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

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Gun control activists feel that this is a fairly small step to make as so few silencers are in circulation in the 1980s to begin with. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "A Timeline of the Second Amendment and Gun Control in the U.S.," 1 May 2019 One Elk Grove, Calif., man pleaded guilty in 2017 to selling 92 AR-15 style rifles, five handguns and 88 silencers, all without serial numbers. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Coast Guard Officer Accused of Planning Terror Attack Amassed an Arsenal," 21 Feb. 2019 Court records show that 69-year-old Bernandino Bolatete was convicted in Jacksonville federal court in May of possessing an unregistered firearm silencer. Fox News, "Man accused of planning Florida mosque shooting gets 5 years," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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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

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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