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Definition of Silent


  1. Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.
  2. Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative.
  3. Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed; as, the wind is silent.
  4. Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, e is silent in "fable."
  5. Having no effect; not operating; inefficient.
  6. That which is silent; a time of silence.

Silent Quotations

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Victor Hugo

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Abraham Lincoln

We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.
Joseph Roux

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares.
Henri Nouwen
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Silent Translations

silent in Dutch is stil, stilzwijgend, zwijgend
silent in German is wortkarg, still, stille, stille
silent in Hungarian is hangtalan, zajtalan
silent in Italian is sommesso, muto, calma, equilibrato, calmo
silent in Latin is silens
silent in Norwegian is stille
silent in Portuguese is silencioso
silent in Spanish is mudo, pasito, ponderado, cazurro, sosiego
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