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v. hushed, hush·ing, hush·es
1. To make silent or quiet.
2. To calm; soothe.
3. To keep from public knowledge; suppress mention of. Often used with up: tried to hush up the damaging details.
To be or become silent or still.
A silence or stillness, especially after noise.
adj. Archaic
Silent; quiet.

[Probably back-formation from Middle English husht, silent, of imitative origin.]
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Noun1.hushing - a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval); "the performers could not be heard over the hissing of the audience"
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"