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Dictionary definition for: Silence

1. (n) the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking) "there was a shocked silence" "he gestured for silence"

2. (v) cause to be quiet or not talk; "Please silence the children in the church!"

3. (n) the absence of sound; "he needed silence in order to sleep" "the street was quiet"

4. (v) keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure; "All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power"

5. (n) a refusal to speak when expected; "his silence about my contribution was surprising"

6. (n) the trait of keeping things secret

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