[kwee-es-uh nt, kwahy-] /kwiˈɛs ənt, kwaɪ-/
being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless:
a quiescent mind.
quiet, inactive, or dormant
c.1600, from Latin quiescentem (nominative quiescens), present participle of quiescere, inchoative verb formed from quies “rest, quiet” (see quiet (n.)).
quiescent qui·es·cent (kwē-ěs’ənt, kwī-)
Being quiet, still, or at rest; inactive.
- Quiescent tank
noun 1. a tank, usually for sewage sludge, in which the sludge is allowed to remain for a time so that sedimentation can occur
- Quiesce time
jargon The length of time taken to quiesce a system (to render it inactive), or the length of time between periods of inactivity. (2000-03-05)
[kwahy-it] /ˈkwaɪ ɪt/ adjective, quieter, quietest. 1. making no noise or sound, especially no disturbing sound: quiet neighbors. 2. free, or comparatively free, from noise: a quiet street. 3. silent: Be quiet! 4. restrained in speech, manner, etc.; saying little: a quiet person. 5. free from disturbance or tumult; tranquil; peaceful: a quiet life. 6. […]
- Quiet as a mouse
Also, still as a mouse. Silent, without noise, as in She sneaked into the house, quiet as a mouse, or When he heard the news he was still as a mouse. The first of these similes dates from the mid-1500s, the second from the 1300s.