Origin of quiescentClassical Latin quiescens, present participle of quiescere, to become quiet: see quiet
Cotopaxi in Equador is not a quiescent volcano and has recently had an increase in volcanic activity.
An example of something that would be described as quiescent is a tumor that is dormant and not causing any type of health problems or growing at the time.
- Quiet, still, or inactive. See Synonyms at inactive.
- Characterized by an absence of upheaval or discord: “We tend to think of the decades following the final overthrow of Napoleon as remarkably quiescent” ( Walter McDougall )
- Astronomy Having little or no sunspot activity.
- Medicine Asymptomatic: a quiescent infection.
Origin of quiescentLatin quiēscēns quiēscent- present participle of quiēscere to rest from quiēs quiet ; see quiet .
(comparative more quiescent, superlative most quiescent)
From Latin quiescens, present participle of quiescere, from quies
- It has been quiescent since 1566, and is now completely extinct.
- But experience in other parts of Japan shows that a long quiescent crater may at any moment burst into disastrous activity.
- But the French were too weak in these seas for offensive movements, and therefore remained quiescent at Bourbon and Mauritius till the beginning of 1782.
- The prominences are of two kinds, quiescent and eruptive.
- Egmont (8340 ft.) is quiescent, but its symmetrical form and dense clothing of forest make it the most beautiful of the three.