; saying nothing; uncommunicative.
    • silent Lacking authority or ability to speak, as about something of personal concern; not having a voice; disqualified for speech: as, a silent partner in a firm (see partner); the silent part of creation.
    • silent Not uttered or expressed with the voice; unmarked by utterance or demonstrative speech; unspoken; unsounded: as, silent agony or endurance; silent opposition; a silent letter (see below).
    • silent Free from or unattended by noise or sound; marked by stillness; quiet: as, silent woods; a silent assembly.
    • silent Synonyms and Silent, Taciturn, Dumb, Mute. Silent expresses the fact of not speaking, taciturn the habitual disposition to refrain from speaking. Dumb strictly implies lack of the organs of speech, or defect in them, or lack of the power of speaking, while mute implies some special cause: hence deaf-mute is thought by many a better name than deaf-and-dumb person for one who does not speak on account of deafness; an idol is dumb, not mute. Under figurative extension mute, dumb, and silent are often used outside of the lines here indicated. In such freer use there is an advance in strength from silent, to mute and from mute to dumb: as, silent from abstraction; mute with astonishment; struck dumb with horror.
    • n silent A silent period.
    • n silent A short-circuit switch attached to an electric alarm, which when closed prevents the alarm from acting.
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Quotations

  • Portuguese Proverb
    Portuguese Proverb
    “Beware of silent dogs and still waters.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
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    “Her eyes are homes of silent prayers.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “The eyes those silent tongues of love.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Where gold speaks every tongue is silent.”
  • Russian Proverb
    Russian Proverb
    “When money speaks the truth is silent.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of the gods.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. silens, -entis, p. pr. of silere, to be silent; akin to Goth. ana-silan

Usage

In literature:

Miss Symes was silent.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
For some time they all stood silent, each considering the matter in his own way.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
She still stood before him, perfectly silent; and he sat there, silent also.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Silent Pete had not gone to the loft where the workmen slept.
"Dorothy on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
They were as silent as before.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
He stood silent and glowering.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
No Indian could have been more silent in his movements.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Mrs. Copley passed on silently, looking at everything with critical eyes.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
Still no reply from the sentinel, who remained obstinately silent.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
But the voices were silent.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
All during the morning Danton was silent.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
Silently she pushed off her coverings and stood up.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
He remained silent for a moment, wearing a look of impatient embarrassment.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
The next she remembered was that he passed swiftly and silently from the room.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Jamie stared at her in silent speculation.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
He stood silent and bewildered.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
For a moment all were silent.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
She crouched silently behind the railing.
"Frances of the Ranges" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Why art thou ever silent?
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
So, silent, he had let her walk from the room with his guilt.
"To Him That Hath" by Leroy Scott
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In poetry:

Spring-time's lovely story,
Summer's dream!
Where is gone the glory?
Silent stream!
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
Canst thou unregretful
Silent glide,
For no loved flower fretful,-
Flowers that die?
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
The silent valley
That we will find,
Where all the voices
Of humankind
Are left behind.
"Beata Solitudo" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
RIBERA.
Sir, that word
Is the most grateful you have spoken yet.
Why are thou silent, daughter?
"The Spagnoletto. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
The moon shines white and silent
On the mist, which, like a tide
Of some enchanted ocean,
O'er the wide marsh doth glide,
Spreading its ghost-like billows
Silently far and wide.
"Midnight" by James Russell Lowell
What, silent still? and silent all?
Ah! no;- the voices of the dead
Sound like a distant torrent's fall,
And answer, 'Let one living head,
But one arise,- we come, we come!'
'T is but the living who are dumb.
"Don Juan: Canto The Third" by Lord George Gordon Byron

In news:

Fair trade jazz café & silent auction.
James Van Der Beek admits to farting while filming Dawson's Creek, saying the silent, but deadly horror.
Strawberry Festival silent auction block to feature Father Christmas .
Rachel Carson in 1951, 11 years before she published "Silent Spring," part of which she wrote in Silver Spring.
There is nothing like the beauty of fresh fallen snow, untouched and silent.
Elisabeth Moss Gives the Silent Treatment at Alice + Olivia.
Pet Helpers' annual gala, featuring dinner, dancing, and a live and silent auction.
Len and Bob silent to Jeff Garlin's Soriano trade request (video).
'The Artist' Gloriously Brings Silent Film to Life.
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH SILENT FILM FESTIVAL 7 pm Tuesday-Thursday, Hollywood Theatre, makesilentfilm.com.
The 'Silent Green Revolution ' Underway at the Department of Energy.
Unlimited frames, gift baskets and silent auction.
A pair of bands and a silent auction will be among the entertainment for the fifth annual concert to benefit the Omega House - the only hospice home in the Upper Peninsula - at 7:30 pm Saturday at the Calumet Theatre.
Caryn Patterson and her children, Caleigh and Jonah, checked out the silent auction tables.
The show's producer stepped before the curtain, and the crowd went silent.
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In science:

Figure 3 The silent and active intervals with respect to mid-point lines.
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The ends X and Y indicate that the figure can be used to study both active and silent intervals.
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Say that a finite sequence {Ik }k∈[0..n] of silent intervals is a tower if and only if for each k ∈ [0..n], Ik belongs to the generation n and if the midpoint of these intervals is the same position in In which thus, contains all of the members of the sequence.
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The common mid-point of the silent intervals of a tower is called the mid-point of the tower.
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Lemma 10 Let I be a silent interval of generation n.
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The silent intervals which it contains or intersect can be partitioned into finitely many towers.
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The complement intervals are the silent intervals of the generation n+1.
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Algorithm 1 The algorithm to construct the active and silent intervals, generation after generation.
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However, the different models do not behave in the same way if, for instance, we look at the towers of silent intervals.
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In one of them, 0 is the midpoint of an infinite tower of silent intervals.
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Note that an1 also gives the address of the left-hand side end of the silent interval with the smallest positive address in the sunset model.
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The proof relies on the fact that if x belongs to finitely many active intervals, there is a layer n such that if x belongs to an interval of the generation m with m ≥ n, then the interval is silent.
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For the phantoms, we can collect them into towers, exactly as this was done for the silent intervals.
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We shall distinguish between active seeds from which a computation will start and silent seeds which do not trigger any computation.
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We know that in any model of the abstract brackets, a silent interval has the same structure of the intervals it contains as an active one.
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