Silent definition

sīlənt
Marked by absence of noise or sound; still.

The silent forest.

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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.

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Inactive; quiescent.

A silent volcano.

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Producing no detectable signs or symptoms.

A silent heart attack.

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Not inclined to speak; not talkative.

He's the strong, silent type.

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Not saying anything about a particular matter; making no mention.

The poem is silent on the reason for the speaker's sadness.

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Not voiced or expressed; unspoken.

A silent curse; silent consent.

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Having no spoken dialogue and usually no soundtrack. Used of a film.
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Not having noticeable symptoms.

A silent heart attack.

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Not spoken, uttered, or expressed.

Silent longing.

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Included in the spelling of a word but with no part of the word's pronunciation corresponding directly to it.

Silent b in “debt” and gh in “thought”

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Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.
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Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed.

The wind is silent.

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(pronunciation) Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent.

The e is silent in fable.

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Having no effect; not operating; inefficient.
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(technology) Without audio capability.

The Magnavox Odyssey was a silent console.

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A silent voter; a silent partner.

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(uncountable) That which is silent; a time of silence.

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A silent movie.
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Not speaking or refraining from speech.

Do be silent.

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Making no vocal sound; not speaking; speechless; mute.
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Seldom speaking; saying little; not talkative.
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Free from, or not making, sound or noise; quiet; still; noiseless.
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Withholding knowledge or omitting mention; uncommunicative.
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Not active.

Factories silent for months.

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Designating or of films without a synchronized soundtrack.
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Silent films.
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Relating to a mutation that changes a nucleotide in a codon without a difference in the amino acid for which it is coded.
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Producing no detectable signs or symptoms, as a medical condition such as heart attack.
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(linguistics) Having no phonetic value; unpronounced.

The silent b in subtle.

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A silent movie.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
silent
Plural:
silents

Adjective

Base Form:
silent
Superlative:
silentest

Origin of silent

  • Latin silēns silent- present participle of silēre to be silent

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

  • From Latin silÄ“nt-, silÄ“ns (“silent"), present participle of sileō (“be silent"), from Proto-Indo-European *seil- (“still, windless, quiet, slow"). Cognate with Gothic 𐌰𐌽𐌰𐍃𐌹𐌻𐌰𐌽 (anasilan, “to cease, grow still, be silent"), Old English sālnes (“silence").

    From Wiktionary