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Dictionary Definition

lull

Noun

1 a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished; "there was never a letup in the noise" [syn: letup]
2 a period of calm weather; "there was a lull in the storm" [syn: quiet]

Verb

1 calm by deception; "Don't let yourself be lulled into a false state of security"
2 become quiet or less intensive; "the fighting lulled for a moment" [syn: calm down]
3 make calm or still; "quiet the dragons of worry and fear" [syn: calm, calm down, quiet, tranquilize, tranquillize, tranquillise, quieten, still] [ant: agitate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Middle English lullen. Probably expressive origin from la-la-la sounds made in calming a child

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A period of rest or soothing
  1. An extended pause between sets of waves.
    About 2 hours in, a hella long lull cleared everyone out, and then it started getting a little more consistent and pushing chest ta neck high — 808surfer.com forum http://www.808surfer.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5611&sid=89085fc4ffa26528388fbcce5f7faf50

Verb

  1. To cause to rest by soothing influences; to compose; to calm; to soothe; to quiet.

Translations

  • Finnish: tuudittaa

Extensive Definition

Lull can mean:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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