si·​lenc·​er | \ ˈsī-lən(t)-sər How to pronounce silencer (audio) \

Definition of silencer

: one that silences: such as
a chiefly British : the muffler of an internal combustion engine
b : a silencing device for small arms

Examples of silencer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An additional gun outfitted with an apparent silencer was also located in the man’s home. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man arrested, suspected of shoving, berating women wearing hijabs," 8 Oct. 2019 Police say the suspect was armed with a .45 caliber handgun with a silencer, believed to be used for stealth and to keep victims from knowing where the attacker was in the building. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump meets with Theresa May, Tiananmen Square protests 30 years later: 5 things to know Tuesday," 4 June 2019 Police said DeWayne Craddock used two semi-automatic handguns, a silencer and extended ammunition magazines to kill 12 people at a municipal building. Washington Post, "Virginia is now election battleground in fight over gun laws," 10 July 2019 The Supreme Court remains mum on the constitutionality of gun silencers. Editors, USA TODAY, "'An explosion like this' echoes 9/11," 10 June 2019 Police then searched his vehicle and found firearms and ammunition, and a search of his home found more than a dozen more weapons, including a grenade launcher, shotguns, rifles with scopes, silencers and high-capacity magazines. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Police went to help a man in a car accident. Then they found an arsenal of weapons, prosecutors say," 21 Aug. 2019 The proposed measures included a ban on assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, bump stocks and silencers and background checks on all firearms sales. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "The Earth cracked wide open in California," 9 July 2019 Northam's bills include legislation that directly relates to Friday's shooting, such as a ban on silencers and high capacity ammunition magazines, as well as broadening the ability of local governments to limit guns in city buildings. Alan Suderman,, "Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announces special session on gun control," 4 June 2019 Northam's package of bills includes legislation that directly relates to Friday's shooting — including a ban on silencers and high capacity ammunition magazines as well as broadening the ability of local governments to limit guns in city buildings. NBC News, "Following Virginia Beach massacre, Gov. Ralph Northam to call special session on guns," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of silencer

1600, in the meaning defined above

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6 Dec 2019

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“Silencer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of silencer

US : a device that is attached to a handgun to reduce the noise that the gun makes when it is fired

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