HyperDic: silence

English > 6 senses of the word silence:
NOUNstatesilencethe state of being silent (as when no one is speaking)
attributesilence, quietthe absence of sound
attributesilence, mutenessa refusal to speak when expected
attributesilence, secrecy, secretivenessthe trait of keeping things secret
VERBchangesilence, hush, quieten, still, shut up, hush upcause to be quiet or not talk / talk
changesilencekeep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
silence > pronunciation
Soundssay'lahns
Rhymesabeyance ... virulence: 273 rhymes with ahns...
English > silence: 6 senses > noun 1, state
MeaningThe state of being silent (as when no one is speaking).
Examples
  • "there was a shocked silence"
  • "he gestured for silence"
Broadercondition, statusA state at a particular time
Adjectivessilentmarked by absence of sound
Verbssilencecause to be quiet or not talk / talk
English > silence: 6 senses > noun 2, attribute
MeaningThe absence of sound.
Example"he needed silence in order to sleep"
Synonymquiet
Narrowerhush, stillness, still(poetic) tranquil silence
quietness, soundlessnessThe property of making no sound
speechlessnessThe property of being speechless
Broadersound propertyAn attribute of sound
OppositesoundThe particular auditory effect produced by a given cause
Spanishsilencio
Catalansilenci
Adjectivessilentmarked by absence of sound
Verbssilencecause to be quiet or not talk / talk
English > silence: 6 senses > noun 3, attribute
MeaningA refusal to speak when expected.
Example"his silence about my contribution was surprising"
Synonymmuteness
BroaderuncommunicativenessThe trait of being uncommunicative
Spanishmudez
Adjectivessilentfailing to speak or communicate etc when expected to
Verbssilencecause to be quiet or not talk / talk
English > silence: 6 senses > noun 4, attribute
MeaningThe trait of keeping things secret.
Synonymssecrecy, secretiveness
Narrowermumsecrecy
BroaderuncommunicativenessThe trait of being uncommunicative
Spanishconfidencialidad, hermetismo
Verbssilencekeep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
English > silence: 6 senses > verb 1, change
MeaningCause to be quiet or not talk / talk.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody
Example"Please silence the children in the church!"
Synonymshush, quieten, still, shut up, hush up
Cause tohushBecome quiet or still
Narrowergag, muzzleprevent from speaking out
lull, calm downBecome quiet or less intensive
shout downsilence or overwhelm by shouting
shushsilence (someone) by uttering 'shush!'
Broadersuppress, stamp down, subdue, conquerTo put down by force or authority
OppositeloudenCause to become loud
Similar toquieten, hush, quiet, quiesce, quiet down, pipe downBecome quiet or quieter
Spanishacallar, callar, calmar, silenciar
Catalanapaivagar, aquietar, assossegar, callar, calmar, emmudir, silenciar
Nounssilencethe absence of sound
silencea refusal to speak when expected
silencethe state of being silent (as when no one is speaking)
silencera tubular acoustic device inserted in the exhaust system that is designed to reduce noise
silencershort tube attached to the muzzle of a gun that deadens the sound of firing
English > silence: 6 senses > verb 2, change
MeaningKeep from expression, for example by threats or pressure.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Example"All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power"
Broadersuppress, stamp down, subdue, conquerTo put down by force or authority
Nounssilencethe trait of keeping things secret

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