si·​lenc·​er | \ ˈsī-lən(t)-sər \

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

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White Boy Rick, as he’s called by the overwhelmingly black population of Detroit’s drug gangs, attains his initial entrée into the world of big-time crack dealing by selling cheap AK-47s with silencers. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘White Boy Rick’ Review: Trafficking Drugs, Guns and Info," 13 Sep. 2018 One of the reasons they are referred to as suppressors – and not silencers – by the military and law enforcement is because the vast majority on the public market don’t achieve anything near silence. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Weapons upgrade set to make US Special Operations even more deadly," 13 Sep. 2018 His biggest-selling items were unregistered gun silencers, prosecutors have said. Roxana Hegeman, The Seattle Times, "Ruling: Kansas gun law no defense to federal firearm charges," 16 Oct. 2018 Authorities say an undercover officer contacted Bolatete and arranged to sell him an unregistered silencer for $100. Fox News, "Man accused of planning Florida mosque shooting gets 5 years," 18 Sep. 2018 His neighbors in upstate New York complain that his tract of land there sounds like a military-grade shooting range (perhaps ironic, given that he's appeared in a promotional video for a manufacturer of gun silencers). Julia Ioffe, GQ, "The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr.," 21 June 2018 According to federal court documents: Over several weeks, the agent had several exchanges with Glazunov on Facebook, including conversations about adding a silencer to the rifle. Diana Dombrowski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Ukrainian man who had an AR-15 in open-carry parade indicted on allegations of illegally having guns," 20 June 2018 The gun and silencer – described as likely being homemade – were found inside a locked safe, along with several high-capacity magazines. Kevin Grasha,, "Lockland man guilty of possessing Uzi-like automatic gun, silencer," 3 May 2018 More: Lockland man guilty of possessing Uzi-like automatic gun, silencerMore than 250 people were awarded money from the fund, out of approximately 400 who applied, Robert Steinberg, a lead attorney on the case, said in an interview. Kevin Grasha,, "Feds: Man stole identity, sought $1 million from Catholic Church sex abuse settlement," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of silencer

1600, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of silencer

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

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