quiet, quiescent

quiet, quiescent
Both words mean "inactive," "motionless," "still," and are interchangeable in this sense: "My closest friend has a quiet (or quiescent) mind." Quiet, much more commonly used than quiescent, has several unshared meanings such as "free from noise," "restrained in speech and action," "not showy or ostentatious": "We live on a quiet street." "The coach has a quiet way of talking to his players." "The colors in this room are quiet and subdued."

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  • quiescent — See quiet, quiescent …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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  • Quiescent — Qui*es cent, a. [L. quiescens, entis, p. pr. of quiescere: cf. F. quiescent. See {Quiesce}.] 1. Being in a state of repose; at rest; still; not moving; as, a quiescent body or fluid. [1913 Webster] 2. Not ruffed with passion; unagitated; not in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quiescent — [kwī es′ənt, kwēes′ənt] adj. [L quiescens, prp. of quiescere, to become quiet: see QUIET] quiet; still; inactive SYN. LATENT quiescence n. quiescently adv …   English World dictionary

  • quiet — qui·et 1 adj: free from disturbance, interference, or dispute (as from an adverse claim) quiet enjoyment of property quiet 2 vt: to establish or make (title) secure by means of an action that produces a final determination of the respective… …   Law dictionary

  • quiet — [adj1] without or with little sound buttoned up*, clammed up*, close, closemouthed, could hear a pin drop*, dumb, hushed, hushful, inaudible, low, low pitched, muffled, mute, muted, noiseless, not saying boo*, peaceful, quiescent, quieted,… …   New thesaurus

  • quiescent — quiescent, ente (kui è ssan, ssan t ) adj. 1°   Terme de grammaire hébraïque. Lettres quiescentes, celles qui ne se prononcent pas, si elles n ont avec elles certains points représentant la voyelle qu elles doivent faire entendre.    Il se dit… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • quiescent — c.1600, from L. quiescens, prp. of quiescere, from quies rest, quiet (see WHILE (Cf. while)). Quiescence is from 1630s. Quiesce is used in English from 1828 …   Etymology dictionary

  • quiescent — *latent, dormant, potential, abeyant Analogous words: quiet, *still, silent: inert, *inactive, passive, supine …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • quiescent — [adj] inactive asleep, at rest, deactivated, dormant, fallow, idle, immobile, in abeyance, inert, inoperative, latent, motionless, passive, quiet, slumbering, stagnant, still; concept 584 Ant. active …   New thesaurus

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