Pronunciation: (sī'luns), [key]
—n., v., -lenced, -lenc•ing,
1. absence of any sound or noise; stillness.
2. the state or fact of being silent; muteness.
3. absence or omission of mention, comment, or expressed concern: the conspicuous silence of our newspapers on local graft.
4. the state of being forgotten; oblivion: in the news again after years of silence.
5. concealment; secrecy.
1. to put or bring to silence; still.
2. to put (doubts, fears, etc.) to rest; quiet.
3. Mil.to still (enemy guns), as by more effective fire.
be silent! “Silence!” the teacher shouted.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.