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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

Hush transitive verb
OE. huschen, hussen, prob. of imitative origin; cf. LG. hussen to lull to sleep, G. husch quick, make haste, be silent.
imperfect & past participle Hushed ; present participle & verbal noun Hushing
  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.
Hush intransitive verb
  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
  1. Stillness; silence; quiet. R. "It is the hush of night." Byron. Swift.
Hush adjective
  1. Silent; quiet. "Hush as death." Shak.

Webster 1913

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