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word·less

 (wûrd′lĭs)
adj.
1. Not expressed in words; unspoken: wordless animosity; wordless joy.
2. Inarticulate; silent: wordless spectators.

word′less·ly adv.
word′less·ness n.

wordless

(ˈwɜːdlɪs)
adj
1. inarticulate or silent
2. (Music, other) music of or relating to vocal music that is not provided with an articulated text: a wordless chorus.
ˈwordlessly adv
ˈwordlessness n

word•less

(ˈwɜrd lɪs)

adj.
1. speechless; silent.
2. not put into words; unexpressed.
[1150–1200]
word′less•ly, adv.
word′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wordless - expressed without speech; "a mute appeal"; "a silent curse"; "best grief is tongueless"- Emily Dickinson; "the words stopped at her lips unsounded"; "unspoken grief"; "choking exasperation and wordless shame"- Thomas Wolfe
inarticulate, unarticulate - without or deprived of the use of speech or words; "inarticulate beasts"; "remained stupidly inarticulate and saying something noncommittal"; "inarticulate with rage"; "an inarticulate cry"

wordless

adjective
1. Not voiced or expressed:
2. Conveyed indirectly without words or speech:
Idiom: taken for granted.
3. Temporarily unable or unwilling to speak, as from shock or fear:
Translations

wordless

[ˈwɜːdlɪs] ADJ
1. (= silent) → silencioso
2. (= without words) → sin palabras
References in classic literature ?
By night the same muteness of humanity before the shrieks of the ocean prevailed; still in silence the men swung in the bowlines; still wordless ahab stood up to the blast.
There seemed to be a wordless invitation to purchase; she consulted a collection of small coins in a thin purse, and received from them license to order a glass of beer.
Levin smiled joyfully; he was struck by this transition from the confused, verbose discussion with Pestsov and his brother to this laconic, clear, almost wordless communication of the most complex ideas.
Next it was a wordless clamour startlingly close, and loud enough to be distinct if each word had not killed the other.
He had come close to the woods that walled in the castle before he had quite realized what his wordless state meant and was meant to mean.
Not that Matthew complained, to be sure; he listened to it all with a wordless smile of enjoyment on his face; Marilla permitted the "chatter" until she found herself becoming too interested in it, whereupon she always promptly quenched Anne by a curt command to hold her tongue.
And through all the long wordless controversy, their little Rose of Sharon, a few yards away, slept as only a tired child can sleep.
With the silken ease of the seal she swam, now at the surface, now below, her smooth muscles rolling softly beneath her clear skin--a wordless song of health and happiness and grace.
Ham- mering each other -- for we stepped aside and looked on while they rolled, and struggled, and gouged, and pounded, and bit, with the strict and wordless attention to business of so many bulldogs.
Never a hearty breakfaster, he had found himself under the influence of her wordless disapproval physically unable to consume the fried egg that confronted him.
Now they were really shocked, and they sat wordless, until Mr.
Haji's hypnotic verse and lyric prose poems evoke the power of words and of wordless communion to carry us into grief, loneliness, and healing pain, tempering its fablelike tenor with an unflagging elusiveness.