adjective si·lent \ˈsī-lənt\

: not speaking or making noise

: tending not to talk much

: not having or making any sound or noise

Full Definition of SILENT

a :  making no utterance :  mute, speechless
b :  indisposed to speak :  not loquacious
:  free from sound or noise :  still
:  performed or borne without utterance :  unspoken <silent prayer> <silent grief>
a :  making no mention <history is silent about this person>
b :  not widely or generally known or appreciated <the silent pressures on a person in public office>
c :  making no protest or outcry <the silent majority>
:  unpronounced <the silent b in doubt>
:  not exhibiting the usual signs or symptoms of presence <a silent infection>
a :  made without spoken dialogue <silent movies>
b :  of or relating to silent movies
si·lent·ly adverb
si·lent·ness noun

Examples of SILENT

  1. She was silent for a few minutes as she thought about how to answer him.
  2. The crowd fell silent as the horrible news was read aloud.
  3. My father was a very silent man.
  4. He was the strong, silent type.
  5. He said he would call me, but the phone was silent all day.
  6. A long, silent pause followed her reply.

Origin of SILENT

Middle English sylent, from Latin silent-, silens, from present participle of silēre to be silent; akin to Gothic anasilan to cease, grow calm
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of SILENT

silent, taciturn, reticent, reserved, secretive mean showing restraint in speaking. silent implies a habit of saying no more than is needed <the strong, silent type>. taciturn implies a temperamental disinclination to speech and usually connotes unsociability <taciturn villagers>. reticent implies a reluctance to speak out or at length, especially about one's own affairs <was reticent about his plans>. reserved implies reticence and suggests the restraining influence of caution or formality in checking easy informal conversational exchange <greetings were brief, formal, and reserved>. secretive, too, implies reticence but usually carries a suggestion of deviousness and lack of frankness or of an often ostentatious will to conceal <the secretive research and development division>.



Definition of SILENT

:  a motion picture made without spoken dialogue —usually used in plural

First Known Use of SILENT

SILENTER Defined for Kids


adjective si·lent \ˈsī-lənt\

Definition of SILENT for Kids

:  not speaking <He stood silent for a moment, and then answered.>
:  not talkative <a silent person>
:  free from noise or sound :  still <Except for a ticking clock the house was silent.>
:  done or felt without being spoken <silent reading> <silent prayer>
:  making no mention <They were silent about their plan.>
:  not in operation <silent factories>
:  not pronounced <The letter e in “came” is silent.>
:  made without spoken dialogue <silent movies>
si·lent·ly adverb
Medical Dictionary


adjective si·lent \ˈsī-lənt\

Medical Definition of SILENT

:  not exhibiting the usual signs or symptoms of presence <a silent infection> <silent gallstones> <silent tuberculosis> <silent ischemia>
:  yielding no detectable response to stimulation—used especially of an association area of the brain <silent cortex>
:  having no detectable function or effect <silent DNA> <silent genes>
si·lent·ly adverb


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