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Quiet vs. Silence

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Quietadjective

With little or no sound; free of disturbing noise.

‘I can't hear the music; it is too quiet.’;

Silencenoun

The absence of any sound.

‘When the motor stopped, the silence was almost deafening.’;

Quietadjective

Having little motion or activity; calm.

‘the sea was quiet’; ‘a quiet night at home’; ‘all quiet on the Western front’;

Silencenoun

The act of refraining from speaking.

‘"You have the right to silence," said the police officer.’;

Quietadjective

Not busy, of low quantity.

‘The traffic was quiet for a Monday morning.’; ‘Business was quiet for the season.’;

Silencenoun

Form of meditative worship practiced by the Society of Friends (Quakers); meeting for worship.

‘During silence a message came to me that there was that of God in every person.’;

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Quietadjective

Not talking much or not talking loudly; reserved.

‘He's a very quiet man usually, but is very chatty after a few beers.’;

Silenceverb

(transitive) To make (someone or something) silent.

‘Can you silence the crowd, so we can start the show?’;

Quietadjective

Not showy; undemonstrative.

‘a quiet dress’; ‘quiet colours’; ‘a quiet movement’;

Silenceverb

(transitive) To repress the expression of something.

‘Women, as well as children, have their thoughts or emotions routinely silenced.’;

Quietadjective

(software) Requiring little or no interaction.

‘a quiet install’;

Silenceverb

(transitive) To suppress criticism, etc.

‘Silence the critics.’; ‘Silence the doubters.’;

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Quietverb

To become quiet, silent, still, tranquil, calm.

‘When you quiet, we can start talking.’;

Silenceverb

(molecular biology) To block gene expression.

Quietverb

To cause someone to become quiet.

‘Can you quiet your child? He's making lots of noise.’; ‘The umpire quieted the crowd, so the game could continue in peace.’;

Silenceverb

(euphemistic) To murder.

Quietnoun

The absence of sound; quietness.

‘There was a strange quiet in the normally very lively plaza.’; ‘We need a bit of quiet before we can start the show.’;

Silenceinterjection

(imperative) Be silent.

‘Silence! Enough of your insolence!’;

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Quietnoun

the absence of movement; stillness, tranquility

Silencenoun

The state of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise; absolute stillness.

‘I saw and heared; for such a numerous hostFled not in silence through the frighted deep.’;

Quietinterjection

Be quiet.

‘Quiet! The children are sleeping.’;

Silencenoun

Forbearance from, or absence of, speech; taciturnity; muteness.

Quietadjective

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.’;

Silencenoun

Secrecy; as, these things were transacted in silence.

‘The administration itself keeps a profound silence.’;

Quietadjective

Free from noise or disturbance; hushed; still.

Silencenoun

The cessation of rage, agitation, or tumilt; calmness; quiest; as, the elements were reduced to silence.

Quietadjective

Not excited or anxious; calm; peaceful; placid; settled; as, a quiet life; a quiet conscience.

‘That son, who on the quiet state of manSuch trouble brought.’;

Silencenoun

Absence of mention; oblivion.

‘And what most merits fame, in silence hid.’;

Quietadjective

Not giving offense; not exciting disorder or trouble; not turbulent; gentle; mild; meek; contented.

‘The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit.’; ‘I will sit as quiet as a lamb.’;

Silenceinterjection

Be silent; - used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence.

Quietadjective

Not showy; not such as to attract attention; undemonstrative; as, a quiet dress; quiet colors; a quiet movement.

Silenceverb

To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush.

‘Silence that dreadful bell; it frights the isle.’;

Quietnoun

The quality or state of being quiet, or in repose; as an hour or a time of quiet.

Silenceverb

To put to rest; to quiet.

‘This would silence all further opposition.’; ‘These would have silenced their scruples.’;

Quietnoun

Freedom from disturbance, noise, or alarm; stillness; tranquillity; peace; security.

‘And join with thee, calm Peace and Quiet.’;

Silenceverb

To restrain from the exercise of any function, privilege of instruction, or the like, especially from the act of preaching; as, to silence a minister of the gospel.

‘The Rev. Thomas Hooker of Chelmsford, in Essex, was silenced for nonconformity.’;

Quietverb

To stop motion in; to still; to reduce to a state of rest, or of silence.

Silenceverb

To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy.

Quietverb

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.’;

Silencenoun

the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking);

‘there was a shocked silence’; ‘he gestured for silence’;

Quietverb

To become still, silent, or calm; - often with down; as, be soon quieted down.

Silencenoun

the absence of sound;

‘he needed silence in order to sleep’; ‘the street was quiet’;

Quietnoun

a period of calm weather;

‘there was a lull in the storm’;

Silencenoun

a refusal to speak when expected;

‘his silence about my contribution was surprising’;

Quietnoun

an untroubled state; free from disturbances

Silencenoun

the trait of keeping things secret

Quietnoun

the absence of sound;

‘he needed silence in order to sleep’; ‘the street was quiet’;

Silenceverb

cause to be quiet or not talk;

‘Please silence the children in the church!’;

Quietnoun

a disposition free from stress or emotion

Silenceverb

keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure;

‘All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power’;

Quietverb

become quiet or quieter;

‘The audience fell silent when the speaker entered’;

Silence

Silence is the absence of ambient audible sound, the emission of sounds of such low intensity that they do not draw attention to themselves, or the state of having ceased to produce sounds; this latter sense can be extended to apply to the cessation or absence of any form of communication, whether through speech or other medium.Sometimes speakers fall silent when they hesitate in searching for a word, or interrupt themselves before correcting themselves. Discourse analysis shows that people use brief silences to mark the boundaries of prosodic units, in turn-taking, or as reactive tokens, e.g., as a sign of displeasure, disagreement, embarrassment, desire to think, confusion, and the like.

Quietverb

make calm or still;

‘quiet the dragons of worry and fear’;

Quietadjective

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’;

Quietadjective

free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound;

‘a quiet audience at the concert’; ‘the room was dark and quiet’;

Quietadjective

not showy or obtrusive;

‘clothes in quiet good taste’;

Quietadjective

in a softened tone;

‘hushed voices’; ‘muted trumpets’; ‘a subdued whisper’; ‘a quiet reprimand’;

Quietadjective

without untoward incident or disruption;

‘a placid existence’; ‘quiet times’;

Quietadjective

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’;

Quietadjective

of the sun; characterized by a low level of surface phenomena like sun spots e.g.

Quietadverb

with little or no activity or no agitation (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly');

‘her hands rested quietly in her lap’; ‘the rock star was quietly led out the back door’; ‘sit here as quiet as you can’;

Quietadjective

making little or no noise

‘I was as quiet as I could be, but he knew I was there’; ‘the car has a quiet, economical engine’;

Quietadjective

(of a place, period of time, or situation) without much activity, disturbance, or excitement

‘the street below was quiet, little traffic braving the snow’;

Quietadjective

without being disturbed or interrupted

‘all he wanted was a quiet drink’;

Quietadjective

carried out discreetly, secretly, or with moderation

‘we wanted a quiet wedding’; ‘I'll have a quiet word with him’;

Quietadjective

(of a person) mild and reserved by nature

‘his quiet, middle-aged parents’;

Quietadjective

expressed in a restrained or understated way

‘Molly spoke with quiet confidence’;

Quietadjective

(of a colour or garment) unobtrusive; not bright or showy.

Quietnoun

absence of noise or bustle; silence; calm

‘the ringing of the telephone shattered the early morning quiet’;

Quietnoun

freedom from disturbance or interruption by others

‘he understood her wish for peace and quiet’;

Quietnoun

a peaceful or settled state of affairs in social or political life

‘after several months of comparative quiet, the scandal re-erupted in August’;

Quietverb

make or become silent, calm, or still

‘the journalists quieted down as Judy stepped on to the dais’; ‘there are ways of quieting kids down’;

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