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Dictionary definition for: Silent

1. (s) marked by absence of sound; "a silent house" "soundless footsteps on the grass" "the night was still"

2. (s) failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to; "the witness remained silent"

3. (s) indicated by necessary connotation though not expressed directly; "gave silent consent" "a tacit agreement" "the understood provisos of a custody agreement"

4. (s) not made to sound; "the silent "h" at the beginning of "honor" "in French certain letters are often unsounded"

5. (s) having a frequency below or above the range of human audibility; "a silent dog whistle"

6. (s) unable to speak because of hereditary deafness

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