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Meaning of quiet

qui•et

Pronunciation: (kwī'it), [key]
— adj., v. -er, -est,
—adj.
  1. making no noise or sound, esp. 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, esp. 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.
—v.t.
  1. to make quiet.
  2. to make tranquil or peaceful; pacify: to quiet a crying baby.
  3. to calm mentally, as a person.
  4. to allay (tumult, doubt, fear, etc.).
  5. to silence.
—v.i.
  1. to become quiet (often fol. by down).

qui•et

Pronunciation: (kwī'it), [key]
— n.
  1. freedom from noise, unwanted sound, etc.: At least there's quiet here.
  2. freedom from disturbance or tumult; tranquillity; rest; repose: to live in quiet.
  3. peace; peaceful condition of affairs.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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