1 adj Someone who is silent is not speaking.
Trish was silent because she was reluctant to put her thoughts into words..., He spoke no English and was completely silent during the visit..., They both fell silent.
silently adv ADV with v
She and Ned sat silently for a moment, absorbing the peace of the lake...
2 adj If you describe someone as a silent person, you mean that they do not talk to people very much, and sometimes give the impression of being unfriendly.
He was a serious, silent man.
3 adj A place that is silent is completely quiet, with no sound at all. Something that is silent makes no sound at all.
usu v-link ADJ
The room was silent except for John's crunching...
silently adv ADV with v
Strange shadows moved silently in the almost permanent darkness.
4 adj A silent emotion or action is not expressed in speech.
The attacker still stood there, watching her with silent contempt...
5 adj A silent film has pictures usually accompanied by music but does not have the actors' voices or any other sounds. ADJ n ...one of the famous silent films of Charlie Chaplin.
If you believe that, in society or in a particular group, the opinions of most people are very different from the opinions that are most often heard in public, you can refer to these people as the silent majority. n-sing-coll
The silent majority of supportive parents and teachers should make their views known.
silent partner ( silent partners plural ) A silent partner is a person who provides some of the capital for a business but who does not take an active part in managing the business.
(AM, BUSINESS) n-count
in BRIT, use sleeping partner
Traducción diccionario Collins Ingles - Cobuild
1 hushed, muted, noiseless, quiet, soundless, still, stilly (poetic)
2 dumb, mum, mute, nonvocal, not talkative, speechless, struck dumb, taciturn, tongue-tied, uncommunicative, unspeaking, voiceless, wordless
3 aphonic (Phonetics) implicit, implied, tacit, understood, unexpressed, unpronounced, unspoken
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