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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.
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Ultimately I feel vindicated when one of my most taciturn students, who has rarely turned in an assignment on time, scratches out a wild, six-page tale about grinding up his father and feeding him to his mother in the meatloaf.
He was a brooding, taciturn and ultimately unknowable man who died blind and speecless at age 73, with one of his most beloved students, Reynolds Price, staying at the bedside night after night playing Mozart for him.
In a light smock, with his clean-shaven face, taciturn, wearing heavy glasses, Mondrian seemed more a scientist or priest than an artist.
Also receiving their share of humanistic criticism are the polemicists, the loquacious, the frivolous, and the taciturn. The fundamental flaw in each of the above is a lack of moderation and wittiness.
American Theatre's first issue, dated April '84, featured as its cover story a rare interview with taciturn cowboy playwright Sam Shepard, whose ensuing career as writer and actor has made him an American icon.
In a wonderfully poignant act on the afternoon before moving day, my unusually taciturn dad emerged from the pantry with a tin of Brasso and a soft rag, and silently commenced polishing up the metal numbers on a wooden plaque to the right of his front door.
As a result, the taciturn Greenspan does his best to be even more circumspect than usual in his responses.
Flanked at the public press conference by the MWFF's beaming president, Serge Losique, and the movie's director, Michael Caton-Jones, De Niro was genial, but characteristically taciturn. As for the fans, they called to him from the mezzanine of Place Desjardins, the mall that astonishes visitors to the MWFF with its labyrinthine connection to festival headquarters in the Hotel Wyndham.
While Hornsby appears utterly deferential, Welnick fits in well, throwing in surprise voicings that catch even the taciturn Garcia off guard -- his sampled alto sax on "Estimated Prophet" is a treat that elicited a rare cocked brow.
These sites humorously suggest that the famously taciturn puppet is behind much evil in the world, doctoring photographs to show Bert alongside the likes of Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson, and Jeffrey Dahmer.
It means silent or taciturn. For hesitancy to act, use reluctant instead.' American Heritage Dict., 4th ed., and Merriam Webster's 10th tend to agree with your view.
When we question them about their taciturn manner, they all give us the same two reasons: They really don't care one way or the other and they're convinced that what they say doesn't matter anyhow.