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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : reduced to silence; "the silenced crowd waited expectantly"
            [ant: unsilenced]