Definition of radio silence in English:

radio silence

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  • 1An absence of or abstention from radio transmission: at midnight, the enemy went on total radio silence
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    • 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.
    • Maintaining total radio silence, the Strike Force took a route through the North Pacific, which had proven wholly devoid of shipping under normal circumstances.
  • 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
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    • I'm off to Devon for a few days and there will be radio silence.
    • Naturally, there was total radio silence from him while the property boom was going up.
    • I've been out of sorts for several days, hence the relative radio silence here.

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