si·lent /ˈsaɪlənt/ 形容詞
1. Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.
How silent is this town! --Shak.
2. Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative.
Ulysses, adds he, was the most eloquent and most silent of men. --Broome.
This new-created world, whereof in hell
Fame is not silent. --Milton.
3. Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed; as, the wind is silent.
4. Pron. Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, e is silent in “fable.”
5. Having no effect; not operating; inefficient. [R.]
Cause . . . silent, virtueless, and dead. --Sir W. Raleigh.
Silent partner. See Dormant partner, under Dormant.
Syn: -- Mute; taciturn; dumb; speechless; quiet; still. See Mute, and Taciturn.
Si·lent, n. That which is silent; a time of silence. [R.] “The silent of the night.”
adj 1: marked by absence of sound; "a silent house"; "soundless
footsteps on the grass"; "the night was still" [syn: soundless,
2: failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to; "the
witness remained silent" [syn: mum]
3: indicated by necessary connotation though not expressed
directly; "gave silent consent"; "a tacit agreement"; "the
understood provisos of a custody agreement" [syn: implied,
4: not made to sound; "the silent `h' at the beginning of
`honor'"; "in French certain letters are often unsounded"
5: having a frequency below or above the range of human
audibility; "a silent dog whistle"
6: unable to speak because of hereditary deafness [syn: dumb,