verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of lull
Examples from the Web for lull
For now, even the tragedy that left many local people in shock and heartbroken has not brought on a lull in the fighting.In the Killing Fields of Ukraine with Children Who Saw the MH17 Horror|Anna Nemtsova|July 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But during that lull period, were you concerned that Disney was losing its mojo?The ‘Maleficent’ Screenwriter Also Wrote ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’|Kevin Fallon|June 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“All right,” the Colonel would say whenever there was a lull.The Night Vince Lombardi Lay Awake Brooding Over a 49-0 Win|W.C. Heinz|January 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Since then, there has been a lull in the fitness game genre.
Following a lull in the shooting, Murphy came out and looked in the direction where he expected to see the shooter.15 Rounds and Still Talking: Lt. Brian Murphy’s Story of the Oak Creek Massacre|Simran Jeet Singh|August 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But every now and then there is a lull; we become quiet, each absorbed in his own thoughts.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
Infatuated dreamer, think you it is the subsiding of the storm, and not rather the lull that precedes it?Piccadilly|Laurence Oliphant
In a lull between the squalls he shouted to Spillane to examine the trolley of the car.Dutch Courage and Other Stories|Jack London
We had had a very stiff time for six or seven hours and were resting during a lull in the firing.
Vainly he sought to lull it, to keep it earthward, to laugh at his own aspirations—useless labor!My Recollections of Lord Byron|Teresa Guiccioli
Word Origin for lull
early 14c., lullen "hush to sleep," probably imitative of lu-lu sound used to lull a child to sleep (cf. Swedish lulla "to hum a lullaby," German lullen "to rock," Sanskrit lolati "moves to and fro," Middle Dutch lollen "to mutter"). Figurative use from 1570s. Related: Lulled; lulling.
1650s as the name of a soothing drink, from lull (v.). Meaning "period of quiet in a storm" is from 1815.