silentsi‧lent /ˈsaɪlənt/ ●●●W3 adjective 🔊 🔊 1not speakinga)SAY#not saying anything 🔊 Alan was silent.remain/stay/keep silent 🔊 She kept silent, forcing Buchanan to continue. 🔊 The crowd fell silent (=became silent) when the president appeared.b)TALK2#[only before noun] not talking much to other peoplethe strong silent type (=a man who looks strong and does not talk very much)RegisterSilent is used mainly in writing. In everyday English, people usually use not say anything rather than be silent:She didn’t say anything, so I carried on.The article doesn’t say anything about religion.2not communicatingTALK2#SAY#failing or refusing to talk about something or express an opinionsilent on/about 🔊 The report was silent on the subject.3quietQUIET without any sound, or not making any sound 🔊 The large house was silent and lonely. 🔊 At last the guns fell silent. 🔊 Julie offered up a silent prayer that she would pass her exam.as silent as the grave (=completely silent in a mysterious or uncomfortable way)► see thesaurus at quiet4filmsAMF [only before noun] a silentfilm has pictures but no sound5letterSL a silent letter in a word is not pronounced 🔊 The ‘w’ in ‘wreck’ is silent. —silently adverb 🔊 He sat silently by the bed.