English definition of “silence”
NO SOUND [U] › when there is no sound: The three men ate in silence. No sound broke the silence of the wintry landscape.
NO TALKING [U] › when someone says nothing about a particular subject: She ended her silence yesterday and spoke to a TV reporter about the affair.
PERIOD OF TIME [C] › a period of time when there is no sound or no talking: an awkward/embarrassed silence There was a short silence while she thought about it.