Quiesce

(1) To temporarily render inactive. This refers to many areas in computing such as hardware (to quiesce a device). The time taken to render the device inactive is called the quiesce time. The term quiesce is applied outside of hardware and device suspension and it can refer to a voluntary inactivation of an entire computer system, an e-mail or forum discussion thread or an application.

(2) In all caps, QUIESCE is the command line. Quiesce is a database function similar to restricted or admin mode. In quiesced mode, it allows database administrators to perform maintenance tasks in an exclusive or controlled mode.

Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal is a freelance business and technology writer covering Internet technologies and online business since the late '90s.

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