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Silent

Marked by absence of noise or sound; still
The silent forest.
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Mute

Refraining from producing speech or vocal sound.
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Silent

Not inclined to speak; not talkative
He's the strong, silent type.
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Mute

(Offensive) Unable to speak.
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Silent

Not speaking or refraining from speech
Do be silent.
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Mute

Unable to vocalize, as certain animals.
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Silent

Not saying anything about a particular matter; making no mention
The poem is silent on the reason for the speaker's sadness.
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Mute

Expressed without speech; unspoken
A mute appeal.
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Silent

Not voiced or expressed; unspoken
A silent curse.
Silent consent.
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Mute

(Law) Declining to enter a plea to a criminal charge
Standing mute.
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Silent

Having no spoken dialogue and usually no soundtrack. Used of a film.
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Mute

Not pronounced; silent, as the e in the word house.
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Silent

(Linguistics) Having no phonetic value; unpronounced
The silent b in subtle.
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Mute

Pronounced with a temporary stoppage of breath, as the sounds (p) and (b); plosive; stopped.
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Silent

Inactive; quiescent
A silent volcano.
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Mute

(Offensive) One who is incapable of speech.
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Silent

Producing no detectable signs or symptoms
A silent heart attack.
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Mute

(Law) A defendant who declines to enter a plea to a criminal charge.
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Silent

A silent movie.
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Mute

(Music) Any of various devices used to muffle or soften the tone of an instrument.
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Silent

Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.
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Mute

A silent letter.
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Silent

Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative.
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Mute

A plosive; a stop.
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Silent

Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed.
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Mute

To soften or muffle the sound of.
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Silent

(pronunciation) Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent.
The e is silent in fable.
Silent letters can make some words difficult to spell.
The “l” in the English word "salmon" is silent.
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Mute

To soften the tone, color, shade, or hue of.
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Silent

Having no effect; not operating; inefficient.
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Mute

Not having the power of speech; dumb.
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Silent

(technology) With the sound turned off; usually on silent or in silent mode.
My phone was on silent.
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Mute

Silent; not making a sound.
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Silent

(technology) Without audio capability.
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Mute

Not uttered; unpronounced; silent; also, produced by complete closure of the mouth organs which interrupt the passage of breath; said of certain letters.
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Silent

Hidden, unseen.
A silent voter; a silent partner
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Mute

Not giving a ringing sound when struck; said of a metal.
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Silent

Of an edit or change to a text, not explicitly acknowledged.
Silent revisions; a silent emendation
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Mute

A stopped consonant; a stop.
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Silent

(genetics) Not implying significant modifications which would affect a peptide sequence.
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Mute

An actor who does not speak; a mime performer.
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Silent

Undiagnosed or undetected because of an absence of symptoms.
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Mute

A person who does not have the power of speech.
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Silent

Of distilled spirit: having no flavour or odour.
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Mute

A hired mourner at a funeral; an undertaker's assistant.
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Silent

(uncountable) That which is silent; a time of silence.
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Mute

(music) An object for dulling the sound of an instrument, especially a brass instrument, or damper for pianoforte; a sordine.
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Silent

A silent movie
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Mute

An electronic switch or control that mutes the sound.
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Silent

Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.
How silent is this town!
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Mute

A mute swan.
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Silent

Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative.
Ulysses, adds he, was the most eloquent and most silent of men.
This new-created world, whereof in hellFame is not silent.
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Mute

The faeces of a hawk or falcon.
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Silent

Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed; as, the wind is silent.
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Mute

(transitive) To silence, to make quiet.
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Silent

Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, e is silent in "fable."
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Mute

(transitive) To turn off the sound of.
Please mute the music while I make a call.
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Silent

Having no effect; not operating; inefficient.
Cause . . . silent, virtueless, and dead.
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Mute

Of a bird: to defecate.
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Silent

That which is silent; a time of silence.
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Mute

(transitive) To cast off; to moult.
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Silent

Marked by absence of sound;
A silent house
Soundless footsteps on the grass
The night was still
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Mute

To cast off; to molt.
Have I muted all my feathers?
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Silent

Failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to;
The witness remained silent
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Mute

To eject the contents of the bowels; - said of birds.
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Silent

Indicated by necessary connotation though not expressed directly;
Gave silent consent
A tacit agreement
The understood provisos of a custody agreement
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Mute

The dung of birds.
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Silent

Not made to sound;
The silent `h' at the beginning of `honor'
In French certain letters are often unsounded
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Mute

One who does not speak, whether from physical inability, unwillingness, or other cause.
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Silent

Having a frequency below or above the range of human audibility;
A silent dog whistle
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Mute

A letter which represents no sound; a silent letter; also, a close articulation; an element of speech formed by a position of the mouth organs which stops the passage of the breath; as, p, b, d, k, t.
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Silent

Unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
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Mute

A little utensil made of brass, ivory, or other material, so formed that it can be fixed in an erect position on the bridge of a violin, or similar instrument, in order to deaden or soften the tone.
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Mute

Not speaking; uttering no sound; silent.
All the heavenly choir stood mute,And silence was in heaven.
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Mute

Incapable of speaking; dumb.
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Mute

Not uttered; unpronounced; silent; also, produced by complete closure of the mouth organs which interrupt the passage of breath; - said of certain letters. See 5th Mute, 2.
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Mute

Not giving a ringing sound when struck; - said of a metal.
They spake not a word;But, like dumb statues, or breathing stones,Gazed each on other.
All sat mute,Pondering the danger with deep thoughts.
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Mute

A deaf person who is unable to speak
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Mute

A device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument
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Mute

Deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
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Mute

Expressed without speech; especially because words would be inappropriate or inadequate;
A mute appeal
A silent curse
Best grief is tongueless
The words stopped at her lips unsounded
Unspoken grief
Choking exasperation and wordless shame
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Mute

Lacking power of speech
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Mute

Unable to speak because of hereditary deafness
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