Qui*es"cent (?), a. [L. quiescens, -entis, p. pr. of quiescere: cf. F. quiescent. See Quiesce.]

1.

Being in a state of repose; at rest; still; not moving; as, a quiescent body or fluid.

2.

Not ruffed with passion; unagitated; not in action; not excited; quiet; dormant; resting.

In times of national security, the feeling of patriotism . . . is so quiescent that it seems hardly to exist. Prof. Wilson.

3. Gram.

Not sounded; silent; as, y is quiescent in "day" and "say."

 

© Webster 1913.


Qui*es"cent, n. Gram.

A silent letter.

M. Stuart.

 

© Webster 1913.

Log in or registerto write something here or to contact authors.