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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 ?
Gradually introducing the mention of the dangers to the Tradesmen, the Professional Classes and the Gentlemen, he silenced the rising murmurs of the Isosceles by reminding them that, in spite of all these defects, he was willing to accept the Bill if it was approved by the majority.
A secret voice whispered to him, at the bottom of his heart, that he was but an instrument of vengeance, that he was only caressed till he had given death; but pride, but self-love, but madness silenced this voice and stifled its murmurs.
Elizabeth hoped she had silenced him; but he soon afterwards said,
D'Artagnan was about to assure Aramis that he could descend easily, when an idea came into his head which silenced him.
There was Charles James Fox, who never rested until he had silenced our enemies in the House of Commons.
But Tom's protest soon silenced every thing else, and we alighted, and soon went to rest.