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Meaning of SILENT

Pronunciation:  'sIlunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
  2. [adj]  having a frequency below or above the range of human audibility; "a silent dog whistle"
  3. [adj]  not made to sound; "the silent `h' at the beginning of `honor'"; "in French certain letters are often unsounded"
  4. [adj]  failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to; "the witness remained silent"
  5. [adj]  indicated by necessary connotation though not expressed directly; "gave silent consent"; "a tacit agreement"; "the understood provisos of a custody agreement"
  6. [adj]  (of film) having no spoken dialogue and usually no soundtrack; "a silent movie"
  7. [adj]  marked by absence of sound; "a silent house"; "soundless footsteps on the grass"; "the night was still"

SILENT is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: dumb, implicit, implied, inarticulate, inaudible, incommunicative, inexplicit, mum, mute, quiet, soundless, still, tacit, unarticulate, uncommunicative, understood, unhearable, unsounded
 Antonyms: sound(a), talking



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Si"lent\, a. [L. silens, -entis, p. pr. of silere to be
    silent; akin to Goth. ana-silan.]
    1. Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly
             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. --Parnell. Sir W. Raleigh.
    4. (Pron.) Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, e
       is silent in ``fable.''
    5. Having no effect; not operating; inefficient. [R.]
             Cause . . . silent, virtueless, and dead. --Sir W.
    {Silent partner}. See {Dormant partner}, under {Dormant}.
    Syn: Mute; taciturn; dumb; speechless; quiet; still. See
         {Mute}, and {Taciturn}.
  2. \Si"lent\, n.
    That which is silent; a time of silence. [R.] ``The silent of
    the night.'' --Shak.