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Lully  


      n  
1      (French)   Jean Baptiste (<PH:Z><PH:B> <PH:b><PH:a><PH:t><PH:i><PH:s><PH:t>), Italian name Giovanni Battista Lulli. 1632--87, French composer, born in Italy; founder of French opera. With Philippe Quinault as librettist, he wrote operas such as Alceste (1674) and Armide (1686); as superintendent of music at the court of Louis XIV, he wrote incidental music to comedies by Molière  
2      (Also)    Lull            (Spanish)   Raymond or Ramón (<PH:r><PH:a><PH:'><PH:m><PH:%><PH:n>). ?1235--1315, Spanish philosopher, mystic, and missionary. His chief works are Ars generalis sive magna and the Utopian novel Blaquerna  


lull  
      vb  
1    to soothe (a person or animal) by soft sounds or motions (esp. in the phrase lull to sleep)  
2    to calm (someone or someone's fears, suspicions, etc.), esp. by deception  
      n  
3    a short period of calm or diminished activity  
     (C14: possibly imitative of crooning sounds; related to Middle Low German lollen to soothe, Middle Dutch lollen to talk drowsily, mumble)  
  lulling      adj  
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lull  
      vb  
1    to soothe (a person or animal) by soft sounds or motions (esp. in the phrase lull to sleep)  
2    to calm (someone or someone's fears, suspicions, etc.), esp. by deception  
      n  
3    a short period of calm or diminished activity  
     (C14: possibly imitative of crooning sounds; related to Middle Low German lollen to soothe, Middle Dutch lollen to talk drowsily, mumble)  
  lulling      adj  

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lull  


      vb  
1    allay, calm, compose, hush, lullaby, pacify, quell, quiet, rock to sleep, soothe, still, subdue, tranquillize  
2    abate, cease, decrease, diminish, dwindle, ease off, let up, moderate, quieten down, slacken, subside, wane  
      n  
3    calm, calmness, hush, let-up     (informal)   pause, quiet, respite, silence, stillness, tranquillity  

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