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Webster 1913 Edition


Quiet

Qui′et

,
Adj.
[
Com
par.
Quieter
;
sup
erl.
Quietest
.]
[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
,
Adj.
,
Quiesce
,
Quietus
,
Quit
,
Adj.
,
Quite
,
Requiem
.]
1.
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.
Judg. xvi. 2.
2.
Free from noise or disturbance; hushed; still.
3.
Not excited or anxious; calm; peaceful; placid; settled;
as, a
quiet
life; a
quiet
conscience.
“ So quiet and so sweet a style.”
Shak.
That son, who on the
quiet
state of man
Such trouble brought.
Milton.
4.
Not giving offense; not exciting disorder or trouble; not turbulent; gentle; mild; meek; contented.
The ornament of a meek and
quiet
spirit.
1 Pet. iii. 4.
I will sit as
quiet
as a lamb.
Shakespeare
5.
Not showy; not such as to attract attention; undemonstrative;
as, a
quiet
dress;
quiet
colors; a
quiet
movement.
Syn. – Still; tranquil; calm; unruffled; smooth; unmolested; undisturbed; placid; peaceful; mild; peaceable; meek; contented.

Qui′et

,
Noun.
[L.
quies
,
-etis
. See
Quiet
,
Adj.
]
1.
The quality or state of being quiet, or in repose; as an hour or a time of quiet.
2.
Freedom from disturbance, noise, or alarm; stillness; tranquillity; peace; security.
And join with thee, calm Peace and
Quiet
.
Milton.
At quiet
,
still; peaceful.
In quiet
,
quietly.
“ I will depart in quiet.”
Shak.
Out of quiet
,
disturbed; restless.
[Obs.]
“She is much out of quiet.”
Shak.

Qui′et

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Quieted
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Quieting
.]
1.
To stop motion in; to still; to reduce to a state of rest, or of silence.
2.
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.
Shakespeare

Qui′et

,
Verb.
I.
To become still, silent, or calm; – often with down;
as, be soon
quieted
down
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Quiet

QUI'ET

,
Adj.
[L. quietus.]
1.
Still; being in a state of rest; now moving. Judges 16.
2.
Still; free from alarm or disturbance; unmolested; as a quiet life.
In his days the land was quiet ten years. 2Chron. 14.
3.
Peaceable; not turbulent; not giving offense; not exciting controversy, disorder or trouble; mild; meek; contented.
The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. 1Peter 3.
1Thess. 4.
4.
Calm; not agitated by wind; as a quiet sea or atmosphere.
5.
Smooth; unruffled.
6.
Undisturbed; unmolested; as the quiet possession or enjoyment of an estate.
7.
Not crying; not restless; as a quiet child.

QUI'ET

,
Noun.
[L. quies.]
1.
Rest; repose; stillness; the state of a thing not in motion.
2.
Tranquility; freedom from disturbance or alarm; civil or political repose. Our country enjoys quiet.
3.
Peace; security. Judges 18.

QUI'ET

, v.t.
1.
To stop motion; to still; to reduce to a state of rest; as, to quiet corporeal motion.
2.
To calm; to appease; to pacify; to lull; to tranquilize; as, to quiet the soul when agitated; to quiet the passions; to quiet the clamors of a nation; to quiet the disorders of a city or town.
3.
To allay; to suppress; as, to quiet pain or grief.

Definition 2021


quiet

quiet

See also: qui et

English

Adjective

quiet (comparative quieter or more quiet, superlative quietest or most quiet)

  1. With little or no sound; free of disturbing noise.
    I can't hear the music; it is too quiet.
  2. Having little motion or activity; calm.
    the sea was quiet; a quiet night at home; all quiet on the Western front
  3. Not busy, of low quantity.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 8, in The China Governess:
      It was a casual sneer, obviously one of a long line. There was hatred behind it, but of a quiet, chronic type, nothing new or unduly virulent, and he was taken aback by the flicker of amazed incredulity that passed over the younger man's ravaged face.
    The traffic was quiet for a Monday morning.
    Business was quiet for the season.
  4. Not talking much or not talking loudly; reserved.
    He's a very quiet man usually, but is very chatty after a few beers.
  5. Not showy; undemonstrative.
    a quiet dress; quiet colours; a quiet movement
  6. (software) Requiring little or no interaction.
    a quiet install

Quotations

  • For usage examples of this term, see Citations:quiet.

Synonyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:silent
  • See also Wikisaurus:taciturn

Antonyms

Translations

Verb

quiet (third-person singular simple present quiets, present participle quieting, simple past and past participle quieted)

  1. To become quiet, silent, still, tranquil, calm.
    When you quiet, we can start talking.
  2. To cause someone to become quiet.
    Can you quiet your child? He's making lots of noise.
    The umpire quieted the crowd, so the game could continue in peace.

Synonyms

Translations

Noun

quiet (plural quiets)

  1. The absence of sound; quietness.
    There was a strange quiet in the normally very lively plaza.
    We need a bit of quiet before we can start the show.
  2. the absence of movement; stillness, tranquility

Translations

Usage notes

Often confused with quite.

Related terms

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: beside · worth · please · #697: quiet · exclaimed · regard · married

Anagrams


Catalan

Pronunciation

  • depending on dialect, IPA(key): [kiet] or IPA(key): [kiɜt]

Adjective

quiet m (feminine quieta, masculine plural quiets, feminine plural quietes)

  1. calm, stopped
  2. quiet

Synonyms


Copallén

Noun

quiet

  1. water

References

  • Willem F. H. Adelaar, The Languages of the Andes

Occitan

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈkjet]

Adjective

quiet m (feminine singular quieta, masculine plural quiets, feminine plural quietas)

  1. calm, stopped
  2. quiet

Synonyms