quiet

quiet
quiet [kwī′ət]
adj.
[ME quiete < OFr < L quietus, pp. of quiescere, to become quiet < quies (gen. quietis), rest < IE base * kweye-, to rest > WHILE]
1. still; calm; motionless
2.
a) not noisy; hushed [a quiet motor]
b) not speaking; silent
3. not agitated, as in motion; gentle [a quiet sea]
4. not easily excited or disturbed [a quiet disposition]
5. not ostentatious or pretentious [quiet furnishings]
6. not forward; unobtrusive [a quiet manner]
7. secluded [a quiet den]
8. peaceful and relaxing [a quiet evening at home]
9. Commerce not busy [a quiet day on the stock exchange]
n.
1. a quiet state or condition; calmness, stillness, inactivity, freedom from noise, etc.
2. a quiet or peaceful quality; freedom from turmoil or agitation
vt.
1. to make quiet; calm or pacify, bring to rest, etc.
2. to allay (fear, doubt, etc.)
3. Law to make (a title) unassailable by freeing the fact of ownership from interference, disturbance, or question
vi.
to become quiet: usually with down
adv.
in a quiet manner
quieter
n.
quietly
adv.
quietness
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Quiet — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To calm; to appease; to pacify; to lull; to allay; to tranquillize; as, to quiet… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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