from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Being quiet, still, or at rest; inactive. See Synonyms at latent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Inactive, at rest, quiet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Being in a state of repose; at rest; still; not moving.
- adj. Not ruffed with passion; unagitated; not in action; not excited; quiet; dormant; resting.
- adj. Not sounded; silent.”
- n. A silent letter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resting; being in a state of repose; still; not moving: as, a quiescent body or fluid.
- In philology, silent; not sounded; having no sound: as, a quiescent letter.
- In biology, physiologically inactive or motionless; resting, as an insect in the chrysalis state, or an encysted amœba.
- n. In philology, a silent letter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (pathology) causing no symptoms
- adj. not active or activated
- adj. being quiet or still or inactive
- adj. marked by a state of tranquil repose
Latin quiēscēns, quiēscent-, present participle of quiēscere, to rest, from quiēs, quiet; see quiet.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin quiescens, present participle of quiescere, from quies (Wiktionary)