- silent [sī′lənt]adj.[L silens < prp. of silere, to be silent, still, prob. < IE base * sē(i)-, * sī-, to rest > SEED, SIDE, Goth ( ana)silan, to cease (of the wind)]1. making no vocal sound; not speaking; speechless; mute2. seldom speaking; saying little; not talkative3. free from, or not making, sound or noise; quiet; still; noiseless4.a) not spoken, uttered, or expressed [silent longing]b) included in the spelling of a word but with no part of the word's pronunciation corresponding directly to it: said of a letter or group of letters [silent b in “debt” and gh in “thought”]5. withholding knowledge or omitting mention; uncommunicative6. not active [factories silent for months]7. designating or of films without a synchronized soundtrack8. not having noticeable symptoms [a silent heart attack]n.[pl.] silent films: often preceded by thesilentlyadv.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.