Notebook, 1993-


Quietly / Tranquillo

Silence . . . . stillness

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1 Quiet n. 1. freedom from noise, unwanted sound, etc. 2. freedom from disturbance or tumult; tranquility; calm. 3. peace; a time of quiet. [ME < L quiét- [s. of quiés)] -Syn. 1. silence. 2. stillness. -Ant. 1. noise.

2 Quiet adj. 1. making no distrubance or trouble; not turbulent; peaceable. 2. free from distrubance or tumult; tranquil; peaceful: a quiet life. 3. free from disturbing thoughts, emotions, etc.; a quiet conscience. 4. being at rest. 5. refraining or free from activity, esp. busy or vigorous activity; a quiet Sunday afternoon. 6. motionless or moving very gently: quiet waters. 7. making no noise or sound, esp. no disturbing sound; quiet neighbors. 8. free, or comparatively free, from noise: a quiet street. 9. silent: Be quiet. 10. restrained in speech, manner, etc.; saying little: a quiet person. 11. said, expressed, done, etc., in a restrained or unobtrusive way: a quiet reproach. 12. not showy or obtrusive, subdued: quiet colors. 13. not busy or active: The stock market was quiet today. -v.t. 14. to make quiet. 15. to make tranquil or peaceful: pacify. 16. to calm mentally, as a person. 17. to allay [tumult, doubt, fear, etc.]. 18. to silence. -v.i. 19. to become quiet [often fol. by down]. [ME < L q uiét(us), ptp. of quiescere to be quiet]. -Syn. 2. calm, serene. 6. unmoving. 8. see still1. 14. still, hush, silence. 15. lull, soothe. -Ant. 2. perturbed. 6. active. 8. noisy.

Quietude. n. the state of being quiet; tranquility; calmness; stillness; quiet. . . . quiescent. adj. 1. resting; quiet, still, or inactive. [< L quiescent- . . . -Syn. dormant, latent.

[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]



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