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:


I write music just for me. I'm certainly not good enough to do it on any kind of a level but I enjoy that time because it's quiet.

-- Alex O'Loughlin (Australian Actor)

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

-- Queen Victoria (British Royalty)

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 ( -)

Mr. Arthur Ashe, he was good. I read some of his books. He knew about everything, but he was real quiet and didn't talk much. I never met him.

-- Mike Tyson (American Athlete)

I enjoy working in a quiet and subversive way.

-- Andy Goldsworthy (British Artist)

Levi is one of the best authors I've ever read. It's hard not to have an immediate personal response to his work. He has such a quiet tone.

-- John Turturro (American Actor)

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.

-- Arundhati Roy (Indian Novelist)

I don't know what impression you might have of the way I live. I live in a quiet place. I do not live as a hermit, though other people would prefer it if I did.

-- Daniel Day-Lewis ( Actor)

I've got to start listening to those quiet, nagging doubts.

-- Bill Watterson (American Cartoonist)

If I feel strongly, I say it. I know I can do more good by being vocal than by staying quiet. I'd have a whole lot more money if I lied, but I wouldn't enjoy spending it.

-- Martina Navratilova (American Athlete)

I have never appreciated a quiet moment with a friend as much, a quiet moment with a book and I think part of that is my obsession with being older and time going faster and it's become increasingly sweeter for me.

-- Candice Bergen (American Actress)

Nothing is secret once you tell anyone. If you want to keep it quiet - don't tell a soul.

-- Richard Chamberlain (American Actor)

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.

-- Bertrand Russell (British Philosopher)

Every man needs two women: a quiet home-maker, and a thrilling nymph.

-- Iris Murdoch (Irish Author)

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)

Be quiet, or my wife will take away your first born and make him or her work in one of her sweatshops!

-- Marc Anthony (American Musician)

I've got time, I hope, to make lots of quiet records. So quiet you won't be able to hear them.

-- Evan Dando (American Musician)

If you were to look back at me as a school kid you'd see a very quiet little church mouse kind of character.

-- Johnny Rotten (English Musician)

For no art and no religion is possible until we make allowances, until we manage to keep quiet the enfant terrible of logic that plays havoc with the other faculties.

-- John C. Ransom ( -)

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

-- Armand Assante (American Actor)

Film spectators are quiet vampires.

-- Jim Morrison (American Musician)

We have been through this is biennial convulsion four or five different times over the past 10 or 12 years, and now it appears that we are going through this quiet agony all over again.

-- Everett Dirksen (American Politician)

Never for the sake of peace and quiet deny your convictions.

-- Dag Hammarskjold (Swedish Diplomat)

Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.

-- William Powell (American Actor)

Your days are short here; this is the last of your springs. And now in the serenity and quiet of this lovely place, touch the depths of truth, feel the hem of Heaven. You will go away with old, good friends. And don't forget when you leave why you came.

-- Adlai E. Stevenson (American Politician)

You know, the men go to tea houses with the expectation that they will have a nice quiet evening and not read about it the next morning in the newspaper.

-- Arthur Golden (American Writer)

Don't Cry Daddy is a pretty sad song. He got to the end of it and it was just real quiet and Elvis says, I'm gonna cut that someday for my daddy. And, by God, he did. He lived up to his word.

-- Mac Davis (American Musician)

Let me say that the path I did take for a brief period of my life was not of reckless drug use, hurting others, but it was a path of quiet rebellion, of a little experimentation of a darker side of my confusion in a confusing world, lost in the midst of finding my identity.

-- Jennifer Capriati (American Athlete)

The way of architecture is the quiet voice that underlies it and has guided it from the beginning.

-- Arthur Erickson (Canadian Architect)

Sometimes we look for those thunderous things to happen in our life for our lives to change or go in the other direction. We seek the miracle. We seek the parting of the seas, the moving of the mountains. But no, it's a quiet thing. At least for me it was.

-- Ben Vereen (American Actor)

It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.

-- Joseph Addison (English Writer)

Parents are not interested in justice, they're interested in peace and quiet.

-- Bill Cosby (American Comedian)

A quiet mind cureth all.

-- Robert Burton (English Writer)

God's voice is still and quiet and easily buried under an avalanche of clamour.

-- Charles Stanley (American Clergyman)

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

-- Jessica Hahn (American Celebrity)


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