• A Quiet Corner in Witley
    A Quiet Corner in Witley
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv quietly with low volume "speak softly but carry a big stick","she spoke quietly to the child","the radio was playing softly"
    • adv quietly with little or no sound "the class was listening quietly and intently","she was crying quietly"
    • adv quietly 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"
    • adv quietly in a restful manner "the streets are restfully sunny and still for the town is at mass"
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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.
    • Quietly Calmly, without agitation or violent emotion; patiently; as, to submit quietly to unavoidable evils.
    • Quietly In a quiet state or manner; without motion; in a state of rest; as, to lie or sit quietly .
    • Quietly Noiselessly; silently; without remark or violent movement; in a manner to attract little or no observation; as, he quietly left the room.
    • Quietly Without tumult, alarm, dispute, or disturbance; peaceably; as, to live quietly; to sleep quietly.
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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.
    • quietly In a quiet state or manner. Especially— Without motion or agitation; in a state of rest.
    • quietly Without tumult, alarm, dispute, or disturbance; peaceably: as, to live quietly.
    • quietly Calmly; tranquilly; without agitation or violent emotion; patiently.
    • quietly In a manner to attract little or no observation; without noise: as, he quietly left the room.
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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.
    • adv Quietly in a quiet manner: without motion or alarm: calmly: silently: patiently
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  • James Levin
    James Levin
    “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
  • Robertson Davies
    “Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.”
  • 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.”
  • Francois FeNelon
    “How rare it is to find a soul quiet enough to hear God speak.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.”


Quiet as a cat - If somebody is as quiet as a cat they make as little noise as possible and try to be unnoticeable.
Quiet as a mouse - If someone's as quiet as a mouse, they make absolutely no noise.
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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. quietusquiscĕre, to rest.


In literature:

Quiet was the keynote of our life, quiet and sunshine.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
He spoke quietly, in the controlled but vibrant voice he had used on the hilltop.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Quietly and mutely they walked home; quietly and mutely, nay, even coldly, they parted.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
Why do those who go about the house whisper so quietly?
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
It was hard to sit quiet with this burning pain at her heart.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
Judge Emery, after his proprietary good-by kiss, advised her to be quiet and rest.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
If it was quiet, she was filled with fear; if it was not quiet, she longed for peace.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
She's lying as quiet as quiet, and hasn't coughed to spake of for better than an hour.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
He seemed to be wondering quietly what she was doing there, in Nicky's house.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
He also colored slightly, and answered with a strained quietness.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine

In poetry:

With kitchen swept, cat fed,
the day will quiet,
I taste my fifty years
here in the cup.
"Turning Fifty" by Judith Wright
For I know that where
Christ hath come again,
Quietness without care
Dwelleth in his men.
"Antiphon" by George MacDonald
Yet I hear you speaking
With a quiet speech,
As if ye were seeking
Better things to teach:
"Quiet Dead!" by George MacDonald
Weeping low, creeping slow,
Came the Weary-Wingèd!
Roses red over the dead
Quietly he flingèd.
"Roses" by Robert Williams Buchanan
Fathers, children, mothers,
Ye are very quiet;
Can ye shout, my brothers?
I would know you by it!
"Quiet Dead!" by George MacDonald
A gray day and quiet,
With slow clouds of gray,
And in dull air a cloud that falls, falls
All day.
"Last Hours" by John Freeman

In news:

CIA kept quiet, but blamed terrorists for Libya attack.
Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the plan to build a huge NAFTA SuperHighway, four football-fields-wide, through the heart of the US along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex.
CHEEKTOWAGA, NY ( WKBW ) In a quiet Cheektowaga neighborhood, home is much more than where Renee Cerullo lives.
Golden season buffers between summer bustle , winter quiet.
On a scenic, sun-splashed day at the Seattle Seahawks' headquarters in Renton, the weight room remains eerily quiet, much to the chagrin of Chris Carlisle, the team's strength and conditioning coach.
If anybody outside HP thought the $10 billion purchase price of Autonomy made sense, they were keeping pretty quiet about it.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. President Barack Obama is playing a round of golf on his 51st birthday, kicking off a quiet birthday weekend away from re-election campaigning.
This quiet stretch of land along the Hudson River in Warren County, known as Buttermilk Camping Area , is the subject of a decades-long controversy.
You're camping at a state park, enjoying the tranquility of the forest and the woman who collects campsite rental fees rolls up quietly in her electric golf cart with her pet chicken seated next to her.
Some quiet speed-walking around a McLean, Va.
While heralding Atlantic Yards, city & state officials quietly agree to let Ratner build atop adjacent sites.
Fans clamor for Andre Drummond as Jason Maxiell quietly gets job done.
I'm sitting out by the lake enjoying some quiet time.
It carefully, scrupulously, and quietly watches legendary French chef Michel Bras and his son Sébastien create tantalizing, exquisite culinary masterpieces.
One man's quiet crusade to remember the disaster.

In science:

These discrepancies emphasize the need for observational studies aimed at determining whether magnetic fields emerging into the quiet photosphere are able to reach higher atmospheric layers.
Emergence of small-scale magnetic loops through the quiet solar atmosphere
We also characterize the physical properties of small-scale magnetic loops in the quiet Sun, providing estimates of their magnetic fluxes, emergence rates, lifetime s, sizes, and velocities.
Emergence of small-scale magnetic loops through the quiet solar atmosphere
Therefore, we have cospatial and cotemporal observations of the quiet Sun tracing different heights in the atmosphere.
Emergence of small-scale magnetic loops through the quiet solar atmosphere
Fig. 2. — Emergence of a small-scale magnetic loop in the quiet so lar photosphere.
Emergence of small-scale magnetic loops through the quiet solar atmosphere
These expresions have been obtained through calibration of the Mg I b line shape in the Fourier Transform Spectrometer atlas of the quiet Sun (Brault & Neckel 1987) and give only rough estimates of the magnetic flux density and velocity at the height of formation of the Mg I b measurements.
Emergence of small-scale magnetic loops through the quiet solar atmosphere