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Meaning & Definition of Silence in English

English

Silence

/saɪləns/

noun

1. The state of being silent (as when no one is speaking)

  • "There was a shocked silence"
  • "He gestured for silence"
    synonym:
  • silence

2. The absence of sound

  • "He needed silence in order to sleep"
  • "The street was quiet"
    synonym:
  • silence
  • ,
  • quiet

3. A refusal to speak when expected

  • "His silence about my contribution was surprising"
    synonym:
  • muteness
  • ,
  • silence

4. The trait of keeping things secret

    synonym:
  • secrecy
  • ,
  • secretiveness
  • ,
  • silence

verb

1. Cause to be quiet or not talk

  • "Please silence the children in the church!"
    synonym:
  • hush
  • ,
  • quieten
  • ,
  • silence
  • ,
  • still
  • ,
  • shut up
  • ,
  • hush up

2. Keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure

  • "All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power"
    synonym:
  • silence

Examples of using

Suddenly, the silence was broken by a loud explosion.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
The silence of the library provided the perfect environment for studying.