1. In a quiet state or manner; 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; to sleep quietly.
3. Calmly, without agitation or violent emotion; patiently; as, to submit quietly to unavoidable evils.
4. Noiselessly; silently; without remark or violent movement; in a manner to attract little or no observation; as,
he quietly left the room.
(Qui"et*ness), n. The quality or state of being quiet; freedom from noise, agitation, disturbance,
or excitement; stillness; tranquillity; calmness.
I would have peace and quietness.Shak.
(Qui"et*some) a. Calm; still. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Qui"e*tude), n. [L. quietudo: cf. F. quiétude.] Rest; repose; quiet; tranquillity. Shelley.
(Qui*e"tus) n. [LL. quietus quit, discharged, L., at rest, quiet, dead. See Quiet, a., and cf.
Quit, a.] Final discharge or acquittance, as from debt or obligation; that which silences claims; (Fig.)
When he himself might his quietus makeShak.
With a bare bodkin.
(Quill) n. [Perhaps fr. F. quille ninepin (see Kayless); but cf. also G. kiel a quill. MHG. kil, and
Ir. cuille a quill.]
1. One of the large feathers of a bird's wing, or one of the rectrices of the tail; also, the stock of such a
2. A pen for writing made by sharpening and splitting the point or nib of the stock of a feather; as, history
is the proper subject of his quill. Sir H. Wotton.
3. (Zoöl.) (a) A spine of the hedgehog or porcupine. (b) The pen of a squid. See Pen.
4. (Mus.) (a) The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings of certain instruments. (b) The
tube of a musical instrument.
He touched the tender stops of various quills.Milton.
5. Something having the form of a quill; as: (a) The fold or plain of a ruff. (b) (Weaving) A spindle, or
spool, as of reed or wood, upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a shuttle. (c) (Mach.) A
Quill bit, a bit for boring resembling the half of a reed split lengthways and having its end sharpened
like a gouge. Quill driver, one who works with a pen; a writer; a clerk. [Jocose] Quill nib, a
small quill pen made to be used with a holder. Simmonds.
(Quill), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quilled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Quilling.]
1. To plaint in small cylindrical ridges, called quillings; as, to quill a ruffle.
His cravat seemed quilled into a ruff.Goldsmith.
2. To wind on a quill, as thread or yarn. Judd.