silence meaning

  • Silence is the lack of audible sound or presence of sounds of very low intensity. In discourse analysis, speakers use brief absences of speech to mark the boundaries of prosodic units. According to cultural norms, silence can be positive or negative.
  • NounPLsilencesPREsil-SUF-ence
    1. The lack of any sound.
      1. When the motor stopped, the silence was almost deafening. ‎
    2. The act of refraining from speaking.
      1. "You have the right to silence," said the police officer. ‎
    3. Form of meditative worship practiced by the Society of Friends (Quakers); meeting for worship.
      1. During silence a message came to me that there was that of God in every person. ‎
  • VerbSGsilencesPRsilencingPT, PPsilenced
    1. VT To make (someone or something) silent.
      1. Can you silence the crowd, so we can start the show?
    2. VT To suppress criticism, etc.
      1. Silence the critics.
      2. Silence the doubters.
    3. (molecular biology) To block gene expression.
    4. Interjection
      1. A common imperative instructing the addressed to remain silent.
      2. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • And it was Lampard who stole the show with a vintage performance to silence some of his recent critics.
          • Our data suggest the silencing of dCK as the probable causative mechanism of the resistance to fludarabine and of the cross-resistance to other antinucleotides, both pyrimidine- and purine-derived.
          • As I spoke too loudly during the solemn church service, my husband shot me a glance that emotionally tasered me to the point of silence until we returned home 2 hours later.
        2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • Transvection effects include both activation and silencing.
          • It's difficult to compose without absolute silence.

      Meaning of silence for the defined word.

      Grammatically, this word "silence" is an interjection. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum. It's also a verb, more specifically, a transitive verb.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Interjections
          • Nouns
            • Countable nouns
              • Singularia tantum
                • Uncountable nouns
              • Verbs
                • Transitive verbs
              Difficultness: Level 1
              Easy     ➨     Difficult
              Definiteness: Level 9
              Definite    ➨     Versatile
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