silence n

OFr < L.

  1. Stillness; complete quietness; entire absence of sound.
  2. Peace; muteness; forbearance of speech; refraining from unnecessary noise.
  3. Negligence; refusal to reply.
  4. Hush; end of communication; imperative to be quiet.
  5. Stealth; lack of communication.
  6. Death; state beyond this life.

silence [-d] v

see silence, n.

  1. Hush; cause to be quiet; compel to cease speaking.