Definition of radio silence in US English:

radio silence


  • 1An absence of or abstention from radio transmission.

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