Silence meaning

sīləns
(Molecular biology) To block gene expression.
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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.

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A withholding of knowledge or omission of mention.

To note an author's silence on a point.

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Oblivion or obscurity.
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Refusal or failure to speak out.
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(genetics) To interfere with the expression of (a gene or gene segment) so that its biological function is suppressed.
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To put down; repress.
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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.

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The condition or quality of being or keeping still and silent.
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A period of time without speech or noise.
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To make silent or bring to silence.

Silenced the crowd with a gesture.

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Absence of any sound or noise; stillness.
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Failure to communicate, write, keep in touch, etc.
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To cause to be silent; still; quiet.
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To put (enemy guns) out of action.
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Be silent.
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To interfere with the expression of a gene or gene segment so that its biological function is suppressed.
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The act of refraining from speaking.

"You have the right to silence," said the police officer.

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Form of meditative worship practiced by the Society of Friends (Quakers); meeting for worship.

During silence a message came to me that there was that of God in every person.

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To make (someone or something) silent.

Can you silence the crowd, so we can start the show?

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Silence the critics.

Silence the doubters.

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The absence of sound; stillness.
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To curtail the expression of; suppress.

Silencing all criticism; silenced their opponents.

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The state or fact of keeping silent; a refraining from speech or from making noise.
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The lack of any sound.

When the motor stopped, the silence was almost deafening.

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A common imperative instructing the addressed to remain silent.
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Origin of silence

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin silentium from silēns silent- present participle of silēre to be silent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French silence.

    From Wiktionary