silent auction
noun Date: 1952 an auction in which sealed bids are submitted beforehand

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • silent auction — n. an auction in which sealed bids are submitted before a certain time …   English World dictionary

  • silent auction — an auction at which previously submitted written bids of prospective buyers are opened and compared, with each item being sold to the highest bidder. * * * silent auction UK US noun [countable] [singular silent auction plural silent auctions] a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • silent auction — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms silent auction : singular silent auction plural silent auctions a way of selling something in which people put an offer of a particular amount of money inside an envelope, the envelopes are opened when the sale …   English dictionary

  • silent auction — an auction at which previously submitted written bids of prospective buyers are opened and compared, with each item being sold to the highest bidder. * * * …   Universalium

  • silent auction — noun An auction where people bid on a piece of paper, and whoever has the highest bid wins the item …   Wiktionary

  • silent auction — bus si′lent auc′tion n. an auction in which written bids are submitted prior to a specified time • Etymology: 1950–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • silent auction — /saɪlənt ˈɒkʃən/ (say suyluhnt okshuhn) noun an auction in which bidders record their bids in advance, often by writing them down, the goods or services being given ultimately to the highest listed bidder …   Australian English dictionary

  • Auction — Auctioneer redirects here. For the DC Comics supervillain, see Auctioneer (comics). An auctioneer and her assistants scan the crowd for bidders. An auction is a process of buying and selling goods or services by offering them up for bid, taking… …   Wikipedia

  • auction — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ public ▪ charity ▪ Internet, online ▪ reverse (esp. AmE), sealed bid (esp. AmE), sealed offer ( …   Collocations dictionary

  • silent — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ become, fall, go, grow ▪ The crowd fell silent as she began to speak. ▪ The …   Collocations dictionary

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