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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Some articles on silence:

Commemorative Silence
... 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 ...
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 him" ...
La Valsainte Charterhouse - Community - Monks
... who are distinguished as spiritual writers, such as Dom Augustin Guillerand (author of Silence cartusien) and Dom Jean-Baptiste Porion (author of Amour et Silence) ... while attending a mass celebrated at Valsainte in the silence of dawn ...
Sarah Mc Lachlan Discography - Collaborations
... Burned Out Car" Junkhouse Birthday Boy (all songs) Blue Rodeo Nowhere to Here 2000 "Silence" Delerium 3 ... Karma 2000 "Love Is" Stevie Nicks Trouble in Shangri-La 2002 "Don't ...
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 ...

More definitions of "silence":

  • (noun): The state of being silent (as when no one is speaking).
    Example: "There was a shocked silence"; "he gestured for 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"

Famous quotes containing the word silence:

    Let thy West Wind sleep on
    The lake; speak silence with thy glimmering eyes,
    And wash the dusk with silver.
    William Blake (1757–1827)

    In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood. Then there can never be an explanation.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    I have a talent for silence and brevity. I can keep silent when it seems best to do so, and when I speak I can, and do usually, quit when I am done. This talent, or these two talents, I have cultivated. Silence and concise, brief speaking have got me some laurels, and, I suspect, lost me some. No odds. Do what is natural to you, and you are sure to get all the recognition you are entitled to.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)