1. To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush.
"Silence that dreadful bell; it frights the isle." -- Shak.
2. To put to rest; to quiet.
"This would silence all further opposition." -- Clarendon.
"These would have silenced their scruples." -- Rogers.
3. To restrain from the exercise of any function, privilege of instruction, or the like, especially from the act of preaching; as, to silence a minister of the gospel.
"The Rev. Thomas Hooker of Chelmsford, in Essex, was silenced for nonconformity." -- B. Trumbull.
4. To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy.