silentness


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si·lent

 (sī′lənt)
adj.
1. Marked by absence of noise or sound; still: the silent forest. See Synonyms at quiet.
2.
a. Not inclined to speak; not talkative: He's the strong, silent type.
b. Not speaking or refraining from speech: Do be silent.
c. Not saying anything about a particular matter; making no mention: The poem is silent on the reason for the speaker's sadness.
3.
a. Not voiced or expressed; unspoken: a silent curse; silent consent.
b. Having no spoken dialogue and usually no soundtrack. Used of a film.
4. Linguistics Having no phonetic value; unpronounced: the silent b in subtle.
5. Inactive; quiescent: a silent volcano.
6. Producing no detectable signs or symptoms: a silent heart attack.
n.
A silent movie.

[Latin silēns, silent-, present participle of silēre, to be silent.]

si′lent·ly adv.
si′lent·ness n.
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The song of birds that do not sing, because there are none where else they would sing, not from absence nor migrancy, the not-song is from not-being and not merely not there nor non-possible nor silentness falling rapt upon attentive deaf ears.
Whether Aristotle would go so far as Mao's motto--"There is internal contradiction in every single thing"--is doubtful, but Kazoo speaks merrily of "the song of birds that do not sing, because there are none where else would they sing, not from absence nor migrancy, the not-song is from not-being and not merely not there nor not-possible nor silentness falling rapt upon attentive deaf ears.
take thy music from the dead, / Whose silentness is sweeter'" (p.