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noun silence pronunciation in British English /ˈsaɪləns/
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pluralsilences
  1. 1
    [uncountable] complete quiet

    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).

    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.

  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.

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