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Definition 1: the absence of sound - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where silence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he needed silence in order to sleep
  • the street was quiet

Synonyms for silence in the sense of this definition

(silence is a kind of ...) an attribute of sound

(... is a kind of silence ) (poetic) tranquil silence

"the still of the night"

(... is a kind of silence ) the property of being speechless

(... is a kind of silence ) the property of making no sound

Definition 2: a refusal to speak when expected - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where silence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his silence about my contribution was surprising

Synonyms for silence in the sense of this definition

(silence is a kind of ...) the trait of being uncommunicative

Definition 3: the trait of keeping things secret - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for silence in the sense of this definition

(silence is a kind of ...) the trait of being uncommunicative

(... is a kind of silence ) secrecy

"mum's the word"

Definition 4: the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking) - [noun denoting state]

Samples where silence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there was a shocked silence
  • he gestured for silence

(silence is a kind of ...) a state at a particular time

"a condition (or state) of disrepair" "the current status of the arms negotiations"

Definition 5: cause to be quiet or not talk - [verb of change]

Samples where silence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Please silence the children in the church!

Synonyms for silence in the sense of this definition

(silence is a kind of ...) bring under control by force or authority

"suppress a nascent uprising" "stamp down on littering" "conquer one's desires"

(... is a kind of silence ) silence (someone) by uttering `shush!'

(... is a kind of silence ) become quiet or less intensive

"the fighting lulled for a moment"

(... is a kind of silence ) silence or overwhelm by shouting

(... is a kind of silence ) prevent from speaking out

"The press was gagged"

(silence causes ...) become quiet or still; fall silent

"hush my baby!"

(silence has a similar meaning as ...) become quiet or quieter

"The audience fell silent when the speaker entered"

Definition 6: keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure - [verb of change]

Samples where silence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power

(silence is a kind of ...) bring under control by force or authority

"suppress a nascent uprising" "stamp down on littering" "conquer one's desires"

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