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Meaning of QUIESCENT

Pronunciation:  kwi'esunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  causing no symptoms; "a quiescent tumor"
  2. [adj]  being quiet or still or inactive
  3. [adj]  not active or activated; "the quiescent level of centimeter wave-length solar radiation"
  4. [adj]  marked by a state of tranquil repose; "the quiescent melancholy of the town"

QUIESCENT is a 9 letter word that starts with Q.


 Synonyms: dormant, inactive, quiet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    3. (Gram.) Not sounded; silent; as, y is quiescent in ``day''
       and ``say.''
  2. \Qui*es"cent\, n. (Gram.)
    A silent letter. --M. Stuart.