[ UK /sˈa‍ɪlənt/ ]
[ US /ˈsaɪɫənt/ ]
  1. failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to
    the witness remained silent
  2. implied by or inferred from actions or statements
    gave silent consent
    the understood provisos of a custody agreement
    a tacit agreement
  3. having a frequency below or above the range of human audibility
    a silent dog whistle
  4. marked by absence of sound
    a silent house
    soundless footsteps on the grass
    the night was still
  5. unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
  6. not made to sound
    in French certain letters are often unsounded
    the silent `h' at the beginning of `honor'
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How To Use silent In A Sentence

  • The present study investigated how children spell words that contain silent consonants as their final letter.
  • This reverse ekphrasis, with its glimpsed, illegible text, hints at the hidden world of the silent reader. The Times Literary Supplement
  • That these are things as silently present and inarguable as iron, or night. Times, Sunday Times
  • Now the word "prayer" to non-Muslim readers will evoke an image of people perhaps silently clasping their hands together, leaning forward in a pew, and either silently, to themselves, or in a quiet tone, speaking heartfeltly to God. David Horowitz Freedom Center
  • It is patent that dusk found them weary and worn, plodding and wading silently "homewards," shovel on shoulder, across four or five kilos of desolate mud; falling and tripping over stagnant bodies, masses of tangled wire, bricks and jagged wood-work everywhere impeding progress. Norman Ten Hundred A Record of the 1st (Service) Bn. Royal Guernsey Light Infantry
  • He gnashed his teeth together and fumed silently.
  • Helen closed the door behind the man, and said a silent prayer of thanks.
  • Despite the noise, they hadn't got in, and Sam offered up silent thanks to the miller who had built so well. LIRAEL: DAUGHTER OF THE CLAYR
  • The car slows to a stop in front of the house and the engine falls silent.
  • The shamal comes in quickly and silently, like an ocher paint roller, and can blow for several days straight, subsiding slightly at night when the air is cooler. Peace Meals
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