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adj. qui·et·er, qui·et·est
1. Making or characterized by little or no noise: a quiet library; a quiet street; a quiet, well tuned engine.
a. Free of turmoil and agitation; calm: a quiet lake; a quiet place in the country.
b. Providing or allowing relaxation; restful; soothing: a quiet afternoon nap; a quiet tune on the flute.
3. Not showy or bright; subdued: a room decorated in quiet colors.
4. Restrained, as in style; understated: a quiet strength; a quiet life.
5. Out of public scrutiny; known or discussed by few: wanted to keep the incident quiet until after the election.
The quality or condition of being quiet: "A menacing quiet fills the empty streets" (Time).
v. qui·et·ed, qui·et·ing, qui·ets
1. To cause to become quiet: The teacher quieted the students.
2. To make (a title) secure by freeing from uncertainties or adverse claims as to the ownership.
To become quiet: The child wouldn't quiet down for me.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere, to rest; see kweiə- in Indo-European roots.]

qui′et·ly adv.
qui′et·ness n.
Synonyms: quiet, silent, still1, noiseless, soundless
These adjectives mean marked by or making no sound, noise, or movement. Quiet suggests the absence of bustle, tumult, or agitation: "life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few" (John Ruskin).
Silent can suggest a profound hush: "I like the silent church before the service begins" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
Still implies lack of motion or disturbance and often connotes rest or tranquility: "But after tempest ... / There came a day as still as heaven" (Tennyson).
Noiseless and soundless imply the absence of disturbing sound: "th' inaudible and noiseless foot of time" (Shakespeare)."the soundless footsteps on the grass" (John Galsworthy).
References in classic literature ?
It embarrassed her; for in a cooler, quieter moment it appeared to her, absurd that she should have taken his action so seriously, so dramatically.
When I trotted, I rattled like a crate of dishes, and that annoyed me; and moreover I couldn't seem to stand that shield slatting and banging, now about my breast, now around my back; and if I dropped into a walk my joints creaked and screeched in that wearisome way that a wheelbarrow does, and as we didn't create any breeze at that gait, I was like to get fried in that stove; and besides, the quieter you went the heavier the iron set- tled down on you and the more and more tons you seemed to weigh every minute.
Shooting's good, but there's quieter ways if the thing's GOT to be done.
Weston's, confirmed as it all was by the words and the countenance of his wife, fewer and quieter, but not less to the purpose.
And then, nobody need to have a quieter death nor he had.
He is quieter now than he used to be, if no one provokes him: more sullen and depressed, and less furious.
He only knew that the valley seemed to grow quieter and quieter as he sat and stared at the bright delicate blueness.
For the rest of the afternoon I shall be immersed in study -- and the quieter the house is, the more obliged I shall feel to everybody.
I shall relinquish all my young people in another six months, and lead a quieter life.
I wondered whether he could be a doctor; but no, I thought; he couldn't be a doctor, or he would have a quieter and more persuasive manner.
In order to live a quieter life, the good man put on the robe of a dervish, and divided his house into a quantity of small cells, where he soon established a number of other dervishes.
Some handier and quieter way had to be devised, and thus arose the Multiple board.