moment of silence

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moment of silence (plural moments of silence)

  1. A period of silence for quiet meditation, prayer or reflection.
    The pastor always opened his Sunday service with a moment of silence.
  2. A period of silence conducted to honor or provide a gesture of respect to a recently deceased person, as part of the mourning process. May also be conducted following a tragic event or on the anniversary thereof.
    The principal requested a moment of silence in memory of the two girls who died in a car accident over the weekend.