a | b | c | d | e | f | g | h | i | j | k | l | m | n | o | p | q | r | s | t | u | v | w | x | y | z |


QUI'ET-ED, pp.

Made still; calmed; pacified.


The person or things that quiets.

QUI'ET-ING, ppr.

Reducing to rest or stillness; appeasing; tranquillizing.


Peace or tranquillity of mind; apathy; dispassion; indisturbance; inaction. In history, quietism is the system of the quietists, who maintained that religion consists in the internal rest or recollection of the mind, employed in contemplating God and submitting to his will.


One of a sect of mystics, originated by Molino, a Spanish priest, who maintained the principles of quietism. – Encyc.


Pertaining to a quietist, or to quietism.

QUI'ET-LY, adv.

  1. In a quiet state; without motion; in a state of rest; as, to lie or sit quietly.
  2. Without tumult, alarm, dispute or disturbance; peaceably; as, to live quietly.
  3. Calmly; without agitation or violent emotion; patiently; Submit quietly to unavoidable evils.


  1. A state of rest; stillness.
  2. Calm; tranquillity; as, the quietness of the ocean or atmosphere.
  3. Freedom from agitation or emotion; calmness; coolness; as, the quietness of the mind.
  4. Freedom from disturbance, disorder or commotion; peace; tranquillity; as, the quietness of a city or state.


Calm; still; undisturbed. [Not in use.] – Spenser.

QUI'ET-UDE, n. [Fr.]

Rest; repose; quiet; tranquillity. – Wotton.

QUI-E'TUS, n. [L.]

Rest; repose; death; hence, a final discharge or acquittance; that which silences claims. – Shak.

QUILL, n. [Ir. cuille, a reed or quill; Corn. cuilan; L. calamus; W. calav; probably a shoot.]

  1. The large strong feather of a goose or other large fowl; used much for writing pens. Hence,
  2. The instrument of writing; as, the proper subject of his quill. – Wotton.
  3. The spine or prickle of a porcupine. – Encyc.
  4. A piece of small reed or other hollow plant, on which weavers wind the thread which forms the woof of cloth. – Spenser.
  5. The instrument with which musicians strike the strings of certain instruments. – Dryden. To carry a good quill, to write well.

QUILL, v.t.

To plait, or to form with small ridges like quills or reeds; as, a woolen stuff quilled. [In the United States, this word is generally, if not universally, pronounced twilled.]

QUIL'LET, n. [L. quidlibet, what you please.]

Subtilty; nicety; fraudulent distinction; petty cant. [Not much used.] – Shak.

QUILT, n. [It. coltre; L. culcita; Ir. cuilt, a bed-tick, a bed; Port. and Sp. colcha, Sp. colchar, acolchar, to quilt; perhaps from uniting, gathering or holding.]

A cover or garment made by putting wool, cotton, or other substance between two cloths and sewing them together; as, beds covered with magnificent quilts. – Arbuthnot.

QUILT, v.t.

  1. To stitch together two pieces of cloth with some soft and warm substance between them; as, a quilted bed-cover; a quilted coat. – Dryden.
  2. To sew in the manner of a quilt.


Stitched together, as two pieces of cloth, with a soft substance between them.


  1. The act of forming a quilt.
  2. In New England, the act of quilting by a collection of females who bestow their labor gratuitously to aid a female friend, and conclude with an entertainment.


Stitching together, as two cloths with some soft substance between them.

QUI'NA-RY, a. [L. quinarius, from quinque, five.]

Consisting of five; as, a quinary number. – Boyle.

QUI'NATE, a. [from L. quinque.]

In botany, a quinate leaf is a sort of digitate leaf having five leaflets on a petiole. – Martyn. Lee.

QUINCE, n. [quins; Fr. coin or coing; Arm. aval-couign, the cornered apple or wedge-apple; G. quitte or quittenapfel, which seems to be a different word, and rather allied to the L. cydonius.]

The fruit of the Cydonia vulgaris, so named from Cydonia, a town of Crete, famous for abounding with this fruit. One species of this fruit is of an oblong shape, from which probably it has its French name.


The Cydonia vulgaris, the tree which produces the quince.

QUINCH, v.i. [probably a vulgar pronunciation of wince or winch.]

To stir, wince or flounce. [Not in use.] – Spenser.

QUIN-CUN'CIAL, a. [from L. quincunx.]

Having the form of a quincunx. – Ray.