making no sound; quiet; still:
a silent motor.
refraining from speech.
not inclined to speak; taciturn; reticent.
characterized by absence of speech or sound:
a silent prayer.
a silent assent.
omitting mention of something, as in a narrative:
The records are silent about this crime.
inactive or quiescent, as a volcano.
not sounded or pronounced:
The “b” in “doubt” is a silent letter.
Movies. not having spoken dialogue or a soundtrack.
Medicine/Medical. producing no symptoms:
Usually, silents. silent films.
characterized by an absence or near absence of noise or sound: a silent house
tending to speak very little or not at all
unable to speak
failing to speak, communicate, etc, when expected: the witness chose to remain silent
not spoken or expressed: silent assent
not active or in operation: a silent volcano
(of a letter) used in the conventional orthography of a word but no longer pronounced in that word: the “k” in “know” is silent
denoting a film that has no accompanying soundtrack, esp one made before 1927, when such soundtracks were developed
a silent film
silent si·lent (sī’lənt)
Producing no detectable signs or symptoms. Used of certain diseases or pathological processes.
Relating to a mutation that changes a nucleotide in a codon without a difference in the amino acid for which it is coded. See more at point mutation.
Producing no detectable signs or symptoms, as a medical condition such as heart attack.
noun 1. an alarm that alerts security personnel or the police without the knowledge of the intruder or criminal whose presence triggers it: The silent alarm set off a flashing light at the police station. 2. any visual rather than audible alarm.
- Silent area
silent area n. An area of the cerebral or cerebellar surface on which lesions cause no sensory or motor symptoms.
or silent trade noun 1. dumb barter.
- Silent but deadly
noun an instance of stinky but silent flatulence; Abbr. SBD Examples Someone done let loose a silent but deadly. Usage Note slang; also adj. sidewinder 2