Silent


Silent
Silent Si"lent, a. [L. silens, -entis, p. pr. of silere to be silent; akin to Goth. ana-silan.] 1. Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet. [1913 Webster]

How silent is this town! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative. [1913 Webster]

Ulysses, adds he, was the most eloquent and most silent of men. --Broome. [1913 Webster]

This new-created world, whereof in hell Fame is not silent. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed; as, the wind is silent. --Parnell. Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

4. (Pron.) Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, e is silent in ``fable.'' [1913 Webster]

5. Having no effect; not operating; inefficient. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Cause . . . silent, virtueless, and dead. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

{Silent partner}. See {Dormant partner}, under {Dormant}. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Mute; taciturn; dumb; speechless; quiet; still. See {Mute}, and {Taciturn}. [1913 Webster]


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