Silent

Definition of Silent

Si´lent
a.1.Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.
How silent is this town!
- Shak.
2.Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative.
Ulysses, adds he, was the most eloquent and most silent of men.
- Broome.
This new-created world, whereof in hell
Fame is not silent.
- Milton.
3.Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed; as, the wind is silent.
4.(Pron.) Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, e is silent in "fable."
5.Having no effect; not operating; inefficient.
Cause . . . silent, virtueless, and dead.
- Sir W. Raleigh.
Silent partner
See Dormant partner, under Dormant.
n.1.That which is silent; a time of silence.

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