quietest

quiet

1 [kwahy-it]
adjective, quieter, quietest.
1.
making no noise or sound, especially no disturbing sound: quiet neighbors.
2.
free, or comparatively free, from noise: a quiet street.
3.
silent: Be quiet!
4.
restrained in speech, manner, etc.; saying little: a quiet person.
5.
free from disturbance or tumult; tranquil; peaceful: a quiet life.
6.
being at rest.
7.
refraining or free from activity, especially busy or vigorous activity: a quiet Sunday afternoon.
8.
making no disturbance or trouble; not turbulent; peaceable: The factions remained quiet for twenty years.
9.
motionless or moving very gently: quiet waters.
10.
free from disturbing thoughts, emotions, etc.; mentally peaceful: a quiet conscience.
11.
said, expressed, done, etc., in a restrained or unobtrusive way: a quiet reproach; a quiet admonition.
12.
not showy or obtrusive; subdued: quiet colors.
13.
not busy or active: The stock market was quiet last week.
verb (used with object)
14.
to make quiet.
15.
to make tranquil or peaceful; pacify: to quiet a crying baby.
16.
to calm mentally, as a person.
17.
to allay (tumult, doubt, fear, etc.).
18.
to silence.
verb (used without object)
19.
to become quiet (often followed by down ).

Origin:
1350–1400; (adj.) Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere (see quiescent); (v.) Middle English quieten, partly derivative of the adj., partly < Late Latin quiētāre, derivative of quiētus. Cf. coy

quieter, noun
quietly, adverb
quietness, noun
unquieted, adjective
unquieting, adjective

quietness, quietude.


2. See still1. 5. calm, serene. 9. unmoving. 14. still, hush, silence. 15, 17. lull, soothe.


2. noisy. 5. perturbed. 9. active.
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quiet (ˈkwaɪət)
 
adj
1.  characterized by an absence or near absence of noise: a quiet street
2.  characterized by an absence of turbulent motion or disturbance; peaceful, calm, or tranquil: a quiet glade; the sea is quiet tonight
3.  free from activities, distractions, worries, etc; untroubled: a quiet life; a quiet day at work
4.  marked by an absence of work, orders, etc; not busy: the factory is very quiet at the moment
5.  private; not public; secret: a quiet word with someone
6.  free from anger, impatience, or other extreme emotion: a quiet disposition
7.  free from pretentiousness or vain display; modest or reserved: quiet humour
8.  astronomy Compare active (of the sun) exhibiting a very low number of sunspots, solar flares, and other surface phenomena; inactive
 
n
9.  the state of being silent, peaceful, or untroubled
10.  on the quiet without other people knowing; secretly
 
vb
11.  a less common word for quieten
 
[C14: from Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere to rest, from quiēs repose, rest]
 
'quietness
 
n

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quiet
c.1300, from O.Fr. quiete, from L. quies (gen. quietis) "rest, quiet," from PIE base *qwi- "rest" (cf. Goth. hveila, O.E. hwil "space of time;" see while). The adj. is attested from 1382; the verb is first attested 1440. Quietism is attested from 1687, on model of mysticism,
originally in ref. to the mysticism of Molinas (1640-97), Sp. priest in Rome, whose "Guida spirituale" was published 1675 and condemned by the Inquisition in 1685. Quietude is from 1597.
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