Definitions for: Quiet


[n] a disposition free from stress or emotion
[n] the absence of sound; "he needed silence in order to sleep"; "the street was quiet"
[n] an untroubled state; free from disturbances
[n] a period of calm weather; "there was a lull in the storm"
[adv] with little or no activity or especially agitation; "her hands rested quietly in her lap"; "the rock star was quietly led out the back door"; (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly' as in"sit here as quiet as you can")
[adj] (astronomy; of the sun) characterized by a low level of surface phenomena like sun spots e.g.
[adj] free from disturbance; "a ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay"; "the quiet waters of a lagoon"; "a lake of tranquil blue water reflecting a tranquil blue sky"; "a smooth channel crossing"; "scarcely a ripple on the still water"; "unruffled water"
[adj] without untoward incident or disruption; "a placid existence"; "quiet times"
[adj] in a softened tone; "hushed voices"; "muted trumpets"; "a subdued whisper"; "a quiet reprimand"
[adj] not showy or obtrusive; "clothes in quiet good taste"
[adj] free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound; "a quiet audience at the concert"; "the room was dark and quiet"
[adj] characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity; "a quiet life"; "a quiet throng of onlookers"; "quiet peace-loving people"; "the factions remained quiet for almost 10 years"
[v] make calm or still; "quiet the dragons of worry and fear"
[v] become quiet or quieter; "The audience fell silent when the speaker entered"



Webster (1913) Definition: Qui"et, a. [Compar. Quieter; superl. 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, a., Quiesce, Quietus, Quit, a., 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. --Shak.

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, n. [L. quies, -etis. See Quiet, a.]
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, v. 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. --Shak.


Qui"et, v. i.
To become still, silent, or calm; -- often with down; as, be
soon quieted down.

Synonyms: calm, calm, calm down, catlike, dreamy, hush, hushed, lull, lull, muted, noiseless, pipe down, placid, placidity, quiesce, quiescent, quiet down, quieten, quieten, quietly, relaxing, repose, reposeful, restful, restrained, serenity, silence, silent, slumberous, slumbrous, soft, soundless, still, still, stilly, subdued, tiptoe, tranquil, tranquility, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillity, tranquillity, tranquillize, uneventful, unostentatious, unpretentious, unruffled, untroubled

Antonyms: active, agitate, charge, charge up, commove, excite, louden, noisy, rouse, sound, turn on, unquiet, unquietly

See Also: appease, assuage, assure, ataraxia, calm, calmness, calmness, change intensity, comfort, compose, composure, conciliate, console, equanimity, gentle, gruntle, hush, inaudible, lenify, mollify, order, pacify, peaceful, placate, quietness, reassure, solace, soothe, sound property, soundlessness, speechlessness, still, stillness, tame, unagitated, undisturbed, unhearable

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Famous Quotes Containing Quiet:


What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence.

-- George Byron (Scottish Poet)

In school I was pretty quiet. Kinda shy until my junior year. But at home I was a freak.

-- Dane Cook (American Comedian)

With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.

-- William Wordsworth (English Poet)

I've travelled around the UK a lot recently and have discovered that I really like trains. If you're in the quiet carriage, nobody can get hold of you and you can relax.

-- Honor Blackman (British Actress)

Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee.

-- Saint Augustine ( Saint)

When you know something in your heart, you better not be quiet about it. You better speak out about it.

-- Zach Wamp (American Politician)

We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly - spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.

-- Susan Taylor ( -)

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!

-- Charles Dickens (English Novelist)

I've heard myself referred to as a quiet superstar, and I don't quite know what that means.

-- Sarah McLachlan (Canadian Musician)

Life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few, we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books.

-- John Ruskin (English Writer)

I talk too quiet, and I have to yell on stage.

-- Clea Duvall (American Actress)

It makes no sense to pack an auditorium with 5,000 people and then tell them to keep quiet.

-- Tony Snow (American Journalist)

It was still quiet in the house, and not a sound was heard from outside, either. Were it not for this silence, my reverie would probably have been disrupted by reminders of daily duties, of getting up and going to school.

-- Herman Hesse (German Author)

Everybody should have his personal sounds to listen for - sounds that will make him exhilarated and alive or quiet and calm.

-- Andre Kostelanetz (Russian Musician)

Touch us gently, Time! Let us glide adown thy stream, Gently, - as we sometimes glide Through a quiet dream!

-- Barry Cornwall (English Poet)

It is a quiet and peaceful place - and a fitting place for the remains of this greatest of sea tragedies to rest.

-- Robert D. Ballard ( Scientist)

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.

-- Abraham Lincoln (American President)

It was all so far away - there was quiet and an untouched feel to the country and I could work as I pleased.

-- Georgia O'Keeffe (American Artist)

I kept quiet for eight years. I did not want to hurt the church.

-- Jessica Hahn (American Celebrity)

I was never a big guy in pubs. I was never the main kind of aggressor or anything like that, but I found myself in trouble because I always had a mouth that would come back with something, and there was just never anyone who could make me be quiet.

-- Dominic Monaghan (Irish Actor)

The good and the wise lead quiet lives.

-- Euripides (Greek Poet)

But generally speaking, I tend to be quiet and introspective.

-- Rowan Atkinson (English Comedian)

He did not arrive at this conclusion by the decent process of quiet, logical deduction, nor yet by the blinding flash of glorious intuition, but by the shoddy, untidy process halfway between the two by which one usually gets to know things.

-- Margery Allingham (English Writer)

Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.

-- Queen Victoria (British Royalty)

I'm actually a very quiet person off the golf course. I talk 150 miles per hour when I'm at the course, but when in private I very seldom ever open my mouth.

-- Lee Trevino (American Athlete)

We remained in Texas leading a quiet home life until 1889.

-- Calamity Jane (American Soldier)

The seas are quiet when the winds give o'er; So calm are we when passions are no more!

-- Edmund Waller (English Poet)

Leaders come in many forms, with many styles and diverse qualities. There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in the next county. Some find strength in eloquence, some in judgment, some in courage.

-- John W. Gardner (American Educator)

I sometimes suspect that half our difficulties are imaginary and that if we kept quiet about them they would disappear.

-- Robert Lynd ( -)

I live a very quiet life, although I'm very urban and a diehard New Yorker.

-- Armand Assante (American Actor)

O Death, rock me asleep, bring me to quiet rest, let pass my weary guiltless ghost out of my careful breast.

-- Anne Boleyn (English Royalty)

I'm a pretty quiet guy, but if people want to think of me as a lady killer, I guess that's good.

-- James Woods (American Actor)

When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just doing nothing - just sitting and looking at the sea, or watching the wind blowing the tree limbs, or waves rippling on a pond, a flickering candle or children playing in the park?

-- Ralph Marston (American Athlete)

In some movies you feel like you're a very small part of a huge machine. Whereas in the theater you can have a very small part, but you can still feel the weight and the gravity of it. Given the nature of theater, it's a more concentrated and quiet experience.

-- Minnie Driver (English Actress)

As states subsist in part by keeping their weaknesses from being known, so is it the quiet of families to have their chancery and their parliament within doors, and to compose and determine all emergent differences there.

-- John Donne (British Poet)


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