AskDefine | Define hush

Dictionary Definition

hush n : (poetic) tranquil silence; "the still of the night" [syn: stillness, still]


1 become quiet or still; fall silent; "hush my babay!"
2 cause to be quiet or not talk; "Please silence the children in the church!" [syn: quieten, silence, still, shut up, hush up] [ant: louden]
3 become quiet or quieter; "The audience fell silent when the speaker entered" [syn: quieten, quiet, quiesce, quiet down, pipe down] [ant: louden]
4 wash by removing particles; "Wash ores"
5 run water over the ground to erode (soil), revealing the underlying strata and valuable minerals

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. to become quiet
  2. to make quiet


to become quiet
to make quiet


  1. A silence, especially after some noise
  2. A mining method using water


Extensive Definition

Hush may refer to:
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In music:

People with the surname

  • Ralph Hush (1783-1860), English convict sent to Australia

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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