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Silent vs. Still

Silent and Still Definitions

Silent

Marked by absence of noise or sound; still
The silent forest.

Still

Not moving or in motion
The patient must be still for the doctor to work.

Silent

Not inclined to speak; not talkative
He's the strong, silent type.

Still

Free from disturbance, agitation, or commotion
The still waters of the lake.

Silent

Not speaking or refraining from speech
Do be silent.

Still

Of or relating to a single or static photograph as opposed to a movie.
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Silent

Not saying anything about a particular matter; making no mention
The poem is silent on the reason for the speaker's sadness.

Still

Making or characterized by no sound or faint sound
The crowd cheered and then grew still.

Silent

Not voiced or expressed; unspoken
A silent curse.
Silent consent.

Still

Not carbonated; lacking effervescence
A still wine.

Silent

Having no spoken dialogue and usually no soundtrack. Used of a film.

Still

Silence; quiet
The still of the night.
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Silent

(Linguistics) Having no phonetic value; unpronounced
The silent b in subtle.

Still

A still photograph, especially one taken from a scene of a movie and used for promotional purposes.

Silent

Inactive; quiescent
A silent volcano.

Still

A still-life picture.

Silent

Producing no detectable signs or symptoms
A silent heart attack.

Still

An apparatus for distilling liquids, such as alcohols, consisting of a vessel in which the substance is vaporized by heat and a cooling device in which the vapor is condensed.
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Silent

A silent movie.

Still

A distillery.

Silent

Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.

Still

Without movement; motionlessly
Stand still.

Silent

Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative.

Still

At the present time; for the present
We are still waiting.

Silent

Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed.

Still

Up to or at a specified time; yet
Still had not made up her mind.

Silent

(pronunciation) Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent.
The e is silent in fable.
Silent letters can make some words difficult to spell.
The “l” in the English word "salmon" is silent.

Still

At a future time; eventually
May still see the error of his ways.

Silent

Having no effect; not operating; inefficient.

Still

In increasing amount or degree; even
And still further complaints.

Silent

(technology) With the sound turned off; usually on silent or in silent mode.
My phone was on silent.

Still

In addition; besides
Had still another helping.

Silent

(technology) Without audio capability.

Still

All the same; nevertheless.

Silent

Hidden, unseen.
A silent voter; a silent partner

Still

To make motionless or unagitated
The afternoon heat stilled the breeze.

Silent

Of an edit or change to a text, not explicitly acknowledged.
Silent revisions; a silent emendation

Still

To make quiet; silence
"a ... cold wind that stilled even the chorus of insects" (David Campbell).

Silent

(genetics) Not implying significant modifications which would affect a peptide sequence.

Still

To allay or calm
The parents stilled their child's fears of the dark.

Silent

Undiagnosed or undetected because of an absence of symptoms.

Still

To become still.

Silent

Of distilled spirit: having no flavour or odour.

Still

Not moving; calm.
Sit there and stay still!
Still waters run deep.

Silent

(uncountable) That which is silent; a time of silence.

Still

Not effervescing; not sparkling.
Still water; still wines

Silent

A silent movie

Still

Uttering no sound; silent.

Silent

Free from sound or noise; absolutely still; perfectly quiet.
How silent is this town!

Still

(not comparable) Having the same stated quality continuously from a past time

Silent

Not speaking; indisposed to talk; speechless; mute; taciturn; not loquacious; not talkative.
Ulysses, adds he, was the most eloquent and most silent of men.
This new-created world, whereof in hellFame is not silent.

Still

Comparatively quiet or silent; soft; gentle; low.

Silent

Keeping at rest; inactive; calm; undisturbed; as, the wind is silent.

Still

(obsolete) Constant; continual.

Silent

Not pronounced; having no sound; quiescent; as, e is silent in "fable."

Still

Without motion.
They stood still until the guard was out of sight.

Silent

Having no effect; not operating; inefficient.
Cause . . . silent, virtueless, and dead.

Still

(aspect) Up to a time, as in the preceding time.
Is it still raining?
It was still raining five minutes ago.
We've seen most of the sights, but we are still visiting the museum.
I’m still not wise enough to answer that.

Silent

That which is silent; a time of silence.

Still

(degree) To an even greater degree. Used to modify comparative adjectives or adverbs.
Tom is tall; Dick is taller; Harry is still taller / Harry is taller still.

Silent

Marked by absence of sound;
A silent house
Soundless footsteps on the grass
The night was still

Still

(conjunctive) Nevertheless.
I’m not hungry, but I’ll still manage to find room for dessert.
Yeah, but still...

Silent

Failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to;
The witness remained silent

Still

Always; invariably; constantly; continuously.

Silent

Indicated by necessary connotation though not expressed directly;
Gave silent consent
A tacit agreement
The understood provisos of a custody agreement

Still

(extensive) Even, yet.
Some dogs howl, more yelp, still more bark.

Silent

Not made to sound;
The silent `h' at the beginning of `honor'
In French certain letters are often unsounded

Still

A period of calm or silence.
The still of the night

Silent

Having a frequency below or above the range of human audibility;
A silent dog whistle

Still

(photography) A photograph, as opposed to movie footage.

Silent

Unable to speak because of hereditary deafness

Still

(slang) A resident of the Falkland Islands.

Still

A device for distilling liquids.

Still

(catering) A large water boiler used to make tea and coffee.

Still

(catering) The area in a restaurant used to make tea and coffee, separate from the main kitchen.

Still

A building where liquors are distilled; a distillery.

Still

To calm down, to quiet.
To still the raging sea

Still

(obsolete) To trickle, drip.

Still

To cause to fall by drops.

Still

To expel spirit from by heat, or to evaporate and condense in a refrigeratory; to distill.

Still

Motionless; at rest; quiet; as, to stand still; to lie or sit still.

Still

Uttering no sound; silent; as, the audience is still; the animals are still.
The sea that roared at thy command,At thy command was still.

Still

Not disturbed by noise or agitation; quiet; calm; as, a still evening; a still atmosphere.

Still

Comparatively quiet or silent; soft; gentle; low.

Still

Constant; continual.
By still practice learn to know thy meaning.

Still

Not effervescing; not sparkling; as, still wines.

Still

Freedom from noise; calm; silence; as, the still of midnight.

Still

A steep hill or ascent.

Still

A vessel, boiler, or copper used in the distillation of liquids; specifically, one used for the distillation of alcoholic liquors; a retort. The name is sometimes applied to the whole apparatus used in in vaporization and condensation.

Still

A house where liquors are distilled; a distillery.

Still

To this time; until and during the time now present; now no less than before; yet.
It hath been anciently reported, and is still received.

Still

In the future as now and before.
Hourly joys be still upon you!

Still

In continuation by successive or repeated acts; always; ever; constantly; uniformly.
The desire of fame betrays an ambitious man into indecencies that lessen his reputation; he is still afraid lest any of his actions should be thrown away in private.
Chemists would be rich if they could still do in great quantities what they have sometimes done in little.

Still

In an increasing or additional degree; even more; - much used with comparatives.
The guilt being great, the fear doth still exceed.

Still

Notwithstanding what has been said or done; in spite of what has occured; nevertheless; - sometimes used as a conjunction. See Synonym of But.
As sunshine, broken in the rill,Though turned astray, is sunshine still.

Still

After that; after what is stated.
In the primitive church, such as by fear being compelled to sacrifice to strange gods, after repented, and kept still the office of preaching the gospel.
And like the watchful minutes to the hour,Still and anon cheered up the heavy time.

Still

To stop, as motion or agitation; to cause to become quiet, or comparatively quiet; to check the agitation of; as, to still the raging sea.
He having a full sway over the water, had power to still and compose it, as well as to move and disturb it.

Still

To stop, as noise; to silence.
With his name the mothers still their babies.

Still

To appease; to calm; to quiet, as tumult, agitation, or excitement; as, to still the passions.
Toil that would, at least, have stilled an unquiet impulse in me.

Still

To cause to fall by drops.

Still

To expel spirit from by heat, or to evaporate and condense in a refrigeratory; to distill.

Still

To drop, or flow in drops; to distill.

Still

A static photograph (especially one taken from a movie and used for advertising purposes);
He wanted some stills for a magazine ad

Still

(poetic) tranquil silence;
The still of the night

Still

An apparatus used for the distillation of liquids; consists of a vessel in which a substance is vaporized by heat and a condenser where the vapor is condensed

Still

A plant and works where alcoholic drinks are made by distillation

Still

Make calm or still;
Quiet the dragons of worry and fear

Still

Cause to be quiet or not talk;
Please silence the children in the church!

Still

Lessen the intensity of or calm;
The news eased my conscience
Still the fears

Still

Make motionless

Still

Not in physical motion;
The inertia of an object at rest

Still

Marked by absence of sound;
A silent house
Soundless footsteps on the grass
The night was still

Still

Free from disturbance;
A ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay
The quiet waters of a lagoon
A lake of tranquil blue water reflecting a tranquil blue sky
A smooth channel crossing
Scarcely a ripple on the still water
Unruffled water

Still

Used of pictures; of a single or static photograph not presented so as to create the illusion of motion; or representing objects not capable of motion;
A still photograph
Cezanne's still life of apples

Still

Not sparkling;
A still wine
Still mineral water

Still

Free from noticeable current;
A still pond
Still waters run deep

Still

With reference to action or condition; without change, interruption, or cessation;
It's still warm outside
Will you still love me when we're old and grey?

Still

Despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession);
Although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it
While we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed
He was a stern yet fair master
Granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go

Still

To a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons;
Looked sick and felt even worse
An even (or still) more interesting problem
Still another problem must be solved
A yet sadder tale

Still

Without moving or making a sound;
He sat still as a statue
Time stood still
They waited stock-still outside the door
He couldn't hold still any longer

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