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Definition of silence:

  1. Absence of mention; oblivion.
  2. Be silent; - used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence.
  3. Forbearance from, or absence of, speech; taciturnity; muteness.
  4. Secrecy; as, these things were transacted in silence.
  5. The cessation of rage, agitation, or tumilt; calmness; quiest; as, the elements were reduced to silence.
  6. The state of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise; absolute stillness.
  7. To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy.
  8. To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush.
  9. To put to rest; to quiet.
  10. To restrain from the exercise of any function, privilege of instruction, or the like, especially from the act of preaching; as, to silence a minister of the gospel.


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