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[stil-nis] /ˈstɪl nɪs/
silence; quiet; hush.
the absence of motion.
Origin of stillness
before 1000; Middle English stilnesse, Old English stilnes. See still1, -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Not a sound broke the stillness, unless it was the beating of my heart.

  • The stillness that followed was broken only by the Judge's voice.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Only the clashing of the iron hoofs on the stones broke the stillness of the morning in that mountain solitude.

    Cudjo's Cave J. T. Trowbridge
  • He listened in a stillness of dread which resembled the immobility of profound attention.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • A stillness as of a church on weekdays reigned throughout the establishment.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
Word Origin and History for stillness

Old English stilnes; see still (adj.) + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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