Definition of radio silence in English:

radio silence


  • 1An absence of or abstention from radio transmission.

    ‘at midnight, the enemy went on total radio silence’
    • ‘To land and launch aircraft while maintaining radio silence, Red Team used lighting systems a la World War II.’
    • ‘In the South Atlantic, Crowhurst announced that low battery power would require him to maintain radio silence through the Indian and Pacific Oceans.’
    • ‘"We'd been in radio silence for most of the flight," Hoehn said.’
    • ‘For the Queen Mother, two minutes of BBC radio silence were ordained, reduced to one for listeners to Radio 1, out of respect for their limited attention span.’
    • ‘After final approval, the strike force launched from Thailand and expertly rejoined 15 aircraft in total darkness under radio silence.’
    • ‘Tactically, the Germans also imposed strict radio silence.’
    • ‘They sailed behind mine sweepers and in near radio silence.’
    • ‘She had no idea there were heavy units in the vicinity, because of radio silence.’
    • ‘It was a misty night, all navigation lights were switched off and radio silence was observed.’
    • ‘Did Japanese warships and their commanding admirals break radio silence at sea before the attack?’
    • ‘The imposition of radio silence during such missions made me more of a gunner than a radioman.’
    • ‘Maintaining total radio silence, the Strike Force took a route through the North Pacific, which had proven wholly devoid of shipping under normal circumstances.’
    • ‘On 16 December, signals intelligence (SIGINT) reported enemy units leaving an assembly area north of Trier and then going to radio silence.’
    • ‘The experience of the Great Patriotic War showed that particular communication security measures (including radio silence) complicated the work of signals intelligence units.’
    • ‘The Beagle 2 team has revised its plans for trying to communicate with the lander, postponing the date for the end of radio silence by two days.’
    • ‘One wounded plane came limping back to base in radio silence.’
    • ‘The myth, mistakenly put about in the late 1970s, that German radio silence prevented ULTRA from giving warning of the Ardennes campaign in mid-December is still current in some quarters.’
    • ‘Radio silence is now being kept until January 22 when the lander if it is still functioning is programmed to send out signals automatically.’
    1. 1.1A period during which one hears nothing from a normally communicative person or group.
      ‘apologies for the radio silence but I've had my nose to the grindstone this week’
      • ‘So please pardon the radio silence while I try to work out what my new 'voice' would be.’
      • ‘Why the breakup - and ensuing radio silence?’
      • ‘We have had very useful discussions but have agreed that until they are concluded, we shall maintain 'radio silence'.’
      • ‘Contenders are raising funds and canvassing support while maintaining complete radio silence.’
      • ‘Apologies for the radio silence this morning, but after reading this I need a short break from the blogosphere.’
      • ‘Naturally, there was total radio silence from him while the property boom was going up.’
      • ‘Apologies for the long radio silence.’
      • ‘Apologies for the radio silence, but you might be interested in two published works of mine over the past few days.’
      • ‘After months of what was essentially radio silence from both sides, the NHL lockout finally got interesting.’
      • ‘There has been nothing but radio silence from Artshow since her last communiqué.’
      • ‘Sorry about the radio silence this past week.’
      • ‘I've been out of sorts for several days, hence the relative radio silence here.’
      • ‘Been in a meeting all afternoon at the Strand, hence radio silence.’
      • ‘The "radio silence" of being without a home phone, let alone the ubiquitous cell phone, is startling.’
      • ‘From this morning I am going into 'radio silence' for the next 4 days as I'm off to a remote retreat in Scotland.’
      • ‘Breaking radio silence, Brenda slipped me a piece of paper with murmured instructions to swallow it.’
      • ‘I'm off to Devon for a few days and there will be radio silence.’
      • ‘At this point I broke radio silence and asked a gallery employee for some information on the artist.’
      • ‘They *might * be the victims of a tornado or a mass murder, but I tend to suppose more mundane explanations for her periodic radio silence.’