Definition of silent
2 : free from sound or noise : still
3 : performed or borne without utterance : unspoken silent prayer silent grief
4a : making no mention history is silent about this personb : not widely or generally known or appreciated the silent pressures on a person in public officec : making no protest or outcry the silent majority
5 : unpronounced the silent b in doubt
6 : not exhibiting the usual signs or symptoms of presence a silent infection
7a : made without spoken dialogue silent moviesb : of or relating to silent movies
Examples of silent in a sentence
She was silent for a few minutes as she thought about how to answer him.
The crowd fell silent as the horrible news was read aloud.
My father was a very silent man.
He was the strong, silent type.
He said he would call me, but the phone was silent all day.
A long, silent pause followed her reply.
Origin and Etymology of silent
Middle English sylent, from Latin silent-, silens, from present participle of silēre to be silent; akin to Goth anasilan to cease, grow calm
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of silent
Definition of silent
: a motion picture made without spoken dialogue —usually used in plural
First Known Use of silent
SILENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of silent for English Language Learners
: not speaking or making noise
: tending not to talk much
: not having or making any sound or noise
SILENT Defined for Kids
Definition of silent for Students
1 : not speaking He stood silent for a moment, and then answered.
2 : not talkative a silent person
3 : free from noise or sound : still Except for a ticking clock the house was silent.
4 : done or felt without being spoken silent reading silent prayer
5 : making no mention They were silent about their plan.
6 : not in operation silent factories
7 : not pronounced The letter e in “came” is silent.
8 : made without spoken dialogue silent movies
Medical Definition of silent
1: not exhibiting the usual signs or symptoms of presence a silent infection silent gallstones silent tuberculosis silent ischemia
2: yielding no detectable response to stimulation—used especially of an association area of the brain silent cortex
3: having no detectable function or effect silent DNA silent genes
Legal Definition of silent
1 : making no utterance : resolved not to speak especially about a certain topic the right to remain silent
2 : making no mention or account : omitting explanation and leaving questions unanswered a criminal statute silent as to the requirement of intent
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