Bon Silène. See Silène, in the Vocabulary.

(Si"lent) a. [L. silens, - entis, p. pr. of silere to be silent; akin to Goth. ana- silan.]

1. Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.

How silent is this town!

2. Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative.

Ulysses, adds he, was the most eloquent and most silent of men.

This new-created world, whereof in hell
Fame is not silent.

3. Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed; as, the wind is silent. Parnell. Sir W. Raleigh.

4. (Pron.) Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, e is silent in "fable."

5. Having no effect; not operating; inefficient. [R.]

Cause . . . silent, virtueless, and dead.
Sir W. Raleigh.

Silent partner. See Dormant partner, under Dormant.

Syn. — Mute; taciturn; dumb; speechless; quiet; still. See Mute, and Taciturn.

(Si"lent), n. That which is silent; a time of silence. [R.] "The silent of the night." Shak.

4. The cessation of rage, agitation, or tumilt; calmness; quiest; as, the elements were reduced to silence.

5. Absence of mention; oblivion.

And what most merits fame, in silence hid.

(Si"lence), interj. Be silent; — used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence. Shak.

(Si"lence), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Silenced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Silencing ]

1. To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush.

Silence that dreadful bell; it frights the isle.

2. To put to rest; to quiet.

This would silence all further opposition.

These would have silenced their scruples.

3. 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.

The Rev. Thomas Hooker of Chelmsford, in Essex, was silenced for nonconformity.
B. Trumbull.

4. To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy.

(Si*le"ne) n. [NL., fr. L. Silenus, the attendant of Bacchus.] (Bot.) A genus of caryophyllaceous plants, usually covered with a viscid secretion by which insects are caught; catchfly.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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