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Silence, subst. 1) stillness, absence of sound or noise: Gent. III, 2, 85 “(dead s.).” Meas. III, 1, 257. Mids. II, 2, 70. Merch. V, 25. Merch. V, 25 Tit. I, 155. Hml. II, 2, 506.
2) forbearance of speech: Sonn. 83, 9. 86, 11. 101, 10. Tp. I, 1, 23 “(command these elements to s.).” Gent. III, 1, 207. Meas. V, 190. Ado II, 1, 317. Ado II, 1, 317 Mids. V, 100. Merch. I, 1, 111. III, 5, 50. As I, 3, 80. Shr. I, 1, 70. II, 29. All's I, 1, 76. Tw. II, 5, 70. Wint. II, 2, 41. V, 3, 21. H6A II, 4, 1. H6B IV, 2, 39 “(command s.).” R3 III, 7, 28. H8 I, 4, 45. II, 4, 2 “(let s. be commanded).” Troil. II, 3, 211. III, 2, 139. Tit. II, 3, 33. Tim. II, 2, 222. Caes. I, 2, 290 “(put to s.).” Hml. V, 1, 311. V, 2, 369. Cymb. III, 5, 97. s., alone, imperatively: Tp. I, 1, 19. I, 2, 475. IV, 124. Wiv. V, 5, 46. Mids. IV, 1, 85. V, 170. V, 170 Wint. III, 2, 10. John I, 1, 6. IV, 1, 133. H6B IV, 2, 40. H6C III, 2, 15. Caes. III, 2, 11. Caes. III, 2, 11 in s. == without words, not speaking: Mids. IV, 1, 100. Merch. II, 8, 32. H6A II, 4, 44. R3 III, 7, 141. Troil. IV, 1, 78. Tit. I, 90. Cymb. V, 4, 29. with s., in the same sense: it (my heart) “must break with s.” R2 II, 1, 228. “the grief that swells with s. in the tortured soul,” IV, 298. H6A II, 5, 101. V, 3, 13. Abstr. pro concr.: “my gracious s.” Cor. II, 1, 192.
3) secrecy: Tw. I, 2, 61. II, 5, 116. H4B II, 2, 178. Hml. I, 2, 248. Per. I, 2, 19.
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