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English

Etymology

Latin silens, -entis, p. pr. of silere to be silent; akin to Gothic ana-silan.

Pronunciation

Adjective

silent (comparative er, superlative more)

Positive
silent

Comparative
er

Superlative
more

  1. Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.
    • Shakespeare:
      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.
  2. Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative.
    • Ulysses, adds he, was the most eloquent and most silent of men. Broome.
    • This new-created world, whereof in hell Fame is not silent. Milton.
  3. Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed; as, the wind is silent. Parnell. Sir W. Raleigh.
  4. (pronunciation) Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, "e is silent in fable."
  5. Having no effect; not operating; inefficient.
  6. (technology) Without audio capability.
    • The Magnavox Odyssey was a silent console.

Silent partner. See Dormant partner, under Dormant.

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Noun

Singular
silent

Plural
-

silent (-)
  1. That which is silent; a time of silence.

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