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


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


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.

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