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Adjectivesilent (comparative er, superlative more)
- Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.
- How silent is this town!
- 1825, Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy, The Works of Samuel Johnson, Talboys and Wheeler, page 52:
- What was formerly performed by fleets and armies, by invasions, sieges, and battles, has been of late accomplished by more silent methods.
- 1906, William Dean Howells and Sidney Dillon Ripley, Certain Delightful English Towns: With Glimpses of the Pleasant Country Between, Harper & Brothers, page 152:
- The voice of the auctioneer is slow and low [...]; after a pause, which seems no silenter than the rest of the transaction, he ceases to repeat the bids, and his fish, in the measure of a bushel or so, have gone for a matter of three shillings.
- Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative.
- Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed; as, the wind is silent. Parnell. Sir W. Raleigh.
- (pronunciation) Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, "e is silent in fable."
- Having no effect; not operating; inefficient.
- Cause ... silent, virtueless, and dead. Sir W. Raleigh.
- (technology) Without audio capability.
- The Magnavox Odyssey was a silent console.
free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet
not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn
not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent
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