- (n.) Authority or liberty given to do or forbear any act; especially, a formal permission from the proper authorities to perform certain acts or to carry on a certain business, which without such permission would be illegal; a grant of permission; as, a license to preach, to practice medicine, to sell gunpowder or intoxicating liquors.
- (n.) The document granting such permission.
- (n.) Excess of liberty; freedom abused, or used in contempt of law or decorum; disregard of law or propriety.
- (n.) That deviation from strict fact, form, or rule, in which an artist or writer indulges, assuming that it will be permitted for the sake of the advantage or effect gained; as, poetic license; grammatical license, etc.
- (v. t.) To permit or authorize by license; to give license to; as, to license a man to preach.
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- (a.) Of or pertaining to selenium; derived from, or containing, selenium; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a higher valence as contrasted with selenious compounds.
- (n.) The state of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise; absolute stillness.
- (n.) Forbearance from, or absence of, speech; taciturnity; muteness.
- (n.) Secrecy; as, these things were transacted in silence.
- (n.) The cessation of rage, agitation, or tumilt; calmness; quiest; as, the elements were reduced to silence.
- (n.) Absence of mention; oblivion.
- (interj.) Be silent; -- used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence.
- (v. t.) To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush.
- (v. t.) To put to rest; to quiet.
- (v. t.) 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.
- (v. t.) To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy.