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Definitions of silence

  1. cause to be quiet or not talk; " Please silence the children in the church!"
  2. a refusal to speak when expected; " his silence about my contribution was surprising"
  3. the absence of sound; " he needed silence in order to sleep"; " the street was quiet"
  4. the trait of keeping things secret
  5. keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure; " All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power"
  6. the state of being silent ( as when no one is speaking); " there was a shocked silence"; " he gestured for silence"
  7. The state of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise; absolute stillness.
  8. Forbearance from, or absence of, speech; taciturnity; muteness.
  9. Secrecy; as, these things were transacted in silence.
  10. The cessation of rage, agitation, or tumilt; calmness; quiest; as, the elements were reduced to silence.
  11. Absence of mention; oblivion.
  12. To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush.
  13. To put to rest; to quiet.
  14. 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.
  15. To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy.
  16. Be silent; - used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence.
  17. Be silent!.
  18. The state of being still or mute; absence of sound or noise; stillness; forbearance from, or absence of, mention.
  19. To cause to be still; to quiet; to take permission to speak away from; cause to cease firing, as hostile guns.
  20. State of being silent: absence of sound or speech: muteness: cessation of agitation: calmness: oblivion.
  21. To cause to be silent: to put to rest: to stop.
  22. Stillness; quiet; absence of sound or speech.
  23. To make silent.
  24. To render silent.
  25. The state of being silent; a keeping still and mute.
  26. Secrecy.
  27. Stillness or the entire absence of sound; forbearance of speech or noise; habitual taciturnity; secrecy; quiet; absence of mention; oblivion.
  28. To restrain from noise or speaking; to still; to quiet; to cause to cease firing; to stop; to restrain from preaching; to put an end to.
  29. Entire absence of sound or noise; temporary cessation of speech in man; stillness; quiet.
  30. To restrain from noise or speaking; to still; to appease; to stop; to put an end to.
  31. Let there be no speech or noise.
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Quotes of silence

  1. There may be something good in silence It's a brand new thing. You can hear the funniest little discussions, if you keep turning the volume down. Shut yourself up, and listen out loud. – Wes Borland
  2. Everything is Song. Everything is Silence Since it all turns out to be illusion, perfectly being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, you are free to die laughing. – James Broughton
  3. When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze. – Thomas Carlyle
  4. Who tells a finer tale than any of us. Silence does. – Isak Dinesen
  5. Silence is the mother of truth. – Benjamin Disraeli
  6. The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them. – Thomas Jefferson
  7. We should read music in the same way that an educated adult will read a book: in silence but imagining the sound. – Zoltan Kodaly
  8. After The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, the audience would like to know where, when, and who arrests Hannibal Lecter for the first time. This is the story of Red Dragon. – Dino De Laurentiis
  9. Your silence will not protect you. – Audre Lorde
  10. Ever since I came to Congress in 1992, there are those who have been trying to silence my voice. I've been told to "sit down and shut up" over and over again. Well, I won't sit down and I won't shut up until the full and unvarnished truth is placed before the American people. – Cynthia McKinney
  11. Speech is the small change of silence – George Meredith
  12. The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenements halls and whispered in the sounds of silence – Paul Simon
  13. The correction of silence is what kills; when you know you have transgressed, and your friend says nothing, and avoids your eye. – Robert Louis Stevenson
  14. At the time, acid made me consider questions of reality, the difference, as someone said, between words and silence It also brought back a lot of latent religious feelings in me that I had turned my back on. – Robert Stone
  15. Because in the school of the Spirit man learns wisdom through humility, knowledge by forgetting, how to speak by silence how to live by dying. – Johannes Tauler

Usage examples for silence

  1. Seiler met me at his door, and followed in silence to my room. – The Ascent of the Matterhorn by Edward Whymper
  2. Then silence fell again upon the moor. – A Little Wizard by Stanley J. Weyman
  3. After a long silence she said slowly: " I want to ask you a question." – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich
  4. " I'll tell you what it is, Ambler," he went on, after a moment's silence – The Rayner-Slade Amalgamation by J. S. Fletcher
  5. Judith's sister could keep her silence no more. – The Bent Twig by Dorothy Canfield
  6. There was a silence for a time. – The Bat by Avery Hopwood Mary Roberts Rinehart
  7. He came on in silence – The Last Hope by Henry Seton Merriman
  8. His silence of course, did not last long. – All Around the Moon by Jules Verne
  9. Upon hearing this the chiefs sat for a time in gloomy silence – The Story of Troy by Michael Clarke
  10. It was the man who broke the silence first. – Little Eve Edgarton by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  11. She heard it out in silence as always. – The Furnace by Rose Macaulay
  12. And Nobili heard this in silence – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  13. What could she think of his long silence – The Imaginary Marriage by Henry St. John Cooper
  14. Porter said nothing and there was a long silence – The Short Line War by Merwin-Webster
  15. He waited in silence to hear the rest. – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  16. Here Jimmy found that there was no need for silence – Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew
  17. She waited in silence – The Splendid Folly by Margaret Pedler
  18. Rufus looked at Winthrop's book for three minutes in silence – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  19. At first there was silence – New Faces by Myra Kelly