from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- v. Music Be silent. Used chiefly as a direction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. instruction indicating silence on the part of the performers of a piece
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- It is silent; -- a direction for a vocal or instrumental part to be silent during a whole movement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In musical notation, an indication that the instrument or voice in whose part it is inserted is silent for a time.
Latin, third person sing. present tense of tacēre, to be silent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tacēre (to be silent) (Wiktionary)