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silent

adjective  us   /ˈsɑɪ·lənt/

silent adjective (NOT SPEAKING)

not speaking or making noise: I have remained silent till now, Mike, but I have to tell you what I think. If a letter in a word is silent, it is not pronounced: The "b" in doubt is silent.

silent adjective (QUIET)

completely quiet: Madeleine turned back down the empty, silent street.
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