1) Be silent; -- used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence.


1) The state of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise; absolute stillness.

2) Forbearance from, or absence of, speech; taciturnity; muteness.

3) Secrecy; as, these things were transacted in silence.

4) The cessation of rage, agitation, or tumilt; calmness; quiest; as, the elements were reduced to silence.

5) Absence of mention; oblivion.

v. t.

1) To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush.

2) To put to rest; to quiet.

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.

4) To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy.

Example Sentences for


1) A thick, sudden Silence ensued.
2) Did you think he came directly from town?’ ‘No,sreplied Elinor, most feelingly sensible of every fresh circumstance in favour of Lucy’s veracity; I remember he told us, that he had been staying a fortnight with some friends near Plymouth.sShe remembered too, her own surprise at the time, at his mentioning nothing farther of those friends, at his total Silence with respect even to their names. ‘Did not you think him sadly out of spirits?srepeated Lucy. ‘We did, indeed, particularly so when he first arrived.’
3) After a Silence of a few minutes I heard Mahony exclaim: ‘I say!
4) An awkward Silence descended on the entire street.
5) A dim light shone at intervals from some bedroom window; and the hoarse barking of dogs occasionally broke the Silence of the night.
6) There was Silence for a moment or two.
7) In 2003 , Martin released a new Spanish album `` Almas del Silencio ' -LRB- `` Souls of Silence ' -RRB-
8) There was a long Silence after this, and Alice could only hear whispers now and then; such as, Sure, I don’t like it, yer honour, at all, at all!sDo as I tell you, you coward!sand at last she spread out her hand again, and made another snatch in the air.
9) She merely bowed; and bending over some plants that stood near, waited in Silence for him to proceed. ‘I I ought to have left here, before,ssaid Harry. ‘You should, indeed,sreplied Rose.
10) A long Silence ensued; during which the Jew was plunged in deep thought, with his face wrinkled into an expression of villainy perfectly demoniacal.
11) The dervish walked out and shut the door behind him, leaving us swathed in a Silence so profound that we could not talk or fidget for a long while.
12) There was a short Silence here, until Mr Brownlow took up the thread of the narrative. ‘Years after this,she said, this man’s Edward Leeford’s mother came to me.
13) I listened to my father in Silence and remained for some time incapable of offering any reply.
14) For once Ella felt grateful to them for being so chatty and noisy and covering up the Silence that would otherwise have rested heavily between her and her husband.
15) Pardon this intrusion,ssaid I I am a traveller in want of a little rest; you would greatly oblige me if you would allow me to remain a few minutes before the fire.’ ‘‘Enter,ssaid De Lacey, and I will try in what manner I can to relieve your wants; but, unfortunately, my children are from home, and as I am blind, I am afraid I shall find it difficult to procure food for you.’ ‘‘Do not trouble yourself, my kind host; I have food; it is warmth and rest only that I need.’ 158 Frankenstein ‘I sat down, and a Silence ensued.
16) As the subject had grown lugubrious it was buried in a Silence of the table during which Mrs Malins could be heard saying to her neighbour in an indistinct undertone: ‘They are very good men, the monks, very pious men.’
17) A mutual Silence took place for some time.
18) He didn’t look at Fiona either as he left the room, and there was a long moment of Silence as they all absorbed what had happened.
19) “I told Liz this weekend,” he said, and there was Silence at the other end.
20) But that warmth, whether it was real or imagined in my excitement, was quickly replaced by the coldness of the Silence that descended upon the room.
21) A Silence took possession of the little room and, under cover of it, I approached the table and tasted my sherry and then returned quietly to my chair in the comer.
22) “Lorens,” she said at last, after a long Silence during which they both watched a boat passing.
23) In deathly Silence they proceeded for what seemed hours to the two tired and hopeless old men; but presently as they topped a little rise of ground they were overjoyed to see the cabin lying before them, not a hundred yards distant.
24) A stunned Silence descended upon the room, the sounds and sighs around us dissolving down to dust.
25) Sombre garb and Silence meet: Dress for every dameódiscreet.
26) Elinor, while she waited in Silence and immovable gravity, the conclusion of such folly, could not restrain her eyes 356 Sense and Sensibility from being fixed on him with a look that spoke all the contempt it excited.
27) Polly knew that she was being watched, but still her mother’s persistent Silence could not be misunderstood.
28) It was not until he was left alone in the Silence and stillness of the gloomy workshop of the undertaker, that Oliver gave way to the feelings which the day’s treatment may be supposed likely to have awakened in a mere child.
29) Mr Brownlow gently shook his head to impose Silence on his friend, and resumed: ‘Do you know where this poor boy is now?’ ‘No more than nobody,sreplied Mr Bumble. ‘Well, what DO you know of him?sinquired the old gentleman.
30) Sentries were posted at the barred gates, and finally the village was wrapped in the Silence of slumber, except for the wailing of the native women for their dead.