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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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 Investigators seized assault rifle manufacturing equipment and parts along with 3 pounds of methamphetamine, vehicles and a silencer, as well as a stack of bulletproof vests. Richard Winton,, "L.A. gangs stockpile untraceable 'ghost guns' that members make themselves," 6 July 2018 The poachers entered the reserve with a slew of weapons — including a high-powered rifle with a silencer, an axe, wire cutters and food supplies for a number of days — on the night of July 1 or the early hours of July 2. Gina Martinez, Time, "A Pride of Lions Killed and Ate a Group of Rhino Poachers Who Broke Into a Wildlife Reserve," 5 July 2018 The case was unusual, first because of the silencer and automatic weapon. Kevin Grasha,, "Lockland man guilty of possessing Uzi-like automatic gun, silencer," 3 May 2018 The final law imposed a $200 tax on the making and sale of machine guns, silencers, and shotguns and rifles with barrels of less than 18 inches. Washington Post, "Today’s gun-control debate has echoes of 1934," 15 Mar. 2018 While investigators haven’t confirmed how many people were killed, CNN reported that three pairs of boots and three pairs of gloves were found, as well as a high-powered rifle with a silencer, wire cutters, and an axe. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Lions Kill Suspected Rhino Poachers in South Africa," 6 July 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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