Etymology
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silencer (n.)

c. 1600, "person who silences," agent noun from silence (v.). Attested from 1886 as "device to keep a door from slamming;" the meaning "mechanism that stifles the sound of a gas motor or other machinery" is by 1892; by 1901 in reference to attachments for firearms to deaden the report.

updated on October 27, 2022

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