Definition of Silent

1. Adjective. Marked by absence of sound. "The night was still"

Exact synonyms: Soundless, Still
Similar to: Quiet
Derivative terms: Silence, Silence, Soundlessness, Stillness

2. Adjective. Failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to. "The witness remained silent"
Exact synonyms: Mum
Similar to: Incommunicative, Uncommunicative
Derivative terms: Mum, Silence

3. Adjective. Implied by or inferred from actions or statements. "The understood provisos of a custody agreement"
Exact synonyms: Tacit, Understood
Similar to: Implicit, Inexplicit

4. Adjective. Not made to sound. "In French certain letters are often unsounded"
Exact synonyms: Unsounded
Similar to: Inaudible, Unhearable

5. Adjective. Having a frequency below or above the range of human audibility. "A silent dog whistle"
Similar to: Inaudible, Unhearable

6. Adjective. Unable to speak because of hereditary deafness.
Exact synonyms: Dumb, Mute
Similar to: Inarticulate, Unarticulate
Derivative terms: Mute, Muteness

Definition of Silent

1. a. Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.

2. n. That which is silent; a time of silence.

Definition of Silent

1. Acronym. (abbreviation of (soplink syndrome of irreversible lithium - effectuated neurotoxicity)) ¹

2. Adjective. Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet. ¹

3. Adjective. Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative. ¹

4. Adjective. Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed; as, the wind is '''silent'''. ''Parnell''. Sir W. Raleigh. ¹

5. Adjective. (context: pronunciation) Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, "e is silent in fable." ¹

6. Adjective. Having no effect; not operating; inefficient. ¹

7. Adjective. (technology) Without audio capability. ¹

8. Adjective. Hidden, unseen, as a silent voter or silent partner. ¹

9. Noun. That which is silent; a time of silence. ¹

10. Noun. A silent movie ¹

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Definition of Silent

1. making no sound or noise [adj -LENTER, -LENTEST] : SILENTLY [adv]

Medical Definition of Silent

1. Producing no detectable signs or symptoms, said of certain diseases or morbid processes. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Silent

silence is golden
silent (current term)
silent alarm
silent alarms
silent allele
silent area
silent auction
silent auctions
silent barter
silent butler
silent disco
silent electrode
silent film
silent films
silent gap
silent ischemia

Literary usage of Silent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Improving Schools by Standardized Tests by Samuel Stevens Brooks (1922)
"I know of but two attempts so far to produce books specially designed to aid in the development of real silent-reading ability. These attempts have resulted ..."

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