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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or an instance of being quiet or calm: "The stillness that permeates the valleys is visual as well as acoustical” ( Barry Lopez).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or state of being still; quietness; silence; calmness; inactivity.
  • n. Habitual silence or quiet; taciturnity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being still; quietness; silence; calmness; inactivity.
  • n. Habitual silence or quiet; taciturnity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being still.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state of no motion or movement
  • n. (poetic) tranquil silence
  • n. calmness without winds

Etymologies

From Middle English stilnesse, from Old English stilnes ("stillness, quiet; absence of noise or disturbance, release, relaxation; silence, abstention from speech; absence of disturbance or molestation, tranquility, peace, security; that which appeases"), equivalent to still +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

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