[ UK /sˈa‍ɪləns/ ]
[ US /ˈsaɪɫəns/ ]
  1. a refusal to speak when expected
    his silence about my contribution was surprising
  2. the trait of keeping things secret
  3. the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking)
    he gestured for silence
    there was a shocked silence
  4. the absence of sound
    the street was quiet
    he needed silence in order to sleep
  1. cause to be quiet or not talk
    Please silence the children in the church!
  2. keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
    All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power
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How To Use silence In A Sentence

  • Silence is the rule for our heroes, and that means a bit of extra claustrophobia to scenes that would otherwise be totally generic.
  • An incredulous snort came from Chris, and I gave him dirty look that silenced him up.
  • The two males held their silence as she finished, all the noise ceased apart from the soft pad of hooves in the night air.
  • Rebecca was too embarrassed to reply, but he took her silence as an affirmative.
  • They stood in silence as a mark of honour to her.
  • Here, the curatorial silence makes you study both extremes. Times, Sunday Times
  • The spirit of a soldier of the Truth entered into me; weary as I was, I rushed from the dusky corner where I had been hidden in the twilight, ran to the altar, and held up my hand with my hymn-book as I began to repeat an address that had often silenced the papistic mummers in England. In the Wrong Paradise
  • They said that as their longer "taciturnity" might cause the ruin of his Majesty's affairs, they were at last compelled to break silence. The Rise of the Dutch Republic — Complete (1555-84)
  • The empty expanses of the puna, as the grasslands are called in the Andes, correspond to the silence in which we walked.
  • They sat in silence, and with tireless patience watched our every motion with that vile, uncomplaining impoliteness which is so truly The Innocents Abroad
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