silence


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silence

 
absence of noise; a state of producing no detectable signs or symptoms.
electrical silence in electroencephalography and electromyography, absence of measurable electrical activity in tissue.

silence

(sī′ləns)
v.tr. si·lenced, si·lencing, si·lences
Genetics To interfere with the expression of (a gene or gene segment) so that its biological function is suppressed.

silence

1 absence of noise.
2 a state of producing no detectable signs or symptoms.
References in classic literature ?
When the rumble of the evening train that took away the express cars loaded with the day's harvest of berries had passed and restored the silence of the summer night, he went again to walk upon the veranda.
After a moment's silence she said: "Let me go in alone; I want to talk to her; I want to thank her; I feel as if I could make her hear and feel and understand
Miss Garth and Norah looked at one another significantly, and waited in silence.
Then they were silent, and went in silence to the place appointed for them, there to pass the night in mutterings and magic.
and again the lovely speech flowered upon the silence, as white water-lilies on the surface of some shaded pool.
Suddenly, the silence in the next room was disturbed by the ringing of an electric bell.
On hearing this Sancho broke silence and cried out, "By all that's good, I'll as soon let my face be smacked or handled as turn Moor.
Enfield only nodded his head very seriously, and walked on once more in silence.
The lad panted out these phrases, one after another, like minute guns; but at the last word, which rang in that stately chamber like an oath, his heart failed him utterly; and the dreaded silence settled on father and son.
I recalled, too, that during those two hours I had not said a single word to this creature, and had, in fact, considered it utterly superfluous; in fact, the silence had for some reason gratified me.
This prospect of fresh festivity redoubled the hilarity of the guests to such a degree, that the elder Dantes, who, at the commencement of the repast, had commented upon the silence that prevailed, now found it difficult, amid the general din of voices, to obtain a moment's tranquillity in which to drink to the health and prosperity of the bride and bride-groom.
His Majesty looked round him severely, and gave a slight growl, which produced instant silence.