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Dictionary Information: Definition Quiescent
Thesaurus: Quietude
Description and Meaning: Quietude

  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.
2. Not ruffed with passion; unagitated; not in action; not excited; quiet; dormant; resting. "In times of national security, the feeling of patriotism . . . is so quiescent that it seems hardly to exist." Prof. Wilson.
3. (Gram.) Not sounded; silent; as, y is quiescent in "day" and "say."
Quiescent (Qui*es"cent), n.

(Gram.) A silent letter. M. Stuart.

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