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silencer

[sahy-luh n-ser] /ˈsaɪ lən sər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that silences.
2.
a device for deadening the report of a firearm.
3.
Chiefly British. the muffler on an internal-combustion engine.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; silence + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for silencer

silencer

/ˈsaɪlənsə/
noun
1.
any device designed to reduce noise, esp the tubular device containing baffle plates in the exhaust system of a motor vehicle US and Canadian name muffler
2.
a tubular device fitted to the muzzle of a firearm to deaden the report
3.
a person or thing that silences
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Word Origin and History for silencer
n.

c.1600, "person who silences," agent noun from silence (v.). Meaning "mechanism that stifles the sound of a motor or firearm" is from 1898.

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