hush

Definitions

  • HUSH-A-BY BABY
    HUSH-A-BY BABY
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hush run water over the ground to erode (soil), revealing the underlying strata and valuable minerals
    • v hush wash by removing particles "Wash ores"
    • v hush become quiet or still; fall silent "hush my baby!"
    • v hush cause to be quiet or not talk "Please silence the children in the church!"
    • v hush become quiet or quieter "The audience fell silent when the speaker entered"
    • n hush (poetic) tranquil silence "the still of the night"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Hush Silent; quiet. "Hush as death."
    • n Hush Stillness; silence; quiet. "It is the hush of night."
    • Hush To appease; to allay; to calm; to soothe. "With thou, then, Hush my cares?""And hush'd my deepest grief of all."
    • v. i Hush To become or to keep still or quiet; to become silent; -- esp. used in the imperative, as an exclamation; be still; be silent or quiet; make no noise. "Hush , idle words, and thoughts of ill.""But all these strangers' presence every one did hush ."
    • Hush To still; to silence; to calm; to make quiet; to repress the noise or clamor of. "My tongue shall hush again this storm of war."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hush To reduce to silence; make still or quiet; check or suppress the sound of.
    • hush To appease; allay; calm, as commotion or agitation.
    • hush In mining, to clear off (the soil and surface dirt), in order to expose the bed-rock, so that it can be ascertained whether there are indications of a vein or metalliferous deposit.
    • hush To be still; be silent or quiet; make no noise.
    • hush Forbear; be still; hist; attend.
    • n hush A state of stillness; profound quiet.
    • hush Silent; still; quiet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • interj., imper Hush hush silence! be still!—adj. silent: quiet
    • v.t Hush to make quiet:
    • v.t Hush (min.) to clear off soil, &c., overlying the bed-rock
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
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    “America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.”

Idioms

Hush-hush - If something is hush-hush it is confidential.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. huschen, hussen, prob. of imitative origin; cf. LG. hussen, to lull to sleep, G. husch, quick, make haste, be silent

Usage

In literature:

A hush was in the air.
"The Return of Peter Grimm" by David Belasco
Then there came a sudden hush of surprise and consternation.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
It'll soon get hushed up; I don't intend to let it go a bit farther.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
Then mayhap he lost consciousness for I heard not a sound, and the whole city lay still in the hush of the noonday sleep.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
There was a hush, and all eyes were turned on the two.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
At length a hush came over the counting chamber.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
But hush, dearest, hush!
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
As Sir Mark reached his daughter there was a loud whispering in the church, which was suppressed by several hushes!
"Witness to the Deed" by George Manville Fenn
But the brisk affair had unlocked something in his hushed preserves.
"Young Hilda at the Wars" by Arthur Gleason
Their voices, too, were hushed, but the subject of their conversation was evidently more agitating than cooks.
"The Prodigal Father" by J. Storer Clouston
There was a horrible stir in the house under the hush and awe that death brings.
"Peter and Jane" by S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
I thought the whole thing was hushed up, at home.
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay
The muffled crack of a pistol in the President's box hushed the laughter for an instant.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
An' I felt all hushed up, like the weddin' was beginnin'.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
Hush the secret atheism!
"Memories of Bethany" by John Ross Macduff
All feminine comment, all internal censure, is hushed before the foe.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
The next day he slipped in alone and a bit early, his "hello" hushed.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
For a minute the house was hushed.
"If, Yes and Perhaps" by Edward Everett Hale
In the midst of the hubbub a hush fell suddenly over the concourse.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Then I would hush the outbreak, lest some one overhear me; and then I would remember that no one could overhear.
"The Gates Between" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
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In poetry:

He walked home tranquilly and slow,
Secure, and unaware,
That there was murder in the hush
Of the still midnight air.
"Death Of D'Arcy McGee" by Nora Pembroke
As it purples in the zenith,
As it brightens on the lawn,
There's a hush of death about me,
And a whisper, "He is gone!"
"A Common Thought" by Henry Timrod
The wild winds hushed; the angry deep
Sank, like a little child, to sleep;
The sullen billows ceased to leap,
At Thy will.
"Fierce raged the tempest o’er the deep" by Godfrey Thring
I hear the birds—I see the flowers
From their cool places peep,
And odorous as the purple hours
That hush the sun asleep.
"O, Summer Day" by Alexander Anderson
Mothers hushing their children
And ever weeping between;
And the long, deep sigh of maidens
Whose lovers would never be seen.
"In Selkirk" by Alexander Anderson
One in the tree,
'Hush now! Let be:
The song at ending
Left my long tending
Over als
"A Song In Three Parts" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

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Here are your movies out this weekend as rapped by Big Hush .
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Christian Louboutin's first favorite shoes: Hush Puppies.
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Hush has added Rob Cohen to its team as head of strategic business development.
Hush Puppies' Off The Leash Tour 2012 coming to Birmingham Friday.
The Hush Puppies' Off the Leash Tour 2012 is coming to Birmingham Friday.
Williams kept Roddick retirement hush - hush .
A somber hush as Mormon couple relates story of son at RNC.
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