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English definition of “silence”

silence

noun (NO SPEAKING)    /ˈsaɪ.ləns/
B1 [U] a state of not speaking or writing or making a noise : The soldiers listened in silence as their captain gave the orders . "Silence! (= Stop talking !)" shouted the teacher . My request for help was met with silence (= I received no answer ). Her silence on/about what had happened to her surprised everyone. Their mother's angry words reduced the children to silence. I don't expect to hear from her now, after three years ' silence (= three years in which she has not spoken or written to me).Falling silent and not speaking B2 [C] a period of time in which there is complete quiet or no speaking : Their conversation was punctuated by uncomfortable silences .Silence and quiet
(Definition of silence noun (NO SPEAKING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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