Lexicon: silence – silver

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silence (-d), v. [see silence, n.]

  1. Hush; cause to be quiet; compel to cease speaking.
  2. Confound; dumbfound; render speechless; [fig.] put to rest.

silent (-er), adj. [L.]

  1. Quiet; hushed; noiseless; having no sound; [fig.] empty; lonely; solitary; without communication with others.
  2. Calm; tranquil; undisturbed; peaceful; pacific; not stormy.
  3. Mute; dumb; not able to speak.
  4. Concise; habitually taciturn; verbally careful; not inclined to much talking; [fig.] wise; discreet; circumspect.
  5. Not loud; [fig.] modest; not boasting of itself.
  6. Still; not flowing; not running; without a ripple; [fig.] not noisy; not babbling; not overly loquacious; [metaphor] reclusive.

silent, n. [see silent, adj.]

Quiet folks; ones who do not speak; people who keep their thoughts to themselves.

silently, adv. [see silent, adj.]

Soundlessly; quietly; without noise; without a ripple; [fig.] indiscernibly; effortlessly.

silk, n. [OE seoloc; poss. < L. or Gk. 'silken'.]

  1. Thread; filament of a cocoon.
  2. Tassels; inner strands of the female maize flower.

silken, adj. [see silk, n.]

Smooth; fluent; suave; debonair; [fig.] deceptive; misleading.

sill (-s), n. [OE 'to found, foundation of wattled wall'.]

  1. Window frame; bottom border of a window opening.
  2. Arm; tree branch; base for a bird's nest.
  3. Threshold; [fig.] horizon.
  4. Foundation; groundwork; [fig.] basic premise.
  5. Cornerstone; secure base; firm footing.

silly, adj. [ME, corr. with seely < OE, 'luck, happiness'.]

Trifling; foolish; unschooled; [amelioration] innocent; childlike; blessed.

silver, adj. [see silver, n.] (webplay: calmness, head).

  1. Pale; argent; lustrous; ash-gray; [kenning “silver fleeces”] white clouds.
  2. White; woolly.
  3. Shining; gleaming; like molten argent metal.
  4. Musical; lyrical; eloquent; [fig.] gentle; soft-sounding; [kenning “silver strife”] melodious birdsong.
  5. Shiny; glossy; glistening; [fig.] exquisite; [kenning “silver apron”] filigreed foliage.
  6. Polished; burnished; made of buffed leather.
  7. Smooth; silky; flowing; not making waves; without leaving a trace.
  8. Persuasive; convincing; crooning; sweet-sounding; softly singing.
  9. Fluid; wet; liquid; aquatic; swimming.
  10. Pearly; opalescent; iridescent; [kenning “Silver Ball”] sticky white substance for building delicate webs.
  11. Light; brilliance; illumination.
  12. Moonlit; nocturnal.
  13. Made of precious metal; [fig.] superior; of highest quality; [metaphor] good books; great works; fine arts; belles-lettres.
  14. Crystalline; clear; lucid; translucent; [fig.] gentle; genteel; refined; cool and lovely; poised but pallid; [metaphor] firm; static; motionless.
  15. Icy; frosty; freezing; [kenning “Silver Fracture”] ice; frost; sheet of shining crystallized frozen water.
  16. Memorable; memorializing.
  17. Metallic; [fig.] ringing; resounding; reverberating.
  18. Phrase. “Gold and Silver”: refining; cleansing from impurities.

silver, adv. [see silver, n.]

Melodiously; fluently; softly; in splendid birdsong.