qui·​es·​cence | \ kwī-ˈe-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce quiescence (audio) , kwē- \

Definition of quiescence

: the quality or state of being quiescent

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Examples of quiescence in a Sentence

the resort community's social scene is lively during the summer but undergoes a deep quiescence during the long winter was struck by the elk's quiescence as it just stood there in the clearing
Recent Examples on the Web When the body falls ill, comorbidities strike from quiescence. Daniel Barron, Scientific American, "Health Care Workers Don't Want to Be Heroes," 21 June 2020 At the time, bedbugs were spreading around the United States—after a long period of quiescence—so a lot of research was focused on understanding and controlling the insects. Popular Science, "Sometimes being a scientist means feeding bed bugs your own blood," 10 June 2020 In this time of human quiescence, the creaking of some potentially dangerous faults may be detected better than ever. Robin George Andrews, New York Times, "Coronavirus Turns Urban Life’s Roar to Whisper on World’s Seismographs," 8 Apr. 2020 And though the guest bedroom can exist in a state of dark quiescence approaching that of an isolation chamber, the rest of the basement shares with some New York apartments the unfortunate tendency of sound bleed-through. Jack Butler, National Review, "Notes from Underground," 4 Apr. 2020 Even if the summer could bring higher prices, though, the market’s quiescence today in the face of such provocations shouldn’t be dismissed as a mere curio. Washington Post, "Oil Seems Remarkably Relaxed as Global Tensions Rise," 18 Sep. 2019 Ebola is an RNA virus, which emerged in Uganda this summer after four years of relative quiescence. David Quammen, Popular Science, "Where will the next pandemic come from?," 15 Oct. 2012 The peak last blew its top some 30,000 years ago, and its lengthy quiescence has led many to presume the volcano would not likely erupt again. National Geographic, "Magma found simmering under an 'extinct' volcano. Here's what that means.," 17 July 2019 The Cole attack’s overseer certainly noticed the American quiescence. Warren Bass, WSJ, "The Bin Laden Attack That Two Presidents Failed to Answer," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of quiescence

circa 1631, in the meaning defined above

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“Quiescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quiescence. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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qui·​es·​cence | \ kwī-ˈes-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce quiescence (audio) , kwē- How to pronounce quiescence (audio) \

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: the quality or state of being quiescent

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