silent: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sī'lunt), [key]
— adj.
  1. making no sound; quiet; still: a silent motor.
  2. refraining from speech.
  3. speechless; mute.
  4. not inclined to speak; taciturn; reticent.
  5. characterized by absence of speech or sound: a silent prayer.
  6. unspoken; tacit: a silent assent.
  7. omitting mention of something, as in a narrative: The records are silent about this crime.
  8. inactive or quiescent, as a volcano.
  9. not sounded or pronounced: The “b” in “doubt” is a silent letter.
  10. not having spoken dialogue or a soundtrack.
  11. producing no symptoms: silent gallstones.
  1. Usually,silent films.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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