- Silence is a complete absence of sound, or not talking, or not talking about a specific issue.
- When everyone refuses to talk about a scandal, this is an example of a time when there is silence on the scandal.
- When you are the only person in a church and there is no music, no foot steps or no sound at all, this is an example of silence.
- To silence is to cause someone to stop speaking, or to cause noise to stop.
When you cut someone off and make him be quiet, this is an example of a time when you silence him.
silence definition by Webster's New World
- the state or fact of keeping silent; a refraining from speech or from making noise
- absence of any sound or noise; stillness
- a withholding of knowledge or omission of mention: to note an author's silence on a point
- failure to communicate, write, keep in touch, etc.
- oblivion or obscurity
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin silentium ; from silens: see silent
- to cause to be silent; still; quiet
- to put down; repress
- to put (enemy guns) out of action
silence definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The condition or quality of being or keeping still and silent.
- The absence of sound; stillness.
- A period of time without speech or noise.
- Refusal or failure to speak out.
- To make silent or bring to silence: silenced the crowd with a gesture.
- To curtail the expression of; suppress: silencing all criticism; silenced their opponents.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin silentium, from silēns, silent-, present participle of silēre, to be silent.