- The absence of any sound.
- When the motor stopped, the silence was almost deafening.
- The act of refraining from speaking.
- "You have the right to silence," said the police officer.
- D. Webster
- The administration itself keeps a profound silence.
- Form of meditative worship practiced by the Society of Friends (Quakers); meeting for worship.
- During silence a message came to me that there was that of God in every person.
- French: silence
- German: Stille, Schweigen (when nobody talks)
- Italian: silenzio
- Portuguese: silêncio
- Russian: тишина́
- Spanish: silencio
- German: Schweigen
silence (silences, present participle silencing; past and past participle silenced)
- (transitive) To make (someone or something) silent.
- Can you silence the crowd, so we can start the show?
- (transitive) To repress the expression of something.
- Women, as well as children, have their thoughts or emotions routinely silenced.
- (transitive) To suppress criticism, etc.
- Silence the critics.
- Silence the doubters.
- (molecular biology) To block gene expression.
- (euphemistic) murder#Verb|murder
- German: zum Schweigen bringen
- Italian: silenziare, mettere a tacere
- Portuguese: silenciar
- Russian: заткну́ть рот
- Spanish: hacer callar
- (imperative) Be silent.
- Silence! Enough of your insolence!