verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of lull
Examples from the Web for lulls
It “lulls you into this sense of security because it is a world of your own creation.”Generation Naive: Why Young People Can’t Help Falling for Strangers Online|Caitlin Dickson|March 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There was the briefest of lulls in jokes when Obama said he was proud of his Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor.Obama's 6 Funniest Moments from the Correspondents' Dinner|The Daily Beast Video|June 20, 2009|DAILY BEAST
The calm repetition of such phrases invariably drives away the waking devils and lulls to slumber.Revolution and Other Essays|Jack London
It is the song of the mother who lulls her child with the overflow of her own troubled heart.Essays in the Study of Folk-Songs (1886)|Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
Then in one of the lulls came that sound which between the hours of ten and three is never heard save as the clarion of disaster.Destiny|Charles Neville Buck
Advantage was therefore taken of the lulls to draw the ship out, and clear away the wreck of the masts.The Wreck on the Andamans|Joseph Darvall
The monks fought as vigorously as the soldiers, and during the lulls in the attack paraded their venerated ikons on the ramparts.The Rise of the Russian Empire|Hector H. Munro
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.