si·lence /ˈsaɪlən(t)s/ 及物動詞
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.
Silence that dreadful bell; it frights the isle. --Shak.
2. To put to rest; to quiet.
This would silence all further opposition. --Clarendon.
These would have silenced their scruples. --Rogers.
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.
The Rev. Thomas Hooker of Chelmsford, in Essex, was silenced for nonconformity. --B. Trumbull.
4. To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy.
Si·lence, interj. Be silent; -- used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence.
1. The state of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise; absolute stillness.
I saw and heared; for such a numerous host
Fled not in silence through the frighted deep. --Milton.
2. Forbearance from, or absence of, speech; taciturnity; muteness.
3. Secrecy; as, these things were transacted in silence.
The administration itself keeps a profound silence. --D. Webster.
4. The cessation of rage, agitation, or tumilt; calmness; quiest; as, the elements were reduced to silence.
5. Absence of mention; oblivion.
And what most merits fame, in silence hid. --Milton.
n 1: the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking);
"there was a shocked silence"; "he gestured for silence"
2: the absence of sound; "he needed silence in order to sleep";
"the street was quiet" [syn: quiet] [ant: sound]
3: a refusal to speak when expected; "his silence about my
contribution was surprising" [syn: muteness]
4: the trait of keeping things secret [syn: secrecy, secretiveness]
v 1: cause to be quiet or not talk; "Please silence the children
in the church!" [syn: hush, quieten, still, shut
up, hush up] [ant: louden]
2: keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure;
"All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed