- The definition of silent is making no noise or not talking.
- A person who rarely talks is an example of someone who is the strong, silent type.
- A movie that doesn't have any sound is an example of a silent movie.
- making no vocal sound; not speaking; speechless; mute
- seldom speaking; saying little; not talkative
- free from, or not making, sound or noise; quiet; still; noiseless
- not spoken, uttered, or expressed: silent longing
- included in the spelling of a word but with no part of the word's pronunciation corresponding directly to it: said of a letter or group of letters: silent b in “debt” and gh in “thought”
- withholding knowledge or omitting mention; uncommunicative
- not active: factories silent for months
- designating or of films without a synchronized soundtrack
- not having noticeable symptoms: a silent heart attack
Origin of silentClassical Latin silens ; from present participle of silere, to be silent, still, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sē(i)-, an unverified form sī-, to rest from source seed, side, Gothic (ana)silan, to cease (of the wind)
- Marked by absence of noise or sound; still: the silent forest. See Synonyms at quiet.
- a. Not inclined to speak; not talkative: He's the strong, silent type.b. Not speaking or refraining from speech: Do be silent.c. Not saying anything about a particular matter; making no mention: The poem is silent on the reason for the speaker's sadness.
- a. Not voiced or expressed; unspoken: a silent curse; silent consent.b. Having no spoken dialogue and usually no soundtrack. Used of a film.
- Linguistics Having no phonetic value; unpronounced: the silent b in subtle.
- Inactive; quiescent: a silent volcano.
- Producing no detectable signs or symptoms: a silent heart attack.
Origin of silentLatin silēns, silent-, present participle of silēre, to be silent.
(comparative silenter or more silent, superlative silentest or most silent)
- Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.
- Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative.
- Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed.
- The wind is silent.
- (pronunciation) Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent.
- The e is silent in fable.
- Having no effect; not operating; inefficient.
- (technology) Without audio capability.
- The Magnavox Odyssey was a silent console.
- Hidden, unseen.
- a silent voter; a silent partner
From Latin silēnt-, silēns (“silent”), present participle of sileō (“be silent”), from Proto-Indo-European *seil- (“still, windless, quiet, slow”). Cognate with Gothic (anasilan, “to cease, grow still, be silent”), Old English sālnes (“silence”).