Meaning of SILENT in English


— silently , adv. — silentness , n.

/suy"leuhnt/ , 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. Motion Pictures. not having spoken dialogue or a soundtrack.

11. Med. producing no symptoms: silent gallstones.


12. Usually, silents . silent films.

[ 1555-65; silent- (s. of silens ), prp. of silere to be quiet; see -ENT ]

Syn. 1. soundless. See still 1 . 8. dormant.

Ant. 1. noisy. 4. talkative.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .