making no sound; quiet; still: a silent motor.
refraining from speech.
speechless; mute.
not inclined to speak; taciturn; reticent.
characterized by absence of speech or sound: a silent prayer.
unspoken; tacit: a silent assent.
omitting mention of something, as in a narrative: The records are silent about this crime.
inactive or quiescent, as a volcano.
not sounded or pronounced: The “b” in “doubt” is a silent letter.
Movies. not having spoken dialogue or a soundtrack.
Medicine/Medical. producing no symptoms: silent gallstones.
Usually, silents. silent films.

1555–65; < Latin silent- (stem of silēns), present participle of silēre to be quiet; see -ent

silently, adverb
silentness, noun
oversilent, adjective
oversilently, adverb
oversilentness, noun
supersilent, adjective
supersilently, adverb
unsilent, adjective
unsilently, adverb

1. soundless. See still1. 8. dormant.

1. noisy. 4. talkative. Unabridged
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silent (ˈsaɪlənt)
1.  characterized by an absence or near absence of noise or sound: a silent house
2.  tending to speak very little or not at all
3.  unable to speak
4.  failing to speak, communicate, etc, when expected: the witness chose to remain silent
5.  not spoken or expressed: silent assent
6.  not active or in operation: a silent volcano
7.  (of a letter) used in the conventional orthography of a word but no longer pronounced in that word: the ``k'' in ``know'' is silent
8.  denoting a film that has no accompanying soundtrack, esp one made before 1927, when such soundtracks were developed
9.  a silent film
[C16: from Latin silēns, from silēre to be quiet]

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Word Origin & History

1565, from L. silentem, from silere, see silent. Phrase strong, silent (type) is attested from 1905. Silent majority in the political sense of "mass of people whose moderate views are not publicly expressed and thus overlooked" is first attested 1955 in a British context
and was used by John F. Kennedy but is most associated in U.S. with the rhetoric of the Nixon administration (1969-74).
"It is time for America's silent majority to stand up for its rights, and let us remember the American majority includes every minority. America's silent majority is bewildered by irrational protest." [Spiro T. Agnew, May 9, 1969]
In Victorian use, the phrase meant "the dead" (1874).
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Medical Dictionary

silent si·lent (sī'lənt)
Producing no detectable signs or symptoms. Used of certain diseases or pathological processes.

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Science Dictionary
silent   (sī'lənt)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Relating to a mutation that changes a nucleotide in a codon without a difference in the amino acid for which it is coded. See more at point mutation.

  2. Producing no detectable signs or symptoms, as a medical condition such as heart attack.

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Example sentences
Others take a quiet approach and simply confront the animals with a silent
My situation is that one of my colleagues gives me a silent treatment.
Thank you for enlightening me silent night about what really is going on here.
The first silent films had been accompanied by a pit orchestra or, for the more
  frugally minded impresario, a lone piano.
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