quietness

Definitions

  • A Quiet Corner in Witley
    A Quiet Corner in Witley
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n quietness the property of making no sound
    • n quietness a state of peace and quiet
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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.
    • n Quietness The quality or state of being quiet; freedom from noise, agitation, disturbance, or excitement; stillness; tranquillity; calmness. "I would have peace and quietness ."
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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.
    • n quietness The state of being quiet, still, or free from action or motion; freedom from agitation, disturbance, or excitement; tranquillity; stillness; calmness.
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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.
    • ns Quietness rest: repose: freedom from agitation or alarm: stillness: peace: silence
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Quotations

  • William Wordsworth
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    “With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.”
  • 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.”
  • Jonathan Swift
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    “The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.”
  • Blaise Pascal
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    “I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still and quiet in a room alone.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “All the fame you should look for in life is to have lived it quietly.”

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

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

Usage

In literature:

Her radiance had been quiet even then because she was always quiet.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
So she changed the subject quietly, and they were soon at home.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
He's disappointed perhaps at its being so quiet here.
"The Dark Forest" by Hugh Walpole
And I went to find Mr. Marrett, and he had not come in, and all the yard was quiet.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
Be quiet now; you must let us do everything for you.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
For possibly two minutes, she lay quietly waiting, while the shadow moved curiously to and fro on the floor.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
You go on quietly, and the man comes running after you and has dropped his price to the lowest.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
When it was ended, he quietly proceeded to move off to another part of the playground without vouchsafing any reply.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
The quiet voice of the Chemist brought them back to themselves.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
Effie moved about very quietly, for fear of waking her sisters; and then she sat down, shading the light from their faces.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
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In poetry:

Other warblers cease to sing,
And their voices rest,
And they fold their weary wing
In their quiet nest.
"Singing-Bird" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Wherefore I crie, and crie again;
And in no quiet canst thou be,
Till I a thankfull heart obtain
Of thee:
"Gratefulnesse" by George Herbert
I speak seldom, and always
In a murmur as quiet
As that of crowds which surround
The victims of accidents.
"The Tourist from Syracuse" by Donald Justice
Sleep on, dear, now
The last sleep and the best,
And on thy brow,
And on thy quiet breast
Violets I throw.
"The Dead Child" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
You used to smile.
You’d be quiet, pensive,
Walking with me hand in hand.
The road would come to an end.
"I Used To Watch You" by Ozdemir Asaf
And I, who have not laboured,
Nor borne the heat of noon,
Receive thy tranquil quiet -
An undeserved boon.
"Midnight" by Robert Fuller Murray

In news:

A New Jersey police officer turned a quiet street in suburban Pennsylvania into a tense battlefield today.
COLUMBIA — It's often the quiet ones who are the most surprising.
All quiet here for now.
Golden State Warriors should be quiet until Halloween.
Agree On Tier 6 Or ' Be Quiet .
Shuttle Toolchanger Designed to Be Quiet , Reliable.
THE atmosphere of "Feels Like Home," Norah Jones's second album, is full of a tasteful quiet.
Smisek has held the top job at Continental Airlines for just five months — long enough to show he is not going to follow quietly in the steps of his predecessors.
The last eight months have been quiet for violinist Lee-Chin Siow.
Sweden's Quiet Revolution Without much fanfare, the Scandinavian country has been moving away from socialism.
Quiet Meadow Has Score to Settle in ' Damsel .
Quiet Meadow (left) finished 2nd by a nose in the 2009 Noble Damsel .
Everything is quiet and tranquil.
The campaign has been quiet, with the incumbents and the teachers all running on their record of service to the school district and Roberts touting his standing as an outsider.
New TV shows continue to premiere this quiet mid-October week as the entertainment industry gears up for the holidays and awards season.
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In science:

Each time we added another parameter to the matrix, we re-calculated the SVD coefficients from the energy scan data and then applied them to the data from the quiet period.
Results from a Prototype Chicane-Based Energy Spectrometer for a Linear Collider
Where the residual is improved for both the energy scan and quiet period, we can conclude that the uncertainty associated with the included parameter is reduced.
Results from a Prototype Chicane-Based Energy Spectrometer for a Linear Collider
Different special cases are considered for power, Rado, min − max and AGM means, the last one is quiet exotic.
Generalized Young and Cauchy--Bunyakowsky Inequalities with Applications: a survey
However, theoretically, such a highly successful ansatz cannot be the complete description of the kinematic structure of neutrino oscillations; a quiet reflection reveals that it violates conservation of the energy-momentum four vector.
Neutrino oscillations with disentanglement of a neutrino from its partners
Linear resolution limitations for studies of more distant AGN such as radio quiet quasars (RQQ) are more accute.
Radio-Quiet AGN and the Transient Radio Sky
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