Silence

Definition of Silence

Si´lence
n.1.
1.The state of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise; absolute stillness.
I saw and heared; for such a numerous host
Fled not in silence through the frighted deep.
- Milton.
2.Forbearance from, or absence of, speech; taciturnity; muteness.
3.Secrecy; as, these things were transacted in silence.
The administration itself keeps a profound silence.
- D. Webster.
4.The cessation of rage, agitation, or tumilt; calmness; quiest; as, the elements were reduced to silence.
5.Absence of mention; oblivion.
And what most merits fame, in silence hid.
- Milton.
interj.1.Be silent; - used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence.
v. t.1.To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush.
[imp. & p. p. Silenced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Silencing .]
Silence that dreadful bell; it frights the isle.
- Shak.
2.To put to rest; to quiet.
This would silence all further opposition.
- Clarendon.
These would have silenced their scruples.
- Rogers.
3.To restrain from the exercise of any function, privilege of instruction, or the like, especially from the act of preaching; as, to silence a minister of the gospel.
The Rev. Thomas Hooker of Chelmsford, in Essex, was silenced for nonconformity.
- B. Trumbull.
4.To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy.

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