What is silence?

  • (noun): A refusal to speak when expected.
    Example: "His silence about my contribution was surprising"
    Synonyms: muteness
    See also — Additional definitions below


Silence is the lack of audible sound or presence of sounds of very low intensity. By analogy, the word silence can also refer to any absence of communication, including in media other than speech. Silence is also used as total communication, in reference to non verbal communication and spiritual connection. Silence also refers to no sounds uttered by anybody in a room or area. Silence is an important factor in many cultural spectacles, as in rituals.

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Sarah Mc Lachlan Discography - Collaborations
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La Valsainte Charterhouse - Community - Monks
... such as Dom Augustin Guillerand (author of Silence cartusien) and Dom Jean-Baptiste Porion (author of Amour et Silence) ... to Catholicism while attending a mass celebrated at Valsainte in the silence of dawn ...
Lorna's Silence
... Lorna's Silence (French Le silence de Lorna) is a 2008 drama film by the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne ...
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
... Let all mortal flesh keep silence is an ancient chant of Eucharistic devotion based on words from Habakkuk 220, "Let all the earth keep silence before ...
Commemorative Silence
... victims or casualties of such an event is a commemorative moment of silence ... This usually means one or more minutes of silence, in which one is supposed to not speak, but instead remember and reflect on the event ... A commemorative silence may be held at a workplace, a school, and similar institutions ...

More definitions of "silence":

  • (noun): The absence of sound.
    Example: "He needed silence in order to sleep"
    Synonyms: quiet
  • (verb): Keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure.
    Example: "All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power"
  • (noun): The state of being silent (as when no one is speaking).
    Example: "There was a shocked silence"; "he gestured for silence"

Famous quotes containing the word silence:

    Speech is often barren; but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest. Your still fowl, blinking at you without remark, may all the while be sitting on one addled egg; and when it takes to cackling will have nothing to announce but that addled delusion.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian)

    I shook off the sweat and the sun. I understood that I had destroyed the balance of the day, the exceptional silence of a beach where I had been happy. Then I shot four more times at an inert body which the bullets penetrated without appearing so. And it was like four brief knocks that I struck on the door of misfortune.
    Albert Camus (1913–1960)

    There should be more sincerity and heart in human relations, more silence and simplicity in our interactions. Be rude when you’re angry, laugh when something is funny, and answer when you’re asked.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904)