from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being quiescent or inactive; rest; repose; inactivity; the state of a thing without motion or agitation: as, the quiescence of a volcano.
  • noun In philology, silence; the condition of not being heard in pronunciation: as, the quiescence of a letter.
  • noun In biology, quietude or inactivity; a state of animal life approaching torpidity, but in which the animal is capable of some motion, and may receive food: it is observed among insects during either hibernation or pupation, and in many other animals both higher and lower in the scale than these.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being quiescent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being quiescent; dormancy.
  • noun Being at rest, quiet, still, inactive or motionless.
  • noun The action of bringing something to rest or making it quiescent; the action of coming to rest or to a quiescent state.
  • noun microbiology When a cell is in a term of no growth and no division.

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

  • noun a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction
  • noun quiet and inactive restfulness


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