American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to sleep or rest; soothe or calm.
- v. To deceive into trustfulness: "that honeyed charm that he used so effectively to lull his victims” ( S.J. Perelman).
- v. To become calm.
- n. A relatively calm interval, as in a storm.
- n. An interval of lessened activity: a lull in sales.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To quiet; compose; assuage; caress; cause to rest or subside by gentle, soothing means: as, to lull a child or a feverish patient; to lull grief, pain, or suspicion.
- To deceive.
- Synonyms To calm, hush, tranquilize.
- To subside; cease; become calm: as, the wind lulls.
- n. That which lulls; a quieting or soothing influence.
- n. Temporary quiet and rest; suspension of activity or turmoil, as in a storm or any kind of excessive action.
- n. A period of rest or soothing
- n. nautical a period without waves or wind.
- n. surfing An extended pause between sets of waves.
- v. transitive To cause to rest by soothing influences; to compose; to calm; to soothe; to quiet.
- v. intransitive, nautical of the surface of the sea, to not move due to a lack of wind and waves.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cause to rest by soothing influences; to compose; to calm; to soothe; to quiet.
- v. To become gradually calm; to subside; to cease or abate for a time.
- n. rare The power or quality of soothing; that which soothes; a lullaby.
- n. A temporary cessation of storm or confusion.
- v. make calm or still
- n. a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished
- n. a period of calm weather
- v. calm by deception
- v. become quiet or less intensive
- From Middle English lullen, lollen. Cognate with Scots lul, lule, loll ("to lull, put to sleep, howl, caterwaul"), Dutch lollen ("to sing badly, caterwaul"), Dutch lullen ("to chatter, prate, cheat, deceive"), Low German lullen ("to lull"), German lullen ("to lull"), Danish lulle ("to lull, sing to sleep"), Swedish lulla ("to lull"), Icelandic lulla ("to lull"). Originally, perhaps expressive in origin from la-la-la or lu-lu-lu sounds made in calming a child. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English lullen, possibly of Low German origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“According to this Wisconsin whitetail fanatic, the lull is a fine time to take a buck, and the many big deer he's tagged during this period are proof.”
“KEEP AT IT Perhaps the main reason Below scores during the lull is the simplest: He keeps hunting.”
“What if the lull is because bloggers are busy working on Web 2.0 applications instead of merely talking about them.”
“With even more dramatically falling housing supply, despite a short-term lull in the market, we're going to go back to that trend of over 10% growth," says Pane.”
“Police released Mr. Ghonim in early February, and his rousing speech before crowds of well-wishers in Tahrir Square helped break a lull in the revolutionary movement.”
“Publicly, Hamas leaders have stated time and again that the lull is a Palestinian national interest.”
“I certainly regard the cause of the current conflict as being Hamas's refusal to continue with the ceasefire or the so-called lull, and as a consequence of that, 300 rockets from Hamas going into Israel at the end of 2008.”
“NGUYEN: Lets 'get you to the Middle East now where we are in the middle of a so-called lull in Gaza.”
“The lull is a distant memory and a permanent cease-fire a distant dream for Gaza.”
“Had a so-called lull that we were seeing for the past several hours, it's about to expire this hour.”
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