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hush Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun (poetic) tranquil silence
    stillness; still.
    • the still of the night
  2. verb become quiet or still; fall silent
    • hush my baby!
  3. verb cause to be quiet or not talk
    shut up; hush up; quieten; still; silence.
    • Please silence the children in the church!
  4. verb become quiet or quieter
    quiesce; pipe down; quiet; quiet down; quieten.
    • The audience fell silent when the speaker entered
  5. verb wash by removing particles
    • Wash ores
  6. verb run water over the ground to erode (soil), revealing the underlying strata and valuable minerals
WordNet

Hush transitive verb
Etymology
OE. huschen, hussen, prob. of imitative origin; cf. LG. hussen to lull to sleep, G. husch quick, make haste, be silent.
Wordforms
imperfect & past participle Hushed ; present participle & verbal noun Hushing
Definitions
  1. To still; to silence; to calm; to make quiet; to repress the noise or clamor of.
    My tongue shall hush again this storm of war. Shak.
  2. To appease; to allay; to calm; to soothe.
    With thou, then, Hush my cares? Otway.
    And hush'd my deepest grief of all. Tennyson.
    Pope.
Hush intransitive verb
Definitions
  1. To become or to keep still or quiet; to become silent; -- esp. used in the imperative, as an exclamation; be still; be silent or quiet; make no noise.
    Hush, idle words, and thoughts of ill. Keble.
    But all these strangers' presence every one did hush. Spenser.
Hush noun
Definitions
  1. Stillness; silence; quiet. R. "It is the hush of night." Byron. Swift.
Hush adjective
Definitions
  1. Silent; quiet. "Hush as death." Shak.

Webster 1913


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