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 Items in this second category included dumbbells, kettlebells and silencer pads. Yec, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Williams was charged with possession of a machine gun, possession of a silencer and embezzlement, all felonies, according to San Francisco District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Rachel Marshall. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Apr. 2022 Retired Officer Mark Williams was charged with three felonies: unlawful possession of a machine gun, possession of a silencer and embezzlement, San Francisco Dist. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 In the storage unit, investigators found targets, a pistol barrel that allows for a silencer to be attached, and ammunition — including for an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 14 Apr. 2022 Chandler Pappas, 29, faced a single felony charge of possessing a firearm suppressor, or silencer. oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2022 One soldier drew his pistol and fitted it with a silencer. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2022 According to the plea agreement, federal prosecutors will dismiss a second count of possessing an unregistered machine gun and a county of possessing a silencer, and recommend a sentence of no more than five years in prison. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Dec. 2021 That gun, which had a long silencer attached, was found when police searched the home, alongside a Glock handgun and about three pounds of cannabis. Christine Condon,, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of silencer

1600, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jun 2022

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“Silencer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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