• WordNet 3.6
    • v silence cause to be quiet or not talk "Please silence the children in the church!"
    • v silence keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure "All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power"
    • n silence a refusal to speak when expected "his silence about my contribution was surprising"
    • n silence the trait of keeping things secret
    • n silence the absence of sound "he needed silence in order to sleep","the street was quiet"
    • n silence the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking) "there was a shocked silence","he gestured for silence"
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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
    • Silence Absence of mention; oblivion. "And what most merits fame, in silence hid."
    • interj Silence Be silent; -- used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence.
    • Silence Forbearance from, or absence of, speech; taciturnity; muteness.
    • Silence Secrecy; as, these things were transacted in silence . "The administration itself keeps a profound silence ."
    • Silence The cessation of rage, agitation, or tumilt; calmness; quiest; as, the elements were reduced to silence .
    • Silence The state of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise; absolute stillness. "I saw and heared; for such a numerous host
      Fled not in silence through the frighted deep."
    • Silence To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy.
    • Silence To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush. "Silence that dreadful bell; it frights the isle."
    • Silence To put to rest; to quiet. "This would silence all further opposition.""These would have silenced their scruples."
    • Silence To restrain from the exercise of any function, privilege of instruction, or the like, especially from the act of preaching; as, to silence a minister of the gospel. "The Rev. Thomas Hooker of Chelmsford, in Essex, was silenced for nonconformity."
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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 silence The state of being or keeping silent; forbearance or restraint of sound; abstinence from speech or other noise; muteness; reticence: as, to listen in silence; the chairman rapped for silence.
    • n silence Absence of sound or noise; general stillness within the range or the power of hearing: as, the silence of midnight; the silence of the tomb.
    • n silence Absence of mention: as, the silence of Scripture (on a particular subject); oblivion; obscurity.
    • n silence In distilled spirits, want of flavor and odor; flatness; deadness. See silent spirit, under silent.
    • n silence In music, same as rest, 8.
    • n silence Synonyms See silent.
    • silence To cause to be or keep silent; put or bring to silence; restrain from speech or noise; stop the noise of: as, to silence a battery or a gun-boat.
    • silence To restrain from speech about something; cause or induce to be silent on a particular subject or class of subjects; make silent or speechless, as by restraint of privilege or license, or by unanswerable argument.
    • silence Hence To make quiescent; put at rest or into abeyance; stop the activity of: as, to silence one's conscience.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Revolvers cannot be silenced because of all the noisy gasses which escape the cylinder gap at the rear of the barrel.
    • n Silence sī′lens state of being silent: absence of sound or speech: muteness: cessation of agitation: calmness: oblivion
    • v.t Silence to cause to be silent: to put to rest: to stop
    • interj Silence be silent!—adj. Sī′lent, free from noise: not speaking: habitually taciturn: still: not pronounced: of distilled spirit, without flavour or odour
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    “The best answer to anger is silence.”
  • C. S. Robinson
    C. S. Robinson
    “There are times when God asks nothing of his children except silence, patience and tears.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Silence is the virtue of fools.”
  • Leroy Brownlow
    Leroy Brownlow
    “There are times when silence has the loudest voice.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Silence is the unbearable repartee.”


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


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. silentium,. See Silent


In literature:

When she woke again, Daddy Skinner was moving softly near the stove, kindling the fire, and Tessibel lay in languid silence.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Silence fell upon the group as each watched intently.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
They worked in silence for a few minutes.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
Silence, a long, panting silence; then the sound of a falling body; then the door opened a little and the twitching face of Madam appeared.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
There was a silence when we saw it, a silence of astonishment.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
And the two sat in silence, hands clasped in the lovely summer night.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
Thus it occurs to me now that I can't conceive of an intelligent person thinking in silence.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
And her silence was instant and complete.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Stephen did not close his eyes long after they had lain down, and there was utter silence in the place except for heavy breathings.
"A Girl of the Klondike" by Victoria Cross
He went to the Players' Club and lunched alone in brooding silence.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon

In poetry:

Purifiez nos cœurs,
O God of the silence,
Purifiez nos cœurs,
O God of waters.
"Night Litany" by Ezra Pound
I could tell
Of silence where
One ran before
Himself and fell
Into silence
Yet more fair.
"One Ran Before" by Yvor Winters
Song sinks into silence,
The story is told,
The windows are darkened,
The hearth-stone is cold.
"Curfew" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Thou art like silence all unvexed
Though wild words part my soul from thee.
Thou art like silence unperplexed,
A secret and a mystery
Between one footfall and the next.
"To The Beloved" by Alice Meynell
To fashion silence into words
The softest, teach me how!
I know the place is Silence caught
A-dreaming, then and now.
I only know 't was blue above,
And it was green below.
"The Poet And The Poem" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Yes, then bless'd I night's o'erhanging darkness,
That so calmly cover'd all things round me;
I enjoy'd the universal silence,
While I listen'd ever in the silence,
If perchance the slightest sounds were stirring.
"Morning Lament" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

Silence Please by Quiet American worked a quarter in:20 3/5 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.
Our favorite part of "SILENCE".
The chimes that normally ring from Altgeld Hall's tower will be silenced from 5 pm Tuesday through 5 pm Wednesday in honor of Silent Day, part of the International Week of the Deaf.
ORION PICTURES Anthony Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs".
What I remember most about entering Ronald Reagan's suite early on the third evening of the 1980 Republican convention, the night of his nomination, was the silence.
China seeks to silence dissent overseas.
Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro is in good health despite long silence and absence from the public, his son Alex Castro said here Friday, quashing speculations that he may be gravely ill.
Pope Benedict XVI has broken his silence over a leaked documents scandal to denounce "exaggerated" reports in the media that he says paint a distorted image of the Holy See.
All those years when I lived in silence, I believed that I was the only one.
A Handout for Patients: Urinary Incontinence: Do You Suffer in Silence.
But unlike Cindy, some 20 million of those with serious hearing deficits are, in effect, suffering in silence.
To call a state Islamic is to attempt to silence political or theological dissent, he says.
Suffering, Silence & Holy Week.
God's Silence by Franz Wright Knopf, 144 pp.
Two books by Franz Wright have appeared in the past year and a half: a new collection, God's Silence, and a reissue called Earlier Poems, which includes poems from 1982 through 1995.

In science:

One of these mechanisms is transcriptional silencing.
Epigenetic Chromatin Silencing: Bistability and Front Propagation
Therefore, the formation of heterochromatin is a way of silencing the expression of a number of adjacent genes.
Epigenetic Chromatin Silencing: Bistability and Front Propagation
It is known that the Silenced Information Regulator (SIR) proteins are the main players in gene silencing at telomeres and mating type loci in yeast.
Epigenetic Chromatin Silencing: Bistability and Front Propagation
As discussed above, the model for step-wise gene silencing in S. cerevisiae (figure 1), also posits that silencing happens in two distinct steps: nucleation and spreading.
Epigenetic Chromatin Silencing: Bistability and Front Propagation
To be concrete, let us discuss silencing at the silent mating loci.
Epigenetic Chromatin Silencing: Bistability and Front Propagation