• WordNet 3.6
    • n quiescence quiet and inactive restfulness
    • n quiescence a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction "the volcano erupted after centuries of dormancy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Quiescence The state or quality of being quiescent. "Quiescence , bodily and mental.""Deeds will be done; -- while be boasts his quiescence ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quiescence The state or quality of being quiescent or inactive; rest; repose; inactivity; the state of a thing without motion or agitation: as, the quiescence of a volcano.
    • n quiescence In philology, silence; the condition of not being heard in pronunciation: as, the quiescence of a letter.
    • n quiescence In biology, quietude or inactivity; a state of animal life approaching torpidity, but in which the animal is capable of some motion, and may receive food: it is observed among insects during either hibernation or pupation, and in many other animals both higher and lower in the scale than these.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Quiescence state of being at rest: rest of mind: silence: torpor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. quiescentia, fr. quiescens, p. pr.; cf. F. quiestence,. See Quiesce
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. quiescens, -entis, pr.p. of quiescĕre, to rest.


In literature:

His quiescence seemed ironical and treacherous, it fitted so poorly with his looks.
"The Short-story" by William Patterson Atkinson
Why this strange quiescence?
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
Perfect health supposes not a state of mere quiescence, but of positive enjoyment in living.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866" by Various
The various curves of work are to be found below the line of quiescence, in state of disorder.
"Spontaneous Activity in Education" by Maria Montessori
Bodies are distinguished from each other by degrees of motion and quiescence, not with regard to substance.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Their bright eyes were alluring, their quiescence was encouraging.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
How Thady envied his quiescence!
"The Macdermots of Ballycloran" by Anthony Trollope
And our quiescence agony of strife: If dreams are naught but dreams, what is our real life?
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 4 October 1848" by Various
We shall perceive in this quiescence and obscurity only another cause of regret and another incitement to exertion.
"The Claims of Labour an essay on the duties of the employers to the employed" by Arthur Helps
These, I think, were her two chief pleasures, beyond that of mere quiescence.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In poetry:

More profit surely lies in a holy, pure quiescence,
In a setting forth of cups to catch the heavenly rain,
In a yielding of the being to the ever waiting presence,
In a lifting of the eyes upward, homeward again!
"After The Fashion of An Old Emblem" by George MacDonald

In news:

The first taste of the baked Dungeness crab dip provoked a moment of quiescence.

In science:

Furthermore, at the time of writing this chapter (April 2004), several other quasi-persistent neutron-star X-ray transients have also been observed in quiescence.
Crust cooling curves of accretion-heated neutron stars
For KS 1731–260, this long-term accretion behavior was quite unconstrained due to large uncertainties in the averaged duration of the outbursts, the time-averaged accretion rate during the outbursts, and the time the source spent in quiescence.
Crust cooling curves of accretion-heated neutron stars
The 0.5–10 keV flux during the last Chandra observation remained higher than the upper limit found with ROSAT (Verbunt 2001; Oosterbroek et al. 2001; Wijnands 2002), suggesting that the crust will cool even further in quiescence and that the crust and core have not yet reached thermal equilibrium.
Crust cooling curves of accretion-heated neutron stars
Unfortunately, the source has remained active since it was originally discovered and no observations in quiescence have yet been possible.
Crust cooling curves of accretion-heated neutron stars
Observations of quasi-persistent neutron-star X-ray transients (i.e., those of KS 1731–260 and MXB 1659–29) in quiescence have demonstrated that this class of transients can be used to constrain the structure of neutron stars.
Crust cooling curves of accretion-heated neutron stars