silencer

noun
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 Through the dark Web, Fenech tried to buy cyanide and a pistol with a silencer, but neither transaction went through. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Murder in Malta," 14 Dec. 2020 In late October, Beard was arrested again on a federal charge of possessing an unlicensed firearm silencer. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend amid custody battle is ordered to stay behind bars on federal charge," 13 Nov. 2020 Five shots were fired from a pistol fitted with a silencer. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Al Qaeda’s No. 2, Accused in U.S. Embassy Attacks, Was Killed in Iran," 13 Nov. 2020 The SIM card slot, volume down, volume up and the silencer are all on the left side. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The iPhone 12 Pro Max supersizes the display and takes photography a step further," 9 Nov. 2020 Five shots were fired from a pistol fitted with a silencer. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Al Qaeda’s No. 2, Accused in U.S. Embassy Attacks, Was Killed in Iran," 13 Nov. 2020 Mini is home to the SIM card slot, volume up, volume down and the silencer switch. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The iPhone 12 Mini is what all small phones should be: tiny and mighty," 9 Nov. 2020 At one of the group’s firearms exercises in July, Franks brought and fired a rifle with a silencer, according to the complaint. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Kaleb Franks, one of six accused in Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot, denied bond," 13 Oct. 2020 Five shots were fired from a pistol fitted with a silencer. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Al Qaeda’s No. 2, Accused in U.S. Embassy Attacks, Was Killed in Iran," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of silencer

1600, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of silencer was in 1600

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12 Jan 2021

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“Silencer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silencer. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for silencer

silencer

noun
How to pronounce silencer (audio)

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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