quiet

Definitions

  • A Quiet Corner in Witley
    A Quiet Corner in Witley
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj quiet of the sun characterized by a low level of surface phenomena like sunspots e.g.
    • adj quiet (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves "a ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay","the quiet waters of a lagoon","a lake of tranquil blue water reflecting a tranquil blue sky","a smooth channel crossing","scarcely a ripple on the still water","unruffled water"
    • adj quiet in a softened tone "hushed voices","muted trumpets","a subdued whisper","a quiet reprimand"
    • adj quiet not showy or obtrusive "clothes in quiet good taste"
    • adj quiet free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound "a quiet audience at the concert","the room was dark and quiet"
    • adj quiet characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity "a quiet life","a quiet throng of onlookers","quiet peace-loving people","the factions remained quiet for almost 10 years"
    • adv quiet with little or no activity or no agitation (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly') "her hands rested quietly in her lap","the rock star was quietly led out the back door","sit here as quiet as you can"
    • v quiet make calm or still "quiet the dragons of worry and fear"
    • v quiet become quiet or quieter "The audience fell silent when the speaker entered"
    • n quiet a disposition free from stress or emotion
    • n quiet the absence of sound "he needed silence in order to sleep","the street was quiet"
    • n quiet an untroubled state; free from disturbances
    • n quiet a period of calm weather "there was a lull in the storm"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

ALL WAS SO QUIET THAT HE COULD HEAR EVERY BREATH HE DREW ALL WAS SO QUIET THAT HE COULD HEAR EVERY BREATH HE DREW
ANNALS OF A QUIET NEIGHBOURHOOD. AN ICE PICTURE ANNALS OF A QUIET NEIGHBOURHOOD. AN ICE PICTURE
He went prancing down a quiet street He went prancing down a quiet street

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Paulding, Ohio an officer of the law may bite a dog to quiet him.
    • Quiet Free from noise or disturbance; hushed; still.
    • Quiet Freedom from disturbance, noise, or alarm; stillness; tranquillity; peace; security. "And join with thee, calm Peace and Quiet ."
    • Quiet In a state of rest or calm; without stir, motion, or agitation; still; as, a quiet sea; quiet air. "They . . . were quiet all the night, saying, In the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him."
    • Quiet Not excited or anxious; calm; peaceful; placid; settled; as, a quiet life; a quiet conscience. "So quiet and so sweet a style.""That son, who on the quiet state of man
      Such trouble brought."
    • Quiet Not giving offense; not exciting disorder or trouble; not turbulent; gentle; mild; meek; contented. "The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit.""I will sit as quiet as a lamb."
    • Quiet Not showy; not such as to attract attention; undemonstrative; as, a quiet dress; quiet colors; a quiet movement.
    • Quiet The quality or state of being quiet, or in repose; as an hour or a time of quiet.
    • v. i Quiet To become still, silent, or calm; -- often with down; as, be soon quieted down.
    • Quiet To calm; to appease; to pacify; to lull; to allay; to tranquillize; as, to quiet the passions; to quiet clamors or disorders; to quiet pain or grief. "Quiet yourselves, I pray, and be at peace."
    • Quiet To stop motion in; to still; to reduce to a state of rest, or of silence.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the quiet town of Connorsville, Wisconsin, it's illegal for a man to shoot off a gun when his female partner has an orgasm.
    • quiet Being in a state of rest; not being in action or motion; not moving or agitated; still: as, remain quiet; the sea was quiet.
    • quiet Left at rest; free from alarm or disturbance; unmolested; tranquil.
    • quiet Peaceable; not turbulent; not giving offense; not exciting controversy, disorder, or trouble.
    • quiet Undisturbed by emotion; calm; patient; contented.
    • quiet Free from noise or sound; silent; still: as, a quiet neighborhood.
    • quiet Free from fuss or bustle; without stiffness or formality.
    • quiet Not glaring or showy; not such as to attract notice; in good taste: as, quiet colors; a quiet dress.
    • quiet = Syn. 1-5. Placid, Serene, etc. (see calm), peaceful, unruffled, undisturbed.
    • quiet Meek, mild.
    • n quiet Rest; repose; stillness.
    • n quiet An undisturbed condition; tranquillity; peace; repose.
    • n quiet An undisturbed state of mind; peace of soul; patience; calmness.
    • n quiet Synonyms Repose, Tranquillity, etc. See rest.
    • quiet To bring to a state of rest; stop.
    • quiet To make or cause to be quiet; calm; appease; pacify; lull; allay; tranquillize: as, to quiet the soul when it is agitated; to quiet the clamors of a nation; to quiet the disorders of a city.
    • quiet Synonyms To compose, soothe, sober; to still, silence, hush.
    • quiet To become quiet or still; abate: as, the sea quieted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You can see a candle flame from 50 Kilometers on a clear, dark night. You can hear the tick of a watch from 6 meters in very quiet conditions. You can taste one gram of salt in 500 liters of water (.0001M). You can detect one drop of perfume diffused throughout a three-room apartment. You can detect the wing of a bee falling on your cheek from a height of one centimeter.
    • adj Quiet kwī′et at rest: calm: smooth: peaceable: gentle, inoffensive: silent, still: free from gaudiness, in good taste: free from bustle or formality
    • n Quiet the state of being at rest: repose: calm: stillness: peace
    • v.t Quiet to bring to rest: to stop motion: to calm or pacify: to lull: to allay
    • v.i Quiet to become quiet, to abate
    • v.i Quiet to become quiet
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Quotations

  • James Levin
    James Levin
    “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
  • John Major
    John Major
    “A consensus politician is someone who does something that he doesn't believe is right because it keeps people quiet when he does it.”
  • Richard M. Nixon
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    “We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another -- until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.”
  • Francois FeNelon
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    “How rare it is to find a soul quiet enough to hear God speak.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Next to temperance, a quiet conscience, a cheerful mind and active habits, I place early rising as a means of health and happiness.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.”

Idioms

Quiet as a cat - If somebody is as quiet as a cat they make as little noise as possible and try to be unnoticeable.
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Quiet as a mouse - If someone's as quiet as a mouse, they make absolutely no noise.
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Quiet before the Storm - When you know that something is about to go horribly wrong, but hasn't just yet, then you are in the quiet before the storm.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. quietus, p. p. pf quiescere, to rest, keep quiet; akin to quies, rest, and prob. to E. while, n. See While, and cf. Coy (a.) Quiesce Quietus Quit (a.) Quite Requiem

Usage

In literature:

A maid was moving quietly about the room.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Mrs. Raynor and Marjorie will have turned in; we can do it quietly.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
She went on very quietly in manner.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
I had need of all my quiet and self-command.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
Ellen's distress was not soon quieted, or, if quieted for a moment, it was only to break out afresh.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
Do be quiet, Nan; I cannot talk to you.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
Two ladies shake hands quietly.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
After that everything was quiet.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
Do you mean to tell me that men sit down quietly under such dastardly tyranny?
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
And then quietly took up a fresh cigarette and awaited the Captain.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
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In poetry:

So I fling aside my weapon,
from the din
To the quietness of Heaven,
Entering in.
"The Hospital" by Anonymous Americas
The churchyard where his children rest,
The quiet spot that suits him best:
There shall his grave be made,
And there his bones be laid!
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
The churchyard where his children rest,
The quiet spot that suits him best;
There shall his grave be made,
And there his bones be laid!
"The Funeral Car Of Lincoln" by Richard Henry Stoddard
Then betimes when I shut the volume
To walk in the quiet street,
When the stars, which are shadows of angels,
Have made the silence sweet:
"He Came From A Land" by Alexander Anderson
And it is this; an upland gleam
Of sunshine such as warms and thrills;
The tinkle of a quiet stream,
That broke the stillness of the hills.
"A Sound Is In My Ear To-Day" by Alexander Anderson
I never saw the city but its restless tread and pain
Made me yearn to quit the tumult for the quiet fields again;
And I mutter'd, as the passion and the throb grew worse and worse—
"Man has set his fleeting dwelling here, and God His quiet curse!"
"The Summer Day" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Bear quietly breaks into Colo.
A long history of quiet influence and power.
Picture Book Theatre performs Eric Carle 's 'The Very Quiet Cricket' at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst.
Chevrolet's Suburban rolled quietly past a milestone back in 2010 when it turned 75 years old, making it one of the longest-running continuously built models in automotive history.
Caspian leans toward hard rock, but it's capable of quiet contemplation.
It's been an awfully quiet spring for Cassius Marsh, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
The new synthetic caster is available with two wheel and two tread types to insure quiet, smooth operation for every application.
(Feb 15, 2007) Celia Homesley's first book of poetry, Body of Crimson Leaves, is an absolutely lovely collection of quietly beautiful poems.
I see a very atten­tive well dressed young man qui­etly, dare I sug­gest, shyly lis­ten­ing as his date whis­pers about some secret between them.
Shelburne Bay is quiet, and the sky suggests a bluebird paddle from here to the Kingsland Bay campsite.
One evening, while reading quietly in bed, Jacob had a visit from his father.
Three Quiet Chords And A Microphone.
For 19 years, Sally Isham has been quietly serving the health needs of women in Hood River County.
It's quiet reading time in the class.
This hard working group works quietly and thoughtfully throughout the years to help provide support to our Library.
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In science:

Geminga-like radio-quiet pulsars which have already been observed by EGRET .
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Figure 11 shows the Fano factor as a function of shuttling amplitude and illustrates that the better the transparency the lower the noise, as it should be for a quiet electronic sea.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
It is well established that the DEM of active region and quiet Sun plasma peaks between 2 and 3 MK.
The Transparency of Solar Coronal Active Regions
The RCT transmits an (· ; `) grid of \quiet" regions to the global muon trigger for muon isolation cuts.
The CMS High Level Trigger
We also note a slight tendancy for the radio-quiet AGNs to lie below the average correlation, i.e. higher q24 (see Figure 14, left).
Spectroscopic Survey of 1.4 GHz and 24 Micron Sources in the Spitzer First Look Survey with WIYN/Hydra
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