Pronunciation Noun

lull (plural lulls)

  1. A period of rest or soothing.
  2. A period of reduced activity; a respite
  3. (nautical) A period without waves or wind.
    • 1839, The Nautical Magazine and Naval Chronicle for 1839, p. 26 ↗:
      […] during the lull, wind shifted to S. E. […]
    • 1875, W. G. Wilson, Report of the Midnapore and Burdwan Cyclone of the 15th and 16th of October 1874, p. 74 ↗:
      After the lull the wind does not appear to have blown with any great strength […]
    • 2016, David Houghton and Fiona Campbell, Wind Strategy, not paginated ↗
      The air under each cloud has spent time near the surface, has been slowed and backed by friction—it is a lull.
  4. (surfing) An extended pause between sets of waves.
    • 1992, John Warlaumont, The Noaa Diving Manual, p. 19-19 ↗
      It is advisable to leave the surf zone during the lull between sets of larger waves, waiting outside the surf zone for a lull.
    • forum (password needed ↗)
      About 2 hours in, a long lull cleared everyone out, and then it started getting a little more consistent and pushing chest ta neck high.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: зати́шье

lull (lulls, present participle lulling; past and past participle lulled)

  1. (transitive) To cause#Verb|cause to rest#Verb|rest by soothing influences; to compose; to calm#Verb|calm
    Synonyms: soothe, quiet
    • to lull him soft asleep
    • 1634, John Milton, “Arcades”, in Poems of Mr. John Milton, […] , London: Printed by Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Moſely,  […], published 1645, OCLC 606951673 ↗, page 54 ↗:
      Such ſweet compulſion doth in muſick ly, / To lull the daughers of Neceſſity,
  2. (intransitive) To become gradually calm; to subside; to cease or abate.
    The storm lulled.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Russian: затиха́ть

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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