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a quiet chat (=one that other people will not interrupt.)
▪ Let’s go and have a quiet chat over lunch.
a quiet corner
▪ He sat on his own in a quiet corner of the library.
a quiet existence
▪ He led a quiet existence, broken only by occasional visits from his family.
a quiet spell (=when not much is happening)
▪ We've had quite a quiet spell at work recently.
a quiet/private talk
▪ She asked if she could have a private talk.
a quiet/small wedding (=with not many guests)
▪ We had a quiet wedding, with just a few close friends and relatives.
dead quiet/calm/still
▪ The room was dead quiet while we waited for Ted to reply.
enjoy a peaceful/quiet etc existence
▪ They enjoy a comfortable existence.
lead a normal/quiet/busy etc life
▪ If the operation succeeds, Carly will be able to lead a normal life.
▪ He has led a charmed life been very fortunate.
live a quiet/active/healthy etc life
▪ She lives a very busy life.
▪ They were kept awake by loud music from next door.
low/quiet/hushed tones
▪ They sat at the far end of the carriage, talking in hushed tones.
nice and warm/clean/easy/quiet etc
▪ The house seemed nice and tidy.
peace and quiet
▪ We love the peace and quiet here.
quiet satisfaction (=satisfaction that you express in a quiet, not very obvious way)
▪ He announced with quiet satisfaction that they had achieved their target.
quiet (=with little traffic)
▪ At that time of night, the roads were quiet.
quiet (=with very few people)
▪ It was late and the streets were quiet.
▪ The town is quiet in the summer.
▪ Cannigione is a quiet little town with a scattering of shops, restaurants and cafes.
quiet (=with few people on it)
▪ The beaches on this side of the island are quieter.
quiet/low/soft (=not loud)
▪ When he spoke, his voice was soft and gentle.
quiet/sleepy (=one where there is not a lot of activity)
▪ Downham was a sleepy little village, with a road barely wide enough for one car.
▪ Fortunately it was an unusually quiet day at the surgery.
▪ Nevertheless, we had all noticed that for the past week Loi had been unusually quiet.
▪ With stocks racing ahead and the Dow and Nasdaq in record territory day after day, our office phones are unusually quiet.
▪ But today the square was unusually quiet.
▪ It was an unusually quiet feud, and, given Bradman's stature, one that O'Reilly could never win.
▪ The others in the room were unusually quiet.
▪ Mickeen Gavan, the porter, had been unusually quiet, his eyes evasive.
▪ Both princes drew strength from their uncle's quiet confidence.
▪ It seemed the kind of thing that would convey old breeding and quiet confidence.
▪ We face the future with quiet confidence and great determination.
▪ Nevertheless, as the team assembled in their headquarters, there was an air of quiet confidence.
▪ The Army had another reason for quiet confidence.
▪ Fernando de la Rua, the country's hapless president, is exuding quiet confidence.
▪ Mary's response to the crisis, and the apparent rudeness of her eldest is one of quiet confidence.
▪ Anthony took him to the Pugin bar where they found a quiet corner protected from the worst of the Pugin wallpaper.
▪ Feels and I lunched together in a quiet corner of the mess.
▪ Here in this quiet corner of Co.
▪ Alvin would go off to a quiet corner with Shook and talk endlessly about art, literature and his current projects.
▪ In a quiet corner there were already a dozen corpses covered by blankets.
▪ I was just looking for a quiet corner.
▪ It had clearly passed by the inhabitants of this quiet corner of Picardy.
▪ I only wish my dentist were located in a quiet corner of a Wells Fargo branch.
▪ There was a mood of quiet desperation about Mr and Mrs Quigley.
▪ Why do you think Thoreau said lives of quiet desperation?
▪ Conversing politely over the tea-cups in the huge drawing-rooms, he sensed their quiet desperation.
▪ There is a quiet desperation around the whole area.
▪ The husband belongs to Scarlet, a woman whose life of quiet desperation threatens to overwhelm her.
▪ In public, the Khmer Rouge leaders have a quiet dignity.
▪ Her quiet dignity and solicitousness, despite her illness, impressed us.
▪ We painted women washing clothes in the waters of Lake Bratan - a timeless ritual conducted with quiet dignity.
▪ Dunblane grieved for its children, with quiet dignity.
▪ I won't feel so stupid next time; the whole thing had a quiet dignity about it and I felt good.
▪ She is glad to share reminiscences of Mansfield, the quiet dignity of which now appears valuable to her.
▪ A friend was stopped, and shelled out her $ 20 for a quiet life.
▪ His quiet life made the police suspicious, especially since everyone knew about his father and General Yi.
▪ A quiet life isn't Tony's style.
▪ Courageous governments have preferred better patient care to a quiet life.
▪ He lived a quiet life, with country pursuits his main recreation, and he never lived away from Falkirk.
▪ Sleep all night, can't see a thing all day ... Those eskimos must have a quiet life.
▪ Marasli wanted nothing but a quiet life, and turned a blind eye to MiloÜ's encroachments.
▪ People are not always satisfied with a quiet life, and women as well as men need action.
▪ Henry had an image of a quiet man in a suit.
▪ The new emperor seems a shy, quiet man, an intellectual.
▪ I remember him from his hearing tests - a quiet man.
▪ He was a large, quiet man with the most amazing muscular development I have ever seen.
▪ He is a small, quiet man, with a friendly smile and a firm handshake.
▪ His father, Michael, was a short, wiry, quiet man, a sheet-metal worker.
▪ I found Basil a shy and rather quiet man who had a deep sense of fun under his quiet exterior.
▪ His father was a quiet man, but he was surprisingly well informed on current issues.
▪ He thought it would be a quiet place.
▪ A quiet place, yet our nine days there were crowded, and whizzed by in a blur.
▪ But the world outside had lost its interest, and the quiet place was now the centre of all feeling.
▪ But by the 1960s it was a quieter place and the residents were fighting to keep it alive.
▪ He was taken out, in some quiet place, out of doors, and questioned.
▪ And bird watchers find quiet places to spot a heron or woodpecker.
▪ There was nothing out of order or especially remarkable in that quiet place.
▪ Worcester was a good quiet place to begin, he said, to familiarize myself with the feel of the stage.
▪ He watched them go with quiet satisfaction.
▪ Mr Scott resumed his place, a look of quiet satisfaction on his face.
▪ Outside the venue, the Inspirals climb into their cramped tour van and head back to the hotel exuding quiet satisfaction.
▪ This she did to her quiet satisfaction, thanks to a careless slip by Janice.
▪ It was a quiet street, a block or two long.
▪ The once bustling riverside is now a quiet street, with many of the old buildings well preserved.
▪ He saw himself go inside, a fellow on a quiet street doing ordinary things, unafraid of being watched.
▪ It was a quiet street, narrow and short.
▪ She walked slowly through the quiet streets, wondering if Dana and Roman would be cosily together in her flat.
▪ Explosions were continuing in the paddy field, but they began a conversation as though on a quiet street.
▪ The animals flinched as they felt it, but Isay held them firmly, talking to them in a quiet voice.
▪ When the quiet voice suddenly spoke, it was as though Mike had materialized in the dark.
▪ Nevertheless, she had a quiet voice, and Millie could put up with her.
▪ All this in a tight, quiet voice.
▪ So once again, in the same quiet voice.
▪ Tia Carmen says in a quiet voice that does not brook contradiction.
▪ Everybody's so busy trying to talk louder than everybody else that a quiet voice is lost.
▪ Felt a hand on his back and a quiet voice telling Isay he'd be all right.
▪ On the way out I had a quiet word with young Anna from the other golf magazine.
▪ A quiet word in the lobby.
▪ If I were you I'd drop a quiet word in her ear before it's too late.
▪ Clare suddenly noticed that Elinor's hands were gripping the bedclothes, betraying the emotion hidden by her quiet words.
▪ When all they needed to do was lift up the phone and have a quiet word.
keep quiet
Keep quiet! I'm trying to hear what your brother has to say.
▪ I think they should have kept quiet over that.
▪ I wish I'd kept quiet about the money.
▪ Parotti had threatened to expose the illegal arrangements unless he was paid $50,000 to keep quiet.
▪ She'd been brutally murdered to keep her quiet.
▪ Some people disagree with what the government is doing, but they keep quiet for fear of reprisals.
▪ The minister denied that the case had been kept quiet or hidden.
▪ We'd better keep quiet about this for now.
▪ We can give you a 10% raise, but not the others -- so keep it quiet, won't you?
▪ We used to keep quiet about some of the things that went on in the prison.
▪ And if you wanted it kept quiet, again it would be entirely up to you.
▪ But the story is too big to be kept quiet.
▪ He heard his wife cursing Biddy inside the house, shouting for the animal to keep quiet.
▪ It was like they were trying to pay me off for keeping quiet, to bribe me to look the other way.
▪ Listening to them, I was taught to keep quiet.
▪ The disciples kept quiet telling nothing of what they had seen at that time to anyone.
▪ The people may disagree; but they keep quiet.
▪ Turning worried eyes on him, tempted to keep quiet, she sighed.
keep sth quiet/keep quiet (about sth)
unusually high/large/quiet etc
▪ And that was a peculiar job from that point of view, because it included an unusually large number of fifty-dollar bills.
▪ Chang felt that the surface, which offered an unusually high bounce for an indoor court, suited a baseliner like himself.
▪ Fortunately it was an unusually quiet day at the surgery.
▪ Nevertheless, we had all noticed that for the past week Loi had been unusually quiet.
▪ Nor can local suspicions that the incidence of cancer is unusually high be calmed or confirmed.
▪ These energetic measures produced unusually large sums.
▪ Video-Tape, no voice over SWINDON/Wiltshire A spokesman said the workload is unusually high for the time of year.
▪ a quiet place in the mountains
▪ David and I found a quiet corner where we could talk.
▪ Even on a quiet weekend there are plenty of people on the beach.
▪ He's nice, but kind of quiet.
▪ He spoke in a quiet yet confident voice.
▪ I'm just going to have a quiet evening at home.
▪ I usually work in the dining room because it's the quietest room in the house.
▪ I want you all to be very quiet and listen carefully.
▪ Inside the church it was quiet and peaceful.
▪ It's been a very quiet morning so far. Only two people came in, and neither of them bought anything.
▪ Let's have a nice quiet evening in, for a change.
▪ Madison Plains, Ohio, is a quiet community of 1200 inhabitants.
▪ Missy's very quiet - is she sick?
▪ Our new washing machine is much quieter than the old one.
▪ People sat drinking coffee and having quiet conversations.
▪ Retailers are worried, as business has been quiet for much of December.
▪ She said it was beautiful, very quiet, with deserted beaches and clear water.
▪ Since the last big outbreak of fighting six days ago, the city has been strangely quiet.
▪ Steven's a very quiet boy who loves reading.
▪ The baby's sleeping, so we need to be quiet.
▪ Alvin was becoming known at school as a quiet, confident boy with a facility for languages.
▪ I tried to imagine why he lived such a quiet and lonely life in this far-off place.
▪ If he will be quiet I shall tell him what the Labour party proposes to do.
▪ She saw a quiet serious face, large dark eyes, well-marked brows, sober clothes.
▪ The new emperor seems a shy, quiet man, an intellectual.
▪ They shared a quiet laugh, then the cornerboy went off to get Spider, who was making the rounds.
▪ We made it through, paddling to a quiet spot and awaited the others.
▪ What I like about the Cerro Colorados is their quiet magnificence.
▪ Environmentalists have a habit of trumpeting their disasters and keeping the good news quiet.
▪ Can I have quiet, please!
▪ the quiet of the forest
▪ A little further on the quiet was broken by the rumble of a truck.
▪ At sunset the last orders had been issued, every commander knew his duty, and unusual quiet prevailed in the fleet.
▪ But despite the general quiet of the anchorage, one felt the excitement permeating the entire fleet.
▪ Each day I write in the quiet of the upstate New York mornings.
▪ Environmentalists have a habit of trumpeting their disasters and keeping the good news quiet.
▪ In the quiet of that moment Tam and Famie knew a reason.
▪ No one moved and the easy quiet dropped another level to a bad silence.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Quiet \Qui"et\, a. [Compar. Quieter; superl. Quietest.] [L. quietus, p. p. pf quiescere to rest, keep quiet; akin to quies rest, and prob. to E. while, n. See While, and cf. Coy, a., Quiesce, Quietus, Quit, a., Quite, Requiem.]

  1. 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.
    --Judg. xvi.

  2. 2. Free from noise or disturbance; hushed; still.

  3. Not excited or anxious; calm; peaceful; placid; settled; as, a quiet life; a quiet conscience. `` So quiet and so sweet a style.''

    That son, who on the quiet state of man Such trouble brought.

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

    The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit.
    --1 Pet. iii. 4.

    I will sit as quiet as a lamb.

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

    Syn: Still; tranquil; calm; unruffled; smooth; unmolested; undisturbed; placid; peaceful; mild; peaceable; meek; contented.


Quiet \Qui"et\, n. [L. quies, -etis. See Quiet, a.]

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

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

    And join with thee, calm Peace and Quiet.

    At quiet, still; peaceful.

    In quiet, quietly. `` I will depart in quiet.''

    Out of quiet, disturbed; restless. [Obs.] ``She is much out of quiet.''


Quiet \Qui"et\, v. i. To become still, silent, or calm; -- often with down; as, be soon quieted down.


Quiet \Qui"et\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quieted; p. pr. & vb. n. Quieting.]

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

  2. 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "peaceable, at rest, restful, tranquil," from Old French quiet and directly from Latin quietus "calm, at rest, free from exertion," from quies (genitive quietis) "rest" (see quiet (n.)). As an adverb from 1570s. Related: Quietly; quietness.


c.1300, "freedom from disturbance or conflict; calm, stillness," from Old French quiete "rest, repose, tranquility" and directly from Latin quies (genitive quietis) "a lying still, rest, repose, peace," from PIE root *kweie- (2) "to rest, be quiet" (cognates: Old Persian shiyati-, Avestan shaiti- "well-being;" Avestan shyata- "happy;" Gothic hveila, Old English hwil "space of time;" see while (n.)). Late 14c. as "inactivity, rest, repose."


late 14c., "subdue, lessen," from quiet (adj.) and in part from Latin quietare. From mid-15c. as "to make silent, cause to be quiet;" intransitive sense of "become quiet, be silent" is from 1791. Related: Quieted; quieting.

  1. 1 With little or no sound; free from of disturbing noise. 2 Having little motion or activity; calm. 3 Not busy, of low quantity. n. 1 The absence of sound; quietness. 2 the absence of movement; stillness, tranquility v

  2. 1 To become quiet, silent, still, tranquil, calm. 2 To cause someone to become quiet.

  1. adj. 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" [ant: unquiet]

  2. free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound; "a quiet audience at the concert"; "the room was dark and quiet" [ant: noisy]

  3. not showy or obtrusive; "clothes in quiet good taste" [syn: restrained]

  4. in a softened tone; "hushed voices"; "muted trumpets"; "a subdued whisper"; "a quiet reprimand" [syn: hushed, muted, subdued]

  5. without untoward incident or disruption; "a placid existence"; "quiet times" [syn: placid]

  6. 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" [syn: placid, still, tranquil, unruffled]

  7. of the sun; characterized by a low level of surface phenomena like sun spots e.g. [ant: active]

  1. v. become quiet or quieter; "The audience fell silent when the speaker entered" [syn: quieten, hush, quiesce, quiet down, pipe down] [ant: louden]

  2. make calm or still; "quiet the dragons of worry and fear" [syn: calm, calm down, tranquilize, tranquillize, tranquillise, quieten, lull, still] [ant: agitate]

  1. n. a period of calm weather; "there was a lull in the storm" [syn: lull]

  2. an untroubled state; free from disturbances [syn: tranquillity]

  3. the absence of sound; "he needed silence in order to sleep"; "the street was quiet" [syn: silence] [ant: sound]

  4. a disposition free from stress or emotion [syn: repose, placidity, serenity, tranquillity, tranquility]


adv. 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" [syn: quietly] [ant: unquietly]

Quiet (album)

Quiet is an album by jazz guitarist John Scofield. With its emphasis on acoustic guitar and gentle orchestral arrangements, Quiet is something of an oddity in Scofield's discography which more typically features electric jazz fusion and soul/funk-influenced music.


QUIET is an astronomy experiment to study the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation. QUIET stands for Q/U Imaging ExperimenT. The Q/U in the name refers to the ability of the telescope to measure the Q and U Stokes parameters simultaneously. QUIET is located at an elevation of 5,080 metres (16,700 feet) at Llano de Chajnantor Observatory in the Chilean Andes. It began observing in late 2008 and finished observing in December 2010.

QUIET is the result of an international collaboration that has its origins in the CAPMAP, Cosmic Background Imager (CBI) and QUaD collaborations. The collaboration consists of 7 groups in the United States (the California Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the University of Miami, Princeton University and Stanford University), 4 groups in Europe (the University of Manchester, the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie Bonn, the University of Oslo and the University of Oxford) and one group in Japan ( KEK; the first time a Japan group has been involved in CMB studies). Other members of the collaboration are from the University of California, Berkeley, the Goddard Space Flight Center and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Quiet (EP)

Quiet is a solo EP released by Jim Ward. It is the first time Ward has released an album of solo material, although he has previously released two solo songs on compilation discs. It was released November 6, 2007 by Ward's own Civil Defense League record label. The album was marketed and distributed by Doghouse Records.

Quiet (Metal Gear)

is a fictional character from Konami's Metal Gear series. Created by Hideo Kojima and designed by Yoji Shinkawa, she appears in the 2015 open world stealth gameMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as one of the game bosses opposing the protagonist Venom Snake, but can also become an ally able to go on missions with him.

The character is a mute skilled assassin and sniper with supernatural abilities belonging to the covert strike force XOF, a division of the American intelligence agency Cipher. Depending on the player's actions, she can be captured by Venom Snake and eventually used as a member of his Diamond Dogs mercenary group. Quiet was well received by players of the game, but was the source of criticism by some media for contributing to a seemingly oversexualized portrayal of women in video games.

Usage examples of "quiet".

A little over a week later, they reached a much bigger canyon, a wide, rugged gorge through whose bottom ran a quiet river, where pine trees and actus coexisted along the sandy banks and birds twittered in hidden crevices among the rocks.

There was a quiet background hum in the affinity band as the void-hawks conversed and exchanged astrogation updates.

Their street, Clay Avenue, was more modest than most of the affluent byways of Pelham, but it was sheltered, shady, and quiet.

Lord John Russell, however, quieted many fears by announcing, which he did in his most pompous manner, that Sir Charles Napier had been selected to command the army in India.

Also I was annoyed that the male had stirred my blood at a time I might not see it cooled again, unless I pulled him into a quiet corner as he had done with me.

There were times he longed for something interesting to happen, in order to break up the quiet monotony that was so much a part of Antler existence.

There was a microphone in the OR, so that you heard everything-the clink of instruments, the rhythmic hiss of the respirator, the quiet See Appendix 111: Battlefields and Barberpoles.

He is quiet, but always appraising, with a gentle laugh--all of it conveniently misleading.

And then the annunciator uttered its two-tone three-note whistle and even the legends went quiet.

Above their heads the annunciator went into a quiet, controlled frenzy.

And how Poliphilus there had with madnes almost forgotten himselfe in the passions of desire, but hope did asswage his furie, quieting himselfe in the beholding of the sweete sauour of the faire Nymph.

The Helmet Men, seemingly astounded by what had taken place, exchanged quiet comments in their strange barking speech, and began to draw back behind the safety of their gigantic animals.

In the dark quiet streets and in the glare of the hotel lobby the swarms of uniforms astounded him.

The normative astronaut was Hickory Lee: quiet, fearfully efficient, solid drinker off duty, quick to anger if his rights were trespassed, and average in almost every other human reaction.

If this should prove to be case, you will discover that quiet attentiveness to your bodily stillness is itself a self-transforming way to God.