|Origin:||, present participle of silere 'to be silent'|
not saying anything:
Alan was silent.
She kept silent, forcing Buchanan to continue.
The crowd fell silent (=became silent) when the President appeared.
b) [only before noun]
not talking much to other people
the strong silent type (=a man who looks strong and does not talk very much)
failing or refusing to talk about something or express an opinion
The report was silent on the subject.
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)
a silent film has pictures but no sound
filmsAMF [only before noun]
a silent letter in a word is not pronounced:
The 'w' in 'wreck' is silent.
—silently adverb:WORD FOCUS: quiet
He sat silently by the bed.
voice, sound: low , soft, muffled, hushed, subdued
place: peaceful, calm, sleepy, tranquil
completely quiet: silent, you could hear a pin drop
what you say when you want someone to be quiet: sh, shut up not polite, be quiet, keep it down BrE informal
➔ See also quiet