Silence Si"lence, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Silenced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Silencing}.] 1. To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush. [1913 Webster]

Silence that dreadful bell; it frights the isle. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To put to rest; to quiet. [1913 Webster]

This would silence all further opposition. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

These would have silenced their scruples. --Rogers. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Rev. Thomas Hooker of Chelmsford, in Essex, was silenced for nonconformity. --B. Trumbull. [1913 Webster]

4. To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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