- scilent (hypercorrect, obsolete)
From Latin silēns (“silent”), present participle of sileō (“be silent”), from Proto-Indo-European *seyl- (“still, windless, quiet, slow”). Related to Gothic 𐌰𐌽𐌰𐍃𐌹𐌻𐌰𐌽 (anasilan, “to cease, grow still, be silent”), Old English sālnes (“silence”).
- Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.
- 1825, Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy, The Works of Samuel Johnson, Talboys and Wheeler, page 52:
- What was formerly performed by fleets and armies, by invasions, sieges, and battles, has been of late accomplished by more silent methods.
- 1906, William Dean Howells, Sidney Dillon Ripley, Certain Delightful English Towns: With Glimpses of the Pleasant Country Between, Harper & Brothers, page 152:
- The voice of the auctioneer is slow and low […] ; after a pause, which seems no silenter than the rest of the transaction, he ceases to repeat the bids, and his fish, in the measure of a bushel or so, have gone for a matter of three shillings.
- Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative.
- Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed.
- (pronunciation) Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent.
- The e is silent in fable.
- Silent letters can make some words difficult to spell.
- The “l” in the English word "salmon" is silent.
- Having no effect; not operating; inefficient.
- (technology) With the sound turned off; usually on silent or in silent mode.
- My phone was on silent.
- (technology) Without audio capability.
- The Magnavox Odyssey was a silent console.
- Hidden, unseen.
- a silent voter; a silent partner
- Of an edit or change to a text, not explicitly acknowledged.
- silent revisions; a silent emendation
- 2018, James Lambert, “Setting the Record Straight: An In-depth Examination of Hobson-Jobson”, in International Journal of Lexicography, volume 31, number 4, →DOI, page 496:
- [T]he use of both acknowledged and unacknowledged (silent) translations of non-English sources makes it difficult for users to determine if a certain term genuinely appeared in an English-language text.
- (genetics) Not implying significant modifications which would affect a peptide sequence.
- Undiagnosed or undetected because of an absence of symptoms.
- Of distilled spirit: having no flavour or odour.
- (free from sound or noise): quiet; see also Thesaurus:silent
- (not speaking; indisposed to talk): speechless, taciturn; see also Thesaurus:taciturn
- (not speaking; mute): dumb, mute; see also Thesaurus:mute
- (keeping at rest): dormant, still; see also Thesaurus:inactive
- (not pronounced): mute, quiescent, servile
- (hidden; unseen): concealed, invisible, occluded; see also Thesaurus:hidden
- be silent
- fall silent
- on silent
- silent agitator
- silent alarm
- silent as the grave
- silent as the tomb
- silent auction
- silent barter
- silent butler
- silent cinema
- silent commerce
- silent cop
- silent disco
- silent fart
- silent film
- silent forest syndrome
- silent h
- silent key
- silent listing
- silent majority
- silent miscarriage
- silent mode
- silent mutation
- silent number
- silent partner
- silent policeman
- Silent Sam
- silent Sam
- silent service
- silent treatment
- silent vote
- strong silent type
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silent (plural silents)
- (uncountable) That which is silent; a time of silence.
- 1591 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene iv]:
- Deep night, dark night, the silent of the night.
- A silent movie
- “silent”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “silent”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “silent”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
silent m or f (masculine and feminine plural silents)