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[stil-nis] /ˈstɪl nɪs/
silence; quiet; hush.
the absence of motion.
Origin of stillness
before 1000; Middle English stilnesse, Old English stilnes. See still1, -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Not a sound broke the stillness, unless it was the beating of my heart.

  • In the stillness, the slightest sound could be heard a long way.

    The Story of Red Feather Edward S. (Edward Sylvester) Ellis
  • Only the clashing of the iron hoofs on the stones broke the stillness of the morning in that mountain solitude.

    Cudjo's Cave J. T. Trowbridge
  • It was followed by a stillness not only of the automaton itself, but also of ourselves.

    The Blue Wall Richard Washburn Child
  • A stillness as of a church on weekdays reigned throughout the establishment.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
Word Origin and History for stillness

Old English stilnes; see still (adj.) + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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