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The owl's cry cut through the silence in the forest.
The silence was broken by the soft sound of rain.
When I answered the phone there was dead silence (=no sound at all).
Long silences make her uncomfortable.
We stared at each other in stunned silence.
We begin our service with a moment of silence.
They drove home in silence.
She maintained an angry silence.
Her silence on the subject has been interpreted as a sign of guilt.
A letter finally arrived from Lee, ending his long silence.
The former Minister has decided to break her silence about the scandal.
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American English version of definition of silence
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Definition of silence from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.