silencenounuk /ˈsaɪ.ləns/ us /ˈsaɪ.ləns/
silence noun (QUIET)
- The conductor waited for dead silence before commencing the performance.
- After he had spoken, a deathly silence/hush fell on the room.
- In the silence of the night, a lone wolf howled.
- A screech of brakes jarred the silence.
- The silence was broken only by the whisper of the leaves in the gentle breeze.
silence noun (NO SPEAKING)
- Cistercian monks and nuns take a vow of silence.
- He has maintained a dignified silence about the rumours.
- A jury should not interpret the silence of a defendant as a sign of guilt.
- No one could think of anything more to say, and the meeting lapsed into silence.
- We listened in silence as the names of the dead were read out.
silenceverb [T]uk /ˈsaɪ.ləns/ us /ˈsaɪ.ləns/