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noun silence pronunciation in American English /ˈsaɪləns/
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pluralsilences
  1. 1
    [uncountable] complete quiet
    The owl’s cry cut through the silence in the forest.
    When I answered the phone there was dead silence (=no sound at all).
    The silence was broken by the soft sound of rain.
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    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a period of time when no one speaks
      Long silences make her uncomfortable.
      We stared at each other in stunned silence.
      a moment of silence: We begin our service with a moment of silence.
      in silence: They drove home in silence.
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  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] the refusal to talk about something or to provide information
    She maintained an angry silence.
    silence on: Her silence on the subject has been interpreted as a sign of guilt.
  3. 3
    [singular/uncountable] a complete lack of communication with someone by letter, telephone, or other means
    A letter finally arrived from Lee, ending his long silence.

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