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Q
Q (kū), the seventeenth letter of the English alphabet, has but one sound (that of k), and is always followed by u, the two letters together being sounded like kw, except in some words in which the u is silent. See Guide to Pronunciation, § 249. Q is not found in Anglo-Saxon, cw being used instead of qu; as in cwic, quick; cwen, queen. The name (kū) is from the French ku, which is from the Latin name of the same letter; its form is from the Latin, which derived it, through a Greek alphabet, from the Phœnician, the ultimate origin being Egyptian.
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Etymologically, q or qu is most nearly related to a (ch, tch), p, q, and wh; as in cud, quid, L. equus, ecus, horse, Gr. &unr_;, whence E. equine, hippic; L. quod which, E. what; L. aquila, E. eaqle; E. kitchen, OE. kichene, AS. cycene, L. coquina.
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Q.C.
Q.C. (kū`sē"), n. Quality control. [abbrev.]
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QCD
QCD (kū"sē*dē"), n. (Physics) Quantum chromodynamics. [abbrev.]
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QED.
QED. (kū"ē*dē"), n. Quantum electrodynamics. [abbrev.]
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QED
Q.E.D
Q.E.D, QED (kū"ē*dē"), interj. [From Latin, quod erat demonstrandum, i.e. which was demonstrated.] Which was demonstrated; -- a phrase used after the conclusion of some line of reasoning, especially in mathematical or logical proofs. [abbrev.]
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Qua
Qua (?), conj. [L., abl. of qui who.] In so far as; in the capacity or character of; as.
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It is with Shelley's biographers qua biographers that we have to deal. London Spectator.
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Quab
Quab (?), n. [Cf. D. kwab eelpout, Dan. quabbe, G. quabbe, quappe, LG. quabbe a fat lump of flesh, and L. capito a kind of fish with a large head, fr. caput the head, also E. squab.] An unfledged bird; hence, something immature or unfinished. Ford.
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Quab
Quab, v. i. See Quob, v. i.
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Qua-bird
Qua"-bird` (?), n. (Zool.) The American night heron. See under Night.
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Quacha
Qua"cha (?), n. (Zool.) The quagga.
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Quack
Quack (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Qvacked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quacking.] [Of imitative origin; cf. D. kwaken, G. quacken, quaken, Icel. kvaka to twitter.]
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1. To utter a sound like the cry of a duck.
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2. To make vain and loud pretensions; to boast. “ To quack of universal cures.” Hudibras.
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3. To act the part of a quack, or pretender.
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Quack
Quack, n. 1. The cry of the duck, or a sound in imitation of it; a hoarse, quacking noise. Chaucer.
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2. [Cf. Quacksalver.] A boastful pretender to medical skill; an empiric; an ignorant practitioner.
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3. Hence, one who boastfully pretends to skill or knowledge of any kind not possessed; a charlatan.
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Quacks political; quacks scientific, academical. Carlyle.
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Quack
Quack, a. Pertaining to or characterized by, boasting and pretension; used by quacks; pretending to cure diseases; as, a quack medicine; a quack doctor.
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Quackery
Quack"er*y (?), n.; pl. Quackeries (&unr_;). The acts, arts, or boastful pretensions of a quack; false pretensions to any art; empiricism. Carlyle.
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Quack grass
Quack" grass` (?). (Bot.) See Quitch grass.
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Quackish
Quack"ish, a. Like a quack; boasting; characterized by quackery. Burke.
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Quackism
Quack"ism (?), n. Quackery. Carlyle.
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Quackle
Quac"kle (?), v. i. & t. [imp. & p. p. Quackled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quackling (?).] [Cf.Querken.] To suffocate; to choke. [Prov. Eng.]
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Quacksalver
Quack"sal*ver (?), n. [D. kwakzalver; cf. kwakzalven to quack or boast of one's salves. See Quack, Salve, n.] One who boasts of his skill in medicines and salves, or of the efficacy of his prescriptions; a charlatan; a quack; a mountebank. [Obs.] Burton.
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Quade
Quad
{ Quad (?), Quade (?) }, a. [Akin to AS. cw&aemacr_;d, cwead, dung, evil, G. kot, dung, OHG. quāt.] Evil; bad; baffling; as, a quade wind. [Obs.]
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Sooth play, quad play, as the Fleming saith. Chaucer.
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Quad
Quad, n. (Print.) A quadrat.
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Quad
Quad, n. (Arch.) A quadrangle; hence, a prison. [Cant or Slang]
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Quadra
Quad"ra (?), n.; pl. Quadræ (#). [L., a square, the socle, a platband, a fillet.] (Arch.) (a) The plinth, or lowest member, of any pedestal, podium, water table, or the like. (b) A fillet, or listel.
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Quadrable
Quad"ra*ble (?), a. [See Quadrate.] (Math.) That may be sqyared, or reduced to an equivalent square; -- said of a surface when the area limited by a curve can be exactly found, and expressed in a finite number of algebraic terms.
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Quadragenarious
Quad`ra*ge*na"ri*ous (?), a. [L. quadragenarius, fr. qyadrageni forty each.] Consisting of forty; forty years old.
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Quadragene
Quad"ra*gene (?), n. [LL. quadragena, fr. L. quadrageni forty each, akin to quadraginta forty.] (R. C. Ch.) An indulgence of forty days, corresponding to the forty days of ancient canonical penance.
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Quadragesima
Quad`ra*ges"i*ma (?), n. [L., fr. quadragesimus the fortieth, fr. quadraginta forty; akin to quattuor four. See Four.] (Eccl.) The forty days of fast preceding Easter; Lent.
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Quadragesima Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent, about forty days before Easter.
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Quadragesimal
Quad`ra*ges"i*mal (?), a. [Cf. F. quadragésimal.] Belonging to Lent; used in Lent; Lenten.
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Quadragesimals
Quad`ra*ges"i*mals (?), n. pl. Offerings formerly made to the mother church of a diocese on Mid-Lent Sunday.
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Quadrangle
Quad"ran`gle (?), n. [F., fr. L. quadrangulum; quattuor four + angulus an angle. See Four, and Angle a corner.]
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1. (Geom.) A plane figure having four angles, and consequently four sides; any figure having four angles.
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2. A square or quadrangular space or inclosure, such a space or court surrounded by buildings, esp. such a court in a college or public school in England.
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Quadrangular
Quad*ran"gu*lar (?), a. [Cf. F. quadrangulaire.] Having four angles, and consequently four sides; tetragonal. -- Quad*ran"gu*lar*ly, adv.
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Quadrans
Quad"rans (?), n.; pl. Quadrantes (#). [L.] 1. (Rom. Antiq.) A fourth part of the coin called an as. See 3d As, 2.
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2. The fourth of a penny; a farthing. See Cur.
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Quadrant
Quad"rant (?), n. [L. quadrans, -antis, a fourth part, a fourth of a whole, fr. quattuor four: cf. F. quadrant, cadran. See Four, and cf. Cadrans.] 1. The fourth part; the quarter. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
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2. (Geom.) The quarter of a circle, or of the circumference of a circle, an arc of 90°, or one subtending a right angle at the center.
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3. (Anal. (Geom.) One of the four parts into which a plane is divided by the coordinate axes. The upper right-hand part is the first quadrant; the upper left-hand part the second; the lower left-hand part the third; and the lower right-hand part the fourth quadrant.
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4. An instrument for measuring altitudes, variously constructed and mounted for different specific uses in astronomy, surveying, gunnery, etc., consisting commonly of a graduated arc of 90°, with an index or vernier, and either plain or telescopic sights, and usually having a plumb line or spirit level for fixing the vertical or horizontal direction.
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Gunner's quadrant, an instrument consisting of a graduated limb, with a plumb line or spirit level, and an arm by which it is applied to a cannon or mortar in adjusting it to the elevation required for attaining the desired range. -- Gunter's quadrant. See Gunter's quadrant, in the Vocabulary. -- Hadley's quadrant, a hand instrument used chiefly at sea to measure the altitude of the sun or other celestial body in ascertaining the vessel's position. It consists of a frame in the form of an octant having a graduated scale upon its arc, and an index arm, or alidade pivoted at its apex. Mirrors, called the index glass and the horizon glass, are fixed one upon the index arm and the other upon one side of the frame, respectively. When the instrument is held upright, the index arm may be swung so that the index glass will reflect an image of the sun upon the horizon glass, and when the reflected image of the sun coincides, to the observer's eye, with the horizon as seen directly through an opening at the side of the horizon glass, the index shows the sun's altitude upon the scale; -- more properly, but less commonly, called an octant. -- Quadrant of altitude, an appendage of the artificial globe, consisting of a slip of brass of the length of a quadrant of one of the great circles of the globe, and graduated. It may be fitted to the meridian, and being movable round to all points of the horizon, serves as a scale in measuring altitudes, azimuths, etc.
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Quadrantal
Quad*ran"tal (?), a. [L. quadrantalis containing the fourth fourth part of a measure.] (Geom.) Of or pertaining to a quadrant; also, included in the fourth part of a circle; as, quadrantal space.
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Quadrantal triangle, a spherical triangle having one side equal to a quadrant or arc of 90°. -- Quadrantal versor, a versor that expresses rotation through one right angle.
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Quadrantal
Quad*ran"tal, n. [L.] 1. (Rom. Antiq.) A cubical vessel containing a Roman cubic foot, each side being a Roman square foot; -- used as a measure.
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2. A cube. [R.]
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Quadrat
Quad"rat (?), n. [F. quadrat, cadrat. See Quadrate.] 1. (Print.) A block of type metal lower than the letters, -- used in spacing and in blank lines. [Abbrev. quad.]
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2. An old instrument used for taking altitudes; -- called also geometrical square, and line of shadows.
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Quadrate
Quad"rate (?), a. [L. quadratus squared, p. p. of quadrare to make four-cornered, to make square, to square, to fit, suit, from quadrus square, quattuor four. See Quadrant, and cf. Quadrat, Quarry an arrow, Square.] 1. Having four equal sides, the opposite sides parallel, and four right angles; square.
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Figures, some round, some triangle, some quadrate. Foxe.
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2. Produced by multiplying a number by itself; square.Quadrate and cubical numbers.” Sir T. Browne.
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3. Square; even; balanced; equal; exact. [Archaic] “ A quadrate, solid, wise man.” Howell.
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4. Squared; suited; correspondent. [Archaic] “ A generical description quadrate to both.” Harvey.
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Quadrate bone (Anat.), a bone between the base of the lower jaw and the skull in most vertebrates below the mammals. In reptiles and birds it articulates the lower jaw with the skull; in mammals it is represented by the malleus or incus.
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Quadrate
Quad"rate (?), n. [L. quadratum. See Quadrate, a.] 1. (Geom.) A plane surface with four equal sides and four right angles; a square; hence, figuratively, anything having the outline of a square.
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At which command, the powers militant
That stood for heaven, in mighty quadrate joined.
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2. (Astrol.) An aspect of the heavenly bodies in which they are distant from each other 90°, or the quarter of a circle; quartile. See the Note under Aspect, 6.
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3. (Anat.) The quadrate bone.
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Quadrate
Quad"rate (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quadrated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quadrating.] [See Quadrate, a.] To square; to agree; to suit; to correspond; -- followed by with. [Archaic]
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The objections of these speculatists of its forms do not quadrate with their theories. Burke.
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Quadrate
Quad"rate, v. t. To adjust (a gun) on its carriage; also, to train (a gun) for horizontal firing.
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Quadratic
Quad*rat"ic (?), a. [Cf. F. quadratique.]
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1. Of or pertaining to a square, or to squares; resembling a quadrate, or square; square.
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2. (Crystallog.) Tetragonal.
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3. (Alg.) Pertaining to terms of the second degree; as, a quadratic equation, in which the highest power of the unknown quantity is a square.
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Quadratics
Quad*rat"ics (?), n. (Alg.) That branch of algebra which treats of quadratic equations.
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Quadratojugal
Quad*ra`to*ju"gal (?), a. (Anat.) (a) Of or pertaining to the quadrate and jugal bones. (b) Of or pertaining to the quadratojugal bone. -- n. The quadratojugal bone.
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Quadratojugal bone (Anat.), a bone at the base of the lower jaw in many animals.
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Quadratrix
Quad*ra"trix (?), n.; pl. -trixes (#), or -trices (#). [NL.] (Geom.) A curve made use of in the quadrature of other curves; as the quadratrix, of Dinostratus, or of Tschirnhausen.
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Quadrature
Quad"ra*ture (?), n. [L. quadratura: cf. F. quadrature. See Quadrate, a.] 1. (Math.) The act of squaring; the finding of a square having the same area as some given curvilinear figure; as, the quadrature of a circle; the operation of finding an expression for the area of a figure bounded wholly or in part by a curved line, as by a curve, two ordinates, and the axis of abscissas.
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2. A quadrate; a square. Milton.
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3. (Integral Calculus) The integral used in obtaining the area bounded by a curve; hence, the definite integral of the product of any function of one variable into the differential of that variable.
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4. (Astron.) The position of one heavenly body in respect to another when distant from it 90°, or a quarter of a circle, as the moon when at an equal distance from the points of conjunction and opposition.
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Quadrature of the moon (Astron.), the position of the moon when one half of the disk is illuminated. -- Quadrature of an orbit (Astron.), a point in an orbit which is at either extremity of the latus rectum drawn through the empty focus of the orbit.
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Quadrel
Quad"rel (?), n. [It. quadrello, LL. quadrellus, fr. L. quadrus square. See Quadrate, and cf. Quarrel an arrow.] 1. A square piece of turf or peat. [Prov. Eng.]
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2. A square brick, tile, or the like.
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Quadrennial
Quad*ren"ni*al (?), a. [L. quadriennium a space of four years; quattuor four + annus year; cf. L. quadriennis. See Quadrate, and Annual.] 1. Comprising four years; as, a quadrennial period.
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2. Occurring once in four years, or at the end of every four years; as, quadrennial games.
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Quadrennially
Quad*ren"ni*al*ly, adv. Once in four years.
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Quadrennium
Quad*ren"ni*um (?), n. [NL. See Quadrennial.] A space or period of four years.
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Quadri-
Quad"ri- (?). [L., from quattuor four. See Four.] A combining form meaning four, four times, fourfold; as, quadricapsular, having four capsules.
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Quadribasic
Quad`ri*ba"sic (?), a. [Quadri- + basic.] (Chem.) Same as Tetrabasic.
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Quadrible
Quad"ri*ble (?), a. Quadrable. [R.]
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Quadric
Quad"ric (?), a. (Math.) Of or pertaining to the second degree.
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Quadric
Quad"ric, n. (a) (Alg.) A quantic of the second degree. See Quantic. (b) (Geom.) A surface whose equation in three variables is of the second degree. Spheres, spheroids, ellipsoids, paraboloids, hyperboloids, also cones and cylinders with circular bases, are quadrics.
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Quadricapsular
Quad`ri*cap"su*lar (?), a. [Quadri- + capsular.] (Bot.) Having four capsules.
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Quadriceps
Quad"ri*ceps (?), n. [NL., fr. L. qyattuor four + caput head.] (Anat.) The great extensor muscle of the knee, divided above into four parts which unite in a single tendon at the knee.
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Quadricipital
Quad`ri*cip"i*tal (?), n. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the quadriceps.
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Quadricorn
Quad"ri*corn (?), n. [See Quadricornous.] (Zool.) Any quadricornous animal.
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Quadricornous
Quad`ri*cor"nous (?), a. [Quadri- + L. cornu horn: cf. F. quadricorne.] (Zool.) Having four horns, or hornlike organs; as, a quadricornous beetle.
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Quadricostate
Quad`ri*cos"tate (?), a. [Quadri- + costate.] Having four ribs.
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Quadridentate
Quad`ri*den"tate (?), a. [Quadri- + dentate.] Having four teeth; as, a quadridentate leaf.
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Quadriennial
Quad`ri*en"ni*al (?), a. Same as Quadrennial.
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Quadrifarious
Quad`ri*fa"ri*ous (?), a. [L. quadrifarius fourfold, fr. quattuor four: cf. F. quadrifarié. Cf. Multifarious.] Arranged in four rows or ranks; as, quadrifarious leaves. Loudon.
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Quadrifid
Quad"ri*fid (?), a. [L. quadrifidus; quattuor four + findere to cleave: cf. F. quadrifide.] Divided, or deeply cleft, into four parts; as, a quadrifid perianth; a quadrifid leaf.
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Quadrifoliate
Quadrifoil
{ Quad"ri*foil (?), Quad`ri*fo"li*ate (?), } a. [Quadri- + L. folium leaf.] (Bot.) Four-leaved; having the leaves in whorls of four.
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Quadrifurcated
Quad`ri*fur"ca*ted (?), a. [Quadri- + furcated.] Having four forks, or branches.
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Quadriga
Quad*ri"ga (?), n.; pl. Quadrigæ (#). [L. See Quadrijugous.] (Rom. Antiq.) A car or chariot drawn by four horses abreast.
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Quadrigeminous
Quadrigeminal
{ Quad`ri*gem"i*nal (?), Quad`ri*gem"i*nous (?), } a. [Quadri- + L. gemini twins.] Fourfold; having four similar parts, or two pairs of similar parts.
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Quadrigeminal bodies (Anat.), two pairs of lobes, or elevations, on the dorsal side of the midbrain of most mammals; the optic lobes. The anterior pair are called the nates, and the posterior the testes.
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Quadrigenarious
Quad`ri*ge*na"ri*ous (?), a. [L. quadrigeni, quadringeni, four hundred each.] Consisting of four hundred.
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Quadrijugate
Quad*rij"u*gate (?), a. Same as Quadrijugous.
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Quadrijugous
Quad*rij"u*gous (?), a. [L. quadrijugus of a team of four; quattuor four + jugum yoke.] (Bot.) Pinnate, with four pairs of leaflets; as, a quadrijugous leaf.
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Quadrilateral
Quad`ri*lat"er*al (?), a. [L. quadrilaterus: cf. F. quadrilatère, quadrilatéral. See Quadri- and Lateral.] Having four sides, and consequently four angles; quadrangular.
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Quadrilateral
Quad`ri*lat"er*al, n. 1. (Geom.) A plane figure having four sides, and consequently four angles; a quadrangular figure; any figure formed by four lines.
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2. An area defended by four fortresses supporting each other; as, the Venetian quadrilateral, comprising Mantua, Peschiera, Verona, and Legnano.
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Complete quadrilateral (Geom.), the figure made up of the six straight lines that can be drawn through four points, A, B, C, I, the lines being supposed to be produced indefinitely.
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Quadrilateralness
Quad`ri*lat"er*al*ness, n. The property of being quadrilateral.
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Quadriliteral
Quad`ri*lit"er*al (?), a. [Quadri- + literal.] Consisting of four letters.
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Quadrille
Qua`dril`lé" (?), a. [F.] (Art) Marked with squares, generally by thin lines crossing at right angles and at equal intervals; as, quadrillé paper, or plotting paper.
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Quadrille
Qua*drille" (?), n. [F. quadrille, n. fem., fr. Sp. cuadrilla meeting of four or more persons or It. quadriglia a band of soldiers, a sort of dance; dim. fr. L. quadra a square, fr. quattuor four. See Quadrate.] 1. A dance having five figures, in common time, four couples of dancers being in each set.
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2. The appropriate music for a quadrille.
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Quadrille
Qua*drille", n. [F. quadrille, n. masc., cf. It. quadriglio; or perhaps from the Spanish. See Quadrille a dance.] A game played by four persons with forty cards, being the remainder of an ordinary pack after the tens, nines, and eights are discarded. Hoyle.
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Quadrillion
Quad*ril"lion (?), n. [F., fr. L. quater four times, akin to quattuor four, E. four; -- formed like million. See Four, Million.] According to the French notation, which is followed also upon the Continent and in the United States, a unit with fifteen ciphers annexed; according to the English notation, the number produced by involving a million to the fourth power, or the number represented by a unit with twenty-four ciphers annexed. See the Note under Numeration.
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Quadrilobed
Quadrilobate
{ Quad`ri*lo"bate (?), Quad`ri*lobed (?), } a. [Quadri- + lobe: cf. F. quadrilobé.] Having four lobes; as, a quadrilobate leaf.
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Quadrilocular
Quad`ri*loc"u*lar (?), a. [Quadri- + locular: cf. F. quadriloculaire.] Having four cells, or cavities; as, a quadrilocular heart.
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Quadrin
Quad"rin (?), n. [OF., fr. L. quadrini four each, fr. quattuor four.] A small piece of money, in value about a farthing, or a half cent. [Obs.]
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Quadrinodal
Quad`ri*nod"al (?), a. [Quadri- + nodal.] (Math.) Possessing four nodes; as, quadrinodal curves.
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Quadrinomial
Quad`ri*no"mi*al (?), n. [Quadri- + nomial, as in binomial: cf. F. quadrinôme.] (Alg.) A polynomial of four terms connected by the signs plus or minus.
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Quadrinomical
Quad`ri*nom"ic*al (?), a. Quadrinomial.
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Quadrinominal
Quad`ri*nom"i*nal (?), a. [Quadri- + nominal.] (Alg.) Quadrinomial. Sir W. R. Hamilton.
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Quadripartite
Quad*rip"ar*tite (?), a. [L. quadripartitus, p. p. of quadripartire to divide into four parts; quattuor four + partire to divide: cf. F. quadripartite.] Divided into four parts.
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Quadripartitely
Quad*rip"ar*tite*ly, adv. In four parts.
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Quadripartition
Quad`ri*par*ti"tion (?), n. [L. quadripartitio: cf. F. quadripartition.] A division or distribution by four, or into four parts; also, a taking the fourth part of any quantity or number.
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Quadripennate
Quad`ri*pen"nate (?), a. [Quadri- + pennate.] (Zool.) Having four wings; -- said of insects.
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Quadriphyllous
Quad*riph"yl*lous (?), a. [Quadri + Gr. &unr_; leaf.] (Bot.) Having four leaves; quadrifoliate.
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Quadrireme
Quad"ri*reme (?), n. [L. quadriremis; quattuor four + remus an oar: cf. F. quadrirème.] (Antiq.) A galley with four banks of oars or rowers.
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Quadrisection
Quad`ri*sec"tion (?), n. [Quadri- + section.] A subdivision into four parts.
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Quadrisulcate
Quad`ri*sul"cate (?), a. [Quadri + sulcate.] (Zool.) Having four hoofs; as, a quadrisulcate foot; a quadrisulcate animal.
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Quadri-syllabical
Quadrisyllabic
{ Quad`ri*syl*lab"ic (?), Quad`ri-syl*lab"ic*al (?), }Having four syllables; of or pertaining to quadrisyllables; as, a quadrisyllabic word.
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Quadrisyllable
Quad`ri*syl"la*ble (?), n. [Quadri- + syllable: cf. F. quadrisyllabe.] A word consisting of four syllables. De Quincey.
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Quadrivalence
Quad*riv"a*lence (?), n. (Chem.) The quality or state of being quadrivalent; tetravalence.
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Quadrivalent
Quad*riv"a*lent (?), a. [Quadri- + L. valens, -entis, p. pr. See Valence.] (Chem.) Having a valence of four; capable of combining with, being replaced by, or compared with, four monad atoms; tetravalent; -- said of certain atoms and radicals; thus, carbon and silicon are quadrivalent elements.
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Quadrivalve
Quad"ri*valve (?), a. [Quadri- + valve: cf. F. quadrivalve.] (Bot.) Dehiscent into four similar parts; four-valved; as, a quadrivalve pericarp.
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Quadrivalve
Quad"ri*valve, n. (Arch.) A door, shutter, or the like, having four folds.
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Quadrivalvular
Quad`ri*val"vu*lar (?), a. Having four valves; quadrivalve.
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Quadrivial
Quad*riv"i*al (?), a. [L. quadrivium a place where four ways meet; quattuor four + via way.] Having four ways meeting in a point. B. Jonson.
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Quadrivial
Quad*riv"i*al, n. One of the four “liberal arts” making up the quadrivium.
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Quadrivium
Quad*riv"i*um (?), n. [L.] The four “liberal arts,” arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy; -- so called by the schoolmen. See Trivium.
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Quadroon
Quad*roon" (?), n. [F. quarteron, or Sp. cuarteron. See Quarter a fourth part, and cf. Quarteron.] The offspring of a mulatto and a white person; a person quarter-blooded. [Written also quarteron, quarteroon, and quateron.]
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Quadroxide
Quad*rox"ide (?), n. [Quadri- + oxide.] (Chem.) A tetroxide. [R.]
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Quadrumana
Quad*ru"ma*na (?), n. pl. [NL. See Quadrumane.] (Zool.) A division of the Primates comprising the apes and monkeys; -- so called because the hind foot is usually prehensile, and the great toe opposable somewhat like a thumb. Formerly the Quadrumana were considered an order distinct from the Bimana, which last included man alone.
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Quadrumane
Quad"ru*mane (?), n. [L. quattuor four + manus a hand: cf. F. quadrumane.] (Zool.) One of the Quadrumana.
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Quadrumanous
Quad*ru"ma*nous (?), a. (Zool.) Having four hands; of or pertaining to the Quadrumana.
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Quadruped
Quad"ru*ped (?), a. [L. quadrupes, -pedis; quattuor four + pes, pedis, a foot: cf. F. quadrupède. See Quadrate, and Foot.] Having four feet.
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Quadruped
Quad"ru*ped, n. (Zool.) An animal having four feet, as most mammals and reptiles; -- often restricted to the mammals.
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Quadrupedal
Quad*ru"pe*dal (?), a. (Zool.) Having four feet; of or pertaining to a quadruped.
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Quadruplane
Quad"ru*plane (?), n. [L. quadru- in comp. + E. plane.] An airplane with four superposed main supporting surfaces. Contrasted with triplane biplane and monoplane. They are now used only for hobbyist or historical activities.
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Quadruple
Quad"ru*ple (?), a. [L. quadruplus, from quattuor four: cf. F. quadruple. See Quadrate, and cf. Double.] Fourfold; as, to make quadruple restitution; a quadruple alliance.
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Quadruple time (Mus.), that in which each measure is divided into four equal parts.
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Quadruple
Quad"ru*ple, n. [Cf. F. quadruple, L. quadruplum.] four times the sum or number; a fourfold amount; as, to receive to quadruple of the amount in damages.
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Quadruple
Quad"ru*ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quadrupled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quadrupling (?).] [L. quadruplare: cf. F. quadrupler.] To multiply by four; to increase fourfold; to double; to double twice. A. Smith.
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Quadruple
Quad"ru*ple, v. i. To be multiplied by four; to increase fourfold; to become four times as much.
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Quadruplet
Quad"ru*plet (?), n. [From Quadruple.] 1. A collection or combination of four of a kind.
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2. pl. Four children born in the same labor.
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3. A cycle for carrying four riders, so arranged that all the riders can assist in the propulsion.
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Quadruplex
Quad"ru*plex (?), a. [L., from quattuor four + plicare to fold.] Fourfold; folded or doubled twice.
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Quadruplex system (Electric Telegraph), a system by which four messages, two in each direction, may be sent simultaneously over the wire.
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Quadruplicate
Quad*ru"pli*cate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quadruplicated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quadruplicating.] [L. quadruplicatus, p. p. of quadruplicare, fr. quadruple&unr_; fourfold. See Quadruplex.] To make fourfold; to double twice; to quadruple.
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Quadruplicate
Quad*ru"pli*cate (?), a. [L. quadruplicatus, p. p.]
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1. Fourfold; doubled twice; four times repeated; as, a quadruplicate ratio, or a quadruplicate proportion.
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2. (Math.) Raised to the fourth power. [R.]
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Quadruplication
Quad`ru*pli*ca"tion (?), n. [L. quadruplicatio: cf. F. quadruplication.] The act of making fourfold; a taking four times the simple sum or amount.
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Quadruply
Quad"ru*ply (?), adv. To a fourfold quantity; so as to be, or cause to be, quadruple; as, to be quadruply recompensed.
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Quaere
Quæ"re (?), v. imperative. [L., imperative of quaerere to seek.] Inquire; question; see; -- used to signify doubt or to suggest investigation.
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Quaestor
Quæs"tor (?), n. [L.] Same as Questor.
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Quaff
Quaff (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quaffed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quaffing.] [For quach, fr. Gael. & Ir. cuach a drinking cup; cf. L. caucus a drinking vessel. Cf. Quaigh.] To drink with relish; to drink copiously of; to swallow in large draughts.Quaffed off the muscadel.” Shak.
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They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet
Quaff immortality and joy.
Milton.
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Quaff
Quaff (?), v. i. To drink largely or luxuriously.
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Twelve days the gods their solemn revels keep,
And quaff with blameless Ethiops in the deep.
Dryden.
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Quaffer
Quaff"er (?), n. One who quaffs, or drinks largely.
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Quag
Quag (?), n. A quagmire. [R.] “Crooked or straight, through quags or thorny dells.” Cowper.
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Quagga
Quag"ga (?), n. [Hottentot.] (Zool.) A South African wild ass (Equus quagga syn. Hippotigris quagga). The upper parts are reddish brown, becoming paler behind and behind and beneath, with dark stripes on the face, neck, and fore part of the body. The species became extinct in the late 1800's, largely due to excessive hunting.
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Quaggy
Quag"gy (?), a. [See Quag, Quagmire.] Of the nature of a quagmire; yielding or trembling under the foot, as soft, wet earth; spongy; boggy. “O'er the watery strath, or quaggy moss.” Collins.
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Quagmire
Quag"mire` (?), n. [Quake + mire.] Soft, wet, miry land, which shakes or yields under the feet. “A spot surrounded by quagmires, which rendered it difficult of access.” Palfrey.
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Syn. -- Morass; marsh; bog; swamp; fen; slough.
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Quahaug
Quahog
{ Qua"hog, Qua"haug } (?), n. [Abbrev. fr. Narragansett Indian poquaûhock.] (Zool.) An American market clam (Venus mercenaria). It is sold in large quantities, and is highly valued as food. Called also round clam, and hard clam.
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&hand_; The name is also applied to other allied species, as Venus Mortoni of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Quaich
Quaigh
{ Quaigh, Quaich } (?), n. [Gael. cuach. Cf. Quaff.] A small shallow cup or drinking vessel. [Scot.] [Written also quegh.]
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Quail
Quail (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Qualled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Qualling.] [AS. cwelan to die, perish; akin to cwalu violent death, D. kwaal pain, G. qual torment, OHG. quelan to suffer torment, Lith. gelti to hurt, gela pain. Cf. Quell.] 1. To die; to perish; hence, to wither; to fade. [Obs.] Spenser.
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2. To become quelled; to become cast down; to sink under trial or apprehension of danger; to lose the spirit and power of resistance; to lose heart; to give way; to shrink; to cower.
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The atheist power shall quail, and confess his fears. I. Taylor.
Stouter hearts than a woman's have quailed in this terrible winter.
Longfellow.
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Syn. -- to cower; flinch; shrink; quake; tremble; blench; succumb; yield.
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Quail
Quail, v. t. [Cf. Quell.] To cause to fail in spirit or power; to quell; to crush; to subdue. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Quail
Quail, v. i. [OF. coaillier, F. cailler, from L. coagulare. See Coagulate.] To curdle; to coagulate, as milk. [Obs.] Holland.
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Quail
Quail, n. [OF. quaille, F. caille, LL. quaquila, qualia, qualea, of Dutch or German origin; cf. D. kwakkel, kwartel, OHG. wahtala, G. wachtel.]
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1. (Zool.) Any gallinaceous bird belonging to Coturnix and several allied genera of the Old World, especially the common European quail (Coturnix communis), the rain quail (Coturnix Coromandelica) of India, the stubble quail (Coturnix pectoralis), and the Australian swamp quail (Synoicus australis).
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2. (Zool.) Any one of several American partridges belonging to Colinus, Callipepla, and allied genera, especially the bobwhite (called Virginia quail, and Maryland quail), and the California quail (Calipepla Californica).
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3. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of Turnix and allied genera, native of the Old World, as the Australian painted quail (Turnix varius). See Turnix.
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4. A prostitute; -- so called because the quail was thought to be a very amorous bird. [Obs.] Shak.
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Bustard quail (Zool.), a small Asiatic quail-like bird of the genus Turnix, as Turnix taigoor, a black-breasted species, and the hill bustard quail (Turnix ocellatus). See Turnix. -- Button quail (Zool.), one of several small Asiatic species of Turnix, as Turnix Sykesii, which is said to be the smallest game bird of India. -- Mountain quail. See under Mountain. -- Quail call, a call or pipe for alluring quails into a net or within range. -- Quail dove (Zool.), any one of several American ground pigeons belonging to Geotrygon and allied genera. -- Quail hawk (Zool.), the New Zealand sparrow hawk (Hieracidea Novæ-Hollandiæ). -- Quail pipe. See Quail call, above. -- Quail snipe (Zool.), the dowitcher, or red-breasted snipe; -- called also robin snipe, and brown snipe. -- Sea quail (Zool.), the turnstone. [Local, U. S.]
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Quaily
Quail"y (?), n. [Cf. Quail the bird.] (Zool.) The upland plover. [Canadian]
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Quaint
Quaint (?), a. [OE. queint, queynte, coint, prudent, wise, cunning, pretty, odd, OF. cointe cultivated, amiable, agreeable, neat, fr. L. cognitus known, p. p. of cognoscere to know; con + noscere (for gnoscere) to know. See Know, and cf. Acquaint, Cognition.] 1. Prudent; wise; hence, crafty; artful; wily. [Obs.]
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Clerks be full subtle and full quaint. Chaucer.
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2. Characterized by ingenuity or art; finely fashioned; skillfully wrought; elegant; graceful; nice; neat. [Archaic] “ The queynte ring.” “ His queynte spear.” Chaucer. “ A shepherd young quaint.” Chapman.
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Every look was coy and wondrous quaint. Spenser.
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To show bow quaint an orator you are. Shak.
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3. Curious and fanciful; affected; odd; whimsical; antique; archaic; singular; unusual; as, quaint architecture; a quaint expression.
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Some stroke of quaint yet simple pleasantry. Macaulay.
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An old, long-faced, long-bodied servant in quaint livery. W. Irving.
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Syn. -- Quaint, Odd, Antique. Antique is applied to that which has come down from the ancients, or which is made to imitate some ancient work of art. Odd implies disharmony, incongruity, or unevenness. An odd thing or person is an exception to general rules of calculation and procedure, or expectation and common experience. In the current use of quaint, the two ideas of odd and antique are combined, and the word is commonly applied to that which is pleasing by reason of both these qualities. Thus, we speak of the quaint architecture of many old buildings in London; or a quaint expression, uniting at once the antique and the fanciful.
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Quaintise
Quain"tise (?), n. [OF. cointise.] 1. Craft; subtlety; cunning. [Obs.] Chaucer. R. of Glouces.
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2. Elegance; beauty. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Quaintly
Quaint"ly (?), adv. In a quaint manner. Shak.
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Quaintness
Quaint"ness, n. The quality of being quaint. Pope.
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Quair
Quair (?), n. [See 3d Quire.] A quire; a book. [Obs.] “The king's quhair.” James I. (of Scotland).
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Quake
Quake (kwāk), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quaked (kwākt); p. pr. & vb. n. Quaking.] [AS. cwacian; cf. G. quackeln. Cf. Quagmire.] 1. To be agitated with quick, short motions continually repeated; to shake with fear, cold, etc.; to shudder; to tremble.Quaking for dread.” Chaucer.
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She stood quaking like the partridge on which the hawk is ready to seize. Sir P. Sidney.
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2. To shake, vibrate, or quiver, either from not being solid, as soft, wet land, or from violent convulsion of any kind; as, the earth quakes; the mountains quake. “ Over quaking bogs.” Macaulay.
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Quake
Quake, v. t. [Cf. AS. cweccan to move, shake. See Quake, v. t.] To cause to quake. [Obs.] Shak.
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Quake
Quake (kwāk), n. 1. A tremulous agitation; a quick vibratory movement; a shudder; a quivering.
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2. An earthquake.
Syn. -- earthquake; tremor; temblor.
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Quaker
Quak"er (?), n. 1. One who quakes.
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2. One of a religious sect founded by George Fox, of Leicestershire, England, about 1650, -- the members of which call themselves Friends. They were called Quakers, originally, in derision. See Friend, n., 4.
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Fox's teaching was primarily a preaching of repentance . . . The trembling among the listening crowd caused or confirmed the name of Quakers given to the body; men and women sometimes fell down and lay struggling as if for life. Encyc. Brit.
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3. (Zool.) (a) The nankeen bird. (b) The sooty albatross. (c) Any grasshopper or locust of the genus Edipoda; -- so called from the quaking noise made during flight.
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Quaker buttons. (Bot.) See Nux vomica. -- Quaker gun, a dummy cannon made of wood or other material; -- so called because the sect of Friends, or Quakers, hold to the doctrine, of nonresistance. -- Quaker ladies (Bot.), a low American biennial plant (Houstonia cærulea), with pretty four-lobed corollas which are pale blue with a yellowish center; -- also called bluets, and little innocents.
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Quakeress
Quak"er*ess, n. A woman who is a member of the Society of Friends.
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Quakerish
Quak"er*ish, a. Like or pertaining to a Quaker; Quakerlike.
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Quakerism
Quak"er*ism (?), n. The peculiar character, manners, tenets, etc., of the Quakers.
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Quakerlike
Quak"er*like (?), a. Like a Quaker.
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Quakerly
Quak"er*ly, a. Resembling Quakers; Quakerlike; Quakerish. Macaulay.
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Quakery
Quak"er*y (?), n. Quakerism. [Obs.] Hallywell.
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Quaketail
Quake"tail` (?), n. (Zool.) A wagtail.
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Quakiness
Quak"i*ness (?), n. The state of being quaky; liability to quake.
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Quaking
Quak"ing, a. & n. from Quake, v.
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Quaking aspen (Bot.), an American species of poplar (Populus tremuloides), the leaves of which tremble in the lightest breeze. It much resembles the European aspen. See Aspen. -- Quaking bog, a bog of forming peat so saturated with water that it shakes when trodden upon. -- Quaking grass. (Bot.) (a) One of several grasses of the genus Briza, having slender-stalked and pendulous ovate spikelets, which quake and rattle in the wind. Briza maxima is the large quaking grass; Briza media and Briza minor are the smaller kinds. (b) Rattlesnake grass (Glyceria Canadensis).
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Quakingly
Quak"ing*ly (?), adv. In a quaking manner; fearfully. Sir P. Sidney.
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Quaky
Quak"y (?), a. Shaky, or tremulous; quaking.
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Qualifiable
Qual"i*fi`a*ble (?), a. Capable of being qualified; abatable; modifiable. Barrow.
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Qualification
Qual`i*fi*ca"tion (?), n. [Cf. F. qualification. See Qualify.] 1. The act of qualifying, or the condition of being qualified.
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2. That which qualifies; any natural endowment, or any acquirement, which fits a person for a place, office, or employment, or which enables him to sustian any character with success; an enabling quality or circumstance; requisite capacity or possession.
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There is no qualification for government but virtue and wisdom, actual or presumptive. Burke.
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3. The act of limiting, or the state of being limited; that which qualifies by limiting; modification; restriction; hence, abatement; diminution; as, to use words without any qualification.
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Qualificative
Qual"i*fi*ca*tive (?), n. That which qualifies, modifies, or restricts; a qualifying term or statement.
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How many qualificatives, correctives, and restrictives he inserteth in this relation. Fuller.
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Qualificator
Qual"i*fi*ca`tor (?), n. [LL.] (R. C. Ch.) An officer whose business it is to examine and prepare causes for trial in the ecclesiastical courts.
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Qualified
Qual"i*fied (?), a. 1. Fitted by accomplishments or endowments.
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2. Modified; limited; as, a qualified statement.
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Qualified fee (Law), a base fee, or an estate which has a qualification annexed to it, the fee ceasing with the qualification, as a grant to A and his heirs, tenants of the manor of Dale. -- Qualified indorsement (Law), an indorsement which modifies the liability of the indorser that would result from the general principles of law, but does not affect the negotiability of the instrument. Story. -- Qualified negative (Legislation), a limited veto power, by which the chief executive in a constitutional government may refuse assent to bills passed by the legislative body, which bills therefore fail to become laws unless upon a reconsideration the legislature again passes them by a certain majority specified in the constitution, when they become laws without the approval of the executive. -- Qualified property (Law), that which depends on temporary possession, as that in wild animals reclaimed, or as in the case of a bailment.
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Syn. -- Competent; fit; adapted. -- Qualified, Competent. Competent is most commonly used with respect to native endowments and general ability suited to the performance of a task or duty; qualified with respect to specific acquirements and training.
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Qualifiedly
Qual"i*fied`ly, adv. In the way of qualification; with modification or qualification.
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Qualifiedness
Qual"i*fied`ness, n. The state of being qualified.
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Qualifier
Qual"i*fi`er (?), n. One who, or that which, qualifies; that which modifies, reduces, tempers or restrains.
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Qualify
Qual"i*fy (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Qualified (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Qualifying (?).] [F. qualifier, LL. qualificare, fr. L. qualis how constituted, as + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Quality, and -Fy.] 1. To make such as is required; to give added or requisite qualities to; to fit, as for a place, office, occupation, or character; to furnish with the knowledge, skill, or other accomplishment necessary for a purpose; to make capable, as of an employment or privilege; to supply with legal power or capacity.
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He had qualified himself for municipal office by taking the oaths to the sovereigns in possession. Macaulay.
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2. To give individual quality to; to modulate; to vary; to regulate.
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It hath no larynx . . . to qualify the sound. Sir T. Browne.
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3. To reduce from a general, undefined, or comprehensive form, to particular or restricted form; to modify; to limit; to restrict; to restrain; as, to qualify a statement, claim, or proposition.
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4. Hence, to soften; to abate; to diminish; to assuage; to reduce the strength of, as liquors.
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I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire,
But qualify the fire's extreme rage.
Shak.
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5. To soothe; to cure; -- said of persons. [Obs.]
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In short space he has them qualified. Spenser.
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Syn. -- To fit; equip; prepare; adapt; capacitate; enable; modify; soften; restrict; restrain; temper.
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Qualify
Qual"i*fy, v. i. 1. To be or become qualified; to be fit, as for an office or employment.
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2. To obtain legal power or capacity by taking the oath, or complying with the forms required, on assuming an office.
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Qualitative
Qual"i*ta*tive (?), a. [Cf. LL. gualitativus, F. qualitatif.] Relating to quality; having the character of quality. -- Qual"i*ta*tive*ly, adv.
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Qualitative analysis (Chem.), analysis which merely determines the constituents of a substance without any regard to the quantity of each ingredient; -- contrasted with quantitative analysis.
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Qualitied
Qual"i*tied (?), a. Furnished with qualities; endowed. [Obs.] “He was well qualitied.” Chapman.
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Quality
Qual"i*ty (?), n.; pl. Qualities (#). [F. qualité, L. qualitas, fr. qualis how constituted, as; akin to E. which. See Which.] 1. The condition of being of such and such a sort as distinguished from others; nature or character relatively considered, as of goods; character; sort; rank.
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We lived most joyful, obtaining acquaintance with many of the city not of the meanest quality. Bacon
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2. Special or temporary character; profession; occupation; assumed or asserted rank, part, or position.
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I made that inquiry in quality of an antiquary. Gray.
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3. That which makes, or helps to make, anything such as it is; anything belonging to a subject, or predicable of it; distinguishing property, characteristic, or attribute; peculiar power, capacity, or virtue; distinctive trait; as, the tones of a flute differ from those of a violin in quality; the great quality of a statesman.
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&hand_; Qualities, in metaphysics, are primary or secondary. Primary are those essential to the existence, and even the conception, of the thing, as of matter or spirit Secondary are those not essential to such a conception.
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4. An acquired trait; accomplishment; acquisition.
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He had those qualities of horsemanship, dancing, and fencing which accompany a good breeding. Clarendon.
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5. Superior birth or station; high rank; elevated character. “Persons of quality.” Bacon.
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Quality binding, a kind of worsted tape used in Scotland for binding carpets, and the like. -- The quality, those of high rank or station, as distinguished from the masses, or common people; the nobility; the gentry.
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I shall appear at the masquerade dressed up in my feathers, that the quality may see how pretty they will look in their traveling habits. Addison.
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Syn. -- Property; attribute; nature; peculiarity; character; sort; rank; disposition; temper.
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Qualm
Qualm (?), n. [AS. cwealm death, slaughter, pestilence, akin to OS. & OHG. qualm. See Quail to cower.] 1. Sickness; disease; pestilence; death. [Obs.]
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thousand slain and not of qualm ystorve [dead]. Chaucer.
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2. A sudden attack of illness, faintness, or pain; an agony.Qualms of heartsick agony.” Milton.
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3. Especially, a sudden sensation of nausea.
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For who, without a qualm, hath ever looked
On holy garbage, though by Homer cooked?
Roscommon.
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4. A prick or scruple of conscience; uneasiness of conscience; compunction. Dryden.
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Qualmish
Qualm"ish, a. Sick at the stomach; affected with nausea or sickly languor; inclined to vomit. Shak.
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-- Qualm"ish*ly, adv. -- Qualm"ish*ness, n.
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Quamash
Quam"ash (?), n. (Bot.) See Camass.
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Quamoclit
Quam"o*clit (?), n. [Gr. &unr_; a bean + &unr_; to bend, to slope.] (Bot.) Formerly, a genus of plants including the cypress vine (Quamoclit vulgaris, now called Ipomœa Quamoclit). The genus is now merged in Ipomœa.
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Quandary
Quan"da*ry (?), n.; pl. Quandaries (#). [Prob. fr. OE. wandreth adversity, perplexity, Icel. wandræði difficulty, trouble, fr. vandr difficult.] A state of difficulty or perplexity; doubt; uncertainty.
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Quandary
Quan"da*ry, v. t. To bring into a state of uncertainty, perplexity, or difficulty. [Obs.] Otway.
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Quandong
Quan"dong (?), n. (Bot.) The edible drupaceous fruit of an Australian tree (Fusanus acuminatus) of the Sandalwood family; -- called also quandang.
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Quandy
Quan"dy (?), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zool.) The old squaw. [Local, U. S.]
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Quannet
Quan"net (?), n. A flat file having the handle at one side, so as to be used like a plane.
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Quant
Quant (?), n. A punting pole with a broad flange near the end to prevent it from sinking into the mud; a setting pole.
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Quantic
Quan"tic (?), n. [L. quantus how much. See Quantity.] (Math.) A homogeneous algebraic function of two or more variables, in general containing only positive integral powers of the variables, and called quadric, cubic, quartic, etc., according as it is of the second, third, fourth, fifth, or a higher degree. These are further called binary, ternary, quaternary, etc., according as they contain two, three, four, or more variables; thus, the quantic &unr_; is a binary cubic.
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Quantification
Quan`ti*fi*ca"tion (?), n. [See Quantity.] Modification by a reference to quantity; the introduction of the element of quantity.
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The quantification of the predicate belongs in part to Sir William Hamilton; viz., in its extension to negative propositions. De Quincey.
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Quantify
Quan"ti*fy (?), v. t. [L. quantus now much + -fy.] 1. To modify or qualify with respect to quantity; to determine, fix or express the quantity of; to rate.
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2. (Logic) To make explicit the quantity of; as, to quantify a variable.
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Quantitative
Quan"ti*ta*tive (?), a. [Cf. F. quantitatif.] Relating to quantity. -- Quan"ti*ta*tive*ly, adv.
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Quantitative analysis (Chem.), analysis which determines the amount or quantity of each ingredient of a substance, by weight or by volume; -- contrasted with qualitative analysis.
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Quantitive
Quan"ti*tive (?), a. [See Quantity.] Estimable according to quantity; quantitative. Sir K. Digby.
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Quantitively
Quan"ti*tive*ly, adv. So as to be measurable by quantity; quantitatively.
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Quantity
Quan"ti*ty (?), n.; pl. Quantities (#). [F. quantite, L. quantitas, fr. quantus bow great, how much, akin to quam bow, E. how, who. See Who.]
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1. The attribute of being so much, and not more or less; the property of being measurable, or capable of increase and decrease, multiplication and division; greatness; and more concretely, that which answers the question “How much?”; measure in regard to bulk or amount; determinate or comparative dimensions; measure; amount; bulk; extent; size. Hence, in specific uses: (a) (Logic) The extent or extension of a general conception, that is, the number of species or individuals to which it may be applied; also, its content or comprehension, that is, the number of its constituent qualities, attributes, or relations. (b) (Gram.) The measure of a syllable; that which determines the time in which it is pronounced; as, the long or short quantity of a vowel or syllable. (c) (Mus.) The relative duration of a tone.
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2. That which can be increased, diminished, or measured; especially (Math.), anything to which mathematical processes are applicable.
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&hand_; Quantity is discrete when it is applied to separate objects, as in number; continuous, when the parts are connected, either in succession, as in time, motion, etc., or in extension, as by the dimensions of space, viz., length, breadth, and thickness.
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3. A determinate or estimated amount; a sum or bulk; a certain portion or part; sometimes, a considerable amount; a large portion, bulk, or sum; as, a medicine taken in quantities, that is, in large quantities.
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The quantity of extensive and curious information which he had picked up during many months of desultory, but not unprofitable, study. Macaulay.
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Quantity of estate (Law), its time of continuance, or degree of interest, as in fee, for life, or for years. Wharton (Law Dict. ) -- Quantity of matter, in a body, its mass, as determined by its weight, or by its momentum under a given velocity. -- Quantity of motion (Mech.), in a body, the relative amount of its motion, as measured by its momentum, varying as the product of mass and velocity. -- Known quantities (Math.), quantities whose values are given. -- Unknown quantities (Math.), quantities whose values are sought.
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Quantivalence
Quan*tiv"a*lence (?), n. [L. quantus how much + E. valence.] (Chem.) Valence. [Archaic]
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Quantivalent
Quan*tiv"a*lent (?), a. (Chem.) Of or pertaining to quantivalence. [Archaic]
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Quantum
Quan"tum (?), n.; pl. Quanta (#). [L., neuter of quantus how great, how much. See Quantity,] 1. Quantity; amount. “Without authenticating . . . the quantum of the charges.” Burke.
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2. (Math.) A definite portion of a manifoldness, limited by a mark or by a boundary. W. K. Clifford.
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‖Quantum meruit (&unr_;) [L., as much as he merited] (Law), a count in an action grounded on a promise that the defendant would pay to the plaintiff for his service as much as he should deserve. -- ‖Quantum sufficit (&unr_;), or Quantum suff. [L., as much suffices] (Med.), a sufficient quantity; -- abbreviated q. s. in pharmacy. -- ‖Quantum valebat (&unr_;) [L., as much at it was worth] (Law), a count in an action to recover of the defendant, for goods sold, as much as they were worth. Blackstone.
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Quap
Quap (?), v. i. To quaver. [Obs.] See Quob.
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Quaquaversal
Qua`qua*ver"sal (?), a. [L. quaqua wheresoever, whithersoever + versus, p. p. of vertere to turn.] 1. Turning or dipping in any or every direction.
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2. (Geol.) Dipping toward all points of the compass round a center, as beds of lava round a crater.
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Quar
Quar (?), n. A quarry. [Prov. Eng.] B. Jonson.
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Quarantine
Quar"an*tine (?), n. [F. quarantaine, OF. quaranteine, fr. F. quarante forty, L. quadraginta, akin to quattuor four, and E. four: cf. It. quarantina, quarentine. See Four, and cf. Quadragesima.] 1. A space of forty days; -- used of Lent.
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2. Specifically, the term, originally of forty days, during which a ship arriving in port, and suspected of being infected a malignant contagious disease, is obliged to forbear all intercourse with the shore; hence, such restraint or inhibition of intercourse; also, the place where infected or prohibited vessels are stationed.
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&hand_; Quarantine is now applied also to any forced stoppage of travel or communication on account of malignant contagious disease, on land as well as by sea.
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3. (Eng. Law) The period of forty days during which the widow had the privilege of remaining in the mansion house of which her husband died seized.
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Quarantine flag, a yellow flag hoisted at the fore of a vessel or hung from a building, to give warning of an infectious disease; -- called also the yellow jack, and yellow flag.
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Quarantine
Quar`an*tine" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quarantined (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quarantining.] To compel to remain at a distance, or in a given place, without intercourse, when suspected of having contagious disease; to put under, or in, quarantine.
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Quarl
Quarl (?), n. [Cf. G. qualle.] (Zool.) A medusa, or jellyfish. [R.]
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The jellied quarl that flings
At once a thousand streaming stings.
J. R. Drake.
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Quarrel
Quar"rel (?), n. [OE. quarel, OF. quarrel, F. carreau, LL. quadrellus, from L. quadrus square. See Quadrate, and cf. Quadrel, Quarry an arrow, Carrel.] 1. An arrow for a crossbow; -- so named because it commonly had a square head. [Obs.]
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To shoot with arrows and quarrel. Sir J. Mandeville.
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Two arblasts, . . . with windlaces and quarrels. Sir W. Scott.
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2. (Arch.) Any small square or quadrangular member; as: (a) A square of glass, esp. when set diagonally. (b) A small opening in window tracery, of which the cusps, etc., make the form nearly square. (c) A square or lozenge-shaped paving tile.
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3. A glazier's diamond. Simmonds.
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4. A four-sided cutting tool or chisel having a diamond-shaped end.
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Quarrel
Quar"rel, n. [OE. querele, OF. querele, F. querelle, fr. L. querela, querella, a complaint, fr. queri to complain. See Querulous.] 1. A breach of concord, amity, or obligation; a falling out; a difference; a disagreement; an antagonism in opinion, feeling, or conduct; esp., an angry dispute, contest, or strife; a brawl; an altercation; as, he had a quarrel with his father about expenses.
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I will bring a sword upon you that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant. Lev. xxvi. 25.
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On open seas their quarrels they debate. Dryden.
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2. Ground of objection, dislike, difference, or hostility; cause of dispute or contest; occasion of altercation.
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Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him. Mark vi. 19.
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No man hath any quarrel to me. Shak.
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He thought he had a good quarrel to attack him. Holinshed.
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3. Earnest desire or longing. [Obs.] Holland.
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To pick a quarrel. See under Pick, v. t.
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Syn. -- Brawl; broil; squabble; affray; feud; tumult; contest; dispute; altercation; contention; wrangle.
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Quarrel
Quar"rel, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quarreled (?) or Quarrelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Quarreling or Quarrelling.] 1. To violate concord or agreement; to have a difference; to fall out; to be or become antagonistic.
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Our people quarrel with obedience. Shak.
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But some defect in her
Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed.
Shak.
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2. To dispute angrily, or violently; to wrangle; to scold; to altercate; to contend; to fight.
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Beasts called sociable quarrel in hunger and lust. Sir W. Temple.
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3. To find fault; to cavil; as, to quarrel with one's lot.
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I will not quarrel with a slight mistake. Roscommon.
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Quarrel
Quar"rel (?), v. t. 1. To quarrel with. [R.] “I had quarelled my brother purposely.” B. Jonson.
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2. To compel by a quarrel; as, to quarrel a man out of his estate or rights.
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Quarrel
Quar"rel (?), n. [Written also quarreller.] One who quarrels or wrangles; one who is quarrelsome. Shak.
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Quarrelet
Quar"rel*et (?), n. A little quarrel. See 1st Quarrel, 2. [Obs.]Quarrelets of pearl [teeth].” Herrick.
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Quarreling
Quar"rel*ing, a. Engaged in a quarrel; apt or disposed to quarrel; as, quarreling factions; a quarreling mood. -- Quar"rel*ing*ly, adv.
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Quarrellous
Quar"rel*lous (?), a. [OF. querelous, F. querelleux, L. querulosus and querulus, fr. queri to complain. See 2d Quarrel.] Quarrelsome. [Obs.] [Written also quarrellous.] Shak.
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Quarrelsome
Quar"rel*some (?), a. Apt or disposed to quarrel; given to brawls and contention; easily irritated or provoked to contest; irascible; choleric.
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Syn. -- Pugnacious; irritable; irascible; brawling; choleric; fiery; petulant.
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-- Quar"rel*some*ly, adv. -- Quar"rel*some*ness, n.
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Quarried
Quar"ried (?), a. Provided with prey.
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Now I am bravely quarried. Beau. & Fl.
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Quarrier
Quar"ri*er (?), n. A worker in a stone quarry.
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Quarry
Quar"ry (?), n. [OE. quarre, OF. quarré square, F. carré, from L. quadratus square, quadrate, quadratum a square. See Quadrate, and cf. Quarrel an arrow.] Same as 1st Quarrel. [Obs.] Fairfax.
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Quarry
Quar"ry, a. [OF. quarré.] Quadrate; square. [Obs.]
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Quarry
Quar"ry, n.; pl. Quarries (#). [OE. querre, OF. cuiriée, F. curée, fr. cuir hide, leather, fr. L. corium; the quarry given to the dogs being wrapped in the akin of the beast. See Cuirass.] 1. (a) A part of the entrails of the beast taken, given to the hounds. (b) A heap of game killed.
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2. The object of the chase; the animal hunted for; game; especially, the game hunted with hawks. “The stone-dead quarry.” Spenser.
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The wily quarry shunned the shock. Sir W. Scott.
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Quarry
Quar"ry, v. i. To secure prey; to prey, as a vulture or harpy. L'Estrange.
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Quarry
Quar"ry, n. [OE. quarrere, OF. quariere, F. carrière, LL. quadraria a quarry, whence squared (quadrati) stones are dug, fr. quadratus square. See Quadrate.] A place, cavern, or pit where stone is taken from the rock or ledge, or dug from the earth, for building or other purposes; a stone pit. See 5th Mine (a).
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Quarry
Quar"ry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quarried (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quarrying.] To dig or take from a quarry; as, to quarry marble.
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Quarry-faced
Quar"ry-faced` (?), a. (Stone Masonry) Having a face left as it comes from the quarry and not smoothed with the chisel or point; -- said of stones.
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Quarry-man
Quar"ry-man (?), n.; pl. Quarrymen (&unr_;). A man who is engaged in quarrying stones; a quarrier.
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Quart
Quart (?), n. [F. quart, n. masc., fr. L. quartus the fourth, akin to quattuor four. See Four, and cf. 2d Carte, Quarto.] The fourth part; a quarter; hence, a region of the earth. [Obs.]
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Camber did possess the western quart. Spenser.
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Quart
Quart, n. [F. quarte, n. fem., fr. quart fourth. See Quart a quarter.] 1. A measure of capacity, both in dry and in liquid measure; the fourth part of a gallon; the eighth part of a peck; two pints.
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&hand_; In imperial measure, a quart is forty English fluid ounces; in wine measure, it is thirty-two American fluid ounces. The United States dry quart contains 67.20 cubic inches, the fluid quart 57.75. The English quart contains 69.32 cubic inches.
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2. A vessel or measure containing a quart.
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Quart
Quart (?), n. [See Quart a quarter.] In cards, four successive cards of the same suit. Cf. Tierce, 4. Hoyle.
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Quartan
Quar"tan (?), a. [F. quartain, in fièvre quartaine, L. quartanus, fr. quartus the fourth. See Quart.] Of or pertaining to the fourth; occurring every fourth day, reckoning inclusively; as, a quartan ague, or fever.
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Quartan
Quar"tan, n. 1. (Med.) An intermittent fever which returns every fourth day, reckoning inclusively, that is, one in which the interval between paroxysms is two days.
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2. A measure, the fourth part of some other measure.
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Quartane
Quar"tane (?), n. [L. quartus the fourth.] (Chem.) Butane, each molecule of which has four carbon atoms.
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Quartation
Quar*ta"tion (?), n. [L. quartus the fourth: cf. F. quartation. So called because usually enough silver is added to make the amount of gold in the alloyed button about one fourth.] (Chem. & Assaying) The act, process, or result (in the process of parting) of alloying a button of nearly pure gold with enough silver to reduce the fineness so as to allow acids to attack and remove all metals except the gold; -- called also inquartation. Compare Parting.
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Quarte
Quarte (?), n. [F.] Same as 2d Carte.
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Quartene
Quar"tene (?), n. [Ouartane + ethylene.] (Chem.) Same as Butylene.
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Quartenylic
Quar"ten*yl"ic (?), a. [Quartene + -yl + -ic.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid of the acrylic acid series, metameric with crotonic acid, and obtained as a colorless liquid; -- so called from having four carbon atoms in the molecule. Called also isocrotonic acid.
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Quarter
Quar"ter (kwär"t&etilde_;r), n. [F. quartier, L. quartarius a fourth part, fr. quartus the fourth. See Quart.] 1. One of four equal parts into which anything is divided, or is regarded as divided; a fourth part or portion; as, a quarter of a dollar, of a pound, of a yard, of an hour, etc. Hence, specifically: (a) The fourth of a hundred-weight, being 25 or 28 pounds, according as the hundredweight is reckoned at 100 or 112 pounds. (b) The fourth of a ton in weight, or eight bushels of grain; as, a quarter of wheat; also, the fourth part of a chaldron of coal. Hutton. (c) (Astron.) The fourth part of the moon's period, or monthly revolution; as, the first quarter after the change or full. (d) One limb of a quadruped with the adjacent parts; one fourth part of the carcass of a slaughtered animal, including a leg; as, the fore quarters; the hind quarters. (e) That part of a boot or shoe which forms the side, from the heel to the vamp. (f) (Far.) That part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, being the side of the coffin. (g) A term of study in a seminary, college, etc, etc.; properly, a fourth part of the year, but often longer or shorter. (h) pl. (Mil.) The encampment on one of the principal passages round a place besieged, to prevent relief and intercept convoys. (i) (Naut.) The after-part of a vessel's side, generally corresponding in extent with the quarter-deck; also, the part of the yardarm outside of the slings. (j) (Her.) One of the divisions of an escutcheon when it is divided into four portions by a horizontal and a perpendicular line meeting in the fess point.
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&hand_; When two coats of arms are united upon one escutcheon, as in case of marriage, the first and fourth quarters display one shield, the second and third the other. See Quarter, v. t., 5.
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(k) One of the four parts into which the horizon is regarded as divided; a cardinal point; a direction' principal division; a region; a territory.
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Scouts each coast light-armed scour,
Each quarter, to descry the distant foe.
Milton.
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(l) A division of a town, city, or county; a particular district; a locality; as, the Latin quarter in Paris. (m) (Arch.) A small upright timber post, used in partitions; -- in the United States more commonly called stud. (n) (Naut.) The fourth part of the distance from one point of the compass to another, being the fourth part of 11° 15′, that is, about 2° 49′; -- called also quarter point.
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2. Proper station; specific place; assigned position; special location.
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Swift to their several quarters hasted then
The cumbrous elements.
Milton.
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Hence, specifically: (a) (Naut.) A station at which officers and men are posted in battle; -- usually in the plural. (b) Place of lodging or temporary residence; shelter; entertainment; -- usually in the plural.
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The banter turned as to what quarters each would find. W. Irving.
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(c) pl. (Mil.) A station or encampment occupied by troops; a place of lodging for soldiers or officers; as, winter quarters. (d) Treatment shown by an enemy; mercy; especially, the act of sparing the life a conquered enemy; a refraining from pushing one's advantage to extremes.
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He magnified his own clemency, now they were at his mercy, to offer them quarter for their lives. Clarendon.
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Cocks and lambs . . . at the mercy of cats and wolves . . . must never expect better quarter. L'Estrange.
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3. Friendship; amity; concord. [Obs.] To keep quarter, to keep one's proper place, and so be on good terms with another. [Obs.]
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In quarter, and in terms like bride and groom. Shak.
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I knew two that were competitors for the secretary's place, . . . and yet kept good quarter between themselves. Bacon.
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False quarter, a cleft in the quarter of a horse's foot. -- Fifth quarter, the hide and fat; -- a butcher's term. -- On the quarter (Naut.), in a direction between abeam and astern; opposite, or nearly opposite, a vessel's quarter. -- Quarter aspect. (Astrol.) Same as Quadrate. -- Quarter back (Football), the player who has position next behind center rush, and receives the ball on the snap back. -- Quarter badge (Naut.), an ornament on the side of a vessel near, the stern. Mar. Dict. -- Quarter bill (Naut.), a list specifying the different stations to be taken by the officers and crew in time of action, and the names of the men assigned to each. -- Quarter block (Naut.), a block fitted under the quarters of a yard on each side of the slings, through which the clew lines and sheets are reeved. R. H. Dana, Jr. -- Quarter boat (Naut.), a boat hung at a vessel's quarter. -- Quarter cloths (Naut.), long pieces of painted canvas, used to cover the quarter netting. -- Quarter day, a day regarded as terminating a quarter of the year; hence, one on which any payment, especially rent, becomes due. In matters influenced by United States statutes, quarter days are the first days of January, April, July, and October. In New York and many other places, as between landlord and tenant, they are the first days of May, August, November, and February. The quarter days usually recognized in England are 25th of March (Lady Day), the 24th of June (Midsummer Day), the 29th of September (Michaelmas Day), and the 25th of December (Christmas Day). -- Quarter face, in fine arts, portrait painting, etc., a face turned away so that but one quarter is visible. -- Quarter gallery (Naut.), a balcony on the quarter of a ship. See Gallery, 4. -- Quarter gunner (Naut.), a petty officer who assists the gunner. -- Quarter look, a side glance. [Obs.] B. Jonson. -- Quarter nettings (Naut.), hammock nettings along the quarter rails. -- Quarter note (Mus.), a note equal in duration to half a minim or a fourth of semibreve; a crochet. -- Quarter pieces (Naut.), several pieces of timber at the after-part of the quarter gallery, near the taffrail. Totten. -- Quarter point. (Naut.) See Quarter, n., 1 (n). -- Quarter railing, or Quarter rails (Naut.), narrow molded planks reaching from the top of the stern to the gangway, serving as a fence to the quarter-deck. -- Quarter sessions (Eng. Law), a general court of criminal jurisdiction held quarterly by the justices of peace in counties and by the recorders in boroughs. -- Quarter square (Math.), the fourth part of the square of a number. Tables of quarter squares have been devised to save labor in multiplying numbers. -- Quarter turn, Quarter turn belt (Mach.), an arrangement in which a belt transmits motion between two shafts which are at right angles with each other. -- Quarter watch (Naut.), a subdivision of the full watch (one fourth of the crew) on a man-of- war. -- To give quarter, or To show quarter (Mil.), to accept as prisoner, on submission in battle; to forbear to kill, as a vanquished enemy. -- To keep quarter. See Quarter, n., 3.
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Quarter
Quar"ter (kwär"t&etilde_;r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quartered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quartering.] 1. To divide into four equal parts.
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2. To divide; to separate into parts or regions.
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Then sailors quartered heaven. Dryden.
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3. To furnish with shelter or entertainment; to supply with the means of living for a time; especially, to furnish shelter to; as, to quarter soldiers.
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They mean this night in Sardis to be quartered. Shak.
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4. To furnish as a portion; to allot. [R.]
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This isle . . .
He quarters to his blue-haired deities.
Milton.
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5. (Her.) To arrange (different coats of arms) upon one escutcheon, as when a man inherits from both father and mother the right to bear arms.
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&hand_; When only two coats of arms are so combined they are arranged in four compartments. See Quarter, n., 1 (f).
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Quarter
Quar"ter (kwär"t&etilde_;r), v. i. To lodge; to have a temporary residence.
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Quarter
Quar"ter, v. i. [F. cartayer.] To drive a carriage so as to prevent the wheels from going into the ruts, or so that a rut shall be between the wheels.
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Every creature that met us would rely on us for quartering. De Quincey.
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Quarterage
Quar"ter*age (?), n. A quarterly allowance.
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quarterback
quarterback n. (Football) The player on a football tream who chooses the offensive play and receives the ball from the center at the start of each down. Compare halfback and fullback.
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quarterback
quarterback v. i. (Football) To play the position of quarterback, in a football game.
Syn. -- play the quarterback, be the quarterback.
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quarterback sneak
quarterback sneak n. (Football) A play in football in which the quarterback carries the ball directly ahead, immediately or shortly after receiving the snap, sometimes after faking a handoff.
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Quarter-deck
Quar"ter-deck` (?), n. (Naut.) That part of the upper deck abaft the mainmast, including the poop deck when there is one.
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&hand_; The quarter-deck is reserved as a promenade for the officers and (in passenger vessels) for the cabin passengers.
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Quartered
Quar"tered (?), a. 1. Divided into four equal parts or quarters; separated into four parts or regions.
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2. Furnished with quarters; provided with shelter or entertainment.
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3. Quarter-sawed; -- said of timber, commonly oak.
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Quarterfoil
Quar"ter*foil` (?), n. [Quarier + foil: cf. F. quatre.] (Arch.) An ornamental foliation having four lobes, or foils.
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Quarterhung
Quar"ter*hung` (?), a. (Ordnance) Having trunnions the axes of which lie below the bore; -- said of a cannon.
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Quartering
Quar"ter*ing, a. 1. (Naut.) Coming from a point well abaft the beam, but not directly astern; -- said of waves or any moving object.
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2. (Mach.) At right angles, as the cranks of a locomotive, which are in planes forming a right angle with each other.
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Quartering
Quar"ter*ing, n. 1. A station. [Obs.] Bp. Montagu.
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2. Assignment of quarters for soldiers; quarters.
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3. (Her.) (a) The division of a shield containing different coats of arms into four or more compartments. (b) One of the different coats of arms arranged upon an escutcheon, denoting the descent of the bearer.
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4. (Arch.) A series of quarters, or small upright posts. See Quarter, n., 1 (m) (Arch.) Gwilt.
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Quartering block, a block on which the body of a condemned criminal was quartered. Macaulay.
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Quarterly
Quar"ter*ly, a. 1. Containing, or consisting of, a fourth part; as, quarterly seasons.
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2. Recurring during, or at the end of, each quarter; as, quarterly payments of rent; a quarterly meeting.
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Quarterly
Quar"ter*ly, n.; pl. Quarterlies (&unr_;). A periodical work published once a quarter, or four times in a year.
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Quarterly
Quar"ter*ly, adv. 1. By quarters; once in a quarter of a year; as, the returns are made quarterly.
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2. (Her.) In quarters, or quarterings; as, to bear arms quarterly; in four or more parts; -- said of a shield thus divided by lines drawn through it at right angles.
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Quartermaster
Quar"ter*mas`ter (?), n. [Quarter + master: cf. F. quartier-maître.] 1. (Mil.) An officer whose duty is to provide quarters, provisions, storage, clothing, fuel, stationery, and transportation for a regiment or other body of troops, and superintend the supplies.
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2. (Naut.) A petty officer who attends to the helm, binnacle, signals, and the like, under the direction of the master. Totten.
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Quartermaster general (Mil.), in the United States a staff officer, who has the rank of brigadier general and is the chief officer in the quartermaster's department; in England, an officer of high rank stationed at the War Office having similar duties; also, a staff officer, usually a general officer, accompanying each complete army in the field. -- Quartermaster sergeant. See Sergeant.
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Quartern
Quar"tern (?), n. [OE. quarteroun, quartron, F. quarteron, the fourth part of a pound, or of a hundred; cf. L. quartarius a fourth part, quarter of any measure, quartern, gill. See Quarter, and cf. Quarteron, Quadroon.] 1. A quarter. Specifically: (a) The fourth part of a pint; a gill. (b) The fourth part of a peck, or of a stone (14 ibs.).
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2. A loaf of bread weighing about four pounds; -- called also quartern loaf. Simmonds.
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Quarteron
Quar"ter*on (?), n. [F. See Quartern.] A quarter; esp., a quarter of a pound, or a quarter of a hundred. Piers Plowman.
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Quarteroon
Quarteron
{ Quar"ter*on (?), Quar"ter*oon (?) }, n. A quadroon.
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Quarterpace
Quar"ter*pace` (?), n. (Arch.) A platform of a staircase where the stair turns at a right angle only. See Halfpace.
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Quarter round
Quar"ter round` (?). (Arch.) An ovolo.
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Quarter-saw
Quar"ter-saw` (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quarter-sawed -sawn; p. pr. & vb. n. Quarter-sawing.] To saw (a log) into quarters; specif., to saw into quarters and then into boards, as by cutting alternately from each face of a quarter, to secure lumber that will warp relatively little or show the grain advantageously.
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Quarterstaff
Quar"ter*staff` (?), n.; pl. Quarterstaves (&unr_;). A long and stout staff formerly used as a weapon of defense and offense; -- so called because in holding it one hand was placed in the middle, and the other between the middle and the end.
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Quartette
Quartet
{ Quar*tet", Quar*tette" } (?), n. [It. quartetto, dim. of quarto the fourth, a fourth part, fr. L. quartus the fourth. See Quart.] 1. (Mus.) (a) A composition in four parts, each performed by a single voice or instrument. (b) The set of four person who perform a piece of music in four parts.
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2. (Poet.) A stanza of four lines.
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Quartic
Quar"tic (?), a. [L. quartus fourth.] (Mach.) Of the fourth degree.
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Quartic
Quar"tic (?), n. (a) (Alg.) A quantic of the fourth degree. See Quantic. (b) (Geom.) A curve or surface whose equation is of the fourth degree in the variables.
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Quartile
Quar"tile (?), n. [F. quartile aspect, fr. L. quartus the fourth. See Quart.] (Astrol.) Same as Quadrate.
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Quartine
Quar"tine (?), n. [F., fr. L. quartus the fourth.] (Bot.) A supposed fourth integument of an ovule, counting from the outside.
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Quarto
Quar"to (?), a. [L. in quarto in fourth, from quartus the fourth: cf. F. (in) quarto. See Quart.] Having four leaves to the sheet; of the form or size of a quarto.
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Quarto
Quar"to, n.; pl. Quartos (&unr_;). Originally, a book of the size of the fourth of sheet of printing paper; a size leaves; in present usage, a book of a square or nearly square form, and usually of large size.
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Quartridge
Quar"tridge (?), n. Quarterage. [Obs.]
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Quartz
Quartz (?), n. [G. quarz.] (Min.) A form of silica, or silicon dioxide (SiO2), occurring in hexagonal crystals, which are commonly colorless and transparent, but sometimes also yellow, brown, purple, green, and of other colors; also in cryptocrystalline massive forms varying in color and degree of transparency, being sometimes opaque.
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&hand_; The crystalline varieties include: amethyst, violet; citrine and false topaz, pale yellow; rock crystal, transparent and colorless or nearly so; rose quartz, rosecolored; smoky quartz, smoky brown. The chief crypto-crystalline varieties are: agate, a chalcedony in layers or clouded with different colors, including the onyx and sardonyx; carnelian and sard, red or flesh-colored chalcedony; chalcedony, nearly white, and waxy in luster; chrysoprase, an apple-green chalcedony; flint, hornstone, basanite, or touchstone, brown to black in color and compact in texture; heliotrope, green dotted with red; jasper, opaque, red yellow, or brown, colored by iron or ferruginous clay; prase, translucent and dull leek-green. Quartz is an essential constituent of granite, and abounds in rocks of all ages. It forms the rocks quartzite (quartz rock) and sandstone, and makes most of the sand of the seashore.
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Quartziferous
Quartz*if"er*ous (?), a. [Quartz + -ferous.] (Min.) Consisting chiefly of quartz; containing quartz.
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Quartzite
Quartz"ite (?), n. [Cf. F. quartzite.] (Min.) Massive quartz occurring as a rock; a metamorphosed sandstone; -- called also quartz rock.
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Quartzoid
Quartz"oid (?), n. [Quartz + -oid.] (Crystallog.) A form of crystal common with quartz, consisting of two six-sided pyramids, base to base.
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Quartzose
Quartz"ose` (?), a. [Cf. F. quartzeux, G. quarzig.] (Min.) Containing, or resembling, quartz; partaking of the nature or qualities of quartz.
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quartzous
quartz"ous (?), a. (Min.) Quarzose.
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Quartzy
Quartz"y (?), a. (Min.) Quartzose.
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Quas
Quas (?), n. A kind of beer. Same as Quass.
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Quasje
Quaschi
{ Quas"chi (?), Quas"je (?) }, n. (Zool.) The brown coati. See Coati.
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Quash
Quash (?), n. Same as Squash.
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Quash
Quash, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quashed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quashing.] [OF. quasser, F. casser, fr. L. cassare to annihilate, annul, fr. cassus empty, vain, of uncertain origin. The word has been confused with L. quassare to shake, F. casser to break, which is probably of different origin. Cf. Cashier, v. t.] (Law) To abate, annul, overthrow, or make void; as, to quash an indictment. Blackstone.
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Quash
Quash, v. t. [OF. quasser, F. casser, fr. L. quassare to shake, shatter, shiver, v. intens. fr. quatere, quassum, to shake, shatter. Cf. Concussion, Discuss, Rescue, and also Quash to annul.] 1. To beat down, or beat in pieces; to dash forcibly; to crush.
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The whales
Against sharp rocks, like reeling vessels, quashed,
Though huge as mountains, are in pieces dashed.
Waller.
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2. To crush; to subdue; to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely; as, to quash a rebellion.
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Contrition is apt to quash or allay all worldly grief. Barrow.
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Quash
Quash, v. i. To be shaken, or dashed about, with noise.
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Quashee
Quash"ee (?), n. A negro of the West Indies.
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Quasi
Qua"si (?). [L.] As if; as though; as it were; in a manner sense or degree; having some resemblance to; qualified; -- used as an adjective, or a prefix with a noun or an adjective; as, a quasi contract, an implied contract, an obligation which has arisen from some act, as if from a contract; a quasi corporation, a body that has some, but not all, of the peculiar attributes of a corporation; a quasi argument, that which resembles, or is used as, an argument; quasi historical, apparently historical, seeming to be historical.
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Quasi corporation
Qua"si cor`po*ra"tion. A corporation consisting of a person or body of persons invested with some of the qualities of an artificial person, though not expressly incorporated, esp. the official of certain municipal divisions such as counties, schools districts, and the towns of some States of the United States, certain church officials, as a churchwarden, etc.
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Quasimodo
Quas`i*mo"do (kwăs`&ibreve_;*mō"d&ouptack_;), n. [So called from the first words of the Latin introit, quasi modo geniti infantes as newborn babes, 1 Pet. ii. 2.] (R. C. Ch.) The first Sunday after Easter; Low Sunday.
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Quasimodo
Quas`i*mo"do (kw&adot_;z`&euptack_;*mō"d&ouptack_;), prop. n. (Fiction) The main character in Victor Hugo's novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. The novel was first published in French under the title “Notre Dame de Paris”. Quasimodo is a deformed and ugly hunchback who is bellringer at the cathedral of Notre Dame during the reign of Louis XI. He rescues a gypsy girl Esmeralda, falsely convicted of a crime and about to be excuted, and carries her to sanctuary in the cathedral. Near the end of the book he dies while again rescuing her from an abductor. In a movie made in 1923 Quasimodo was portrayed by the actor Lon Chaney, whose impressive makeup and superb acting drew many plaudits. His shout of “Sanctuary! Sanctuary!” when rescuing Esmeralda is still sometimes imitated for humorous or dramatic effect.
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Quass
Quass (?), n. [Russ. kvas'.] A thin, sour beer, made by pouring warm water on rye or barley meal and letting it ferment, -- much used by the Russians. Called also kvass. [written also kvass and quas.]
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Quassation
Quas*sa"tion (?), n. [L. quassatio, from quassare to shake. See Quash to crush.] The act of shaking, or the state of being shaken. Gayton.
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Quassia
Quas"si*a (?), n. [NL. From the name of a negro, Quassy, or Quash, who prescribed this article as a specific.] The wood of several tropical American trees of the order Simarubeæ, as Quassia amara, Picræna excelsa, and Simaruba amara. It is intensely bitter, and is used in medicine and sometimes as a substitute for hops in making beer.
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Quassin
Quas"sin (?), n. [Cf. F. quassine. See Quassia.] (Chem.) The bitter principle of quassia, extracted as a white crystalline substance; -- formerly called quassite. [Written also quassīin, and quassine.]
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Quat
Quat (?), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (a) A pustule. [Obs.] (b) An annoying, worthless person. Shak.
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Quat
Quat, v. t. To satiate; to satisfy. [Prov. Eng.]
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Quata
Qua"ta (?), n. (Zool.) The coaita.
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Quatch
Quatch (?), a. Squat; flat. [Obs.] Shak.
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Quater-cousin
Qua"ter-cous`in (?), n. [F. quatre four + cousin, E. cousin.] A cousin within the first four degrees of kindred.
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Quaternary
Qua*ter"na*ry (?), a. [L. quaternarius consisting of four each, containing four, fr. quaterni four each, fr. quattuor four: cf. F. quaternaire. See Four.]
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1. Consisting of four; by fours, or in sets of four.
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2. (Geol.) Later than, or subsequent to, the Tertiary; Post-tertiary; as, the Quaternary age, or Age of man.
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Quaternary
Qua*ter"na*ry, n. [L. numerus quaternarius: cf. F. quaternaire.] 1. The number four. Boyle.
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2. (Geol.) The Quaternary age, era, or formation. See the Chart of Geology.
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Quaternate
Qua*ter"nate (?), a. Composed of, or arranged in, sets of four; quaternary; as, quaternate leaves.
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Quaternion
Qua*ter"ni*on (?), n. [L. quaternio, fr. quaterni four each. See Quaternary.] 1. The number four. [Poetic]
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2. A set of four parts, things, or person; four things taken collectively; a group of four words, phrases, circumstances, facts, or the like.
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Delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers. Acts xii. 4.
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Ye elements, the eldest birth
Of Nature's womb, that in quaternion run.
Milton.
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The triads and quaternions with which he loaded his sentences. Sir W. Scott.
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3. A word of four syllables; a quadrisyllable.
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4. (Math.) The quotient of two vectors, or of two directed right lines in space, considered as depending on four geometrical elements, and as expressible by an algebraic symbol of quadrinomial form.
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&hand_; The science or calculus of quaternions is a new mathematical method, in which the conception of a quaternion is unfolded and symbolically expressed, and is applied to various classes of algebraical, geometrical, and physical questions, so as to discover theorems, and to arrive at the solution of problems. Sir W. R. Hamilton.
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Quaternion
Qua*ter"ni*on, v. t. To divide into quaternions, files, or companies. Milton.
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Quaternity
Qua*ter"ni*ty (?), n. [LL. quaternitas, fr. L. quaterni four each: cf. F. quaternité.] 1. The number four. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
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2. The union of four in one, as of four persons; -- analogous to the theological term trinity.
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Quateron
Qua"ter*on (?), n. See 2d Quarteron.
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Quatorzain
Qua*torz"ain (?), n. [See Quatorze.] A poem of fourteen lines; a sonnet. R. H. Stoddard.
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Quatorze
Qua*torze" (?), n. [F. quatorze fourteen, L. quattuordecim. See Fourteen.] The four aces, kings, queens, knaves, or tens, in the game of piquet; -- so called because quatorze counts as fourteen points.
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Quatrain
Quat"rain (?), n. [F., fr. quatre four, L. quattuor, quatuor. See Four.] (Pros.) A stanza of four lines rhyming alternately. Dryden.
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Quatre
Qua"tre (?), n. [F.] A card, die. or domino, having four spots, or pips
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Quatrefoil
Quatrefeuille
{ Qua"tre*feuille (?), Qua"tre*foil (?), } n. [F. quatre feuilles.] Same as Quarterfoil.
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Quattrocento
Quat`tro*cen"to (?), n. & a. [It., four hundred, used as an abbreviated expression for the dates beginning with fourteen hundred.] The fifteenth century, when applied to Italian art or literature; as, the sculpture of the quattrocento; quattrocento style. -- Quat`tro*cen"tist (#), n.
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Quatuor
Quat"u*or (?), n. [F., fr. L. quattuor, quatuor, four. See Quartet.] (Mus.) A quartet; -- applied chiefly to instrumental compositions.
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Quave
Quave (?), n. See Quaver. [Obs.]
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Quave
Quave, v. i. To quaver. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
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Quavemire
Quave"mire` (?), n. See Quagmire. [Obs.]
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Quaver
Qua"ver, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quavered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quavering.] [OE. quaven to shake, to tremble; cf. LG. quabbeln to shake, to be soft, of fat substances, quabbe a fat lump of flesh, a dewlap, D. kwabbe, and E. quiver, v.] 1. To tremble; to vibrate; to shake. Sir I. Newton.
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2. Especially, to shake the voice; to utter or form sound with rapid or tremulous vibrations, as in singing; also, to trill on a musical instrument
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Quaver
Qua"ver, v. t. To utter with quavers.
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We shall hear her quavering them . . . to some sprightly airs of the opera. Addison.
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Quaver
Qua"ver, n. 1. A shake, or rapid and tremulous vibration, of the voice, or of an instrument of music.
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2. (Mus.) An eighth note. See Eighth.
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Quaverer
Qua"ver*er (?), n. One who quavers; a warbler.
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Quay
Quay (?), n. [F. quai. See Key quay.] A mole, bank, or wharf, formed toward the sea, or at the side of a harbor, river, or other navigable water, for convenience in loading and unloading vessels. [Written also key.]
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Quay
Quay (?), v. t. To furnish with quays.
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Quayage
Quay"age (?), n. [F.] Wharfage. [Also keyage.]
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Quayd
Quayd (?), p. p. of Quail. [Obs.] Spenser.
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qubit
qu"bit (kū"b&ibreve_;t), (Information theory) [Shortened from quantum bit.] A measure of information, being the information that can be stored in one object that can take a quantum state of 0 or 1. It differs from the classical bit of information theory in that quantum states may assume many intermediate states that are superpositions of the individual discrete states; the quantum states of multiple quantum systems may also be correlated by a phenomenon called entanglement, increasing the complexity of the information storage and retrieval process. See 4th bit, n. Michael A. Nielsen, “Rules for a Complex Quantum World”, Scientific American, Nov. 2002, pp. 67-75.
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Que
Que (?), n. [Cf. 3d Cue.] A half farthing. [Obs.]
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Queach
Queach (?), n. [Cf. Quick.] A thick, bushy plot; a thicket. [Obs.] Chapman.
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Queach
Queach, v. i. [Cf. E. quich, v. i., quick, v. i.; or AS. cweccan to shake.] To stir; to move. See Quick, v. i. [Obs.]
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Queachy
Queach"y (?), a. 1. Yielding or trembling under the feet, as moist or boggy ground; shaking; moving. “The queachy fens.” “Godwin's queachy sands.” Drayton.
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2. Like a queach; thick; bushy. [Obs.] Cockeram.
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Quean
Quean (?), n. [Originally, a woman, AS. cwene; akin to OS. quena, OHG. quena, Icel. kona, Goth qin&unr_;, and AS. cwén, also to Gr. &unr_; woman, wife, Skr. gnā goddess. Cf. Queen.] 1. A woman; a young or unmarried woman; a girl. [Obs. or Scot.] Chaucer.
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2. A low woman; a wench; a slut. “The dread of every scolding quean.” Gay.
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Queasily
Quea"si*ly (?), adv. In a queasy manner.
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Queasiness
Quea"si*ness, n. The state of being queasy; nausea; qualmishness; squeamishness. Shak.
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Queasy
Quea"sy (?), a. [Icel. kweisa pain; cf. Norw. kveis sickness after a debauch.] 1. Sick at the stomach; affected with nausea; inclined to vomit; qualmish.
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2. Fastidious; squeamish; delicate; easily disturbed; unsettled; ticklish. “ A queasy question.” Shak.
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Some seek, when queasy conscience has its qualms. Cowper.
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Quebec group
Que*bec" group` (?). (Geol.) The middle of the three groups into which the rocks of the Canadian period have been divided in the American Lower Silurian system. See the Chart of Geology.
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Quebracho
Que*bra"cho (?), n. [Sp.] (Bot.) A Chilian apocynaceous tree (Aspidosperma Quebracho); also, its bark, which is used as a febrifuge, and for dyspnœa of the lung, or bronchial diseases; -- called also white quebracho, to distinguish it from the red quebracho, a Mexican anacardiaceous tree (Loxopterygium Lorentzii) whose bark is said to have similar properties. J. Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants).
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Quebrith
Queb"rith (?), n. [OE. quebrit, quibrith, Ar. kibrīt.] (Alchemy) Sulphur. [Obs.]
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Queck
Quech
{ Quech (?), Queck (?), } v. i. [Cf. Quick, Queach.] A word occurring in a corrupt passage of Bacon's Essays, and probably meaning, to stir, to move.
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Queen
Queen (?), n. [OE. quen, quene, queen, quean, AS. cwēn wife, queen, woman; akin to OS. quān wife, woman, Icel. kvān wife, queen, Goth. qēns. √221. See Quean.] 1. The wife of a king.
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2. A woman who is the sovereign of a kingdom; a female monarch; as, Elizabeth, queen of England; Mary, queen of Scots.
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In faith, and by the heaven's quene. Chaucer.
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3. A woman eminent in power or attractions; the highest of her kind; as, a queen in society; -- also used figuratively of cities, countries, etc. “ This queen of cities.” “ Albion, queen of isles.” Cowper.
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4. The fertile, or fully developed, female of social bees, ants, and termites.
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5. (Chess) The most powerful, and except the king the most important, piece in a set of chessmen.
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6. A playing card bearing the picture of a queen; as, the queen of spades.
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Queen apple. [Cf. OE. quyne aple quince apple.] A kind of apple; a queening.Queen apples and red cherries.” Spenser. -- Queen bee (Zool.), a female bee, especially the female of the honeybee. See Honeybee. -- Queen conch (Zool.), a very large West Indian cameo conch (Cassis cameo). It is much used for making cameos. -- Queen consort, the wife of a reigning king. Blackstone. -- Queen dowager, the widow of a king. -- Queen gold, formerly a revenue of the queen consort of England, arising from gifts, fines, etc. -- Queen mother, a queen dowager who is also mother of the reigning king or queen. -- Queen of May. See May queen, under May. -- Queen of the meadow (Bot.), a European herbaceous plant (Spiræa Ulmaria). See Meadowsweet. -- Queen of the prairie (Bot.), an American herb (Spiræa lobata) with ample clusters of pale pink flowers. -- Queen pigeon (Zool.), any one of several species of very large and handsome crested ground pigeons of the genus Goura, native of New Guinea and the adjacent islands. They are mostly pale blue, or ash-blue, marked with white, and have a large occipital crest of spatulate feathers. Called also crowned pigeon, goura, and Victoria pigeon. -- Queen regent, or Queen regnant, a queen reigning in her own right. -- Queen's Bench. See King's Bench. -- Queen's counsel, Queen's evidence. See King's counsel, King's evidence, under King. -- Queen's delight (Bot.), an American plant (Stillinqia sylvatica) of the Spurge family, having an herbaceous stem and a perennial woody root. -- Queen's metal (Metal.), an alloy somewhat resembling pewter or britannia, and consisting essentially of tin with a slight admixture of antimony, bismuth, and lead or copper. -- Queen's pigeon. (Zool.) Same as Queen pigeon, above. -- Queen's ware, glazed English earthenware of a cream color. -- Queen's yellow (Old Chem.), a heavy yellow powder consisting of a basic mercuric sulphate; -- formerly called turpetum minerale, or Turbith's mineral.
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Queen
Queen, v. i. To act the part of a queen. Shak.
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Queen
Queen, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Queened (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Queening.] (Chess.) To make a queen (or other piece, at the player's discretion) of by moving it to the eighth row; as, to queen a pawn.
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Queencraft
Queen"craft` (?), n. Craft or skill in policy on the part of a queen.
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Elizabeth showed much queencraft in procuring the votes of the nobility. Fuller.
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Queendom
Queen"dom (?), n. The dominion, condition, or character of a queen. Mrs. Browning.
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Queenfish
Queen"fish` (?), n. (Zool.) A California sciænoid food fish (Seriphys politus). The back is bluish, and the sides and belly bright silvery. Called also kingfish.
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Queenhood
Queen"hood (?), n. The state, personality, or character of a queen; queenliness. Tennyson.
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Queening
Queen"ing (?), n. [See Queen apple.] (Bot.) Any one of several kinds of apples, as summer queening, scarlet queening, and early queening. An apple called the queening was cultivated in England two hundred years ago.
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Queenliness
Queen"li*ness (?), n. The quality of being queenly; the; characteristic of a queen; stateliness; eminence among women in attractions or power.
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Queenly
Queen"ly, a. [AS. cwēnlic feminine.] Like, becoming, or suitable to, a queen.
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Queen olive
Queen olive. [Cf. Sp. aceituna de la Reina olive of the Queen.] (Olive Trade) Properly, a kind of superior olive grown in the region of Seville, Spain. It is large size and oblong shape with a small but long pit; it is cured when green, keeps well, and has a delicate flavor. Loosely, any olive of similar character.
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Queen-post
Queen"-post` (?), n. [Arch.] One of two suspending posts in a roof truss, or other framed truss of similar form. See King-post.
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Queenship
Queen"ship, n. The state, rank, or dignity of a queen.
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Queensland nut
Queens"land nut` (?). (Bot.) The nut of an Australian tree (Macadamia ternifolia). It is about an inch in diameter, and contains a single round edible seed, or sometimes two hemispherical seeds. So called from Queensland in Australia.
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Queen truss
Queen" truss (?). (Arch.) A truss framed with queen-posts; a queen-post truss.
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Queer
Queer (kwēr), a. [Compar. Queerer (kwēr"&etilde_;r); superl. Queerest.] [G. quer cross, oblique, athwart (cf. querkopf a queer fellow), OHG. twer, twerh, dwerah; akin to D. dvars, AS, þweorh thwart, bent, twisted, Icel. þverr thwart, transverse, Goth. þwaìrhs angry, and perh. to L. torqyere to twist, and E. through. Cf. Torture, Through, Thwart, a.] 1. At variance with what is usual or normal; differing in some odd way from what is ordinary; odd; singular; strange; whimsical; as, a queer story or act. “ A queer look.” W. Irving.
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2. Mysterious; suspicious; questionable; as, a queer transaction. [Colloq.]
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3. homosexual. [disparaging and offensive]
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Queer
Queer, n. 1. Counterfeit money. [Slang]
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2. a homosexual. [disparaging and offensive]
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To shove the queer, to put counterfeit money in circulation. [Slang]
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Queer
Queer (kwēr), v. t. [From Queer, a.] 1. To puzzle. [Prov. Eng. or Slang]
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2. To ridicule; to banter; to rally. [Slang]
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3. To spoil the effect or success of, as by ridicule; to throw a wet blanket on; to spoil. [Slang]
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Queerish
Queer"ish, a. Rather queer; somewhat singular.
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Queerly
Queer"ly, adv. In a queer or odd manner.
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Queerness
Queer"ness, n. The quality or state of being queer.
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Queest
Queest (?), n. [Cf. Icel. kvisa a kind of bird, kvistr a branch of a tree, and E. cushat.] (Zool.) The European ringdove (Columba palumbus); the cushat. [Written also quist, queeze, quice, queece.] See Ringdove.
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Quegh
Quegh (?), n. A drinking vessel. See Quaich.
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Queint
Queint (?), a. See Quaint. [Obs.]
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Queint
Queint, obs. imp. & p. p. of Quench. Chaucer.
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Queintise
Queint"ise (?), n. See Quaintise. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Quell
Quell (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quelled (&unr_;); p. pr. & vb. n. Quelling.] [See Quail to cower.]
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1. To die. [Obs.]
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Yet he did quake and quaver, like to quell. Spenser.
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2. To be subdued or abated; to yield; to abate. [R.]
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Winter's wrath begins to quell. Spenser.
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Quell
Quell, v. t. [OE. quellen to kill, AS. cwellan, causative of cwelan to die; akin to OHG. quellen to torment, Icel. kvelja. See Quail to cower.] 1. To take the life of; to kill. [Obs.] Spenser.
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The ducks cried as [if] men would them quelle. Chaucer.
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2. To overpower; to subdue; to put down.
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The nation obeyed the call, rallied round the sovereign, and enabled him to quell the disaffected minority. Macaulay.
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Northward marching to quell the sudden revolt. Longfellow.
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3. To quiet; to allay; to pacify; to cause to yield or cease; as, to quell grief; to quell the tumult of the soul.
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Much did his words the gentle lady quell. Spenser.
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Syn. -- to subdue; crush; overpower; reduce; put down; repress; suppress; quiet; allay; calm; pacify.
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Quell
Quell, n. Murder. [Obs.] Shak.
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Queller
Quell"er (?), n. 1. A killer; as, Jack the Giant Queller. [Obs.] Wyclif (Mark vi. 27).
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2. One who quells; one who overpowers or subdues.
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Quellio
Quel"li*o (?), n. [Sp. cuello, L. collum neck.] A ruff for the neck. [Obs.] B. Jonson.
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Quelquechose
Quelque"chose` (?), n. [F. quelque chose something.] A trifle; a kickshaw. Donne.
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Queme
Queme (?), v. t. & i. [AS. cwēman, akin to cuman to come. √23.] To please. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Quemeful
Queme"ful (?), a. Kindly; merciful. [Obs.] Wyclif.
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Quench
Quench (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quenched (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quenching.] [OE. quenchen, AS. cwencan in ācwencan, to extinguish utterly, causative of cwincan, ācwincan, to decrease, disappear; cf. AS. cwīnan, ācwīnan, to waste or dwindle away.] 1. To extinguish; to overwhelm; to make an end of; -- said of flame and fire, of things burning, and figuratively of sensations and emotions; as, to quench flame; to quench a candle; to quench thirst, love, hate, etc.
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Ere our blood shall quench that fire. Shak.
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The supposition of the lady's death
Will quench the wonder of her infamy.
Shak.
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2. To cool suddenly, as heated steel, in tempering.
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Syn. -- To extinguish; still; stifle; allay; cool; check.
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Quench
Quench, v. i. To become extinguished; to go out; to become calm or cool. [R.]
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Dost thou think in time
She will not quench!
Shak.
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Quenchable
Quench"a*ble (?), a. Capable of being quenched.
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Quencher
Quench"er (?), n. One who, or that which, quenches. Hammond.
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Quenchless
Quench"less, a. Incapable of being quenched; inextinguishable; as, quenchless fire or fury. “Once kindled, quenchless evermore.” Byron.
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Syn. -- Inextinguishable; unquenchable.
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-- Quench"less*ly, adv. -- Quench"less*ness, n.
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Quenelle
Que*nelle" (?), n. [F.] (Cookery) A kind of delicate forcemeat, commonly poached and used as a dish by itself or for garnishing.
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Quenouille training
Que*nouille train"ing (?). [F. quenouille distaff.] (Hort.) A method of training trees or shrubs in the shape of a cone or distaff by tying down the branches and pruning.
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Quercitannic
Quer`ci*tan"nic (kw&etilde_;r`s&ibreve_;*tăn"n&ibreve_;k), a. [L. quercus an oak + E. tannic.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, a tannic acid found in oak bark and extracted as a yellowish brown amorphous substance.
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Quercite
Quer"cite (?), n. (Chem.) A white crystalline substance, C6H7(OH)5, found in acorns, the fruit of the oak (Quercus). It has a sweet taste, and is regarded as a pentacid alcohol.
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Quercitin
Quer"ci*tin (kw&etilde_;r"s&ibreve_;*t&ibreve_;n), n. (Chem.) A yellow crystalline substance, occurring quite widely distributed in the vegetable kingdom, as in apple-tree bark, horse-chestnut leaves, etc., but originally obtained by the decomposition of quercitrin. Called also meletin.
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Quercitrin
Quer"cit*rin (?), n. [Cf. F. quercitrin. See Quercitron.] (Chem.) A glucoside extracted from the bark of the oak (Quercus) as a bitter citron-yellow crystalline substance, used as a pigment and called quercitron.
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Quercitron
Quer"cit*ron (?), n. [F. quercitron, the name of the name of tree; L. quercus an oak + citrus the citron tree.] 1. The yellow inner bark of the Quercus tinctoria, the American black oak, yellow oak, dyer's oak, or quercitron oak, a large forest tree growing from Maine to eastern Texas.
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2. Quercitrin, used as a pigment. See Quercitrin.
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Quercus
Quer"cus (?), n. [L., an oak.] (Bot.) A genus of trees constituted by the oak. See Oak.
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Querele
Quer"ele (?), n. [See 2d Quarrel.] (O. Eng. Law) A complaint to a court. See Audita Querela. [Obs.] Ayliffe.
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Querent
Que"rent (?), n. [L. querens, p. pr. of queri to complain.] (O. Eng. Law) A complainant; a plaintiff.
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Querent
Que"rent, n. [L. quaerens, p. pr. of quaerere to search for, to inquire.] An inquirer. [Obs.] Aubrey.
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Querimonious
Quer`i*mo"ni*ous (?), a. [L. querimonia a complaint, fr. queri to complain. See Querulous.] Complaining; querulous; apt to complain. -- Quer`i*mo"ni*ous*ly, adv. -- Quer`i*mo"ni*ous*ness, n.
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Querimony
Quer"i*mo*ny (?), n. [L. querimonia.] A complaint or complaining. [Obs.] E. Hall.
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Querist
Que"rist (?), n. [See Query.] One who inquires, or asks questions. Swift.
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Querken
Querk"en (?), v. t. [Icel. kverk throat. &unr_;.] To stifle or choke. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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Querl
Querl (?), v. t. [G. querlen, quirlen, to twirl, to turn round, fr. querl, querl, a twirling stick. Cf. Twirl.] To twirl; to turn or wind round; to coil; as, to querl a cord, thread, or rope. [Local, U.S.]
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Querl
Querl, n. A coil; a twirl; as, the qwerl of hair on the fore leg of a blooded horse. [Local, U. S.]
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Quern
Quern (?), n. [AS. cweorn, cwyrn; akin to D. kweern, OHG. quirn, Icel. kvern, Sw. qvarn, Dan. quærn, Goth. qairnus (in asiluqaírnus), Lith. qìrnos, and perh. E. corn.] A mill for grinding grain, the upper stone of which was turned by hand; -- used before the invention of windmills and watermills. Shak.
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They made him at the querne grind. Chaucer.
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Querpo
Quer"po (?), n. The inner or body garments taken together. See Cuerpo. Dryden.
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Querquedule
Quer"que*dule (?), n. [L. querquedula.] (Zool.) (a) A teal. (b) The pintail duck.
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Querry
Quer"ry (?), n. A groom; an equerry. [Obs.]
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Querulential
Quer`u*len"tial (?), a. Querulous. [R.]
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Querulous
Quer"u*lous (?), a. [L. querulus and querulosus, fr. queri to complain. Cf. Cry, v., Quarrel a brawl, Quarrelous.] 1. Given to quarreling; quarrelsome. [Obs.] land.
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2. Apt to find fault; habitually complaining; disposed to murmur; as, a querulous man or people.
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Enmity can hardly be more annoying that querulous, jealous, exacting fondness. Macaulay.
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3. Expressing complaint; fretful; whining; as, a querulous tone of voice.
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Syn. -- Complaining; bewailing; lamenting; whining; mourning; murmuring; discontented; dissatisfied.
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-- Quer"u*lous*ly, adv. -- Quer"u*lous*ness, n.
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Query
Que"ry (?), n.; pl. Queries (#). [L. quaere, imperative sing. of quaerere, quaesitum to seek or search for, to ask, inquire. Cf. Acquire, Conquer, Exquisite, Quest, Require.] 1. A question; an inquiry to be answered or solved.
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I shall conclude with proposing only some queries, in order to a . . . search to be made by others. Sir I. Newton.
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2. A question in the mind; a doubt; as, I have a query about his sincerity.
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3. An interrogation point [?] as the sign of a question or a doubt.
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Query
Que"ry, v. i. 1. To ask questions; to make inquiry.
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Each prompt to query, answer, and debate. Pope.
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2. To have a doubt; as, I query if he is right.
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Query
Que"ry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Queried (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Querying.] 1. To put questions about; to elicit by questioning; to inquire into; as, to query the items or the amount; to query the motive or the fact.
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2. To address questions to; to examine by questions.
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3. To doubt of; to regard with incredulity.
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4. To write “ query” (qu., qy., or ?) against, as a doubtful spelling, or sense, in a proof. See Quære.
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Quesal
Que*sal" (?), n. (Zool.) The long-tailed, or resplendent, trogon (Pharomachus mocinno, formerly Trogon resplendens), native of Southern Mexico and Central America. Called also quetzal, and golden trogon.
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&hand_; The male is remarkable for the brilliant metallic green and gold colors of his plumage, and for his extremely long plumes, which often exceed three feet in length.
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Quest
Quest (?), n. [OF. queste, F. quête, fr. L. quaerere, quaesitum, to seek for, to ask. Cf. Query, Question.] 1. The act of seeking, or looking after anything; attempt to find or obtain; search; pursuit; as, to rove in quest of game, of a lost child, of property, etc.
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Upon an hard adventure yet in quest. Spenser.
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Cease your quest of love. Shak.
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There ended was his quest, there ceased his care. Milton.
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2. Request; desire; solicitation.
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Gad not abroad at every quest and call
Of an untrained hope or passion.
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3. Those who make search or inquiry, taken collectively.
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The senate hath sent about three several quests to search you out. Shak.
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4. Inquest; jury of inquest.
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What lawful quest have given their verdict ? Shak.
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Quest
Quest, v. t. [Cf. OF. quester, F. quêter. See Quest, n.] To search for; to examine. [R.] Sir T. Herbert.
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Quest
Quest, v. i. To go on a quest; to make a search; to go in pursuit; to beg. [R.]
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If his questing had been unsuccessful, he appeased the rage of hunger with some scraps of broken meat. Macaulay.
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Questant
Quest"ant (?), n. [OF. questant, F. quêtant, p. pr.] One who undertakes a quest; a seeker. [Obs.] Shak.
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Quester
Quest"er (?), n. One who seeks; a seeker. [Obs.]
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Question
Ques"tion (?), n. [F., fr. L. quaestio, fr. quaerere, quaesitum, to seek for, ask, inquire. See Quest, n.] 1. The act of asking; interrogation; inquiry; as, to examine by question and answer.
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2. Discussion; debate; hence, objection; dispute; doubt; as, the story is true beyond question; he obeyed without question.
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There arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. John iii. 25.
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It is to be to question, whether it be lawful for Christian princes to make an invasive war simply for the propagation of the faith. Bacon.
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3. Examination with reference to a decisive result; investigation; specifically, a judicial or official investigation; also, examination under torture. Blackstone.
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He that was in question for the robbery. Shak.
The Scottish privy council had power to put state prisoners to the question.
Macaulay.
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4. That which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query.
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But this question asked
Puts me in doubt. Lives there who loves his pain ?
Milton.
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5. Hence, a subject of investigation, examination, or debate; theme of inquiry; matter to be inquired into; as, a delicate or doubtful question.
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6. Talk; conversation; speech; speech. [Obs.] Shak.
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In question, in debate; in the course of examination or discussion; as, the matter or point in question. -- Leading question. See under Leading. -- Out of question, unquestionably.Out of question, 't is Maria's hand.” Shak. -- Out of the question. See under Out. -- Past question, beyond question; certainly; undoubtedly; unquestionably. -- Previous question, a question put to a parliamentary assembly upon the motion of a member, in order to ascertain whether it is the will of the body to vote at once, without further debate, on the subject under consideration. The form of the question is: “Shall the main question be now put?” If the vote is in the affirmative, the matter before the body must be voted upon as it then stands, without further general debate or the submission of new amendments. In the House of Representatives of the United States, and generally in America, a negative decision operates to keep the business before the body as if the motion had not been made; but in the English Parliament, it operates to postpone consideration for the day, and until the subject may be again introduced. In American practice, the object of the motion is to hasten action, and it is made by a friend of the measure. In English practice, the object is to get rid of the subject for the time being, and the motion is made with a purpose of voting against it. Cushing. -- To beg the question. See under Beg. -- To the question, to the point in dispute; to the real matter under debate.
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Syn. -- Point; topic; subject.
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Question
Ques"tion, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Questioned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Questioning.] [Cf. F. questionner. See Question, n.] 1. To ask questions; to inquire.
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He that questioneth much shall learn much. Bacon.
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2. To argue; to converse; to dispute. [Obs.]
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I pray you, think you question with the Jew. Shak.
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Question
Ques"tion, v. t. 1. To inquire of by asking questions; to examine by interrogatories; as, to question a witness.
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2. To doubt of; to be uncertain of; to query.
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And most we question what we most desire. Prior.
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3. To raise a question about; to call in question; to make objection to. “But have power and right to question thy bold entrance on this place.” Milton.
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4. To talk to; to converse with.
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With many holiday and lady terms he questioned me. Shak.
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Syn. -- To ask; interrogate; catechise; doubt; controvert; dispute. -- Question, Inquire, Interrogate. To inquire is merely to ask for information, and implies no authority in the one who asks. To interrogate is to put repeated questions in a formal or systematic fashion to elicit some particular fact or facts. To question has a wider sense than to interrogate, and often implies an attitude of distrust or opposition on the part of the questioner.
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Questionability
Ques`tion*a*bil"i*ty (?), n. The state or condition of being questionable. Stallo.
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Questionable
Ques"tion*a*ble (?), a. 1. Admitting of being questioned; inviting, or seeming to invite, inquiry. [R.]
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Thou com'st in such a questionable shape
That I will speak to thee.
Shak.
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2. Liable to question; subject to be doubted or called in question; problematical; doubtful; suspicious.
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It is questionable whether Galen ever saw the dissection of a human body.T. Baker.
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Syn. -- Disputable; debatable; uncertain; doubtful; problematical; suspicious.
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Questionableness
Ques"tion*a*ble*ness, n. The quality or state of being questionable, doubtful, or suspicious.
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Questionably
Ques"tion*a*bly, adv. In a questionable manner.
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Questionary
Ques"tion*a*ry (?), a. Inquiring; asking questions; testing.Questionary epistles.” Pope.
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Questionary
Ques"tion*a*ry, n. 1. One who makes it his business to seek after relics and carry them about for sale.
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2. A set of questions for submission to a group of persons for the purpose of bringing out their resemblances and differences in the matter considered. The questionary method is a recognized form of psychological investigation.
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Questioner
Ques"tion*er (?), n. One who asks questions; an inquirer. “Little time for idle questioners.” Tennyson.
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Questionist
Ques"tion*ist, n. 1. A questioner; an inquirer. [Obs.]
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2. (Eng. Univ.) A candidate for honors or degrees who is near the time of his examination.
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Questionless
Ques"tion*less, a. Unquestioning; incurious. [R.]
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questionless
ques"tion*less, adv. Beyond a question or doubt; doubtless; certainly. [R.] South.
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What it was in the apostles' time, that, questionless, it must be still. Milton.
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questionnaire
ques`tion`naire" (?), n.; pl. -naires (F. &unr_;). [F.] 1. same as Questionary.
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2. A list of questions, usually on a printed form, to be answered by an individual. The forms often have blank spaces in which the answers can be written. Sets of such forms are distributed to groups and the answers used for various purposes, such as to obtain statistical information for social science, political, or marketing research, or to obtain information about a patient for the use of medical practitioners.
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Questman
Quest"man (?), n.; pl. Questmen (&unr_;). One legally empowered to make quest of certain matters, esp. of abuses of weights and measures. Specifically: (a) A churchwarden's assistant; a sidesman. Blount. [Obs.] (b) A collector of parish rents. Blount. [Obs.]
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Questmonger
Quest"mon`ger (?), n. One who lays informations, and encourages petty lawsuits. [Obs.] Bacon.
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Questor
Ques"tor (?), n. [L. quaestor, contr. fr. quaesitor, fr. quaerere, quaesitum, to seek for, ask: cf. F. questeur.] (Rom. Antiq.) An officer who had the management of the public treasure; a receiver of taxes, tribute, etc.; treasurer of state. [Written also quæstor.]
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&hand_; At an early period there were also public accusers styled questors, but the office was soon abolished.
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Questorship
Ques"tor*ship, n. The office, or the term of office, of a questor.
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Questrist
Quest"rist (?), n. [See Quest.] A seeker; a pursuer. [Obs.] “Hot questrists after him.” Shak.
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Questuary
Ques"tu*a*ry (?), a. [L. quaestuarius, from quaestus gain, profit, quaerere, quaesitum, to seek for, earn.] Studious of profit. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
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Questuary
Ques"tu*a*ry, n. One employed to collect profits. [R.] “The pope's questuaries.” Jer. Taylor.
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Quet
Quet (?), n. (Zool.) The common guillemot. [Prov. Eng.]
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Queue
Queue (?), n. [F. See Cue.] (a) A tail-like appendage of hair; a pigtail. (b) A line of persons waiting anywhere.
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Queue
Queue, v. t. To fasten, as hair, in a queue.
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Quey
Quey (?), n. [Cf. Dan. qvie.] A heifer. [Scot.]
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Quib
Quib (?), n. [Cf. Quip.] A quip; a gibe.
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Quibble
Quib"ble (?), n. [Probably fr. quib, quip, but influenced by quillet, or quiddity.] 1. A shift or turn from the point in question; a trifling or evasive distinction; an evasion; a cavil.
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Quibbles have no place in the search after truth. I. Watts.
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2. A pun; a low conceit.
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Quibble
Quib"ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quibbled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quibbling (?).] 1. To evade the point in question by artifice, play upon words, caviling, or by raising any insignificant or impertinent question or point; to trifle in argument or discourse; to equivocate.
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2. To pun; to practice punning. Cudworth.
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Syn. -- To cavil; shuffle; equivocate; trifle.
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Quibbler
Quib"bler (?), n. One who quibbles; a caviler; also, a punster.
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Quibblingly
Quib"bling*ly (?), adv. Triflingly; evasively.
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Quica
Qui"ca (?), n. [From the native Brazilian name.] (Zool.) A small South American opossum (Didelphys quica), native of Guiana and Brazil. It feeds upon insects, small birds, and fruit.
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Quice
Quice (?), n. (Zool.) See Queest.
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Quich
Quich (?), v. i. [Cf. Quinch.] To stir. [Obs.]
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He could not move nor quich at all. Spenser.
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Quichuan
Qui"chuan (?), a. Designating, or pertaining to, a linguistic stock of South American Indians, including the majority of the civilized tribes of the ancient Peruvian Empire with some wild tribes never subjugated by the Incas. Most of these Indians are short, but heavy and strong. They are brachycephalic and of remarkably low cranial capacity. Nevertheless, they represent one of the highest of native American civilizations, characterized by agricultural, military, and administrative skill rather than by science or literature, although they were adept potters, weavers, and goldsmiths, and preserved by the aid of the mnemonic quipu a body of legendary lore in part written down since the introduction of writing.
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Quick
Quick (?), a. [Compar. Quicker (?); superl. Quickest.] [As. cwic, cwicu, cwucu, cucu, living; akin to OS. quik, D. kwik, OHG. quec, chec, G. keck bold, lively, Icel. kvikr living, Goth. qius, Lith. q&ymacr_;vas, Russ. zhivoi, L. vivus living, vivere to live, Gr. bi`os life, Skr. jīva living, jīv to live. Cf. Biography, Vivid, Quitch grass, Whitlow.] 1. Alive; living; animate; -- opposed to dead or inanimate.
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Not fully quyke, ne fully dead they were. Chaucer.
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The Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom. 2 Tim. iv. 1.
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Man is no star, but a quick coal
Of mortal fire.
Herbert.
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&hand_; In this sense the word is nearly obsolete, except in some compounds, or in particular phrases.
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2. Characterized by life or liveliness; animated; sprightly; agile; brisk; ready. “ A quick wit.” Shak.
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3. Speedy; hasty; swift; not slow; as, be quick.
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Oft he to her his charge of quick return
Repeated.
Milton.
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4. Impatient; passionate; hasty; eager; eager; sharp; unceremonious; as, a quick temper.
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The bishop was somewhat quick with them, and signified that he was much offended. Latimer.
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5. Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen.
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The air is quick there,
And it pierces and sharpens the stomach.
Shak.
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6. Sensitive; perceptive in a high degree; ready; as, a quick ear. “To have an open ear, a quick eye.” Shak.
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They say that women are so quick. Tennyson.
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7. Pregnant; with child. Shak.
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Quick grass. (Bot.) See Quitch grass. -- Quick match. See under Match. -- Quick vein (Mining), a vein of ore which is productive, not barren. -- Quick vinegar, vinegar made by allowing a weak solution of alcohol to trickle slowly over shavings or other porous material. -- Quick water, quicksilver water. -- Quick with child, pregnant with a living child.
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Syn. -- Speedy; expeditious; swift; rapid; hasty; prompt; ready; active; brisk; nimble; fleet; alert; agile; lively; sprightly.
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Quick
Quick (?), adv. In a quick manner; quickly; promptly; rapidly; with haste; speedily; without delay; as, run quick; get back quick.
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If we consider how very quick the actions of the mind are performed. Locke.
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Quick
Quick, n. 1. That which is quick, or alive; a living animal or plant; especially, the hawthorn, or other plants used in making a living hedge.
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The works . . . are curiously hedged with quick. Evelyn.
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2. The life; the mortal point; a vital part; a part susceptible of serious injury or keen feeling; the sensitive living flesh; the part of a finger or toe to which the nail is attached; the tender emotions; as, to cut a finger nail to the quick; to thrust a sword to the quick, to taunt one to the quick; -- used figuratively.
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This test nippeth, . . . this toucheth the quick. Latimer.
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How feebly and unlike themselves they reason when they come to the quick of the difference ! Fuller.
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3. (Bot.) Quitch grass. Tennyson.
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Quick
Quick, v. t. & i. [See Quicken.] To revive; to quicken; to be or become alive. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Quickbeam
Quick"beam` (?), n. [A.S. cwicbeám.] See Quicken tree.
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Quicken
Quick"en (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. quickened (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quickening.] [AS. cwician. See Quick, a.] 1. To make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state; hence, to excite; to, stimulate; to incite.
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The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead. Shak.
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Like a fruitful garden without an hedge, that quickens the appetite to enjoy so tempting a prize. South.
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2. To make lively, active, or sprightly; to impart additional energy to; to stimulate; to make quick or rapid; to hasten; to accelerate; as, to quicken one's steps or thoughts; to quicken one's departure or speed.
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3. (Shipbuilding) To shorten the radius of (a curve); to make (a curve) sharper; as, to quicken the sheer, that is, to make its curve more pronounced.
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Syn. -- To revive; resuscitate; animate; reinvigorate; vivify; refresh; stimulate; sharpen; incite; hasten; accelerate; expedite; dispatch; speed.
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Quicken
Quick"en, v. i. 1. To come to life; to become alive; to become vivified or enlivened; hence, to exhibit signs of life; to move, as the fetus in the womb.
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The heart is the first part that quickens, and the last that dies. Ray.
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And keener lightnings quicken in her eye. Pope.
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When the pale and bloodless east began
To quicken to the sun.
Tennyson.
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2. To move with rapidity or activity; to become accelerated; as, his pulse quickened.
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Quickener
Quick"en*er, n. One who, or that which, quickens.
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Quickening
Quick"en*ing, n. 1. The act or process of making or of becoming quick.
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2. (Physiol.) The first motion of the fetus in the womb felt by the mother, occurring usually about the middle of the term of pregnancy. It has been popularly supposed to be due to the fetus becoming possessed of independent life.
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Quickens
Quick"ens (?), n. (Bot.) Quitch grass.
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Quicken tree
Quick"en tree` (?). [Probably from quick, and first applied to the aspen or some tree with quivering leaves; cf. G. quickenbaum, quizenbaum, quitschenbaum. Cf. Quitch grass.] (Bot.) The European rowan tree; -- called also quickbeam, and quickenbeam. See Rowan tree.
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quick-freeze
quick-freeze v. t. To freeze rapidly so as to preserve the natural juices and flavors; -- usually used of food or other biologicql matter.
Syn. -- flash-freeze.
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Quickhatch
Quick"hatch` (?), n. [From the American Indian name.] (Zool.) The wolverine.
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Quicklime
Quick"lime (?), n. [See Quick, a.] (Chem.) Calcium oxide; unslacked lime; -- so called because when wet it develops great heat. See 4th Lime, 2.
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Quickly
Quick"ly, adv. Speedily; with haste or celerity; soon; without delay; quick.
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Quickness
Quick"ness, n. 1. The condition or quality of being quick or living; life. [Obs.]
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Touch it with thy celestial quickness. Herbert.
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2. Activity; briskness; especially, rapidity of motion; speed; celerity; as, quickness of wit.
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This deed . . . must send thee hence
With fiery quickness.
Shak.
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His mind had, indeed, great quickness and vigor. Macaulay.
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3. Acuteness of perception; keen sensibility.
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Would not quickness of sensation be an inconvenience to an animal that must lie still ? Locke
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4. Sharpness; pungency of taste. Mortimer.
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Syn. -- Velocity; celerity; rapidity; speed; haste; expedition; promptness; dispatch; swiftness; nimbleness; fleetness; agility; briskness; liveliness; readiness; sagacity; shrewdness; shrewdness; sharpness; keenness.
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Quicksand
Quick"sand` (?), n. Sand easily moved or readily yielding to pressure; especially, a deep mass of loose or moving sand mixed with water, sometimes found at the mouth of a river or along some coasts, and very dangerous, from the difficulty of extricating a person who begins sinking into it.
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Life hath quicksands, -- Life hath snares! Longfellow.
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Quick-scented
Quick"-scent`ed (?), a. Acute of smell.
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Quickset
Quick"set` (?), n. A living plant set to grow, esp. when set for a hedge; specifically, the hawthorn.
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Quickset
Quick"set`, a. Made of quickset.
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Dates and pomegranates on the quickset hedges. Walpole.
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Quickset
Quick"set`, v. t. To plant with living shrubs or trees for a hedge; as, to quickset a ditch. Mortimer.
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Quick-sighted
Quick"-sight`ed (?), a. Having quick sight or acute discernment; quick to see or to discern. Locke.
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--Quick"-sight`ed*ness, n.
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Quicksilver
Quick"sil`ver (?), n. [Quick living + silver; -- so called from its fluidity; cf. G. quecksilber, L. argentum vivum. See Quick, a.] (Chem.) The metal mercury; -- so called from its resemblance to liquid silver.
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Quicksilver horizon, a mercurial artificial horizon. See under Horizon. -- Quicksilver water, a solution of mercury nitrate used in artificial silvering; quick water.
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Quicksilvered
Quick"sil`vered (?), a. Overlaid with quicksilver, or with an amalgam of quicksilver and tinfoil.
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Quicksilvering
Quick"sil`ver*ing (?), n. The mercury and foil on the back of a looking-glass.
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Quickstep
Quick"step` (?), n. (Mus.) A lively, spirited march; also, a lively style of dancing.
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Quick-witted
Quick"-wit`ted (?), a. Having ready wit Shak.
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Quick-wittedness
Quick"-wit`ted*ness, n. Readiness of wit. “Celtic quick-wittedness.” M. Arnold.
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Quickwork
Quick"work` (?), n. (Naut.) A term somewhat loosely used to denote: (a) All the submerged section of a vessel's planking. (b) The planking between the spirketing and the clamps. (c) The short planks between the portholes.
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Quid
Quid (?), n. [See Cud.] A portion suitable to be chewed; a cud; as, a quid of tobacco.
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Quid
Quid (kw&ibreve_;d), n.; pl. quid. [Etym. uncertain.] An English coin, a sovereign. [Slang, Eng.]
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They invited him to come to-morrow, . . . and bring half a quid with him. Charles Reade.
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Quid
Quid, v. t. (Man.) To drop from the mouth, as food when partially chewed; -- said of horses. Youatt.
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Quidam
Qui"dam (?), n. [L.] Somebody; one unknown. Spenser.
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Quiddany
Quid"da*ny (?), n. [L. cydoneum quince juice, quince wine. See Quince.] A confection of quinces, in consistency between a sirup and marmalade.
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Quiddative
Quid"da*tive (?), a. [See Quiddity.] Constituting, or containing, the essence of a thing; quidditative.
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Quiddit
Quid"dit (?), n. [Cf. Quiddity, Quillet, and Quibble.] A subtilty; an equivocation. [Obs.] Shak.
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By some strange quiddit or some wrested clause. Drayton.
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Quidditative
Quid"di*ta*tive (?), a. Quiddative.
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Quiddity
Quid"di*ty (?), n.; pl. Quiddities (#). [LL. quidditas, fr. L. quid what, neut. of quis who, akin to E. who: cf. F. quiddité.] 1. The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity, of a thing; that which answers the question, Quid est? or, What is it? “ The degree of nullity and quiddity.” Bacon.
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The quiddity or characteristic difference of poetry as distinguished from prose. De Quincey.
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2. A trifling nicety; a cavil; a quibble.
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We laugh at the quiddities of those writers now. Coleridge.
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Quiddle
Quid"dle (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quiddled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quiddling (?).] [L. quid what.] To spend time in trifling employments, or to attend to useful subjects in an indifferent or superficial manner; to dawdle.
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Quiddler
Quiddle
{ Quid"dle (?), Quid"dler (?), } n. One who wastes his energy about trifles. Emerson.
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Quidnunc
Quid"nunc (?), n. [L., what now?] One who is curious to know everything that passes; one who knows, or pretends to know, all that is going on. “The idle stories of quidnuncs.” Motley.
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Quiesce
Qui*esce" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quiesced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quiescing (?).] [L. quiescere, akin to quies rest, quiet. See Quiet, a. & n.] To be silent, as a letter; to have no sound. M. Stuart.
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Quiescency
Quiescence
{ Qui*es"cence (?), Qui*es"cen*cy (?), } n. [L. quiescentia, fr. quiescens, p. pr.; cf. F. quiestence. See Quiesce.] The state or quality of being quiescent.Quiescence, bodily and mental.” H. Spencer.
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Deeds will be done; -- while be boasts his quiescence. R. Browning.
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Quiescent
Qui*es"cent (?), a. [L. quiescens, -entis, p. pr. of quiescere: cf. F. quiescent. See Quiesce.] 1. Being in a state of repose; at rest; still; not moving; as, a quiescent body or fluid.
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2. Not ruffed with passion; unagitated; not in action; not excited; quiet; dormant; resting.
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In times of national security, the feeling of patriotism . . . is so quiescent that it seems hardly to exist. Prof. Wilson.
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3. (Gram.) Not sounded; silent; as, y is quiescent in “day” and “say.”
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Quiescent
Qui*es"cent, n. (Gram.) A silent letter. M. Stuart.
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Quiescently
Qui*es"cent*ly, adv. In a quiescent manner.
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Quiet
Qui"et (?), a. [Compar. Quieter (?); superl. Quietest.] [L. quietus, p. p. pf quiescere to rest, keep quiet; akin to quies rest, and prob. to E. while, n. See While, and cf. Coy, a., Quiesce, Quietus, Quit, a., Quite, Requiem.] 1. In a state of rest or calm; without stir, motion, or agitation; still; as, a quiet sea; quiet air.
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They . . . were quiet all the night, saying, In the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him. Judg. xvi. 2.
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2. Free from noise or disturbance; hushed; still.
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3. Not excited or anxious; calm; peaceful; placid; settled; as, a quiet life; a quiet conscience. “ So quiet and so sweet a style.” Shak.
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That son, who on the quiet state of man
Such trouble brought.
Milton.
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4. Not giving offense; not exciting disorder or trouble; not turbulent; gentle; mild; meek; contented.
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The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. 1 Pet. iii. 4.
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I will sit as quiet as a lamb. Shak.
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5. Not showy; not such as to attract attention; undemonstrative; as, a quiet dress; quiet colors; a quiet movement.
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Syn. -- Still; tranquil; calm; unruffled; smooth; unmolested; undisturbed; placid; peaceful; mild; peaceable; meek; contented.
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Quiet
Qui"et (?), n. [L. quies, -etis. See Quiet, a.]
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1. The quality or state of being quiet, or in repose; as an hour or a time of quiet.
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2. Freedom from disturbance, noise, or alarm; stillness; tranquillity; peace; security.
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And join with thee, calm Peace and Quiet. Milton.
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At quiet, still; peaceful. -- In quiet, quietly. “ I will depart in quiet.” Shak. -- Out of quiet, disturbed; restless. [Obs.] “She is much out of quiet.” Shak.
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Quiet
Qui"et, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quieted; p. pr. & vb. n. Quieting.] 1. To stop motion in; to still; to reduce to a state of rest, or of silence.
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2. To calm; to appease; to pacify; to lull; to allay; to tranquillize; as, to quiet the passions; to quiet clamors or disorders; to quiet pain or grief.
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Quiet yourselves, I pray, and be at peace. Shak.
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Quiet
Qui"et, v. i. To become still, silent, or calm; -- often with down; as, be soon quieted down.
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Quietage
Qui"et*age (?), n. Quietness. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Quieter
Qui"et*er (?), n. One who, or that which, quiets.
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Quietism
Qui"et*ism (?), n. [Cf. F. quiétisme.] 1. Peace or tranquillity of mind; calmness; indifference; apathy; dispassion; indisturbance; inaction.
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2. (Eccl. Hist.) The system of the Quietists, who maintained that religion consists in the withdrawal of the mind from worldly interests and anxieties and its constant employment in the passive contemplation of God and his attributes.
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Quietist
Qui"et*ist, n. [Cf. F. quiétiste.] (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect of mystics originated in the seventeenth century by Molinos, a Spanish priest living in Rome. See Quietism.
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Quietistic
Qui`et*is"tic (?), a. Of or pertaining to the Quietists, or to Quietism.
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Quietly
Qui"et*ly, adv. 1. In a quiet state or manner; without motion; in a state of rest; as, to lie or sit quietly.
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2. Without tumult, alarm, dispute, or disturbance; peaceably; as, to live quietly; to sleep quietly.
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3. Calmly, without agitation or violent emotion; patiently; as, to submit quietly to unavoidable evils.
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4. Noiselessly; silently; without remark or violent movement; in a manner to attract little or no observation; as, he quietly left the room.
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Quietness
Qui"et*ness, n. The quality or state of being quiet; freedom from noise, agitation, disturbance, or excitement; stillness; tranquillity; calmness.
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I would have peace and quietness. Shak.
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Quietsome
Qui"et*some (?), a. Calm; still. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Quietude
Qui"e*tude, n. [L. quietudo: cf. F. quiétude.] Rest; repose; quiet; tranquillity. Shelley.
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Quietus
Qui*e"tus (?), n. [LL. quietus quit, discharged, L., at rest, quiet, dead. See Quiet, a., and cf. Quit, a.] Final discharge or acquittance, as from debt or obligation; that which silences claims; (Fig.) rest; death.
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When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin.
Shak.
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Quill
Quill (?), n. [Perhaps fr. F. quille ninepin (see Kayless); but cf. also G. kiel a quill. MHG. kil, and Ir. cuille a quill.] 1. One of the large feathers of a bird's wing, or one of the rectrices of the tail; also, the stock of such a feather.
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2. A pen for writing made by sharpening and splitting the point or nib of the stock of a feather; as, history is the proper subject of his quill. Sir H. Wotton.
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3. (Zool.) (a) A spine of the hedgehog or porcupine. (b) The pen of a squid. See Pen.
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4. (Mus.) (a) The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings of certain instruments. (b) The tube of a musical instrument.
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He touched the tender stops of various quills. Milton.
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5. Something having the form of a quill; as: (a) The fold or plain of a ruff. (b) (Weaving) A spindle, or spool, as of reed or wood, upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a shuttle. (c) (Mach.) A hollow spindle.
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6. (Pharm.) A roll of dried bark; as, a quill of cinnamon or of cinchona.
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Quill bit, a bit for boring resembling the half of a reed split lengthways and having its end sharpened like a gouge. -- Quill driver, one who works with a pen; a writer; a clerk. [Jocose] -- Quill nib, a small quill pen made to be used with a holder. Simmonds.
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Quill
Quill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quilled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quilling.] 1. To plaint in small cylindrical ridges, called quillings; as, to quill a ruffle.
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His cravat seemed quilled into a ruff. Goldsmith.
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2. To wind on a quill, as thread or yarn. Judd.
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Quillaia bark
Quil*la"ia bark` (?). (Bot.) The bark of a rosaceous tree (Quillaja Saponaria), native of Chile. The bark is finely laminated, and very heavy with alkaline substances, and is used commonly by the Chileans instead of soap. Also called soap bark.
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Quillback
Quill"back` (?), n. (Zool.) An American fresh-water fish (Ictiobus cyprinus syn. Carpiodes cyprinus); -- called also carp sucker, sailfish, spearfish, and skimback.
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Quilled
Quilled (?), a. Furnished with quills; also, shaped like quills. “A sharp-quilled porcupine.” Shak.
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Quilled suture (Surg.), a variety of stitch in which the threads after being passed deeply through the edges of a wound are secured about two quills or bodies of similar shape, in order to produce a suitable degree of pressure.
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Quillet
Quil"let (?), n. [L. quidlibet what you please. Cf. Quiddit, and Quibble.] Subtilty; nicety; quibble. “Nice, sharp quillets of the law.” Shak.
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Quilling
Quill"ing (?), n. (a) A band of linen, muslin, or the like, fluted, folded, or plaited so as somewhat to resemble a row of quills. (b) One of the rounded plaits or flutings of such a band.
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Quillwort
Quill"wort` (?), n. (Bot.) Any plant or species of the genus Isoetes, cryptogamous plants with a cluster of elongated four-tubed rushlike leaves, rising from a corm, and containing spores in their enlarged and excavated bases. There are about seventeen American species, usually growing in the mud under still, shallow water. So called from the shape of the shape of the leaves.
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Quilt
Quilt (?), n. [OE. quilte, OF. cuilte, L. culcita &unr_; bed, cushion, mattress. Cf. 2d Counterpoint, Cushion.] Anything that is quilted; esp., a quilted bed cover, or a skirt worn by women; any cover or garment made by putting wool, cotton, etc., between two cloths and stitching them together; also, any outer bed cover.
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The beds were covered with magnificent quilts. Arbuthnot.
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Quilt
Quilt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quilted; p. pr. & vb. n. Quilting.] 1. To stitch or sew together at frequent intervals, in order to confine in place the several layers of cloth and wadding of which a garment, comforter, etc., may be made; as, to quilt a coat. Dryden.
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2. To wad, as a garment, with warm soft material.
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3. To stitch or sew in lines or patterns.
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Quilter
Quilt"er (?), n. One who, or that which, quilts.
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Quilting
Quilt"ing, n. 1. The act of stitching or running in patterns, as in making a quilt.
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2. A quilting bee. See Bee, 2.
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3. The material used for making quilts.
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4. (Naut.) A coating of strands of rope for a water vessel.
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Quin
Quin (?), n. (Zool.) A European scallop (Pecten opercularis), used as food. [Prov. Eng.]
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Quinaldine
Quin*al"dine (?), n. [Quinoline + aldehyde + aniline.] (Chem.) A colorless liquid of a slightly pungent odor, C9H6N.CH3, first obtained as a condensation product of aldehyde and aniline, and regarded as a derivative of quinoline; -- called also methyl quinoline. [Written also chinaldine.]
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Quinary
Qui"na*ry (?), a. [L. quinarius, from quini five each, akin to quinque five: cf. F. quinaire. See Five.] Consisting of five; arranged by fives. Boyle.
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Quinary system (Zool.), a fanciful classification based on the hypothesis that each group contains five types.
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Quinate
Qui"nate (?), a. [L. quini five each.] (Bot.) Growing in sets of five; -- said especially of leaves composed of five leaflets set at the end of a common petiole.
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Quinate
Qui"nate (?), n. (Chem.) A salt of quinic acid. [Written also kinate.]
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Quinazol
Quin"a*zol (?), n. [Quinoline + azote.] (Chem.) A complex nitrogenous base related to cinnoline. [Written also chinazol.]
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Quince
Quince (kw&ibreve_;ns), n. [Prob. a pl. from OE. quyne, coin, OF. coin, cooin, F. coing, from L. Cydonius a quince tree, as adj., Cydonian, Gr. &unr_; Cydonian, &unr_; &unr_; a quince, fr. &unr_; Cydonia, a city in Crete, &unr_; the Cydonians. Cf. Quiddany.] 1. The fruit of a shrub (Cydonia vulgaris) belonging to the same tribe as the apple. It somewhat resembles an apple, but differs in having many seeds in each carpel. It has hard flesh of high flavor, but very acid, and is largely used for marmalade, jelly, and preserves.
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2. (Bot.) a quince tree or shrub.
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Japan quince (Bot.), an Eastern Asiatic shrub (Cydonia Japonica, formerly Pyrus Japonica) and its very fragrant but inedible fruit. The shrub has very showy flowers, usually red, but sometimes pink or white, and is much grown for ornament. -- Quince curculio (Zool.), a small gray and yellow curculio (Conotrachelus cratægi) whose larva lives in quinces. -- Quince tree (Bot.), the small tree (Cydonia vulgaris) which produces the quince.
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Quincewort
Quince"wort` (?), n. (Bot.) The squinancy. Called also quinsywort.
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Quinch
Quinch (?), v. i. [Cf. OD. quincken to quiver, shake, Fries. quink hovering. Cf. Quich.] To stir; to wince. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Quincuncial
Quin*cun"cial (?), [L. quincuncialis, from quincunx. See Quincunx.]
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1. Having the form of a quincunx.
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2. (Bot.) Having the leaves of a pentamerous calyx or corolla so imbricated that two are exterior, two are interior, and the other has one edge exterior and one interior; as, quincuncial æstivation.
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Quincuncial phyllotaxy (Bot.), an arrangement of five leaves in a spiral, each leaf two fifths of a circle from the next.
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Quincuncially
Quin*cun"cial*ly, adv. In the manner or order of a quincunx.
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Quincunx
Quin"cunx (?), n. [L., fr. quinque five + uncia an ounce. The quincunx was marked by five small spots or balls. See Five, and Ounce the weight.] 1. An arrangement of things by fives in a square or a rectangle, one being placed at each corner and one in the middle; especially, such an arrangement of trees repeated indefinitely, so as to form a regular group with rows running in various directions.
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2. (Astrol.) The position of planets when distant from each other five signs, or 150°. Hutton.
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3. (Bot.) A quincuncial arrangement, as of the parts of a flower in æstivation. See Quincuncial, 2.
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Quindecagon
Quin*dec"a*gon (?), n. [L. quindecim fifteen + Gr. &unr_; angle.] (Geom.) A plane figure with fifteen angles, and consequently fifteen sides.
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Quindecemvir
Quin`de*cem"vir (?), n.; pl. E. Quindecemvirs (#), L. Quindecemviri (#). [L., from quindecim fifteen + vir a man.] (Rom. Antiq.) One of a sacerdotal college of fifteen men whose chief duty was to take care of the Sibylline books.
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Quindecemvirate
Quin`de*cem"vi*rate (?), n. [L. quindecimviratus.] The body or office of the quindecemviri.
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Quindecone
Quin*dec"one (?), n. [L. quindecim fifteen.] (Chem.) An unsaturated hydrocarbon, C15H26, of the valylene series, produced artificially as an oily liquid. [Written also quindekone.]
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Quindecylic
Quin`de*cyl"ic (?), n. [L. quindecim fifteen + -yl.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid of the fatty acid series, containing fifteen atoms of carbon; called also pentadecylic acid.
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Quindem
Quin"dem (?), n. A fifteenth part. [Obs.]
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Quindism
Quin"dism (?), n. A fifteenth. [Obs.] Prynne.
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Quinhydrone
Quin*hy"drone (?), n. [Quinone + hydroquinone.] (Chem.) A green crystalline substance formed by the union of quinone with hydroquinone, or as an intermediate product in the oxidation of hydroquinone or the reduction of quinone. [Written also chinhydrone.]
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Quinia
Quin"i*a (?), n. [NL.] (Chem.) Quinine.
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Quinible
Quin"i*ble (?), n. [L. quini five each.] (Mus.) An interval of a fifth; also, a part sung with such intervals. [Obs.] “He sang . . . a loud quynyble.” Chaucer.
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Quinic
Quin"ic (?), a. [See Quinine, and cf. Kinic.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, derived from, or connected with, quinine and related compounds; specifically, designating a nonnitrogenous acid obtained from cinchona bark, coffee, beans, etc., as a white crystalline substance. [Written also chinic, kinic.]
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Quinicine
Quin"i*cine (?), n. (Chem.) An uncrystallizable alkaloid obtained by the action of heat from quinine, with which it is isomeric.
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Quinidine
Quin"i*dine (?), n. (Chem.) An alkaloid isomeric with, and resembling, quinine, found in certain species of cinchona, from which it is extracted as a bitter white crystalline substance; conchinine. It is used somewhat as a febrifuge. [Written also chinidine.]
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Quinine
Qui"nine (?), n. [F. (cf. Sp. quinina), fr. Sp. quina, or quinaquina, Peruvian bark, fr. Peruv. kina, quina, bark. Cf. Kinic.] (Chem.) An alkaloid extracted from the bark of several species of cinchona (esp. Cinchona Calisaya) as a bitter white crystalline substance, C20H24N2O2. Hence, by extension (Med.), any of the salts of this alkaloid, as the acetate, chloride, sulphate, etc., employed as a febrifuge or antiperiodic. Called also quinia, quinina, etc. [Written also chinine.]
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Quininic
Qui*nin"ic (?), a. (Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, a nitrogenous acid obtained as a yellow crystalline substance by the oxidation of quinine.
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Quinism
Quininism
{ Qui"nin*ism (?), Qui"nism (?), } n. (Med.) See Cinchonism.
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Quinizarin
Qui*niz"a*rin (?), [Hydroquinone + alizarin.] (Chem.) A yellow crystalline substance produced artificially. It is isomeric with alizarin.
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Quinizine
Quin"i*zine (?), n. [Quinoline + hydrazine.] (Chem.) any one of a series of nitrogenous bases, certain of which are used as antipyretics.
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Quinnat
Quin"nat (?), n. [From the native name.] (Zool.) The California salmon (Oncorhynchus choicha); -- called also chouicha, king salmon, chinnook salmon, and Sacramento salmon. It is of great commercial importance. [Written also quinnet.]
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Quinoa
Qui*no"a (?), n. The seeds of a kind of goosewort (Chenopodium Quinoa), used in Chili and Peru for making porridge or cakes; also, food thus made.
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Quinogen
Quin"o*gen (?), n. [Quinine + -gen.] (Chem.) A hypothetical radical of quinine and related alkaloids.
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Quinoidine
Qui*noid"ine (?), n. [Quinine + -oid.] (Med. Chem.) A brownish resinous substance obtained as a by-product in the treatment of cinchona bark. It consists of a mixture of several alkaloids. [Written also chinoidine.]
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Quinoline
Quin"o*line (?), n. [Quinine + L. oleum oil + -ine.] (Chem.) A nitrogenous base, C9H7N obtained as a pungent colorless liquid by the distillation of alkaloids, bones, coal tar, etc. It the nucleus of many organic bodies, especially of certain alkaloids and related substances; hence, by extension, any one of the series of alkaloidal bases of which quinoline proper is the type. [Written also chinoline.]
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Quinologist
Qui*nol"o*gist (?), n. One who is versed in quinology.
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Quinology
Qui*nol"o*gy (?), n. [Quinine + -logy.] The science which treats of the cultivation of the cinchona, and of its use in medicine.
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Quinone
Qui"none (?), n. [Quinine + ketone.] (Chem.) A crystalline substance, C6H4O2 (called also benzoketone), first obtained by the oxidation of quinic acid and regarded as a double ketone; also, by extension, any one of the series of which quinone proper is the type. [Written also chinone, kinone.]
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Quinovic
Qui*no"vic (?), a. (Chem.) Pertaining to, or designating, a crystalline acid obtained from some varieties of cinchona bark. [Written also chinovic, and kinovic.]
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Quinovin
Qui*no"vin (?), n. [NL. quina nova the tree Cosmibuena magnifolia, whose bark yields quinovin.] (Chem.) An amorphous bitter glucoside derived from cinchona and other barks. Called also quinova bitter, and quinova. [Written also chinovin, and kinovin.]
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Quinoxaline
Quin*ox"a*line (?), n. [Quinoline + glyoxal.] (Chem.) Any one of a series of complex nitrogenous bases obtained by the union of certain aniline derivatives with glyoxal or with certain ketones. [Written also chinoxaline.]
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Quinoxyl
Quin*ox"yl (?), n. [Quinone + oxygen + -yl.] (Chem.) The hypothetical radical of certain quinone derivatives related to rhodizonic acid.
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Quinoyl
Qui"noyl (?), n. [Quinone + -yl.] (Chem.) A radical of which quinone is the hydride, analogous to phenyl. [Written also kinoyl.]
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Quinquagesima
Quin`qua*ges"i*ma (?), a. [L., fr. quinquagesimus the fiftieth, akin to quinquaginta fifty, quinque five. See Five.] Fiftieth.
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Quinquagesima Sunday, the Sunday which is the fiftieth day before Easter, both days being included in the reckoning; -- called also Shrove Sunday.
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Quinquangular
Quin*quan"gu*lar (?), a. [L. quinquanqulus; quinque five + angulus ad angle: cf. F. quinquangulaire.] Having five angles or corners.
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Quinquarticular
Quin`quar*tic"u*lar (?), a. [Quinque- + article.] (Theol.) Relating to the five articles or points; as, the quinquarticular controversy between Arminians and Calvinists. [Obs.] Bp. Sanderson.
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Quinque-
Quin"que- (?). [L. quinque five. See Five.] A combining form meaning five, five times, fivefold; as, quinquefid, five-cleft; quinquedentate, five-toothed.
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Quinqueangled
Quin"que*an`gled (?), a. [Quinque- + angle.] Having five angles; quinquangular.
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Quinquedentated
Quinquedentate
{ Quin`que*den"tate (?), Quin`que*den"ta*ted (?), } a. [Quinque- + dentate, -tated: cf. F. quinquédenté.] Five-toothed; as, a quinquedentate leaf.
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Quinquefarious
Quin`que*fa"ri*ous (?), a. [From L. quinque five: cf. F. quinquéfarié. Cf. Bifarious.] (Bot.) Arranged in five vertical rows; pentastichous. Gray.
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Quinquefid
Quin"que*fid (?), a. [Quique- + the root of L. findere to cleave: cf. F. quinquéfide.] (Bot.) Sharply cut about halfway to the middle or base into five segments; as, a quinquefid leaf or corolla.
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Quinquefoliated
Quinquefoliate
{ Quin`que*fo"li*ate (?), Quin`que*fo"li*a`ted (?), } a. [Quinque- + foliate, -ated: cf. F. quinquéfolié, L. quinquefolius.] (Bot.) Having five leaves or leaflets. Gray.
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Quinque foliolate
Quin`que fo"li*o*late (?), a. (Bot.) Having five leaflets. Gray.
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Quinqueliteral
Quin`que*lit"er*al (?), a. [Quinque- + literal.] Consisting of five letters.
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Quinquelobared
Quinquelobate
{ Quin`que*lo"bate (?), Quin`que*lo"ba*red (?), } a. [Quinque- + lobate, -ated: cf. F. quinquélobé.] Cut less than halfway into portions, usually somewhat rounded; five-lobed; as, a quinquelobate leaf or corolla.
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Quinquelobed
Quin"que*lobed` (?), a. [Quinque- + lobe.] Same as Quinquelobate.
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Quinquelocular
Quin`que*loc"u*lar (?), a. [Quinque- + locular: cf. F. quinquéloculaire.] Having five cells or loculi; five-celled; as, a quinquelocular pericarp.
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Quinquenerved
Quin"que*nerved` (?), a. [Quinque- + nerve.] (Bot.) Having five nerves; -- said of a leaf with five nearly equal nerves or ribs rising from the end of the petiole.
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Quinquennalia
Quin`quen*na"li*a (?), n. pl. [L., fr. quinquennalis. See Ouinquennial.] (Rom. Antiq.) Public games celebrated every five years.
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Quinquennial
Quin*quen"ni*al (?), a. [L. quinquennalis and quinquennis; quinque five + annus year. See Five, and cf. Biennial.] Occurring once in five years, or at the end of every five years; also, lasting five years. A quinquennial event.
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Quinquennium
Quin*quen"ni*um (?), n. [L.] Space of five years.
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Quinquepartite
Quin*quep"ar*tite (?), a. [L. quinquepartitus; quinque five + partitus, p. p. of partire to divide: cf. F. quinquépartite.]
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1. Consisting of five parts.
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2. (Bot.) Divided into five parts almost to the base.
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Quinquereme
Quin"que*reme (?), n. [L. quinqueremis; quinque five + remus an oar: cf. F. quinquérème] A galley having five benches or banks of oars; as, an Athenian quinquereme.
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Quinquesyllable
Quin"que*syl`la*ble (?), n. [Quinque- + syllable.] A word of five syllables.
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Quinquevalvular
Quinquevalve
{ Quin"que*valve (?), Quin`que*val"vu*lar (?), } a. [Quinque- + valve, valvular: cf. F. quinquévalve.] (Bot.) Having five valves, as a pericarp.
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Quinquevir
Quin"que*vir (?), n.; pl; E. Quinquevirs (#), L. Quinqueviri (#). [L., fr. quinque Five + vir man.] (Bot. Antiq.) One of five commissioners appointed for some special object.
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Quinquina
Quin*qui"na (?), n. [NL. & F. See Quinine.] Peruvian bark.
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Quinquivalent
Quin*quiv"a*lent (?), a. [Quinque- + L. valens, -entis, p. pr. See Valence.] (Chem.) Same as Pentavalent.
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Quinsy
Quin"sy (?), n. [Contr. fr. squinancy, F. esquinancie, L. cynanche a sort of sore throat, Gr. &unr_; sore throat, dog quinsy, fr. &unr_; dog + &unr_; to choke; cf. also L. synanche sore throat, Gr. &unr_;. Cf. Hound, Anger, and Cynanche.] (Med.) An inflammation of the throat, or parts adjacent, especially of the fauces or tonsils, attended by considerable swelling, painful and impeded deglutition, and accompanied by inflammatory fever. It sometimes creates danger of suffocation; -- called also squinancy, and squinzey.
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Quint
Quint (?), n. [F. quinte, fr. L. quintus, quinta, the fifth, quinque five. See Five.] 1. A set or sequence of five, as in piquet.
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2. (Mus.) The interval of a fifth.
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3. one of a set of quintuplets. [informal]
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Quintain
Quin"tain (?), n. [F. quintaine, LL. quintana; cf. W. chwintan a kind of hymeneal game.] An object to be tilted at; -- called also quintel. [Written also quintin.]
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&hand_; A common form in the Middle Ages was an upright post, on the top of which turned a crosspiece, having on one end a broad board, and on the other a sand bag. The endeavor was to strike the board with the lance while riding under, and get away without being hit by the sand bag. “But a quintain, a mere lifeless block.” Shak.
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Quintal
Quin"tal (?), n. [F., fr. Sp. quintal, fr. Ar. qintar a weight of 100 lbs., prob. fr. L. centenarius consisting of a hundred, fr. centeni a hundred each, fr. centum a hundred. See Hundred, and cf. Kentle.] 1. A hundredweight, either 112 or 100 pounds, according to the scale used. Cf. Cental. [Sometimes written and pronounced kentle.]
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2. A metric measure of weight, being 100,000 grams, or 100 kilograms, equal to 220.46 pounds avoirdupois.
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Quintan
Quin"tan (?), a. [L. quintanus, fr. quintus fifth, quinque five. See Five.] Occurring as the fifth, after four others also, occurring every fifth day, reckoning inclusively; as, a quintan fever. -- n. (Med.) An intermittent fever which returns every fifth day, reckoning inclusively, or in which the intermission lasts three days.
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Quintel
Quin"tel (?), n. See Quintain.
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Quintessence
Quin*tes"sence (?), n. [F., fr. L. quinta essentia fifth essence. See Quint, and Essence.] 1. The fifth or last and highest essence or power in a natural body. See Ferment oils, under Ferment. [Obs.]
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&hand_; The ancient Greeks recognized four elements, fire, air, water, and earth. The Pythagoreans added a fifth and called it nether, the fifth essence, which they said flew upward at creation and out of it the stars were made. The alchemists sometimes considered alcohol, or the ferment oils, as the fifth essence.
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2. Hence: An extract from anything, containing its rarest virtue, or most subtle and essential constituent in a small quantity; pure or concentrated essence.
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Let there be light, said God; and forthwith light
Ethereal, first of things, quintessence pure,
Sprung from the deep.
Milton.
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3. The most characteristic form or most perfect example of some type of object.
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Quintessence
Quin*tes"sence, v. t. To distil or extract as a quintessence; to reduce to a quintessence. [R.] Stirling. “Truth quintessenced and raised to the highest power.” J. A. Symonds.
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Quintessential
Quin`tes*sen"tial (?), a. Of the nature of a quintessence; purest; most characteristic.Quintessential extract of mediocrity.” G. Eliot.
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Quintette
Quintet
{ Quin*tet", Quin*tette" } (?), n. [It. quintetto, dim. of quinto the fifth, a fifth part, from L. quintus the fifth: cf. F. quintette. See Quint.] (Mus.) A composition for five voices or instruments; also, the set of five persons who sing or play five-part music.
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Quintic
Quin"tic (?), a. [L. quintus fifth, fr. quinque five.] (Alg.) Of the fifth degree or order. -- n. (Alg.) A quantic of the fifth degree. See Quantic.
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Quintile
Quin"tile (?), n. [F. quintil aspect, fr. L. quintus the fifth.] (Astron.) The aspect of planets when separated the fifth part of the zodiac, or 72°. Hutton.
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Quintilllion
Quin*till"lion (?), n. [Formed fr. L. quintus the fifth, after the analogy of million: cf. F. quintillion. See Quint.] According to the French notation, which is used on the Continent and in America, the cube of a million, or a unit with eighteen ciphers annexed; according to the English notation, a number produced by involving a million to the fifth power, or a unit with thirty ciphers annexed. See the Note under Numeration.
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Quintin
Quin"tin (?), n. See Quintain.
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Quintine
Quin"tine (?), n. [L. quintus the fifth: cf. F. quintine.] (Bot.) The embryonic sac of an ovule, sometimes regarded as an innermost fifth integument. Cf. Quartine, and Tercine.
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Quintole
Quin"tole (?), n. [It. quinto fifth.] (Mus.) A group of five notes to be played or sung in the time of four of the same species.
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Quintroon
Quin*troon" (?), n. [Sp. quinteron the off-spring of a quadroon and a white.] (Ethnol.) The off-spring of an octoroon and a white person.
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Quintuple
Quin"tu*ple (?), a. [L. quintus fifth: cf. F. quintuple, L. quintuplex. Cf. Quadruple.] Multiplied by five; increased to five times the amount; fivefold.
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Quintuple time (Mus.), a time having five beats in a measure. It is seldom used.
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Quintuple
Quin"tu*ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quintupled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quintupling.] [Cf. F. quintupler.] To make fivefold, or five times as much or many.
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Quintuplet
Quin"tu*plet (?), n. [From Quintuple.] 1. A collection or combination of five of a kind.
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2. pl. Five children born in the same labor.
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3. (Mus.) A group of five connected notes; a turn of five notes.
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4. A cycle having five crank shafts and adapted for five riders, all of whom can assist in the propulsion.
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Quintuplets
Quin*tup"lets (?), n. pl. five children born from one mother in a single pregnancy.
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Quintuple-ribbed
Quintuple-nerved
{ Quin"tu*ple-nerved` (?), Quin"tu*ple-ribbed` (?), } a. (Bot.) The same as Quinquenerved.
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Quinzaine
Quin"zaine (?), n. [F., from quinze fifteen, L. quindecim. See Fifteen.] The fifteenth day after a feast day, including both in the reckoning. [Written also quinzain.]
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Quinze
Quinze (?), n. [F.] A game at cards in which the object is to make fifteen points.
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Quip
Quip (kw&ibreve_;p), n. [Cf. W. chwip a quick flirt or turn, chwipio to whip, to move briskly, and E. whip. Cf. Quib, Quibble.] 1. A smart, sarcastic turn or jest; a taunt; a severe retort; a gibe.
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Quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles. Milton.
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He was full of joke and jest,
But all his merry quips are o'er.
Tennyson.
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2. A short humorous or witty comment or observation, usually spontaneously formed in response to a prior comment.
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Quip
Quip, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quipped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Quipping (?).] To taunt; to treat with quips.
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The more he laughs, and does her closely quip. Spenser.
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Quip
Quip, v. i. To scoff; to use taunts. Sir H. Sidney.
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Quipo
Qui"po (?), n. Same as Quipu.
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quipster
quip"ster (?), n. A person who frequently makes quips.
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Quipu
Qui"pu (?), n.; pl. Quipus (#). [Peruv. quipu a knot.] A contrivance employed by the ancient Peruvians, Mexicans, etc., as a substitute for writing and figures, consisting of a main cord, from which hung at certain distances smaller cords of various colors, each having a special meaning, as silver, gold, corn, soldiers. etc. Single, double, and triple knots were tied in the smaller cords, representing definite numbers. It was chiefly used for arithmetical purposes, and to register important facts and events. [Written also quipo.] Tylor.
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The mysterious science of the quipus . . . supplied the Peruvians with the means of communicating their ideas to one another, and of transmitting them to future generations. Prescott.
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Quirboilly
Quir"boil*ly` (?), n. [OE. cuir bouilli.] Leather softened by boiling so as to take any required shape. Upon drying, it becomes exceedingly hard, and hence was formerly used for armor. [Obs.] “His jambeux were of quyrboilly.” Chaucer.
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Quire
Quire (?), n. See Choir. [Obs.] Spenser.
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A quire of such enticing birds. Shak.
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Quire
Quire, v. i. To sing in concert. [R.] Shak.
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Quire
Quire (kwīr), n. [OE. quaer, quair, OF. quayer, cayer, caïer, F. cahier, a book of loose sheets, a quarter of a quire, LL. quaternus, quaternum, sheets of paper packed together, properly, four together, fr. L. quaterni four each, by fours, quattuor four. See Four and cf. Cahier.] A collection of twenty-four sheets of paper of the same size and quality, unfolded or having a single fold; one twentieth of a ream.
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Quirinal
Quir"i*nal (kw&ibreve_;r"&ibreve_;*n&aitalic_;l or kw&ibreve_;`rī"n&aitalic_;l), a. [L. Quirinalis, fr. Quirinus, a name of Romulus.] Of, pertaining to, or designating, the hill Collis Quirinalis, now Monte Quirinale (one of the seven hills of Rome), or a modern royal place situated upon it. Also used substantively.
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Quirister
Quir"is*ter (kw&ibreve_;r"&ibreve_;s*t&etilde_;r), n. [See Quire, Chorister.] A chorister. See Chorister. [R.] Thomson.
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Quiritation
Quir`i*ta"tion (kw&ibreve_;r`&ibreve_;*tā"shŭn), n. [L. quiritatio, fr. quiritare to raise a plaintive cry, v. freq. fr. queri to complain.] A crying for help. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.
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Quirite
Qui"rite (kwī"rīt), n. One of the Quirites.
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Quirites
Qui*ri"tes (kw&ibreve_;*rī"tēz), n. pl. [L., fr. Cures, a Sabine town.] (Rom. Antiq.) Roman citizens.
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&hand_; After the Sabines and Romans had united themselves into one community, under Romulus, the name of Quirites was taken in addition to that of Romani, the Romans calling themselves in a civil capacity Quirites, while in a political and military capacity they retained the name of Romani. Andrews.
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Quirk
Quirk (kw&etilde_;rk), n. [Written also querk.] [Cf. W. chwiori to turn briskly, or E. queer.] 1. A sudden turn; a starting from the point or line; hence, an artful evasion or subterfuge; a shift; a quibble; as, the quirks of a pettifogger. “Some quirk or . . . evasion.” Spenser.
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We ground the justification of our nonconformity on dark subtilties and intricate quirks. Barrow.
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2. A fit or turn; a short paroxysm; a caprice. [Obs.]Quirks of joy and grief.” Shak.
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3. A smart retort; a quibble; a shallow conceit.
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Some odd quirks and remnants of wit. Shak.
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4. An irregular air; as, light quirks of music. Pope.
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5. (Building) A piece of ground taken out of any regular ground plot or floor, so as to make a court, yard, etc.; -- sometimes written quink. Gwilt.
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6. (Arch.) A small channel, deeply recessed in proportion to its width, used to insulate and give relief to a convex rounded molding.
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Quirk molding, a bead between two quirks.
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Quirked
Quirked (kw&etilde_;rkt), a. Having, or formed with, a quirk or quirks.
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Quirkish
Quirk"ish (kw&etilde_;rk"&ibreve_;sh), a. Consisting of quirks; resembling a quirk. Barrow.
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Quirky
Quirk"y (kw&etilde_;rk"&ybreve_;), a. Full of quirks; tricky; as, a quirky lawyer.
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Quirl
Quirl (kw&etilde_;rl), n. & v. See Querl.
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Quirpele
Quir"pele (kw&etilde_;r"pēl), n. [Tamil kīrippi&lsdot_;&lsdot_;ai.] (Zool.) The Indian ferret.
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Quirt
Quirt (kw&etilde_;rt), n. A rawhide whip plaited with two thongs of buffalo hide. T. Roosevelt.
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Quish
Quish (kw&ibreve_;sh), n. See Cuish.
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Quit
Quit (kw&ibreve_;t), n. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of small passerine birds native of tropical America. See Banana quit, under Banana, and Guitguit.
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Quit
Quit (kw&ibreve_;t), a. [OE. quite, OF. quite, F. quitte. See Quit, v., Quiet.] Released from obligation, charge, penalty, etc.; free; clear; absolved; acquitted. Chaucer.
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The owner of the ox shall be quit. Ex. xxi. 28.
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&hand_; This word is sometimes used in the form quits, colloquially; as, to be quits with one, that is, to have made mutual satisfaction of demands with him; to be even with him; hence, as an exclamation: Quits! we are even, or on equal terms. “To cry quits with the commons in their complaints.” Fuller.
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Quit
Quit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quit or Quitted; p. pr. & vb. n. Quitting.] [OE. quiten, OF. quiter, quitier, cuitier, F. quitter, to acquit, quit, LL. quietare, fr. L. quietare to calm, to quiet, fr. quietus quiet. See Quiet, a., and cf. Quit, a., Quite, Acquit, Requite.] 1. To set at rest; to free, as from anything harmful or oppressive; to relieve; to clear; to liberate. [R.]
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To quit you of this fear, you have already looked Death in the face; what have you found so terrible in it? Wake.
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2. To release from obligation, accusation, penalty, or the like; to absolve; to acquit.
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There may no gold them quyte. Chaucer.
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God will relent, and quit thee all his debt. Milton.
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3. To discharge, as an obligation or duty; to meet and satisfy, as a claim or debt; to make payment for or of; to requite; to repay.
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The blissful martyr quyte you your meed. Chaucer.
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Enkindle all the sparks of nature
To quit this horrid act.
Shak.
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Before that judge that quits each soul his hire. Fairfax.
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4. To meet the claims upon, or expectations entertained of; to conduct; to acquit; -- used reflexively.
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Be strong, and quit yourselves like men. 1 Sam. iv. 9.
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Samson hath quit himself
Like Samson.
Milton.
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5. To carry through; to go through to the end. [Obs.]
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Never worthy prince a day did quit
With greater hazard and with more renown.
Daniel.
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6. To have done with; to cease from; to stop; hence, to depart from; to leave; to forsake; as, to quit work; to quit the place; to quit jesting.
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Such a superficial way of examining is to quit truth for appearance. Locke.
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To quit cost, to pay; to reimburse. -- To quit scores, to make even; to clear mutually from demands.
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Does not the earth quit scores with all the elements in the noble fruits that issue from it? South.
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Syn. -- To leave; relinquish; resign; abandon; forsake; surrender; discharge; requite. -- Quit, Leave. Leave is a general term, signifying merely an act of departure; quit implies a going without intention of return, a final and absolute abandonment.
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Quit
Quit, v. i. To go away; to depart; to stop doing a thing; to cease.
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Quitch
Quitch (kw&ibreve_;ch), n. 1. (Bot.) Same as Quitch grass.
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2. Figuratively: A vice; a taint; an evil.
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To pick the vicious quitch
Of blood and custom wholly out of him.
Tennyson.
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Quitch grass
Quitch" grass` (kw&ibreve_;ch" gr&adot_;s`). [Properly quick grass, being probably so called from its vigorous growth, or from its tenacity of life. See Quick, and cf. Couch grass.] (Bot.) A perennial grass (Agropyrum repens) having long running rootstalks, by which it spreads rapidly and pertinaciously, and so becomes a troublesome weed. Also called couch grass, quack grass, quick grass, twitch grass. See Illustration in Appendix.
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Quitclaim
Quit"claim` (kw&ibreve_;t"klām`), n. [Quit, a. + claim.] (Law) A release or relinquishment of a claim; a deed of release; an instrument by which some right, title, interest, or claim, which one person has, or is supposed to have, in or to an estate held by himself or another, is released or relinquished, the grantor generally covenanting only against persons who claim under himself.
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Quitclaim
Quit"claim`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quitclaimed (kw&ibreve_;t"klāmd`); p. pr. & vb. n. Quitclaiming.] (Law) To release or relinquish a claim to; to release a claim to by deed, without covenants of warranty against adverse and paramount titles.
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Quite
Quite (kwīt), v. t. & i. See Quit. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Quite
Quite (kwīt), adv. [F. quitte discharged, free, clear; cf. OF. quitement freely, frankly, entirely. See Quit, a.]
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1. Completely; wholly; entirely; totally; perfectly; as, the work is not quite done; the object is quite accomplished; to be quite mistaken.
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Man shall not quite be lost, but saved who will. Milton.
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The same actions may be aimed at different ends, and arise from quite contrary principles. Spectator.
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2. To a great extent or degree; very; very much; considerably.Quite amusing.” Macaulay.
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He really looks quite concerned. Landor.
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The island stretches along the land and is quite close to it. Jowett (Thucyd. ).
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Quitly
Quit"ly (kw&ibreve_;t"l&ybreve_;), adv. Quite. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Quitrent
Quit"rent` (kw&ibreve_;t"r&ebreve_;nt`), n. [Quit, a. + rent.] (Law) A rent reserved in grants of land, by the payment of which the tenant is quit from other service. Blackstone.
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&hand_; In some of the United States a fee-farm rent is so termed. Burrill.
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Quits
Quits (kw&ibreve_;ts), interj. See the Note under Quit, a.
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Quittable
Quit"ta*ble (kw&ibreve_;t"t&adot_;*b'l), a. Capable of being quitted.
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Quittal
Quit"tal (kw&ibreve_;t"t&aitalic_;l), n. Return; requital; quittance. [Obs.]
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Quittance
Quit"tance (kw&ibreve_;t"t&aitalic_;ns), n. [OE. quitaunce, OF. quitance, F. quittance. See Quit, v. t.] 1. Discharge from a debt or an obligation; acquittance.
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Omittance is no quittance. Shak.
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2. Recompense; return; repayment. [Obs.] Shak.
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Quittance
Quit"tance, v. t. To repay; to requite. [Obs.] Shak.
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Quitter
Quit"ter (kw&ibreve_;t"t&etilde_;r), n. 1. One who quits.
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2. A deliverer. [Obs.] Ainsworth.
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Quittor
Quit"tor (kw&ibreve_;t"t&etilde_;r), n. [Perhaps for quitture.] (Far.) A chronic abscess, or fistula of the coronet, in a horse's foot, resulting from inflammation of the tissues investing the coffin bone.
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Quitture
Quit"ture (kw&ibreve_;t"t&uuptack_;r; 135), n. A discharge; an issue. [Obs.]
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To cleanse the quitture from thy wound. Chapman.
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Quiver
Quiv"er (kw&ibreve_;v"&etilde_;r), a. [Akin to AS. cwiferlice anxiously; cf. OD. kuiven, kuiveren. Cf. Quaver.] Nimble; active. [Obs.] “ A little quiver fellow.” Shak.
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Quiver
Quiv"er, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quivered (kw&ibreve_;v"&etilde_;rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Quivering.] [Cf. Quaver.] To shake or move with slight and tremulous motion; to tremble; to quake; to shudder; to shiver.
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The green leaves quiver with the cooling wind. Shak.
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And left the limbs still quivering on the ground. Addison.
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Quiver
Quiv"er, n. The act or state of quivering; a tremor.
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Quiver
Quiv"er, n. [OF. cuivre, cuevre, coivre, LL. cucurum, fr. OHG. chohhāri quiver, receptacle, G. köcher quiver; akin to AS. cocor, cocur, cocer, D. koker. Cf. Cocker a high shoe.] A case or sheath for arrows to be carried on the person.
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Beside him hung his bow
And quiver, with three-bolted thunder stored.
Milton.
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Quivered
Quiv"ered (kw&ibreve_;v"&etilde_;rd), a. 1. Furnished with, or carrying, a quiver. “Like a quivered nymph with arrows keen.” Milton.
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2. Sheathed, as in a quiver. “Whose quills stand quivered at his ear.” Pope.
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Quiveringly
Quiv"er*ing*ly (kw&ibreve_;v"&etilde_;r*&ibreve_;ng*l&ybreve_;), adv. With quivering motion.
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Qui vive
Qui` vive" (k&euptack_;` v&euptack_;v"). [F., fr. qui who + vive, pres. subj. of vivre to live.] The challenge of a French sentinel, or patrol; -- used like the English challenge: “Who comes there?”
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To be on the qui vive, to be on guard; to be watchful and alert, like a sentinel.
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Quixotic
Quix*ot"ic (kw&ibreve_;ks*&obreve_;t"&ibreve_;k), a. 1. Like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; prone to pursue unrealizable goals; absurdly chivalric; apt to be deluded. See also quixotism. “Feats of quixotic gallantry.” Prescott.
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2. Like the deeds of Don Quixote; ridiculously impractical; unachievable; extravagantly romantic; doomed to failure; as, a quixotic quest.
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The word “quixotic” . . . has entered the common language, with the meaning “hopelessly naive and idealistic,” “ridiculously impractical,” “doomed to fail.” That this epithet can be used now in an exclusively pejorative sense not only shows that we have ceased to read Cervantes and to understand his character, but more fundamentally it reveals that our culture has drifted away from its spiritual roots. Simon Leys (N. Y. Review of Books, June 11, 1998, p. 35)
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Quixotically
Quix*ot"ic*al*ly (kw&ibreve_;ks*&obreve_;t"&ibreve_;*k&aitalic_;l*l&ybreve_;), adv. In a quixotic way.
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Quixotism
Quix"ot*ism (kw&ibreve_;ks"&obreve_;t*&ibreve_;z'm), n. That form of delusion which leads to extravagant and absurd undertakings or sacrifices in obedience to a morbidly romantic ideal of duty or honor, as illustrated by the exploits of Don Quixote in knight-errantry. See quixotic.
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Quixotry
Quix"ot*ry (kw&ibreve_;ks"&obreve_;t*r&ybreve_;), n. Quixotism; visionary schemes.
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Quiz
Quiz (kw&ibreve_;z), n. [It is said that Daly, the manager of a Dublin playhouse, laid a wager that a new word of no meaning should be the common talk and puzzle of the city in twenty-four hours. In consequence of this the letters q u i z were chalked by him on all the walls of Dublin, with an effect that won the wager. Perhaps, however, originally a variant of whiz, and formerly the name of a popular game.] 1. A riddle or obscure question; an enigma; a ridiculous hoax.
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2. One who quizzes others; as, he is a great quiz.
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3. An odd or absurd fellow. Smart. Thackeray.
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4. An exercise, or a course of exercises, conducted as a coaching or as an examination. [Cant, U.S.]
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Quiz
Quiz (kw&ibreve_;z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quizzed (kw&ibreve_;zd); p. pr. & vb. n. Quizzing (kw&ibreve_;z"z&ibreve_;ng).] 1. To puzzle; to banter; to chaff or mock with pretended seriousness of discourse; to make sport of, as by obscure questions.
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He quizzed unmercifully all the men in the room. Thackeray.
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2. To peer at; to eye suspiciously or mockingly.
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3. To instruct in or by a quiz. See Quiz, n., 4. [U.S.]
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Quizzing glass, a small eyeglass.
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Quiz
Quiz (kw&ibreve_;z), v. i. To conduct a quiz. See Quiz, n., 4. [U.S.]
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Quizzer
Quiz"zer (kw&ibreve_;z"z&etilde_;r), n. One who quizzes; a quiz.
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Quizzical
Quiz"zic*al (kw&ibreve_;z"z&ibreve_;*k&aitalic_;l), a. Relating to quizzing; given to quizzing; of the nature of a quiz; farcical; sportive.
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-- Quiz"zic*al*ly, adv.
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Quizzism
Quiz"zism (kw&ibreve_;z"z&ibreve_;z'm), n. The act or habit of quizzing.
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Quob
Quob (kw&obreve_;b), v. i. [Cf. Quaver.] [Written also quop and quab.] To throb; to quiver. [Local & Vulgar]
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Quod
Quod (kw&obreve_;d), n. [For quad, abbrev. of quadrangle.] A quadrangle or court, as of a prison; hence, a prison. [Slang] “Flogged or whipped in quod.” T. Hughes.
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Quod
Quod, v. Quoth; said. See Quoth. [Obs.]
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“Let be,” quod he, “it shall not be.” Chaucer.
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Quod
Quod (kw&obreve_;d), v. t. To put in quod, or prison; to lock up; to jug. [Slang] Kipling.

Quoddies
Quod"dies (kw&obreve_;d"d&ibreve_;z), n. pl. Herring taken and cured or smoked near Quoddy Head, Maine, or near the entrance of Passamaquoddy Bay.
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Quodlibet
Quod"li*bet (kw&obreve_;d"l&ibreve_;*b&ebreve_;t), n. [L., what you please.]
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1. A nice point; a subtilty; a debatable point.
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These are your quodlibets, but no learning. P. Fletcher.
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2. (Mus.) A medley improvised by several performers.
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Quodlibetarian
Quod`lib*e*ta"ri*an (kw&obreve_;d"l&ibreve_;b*&euptack_;*tā"r&ibreve_;*&aitalic_;n), n. One who discusses any subject at pleasure.
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Quodlibetical
Quod`li*bet"ic*al (kw&obreve_;d"l&ibreve_;*b&ebreve_;t"&ibreve_;*k&aitalic_;l), a. Not restricted to a particular subject; discussed for curiosity or entertainment. -- Quod`li*bet"ic*al*ly, adv.
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Quoif
Quoif (kwoif or koif), n. & v. t. See Coif. Shak.
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Quoiffure
Quoif"fure (kwoif"f&uuptack_;r or koif"f&uuptack_;r), n. See Coiffure.
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Quoil
Quoil (kwoil or koil), n. See Coil. [Obs.]
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Quoin
Quoin (kwoin or koin; 277), n. [See Coin, and cf. Coigne.] 1. (Arch.) Originally, a solid exterior angle, as of a building; now, commonly, one of the selected pieces of material by which the corner is marked.
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&hand_; In stone, the quoins consist of blocks larger than those used in the rest of the building, and cut to dimension. In brickwork, quoins consist of groups or masses of brick laid together, and in a certain imitation of quoins of stone.
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2. A wedgelike piece of stone, wood, metal, or other material, used for various purposes; as: (a) (Masonry) To support and steady a stone. (b) (Gun.) To support the breech of a cannon. (c) (Print.) To wedge or lock up a form within a chase. (d) (Naut.) To prevent casks from rolling.
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Hollow quoin. See under Hollow. -- Quoin post (Canals), the post of a lock gate which abuts against the wall.
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Quoit
Quoit (kwoit or koit), n. [OE. coite; cf. OF. coitier to spur, press, (assumed) LL. coctare, fr. L. coquere, coctum, to cook, burn, vex, harass, E. cook, also W. coete&unr_; a quoit.] 1. (a) A flattened ring-shaped piece of iron, to be pitched at a fixed object in play; hence, any heavy flat missile used for the same purpose, as a stone, piece of iron, etc. (b) pl. A game played with quoits. Shak.
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2. The discus of the ancients. See Discus.
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3. A cromlech. [Prov. Eng.] J. Morley.
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Quoit
Quoit, v. i. To throw quoits; to play at quoits.
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To quoit, to run, and steeds and chariots drive. Dryden.
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Quoit
Quoit, v. t. To throw; to pitch. [Obs. or R.] Shak.
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Quoke
Quoke (kwōk), obs. imp. of Quake. Chaucer.
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Quoll
Quoll (kw&obreve_;l), n. (Zool.) A marsupial of Australia (Dasyurus macrurus), about the size of a cat.
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Quondam
Quon"dam (kw&obreve_;n"dăm), a. [L., formerly.] Having been formerly; former; sometime. “This is the quondam king.” Shak.
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Quondam
Quon"dam, n. A person dismissed or ejected from a position. [R.] “Make them quondams; . . . cast them out of their office.” Latimer.
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Quook
Quook (kw&oobreve_;k), imp. of Quake. [Obs.] Spenser.
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Quop
Quop (kw&obreve_;p), v. i. See Quob.
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Quorum
Quo"rum (kwō"rŭm), n. [L., of whom, gen. pl. of qui who, akin to E. who. See the Note below.] Such a number of the officers or members of any body as is competent by law or constitution to transact business; as, a quorum of the House of Representatives; a constitutional quorum was not present.
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&hand_; The term arose from the Latin words, Quorum aliquem vestrum . . . unum esse volumus (of whom we wish some one of you to be one), which were used in the commission formerly issued to justices of the peace in England, by which commission it was directed that no business of certain kinds should be done without the presence of one or more of certain justices specially designated. Justice of the peace and of the quorum designates a class of justices of the peace in some of the United States.
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Quota
Quo"ta (kwō"t&adot_;), n. [LL., fr. L. quota (sc. pars), fr. quotus which or what in number, of what number, how many, fr. quot how many, akin to quis, qui, who: cf. It. quota a share. See Who.] 1. A proportional part or share; the share or proportion assigned to each in a division.Quota of troops and money.” Motley.
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2. a share of effort required to be performed, or a share of resources required to be contributed to some common purpose.
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Quotable
Quot"a*ble (kwōt"&adot_;*b'l), a. Capable or worthy of being quoted; as, a quotable writer; a quotable sentence.
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-- Quot`a*bil"i*ty (kwōt"&adot_;*b&ibreve_;l"&ibreve_;*t&ybreve_;), n. Poe.
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Quotation
Quo*ta"tion (kw&ouptack_;*tā"shŭn), n. [From Quote.] 1. The act of quoting or citing.
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2. That which is quoted or cited; a part of a book or writing named, repeated, or adduced as evidence or illustration. Locke.
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3. (Com.) The naming or publishing of the current price of stocks, bonds, or any commodity; also, the price named.

4. Quota; share. [Obs.]
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5. (Print.) A piece of hollow type metal, lower than type, and measuring two or more pica ems in length and breadth, used in the blank spaces at the beginning and end of chapters, etc.
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Quotation marks (Print.), two inverted commas placed at the beginning, and two apostrophes at the end, of a passage quoted from an author in his own words.
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Quotationist
Quo*ta"tion*ist (kw&ouptack_;*tā"shŭn*&ibreve_;st), n. One who makes, or is given to making, quotations.
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The narrow intellectuals of quotationists. Milton.
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Quote
Quote (kwōt), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quoted; p. pr. & vb. n. Quoting.] [OF. quoter, F. coter to letter, number, to quote, LL. quotare to divide into chapters and verses, fr. L. quotus. See Quota.] [Formerly written also cote.] 1. To cite, as a passage from some author; to name, repeat, or adduce, as a passage from an author or speaker, by way of authority or illustration; as, to quote a passage from Homer.
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2. To cite a passage from; to name as the authority for a statement or an opinion; as, to quote Shakespeare.
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3. (Com.) To name the current price of.
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4. To notice; to observe; to examine. [Obs.] Shak.
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5. To set down, as in writing. [Obs.] “He's quoted for a most perfidious slave.” Shak.
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Syn. -- To cite; name; adduce; repeat. -- Quote, Cite. To cite was originally to call into court as a witness, etc., and hence denotes bringing forward any thing or person as evidence. Quote usually signifies to reproduce another's words; it is also used to indicate an appeal to some one as an authority, without adducing his exact words.
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Quote
Quote (kwōt), n. A note upon an author. [Obs.] Cotgrave.
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Quoter
Quot"er (kwōt"&etilde_;r), n. One who quotes the words of another.
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Quoth
Quoth (kwōth or kwŭth), v. t. [AS. cweðan, imp cwæð, pl. cw&aemacr_;don; akin to OS. queðan, OHG. quethan, quedan, Icel. kveða, Goth. qiþan. √22. Cf. Bequeath.] Said; spoke; uttered; -- used only in the first and third persons in the past tenses, and always followed by its nominative, the word or words said being the object; as, quoth I, quoth he. “Let me not live, quoth he.” Shak.
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Quotha
Quoth"a (kwōth"&adot_;), interj. [For quoth 'a, said he, 'a being corrupted from he.] Indeed; forsooth.
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To affront the blessed hillside drabs and thieves
With mended morals, quotha, -- fine new lives !
Mrs. Browning.
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Quotidian
Quo*tid"i*an (kw&ouptack_;*t&ibreve_;d"&ibreve_;*&aitalic_;n), a. [OE. cotidian, L. quotidianus, fr. quotidie daily; quotus how many + dies day: cf. OF. cotidien, F. quotidien. See Quota, Deity.] Occurring or returning daily; as, a quotidian fever.
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Quotidian
Quo*tid"i*an (kw&ouptack_;*t&ibreve_;d"&ibreve_;*&aitalic_;n), n. Anything returning daily; especially (Med.), an intermittent fever or ague which returns every day. Milton.
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Quotient
Quo"tient (kwō"sh&eitalic_;nt), n. [F., fr. L. quoties how often, how many times, fr. quot how many. See Quota.]
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1. (Arith.) The number resulting from the division of one number by another, and showing how often a less number is contained in a greater; thus, the quotient of twelve divided by four is three.
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2. (Higher Alg.) The result of any process inverse to multiplication. See the Note under Multiplication.
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Quotiety
Quo*ti"e*ty (kw&ouptack_;*tī"&euptack_;*t&ybreve_;), n. [L. quotus of what number, quot how many.] (Scholastic Philos.) The relation of an object to number. Krauth-Fleming.
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Quotum
Quo"tum (kwō"tŭm), n. [NL., fr. L. quotus of what number. See Quota.] Part or proportion; quota. [R.] “A very small quotum.” Max Müller.
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Quo warranto
Quo` war*ran"to (kwō` w&obreve_;r*răn"t&ouptack_;). [So called from the Law L. words quo warranto (by what authority), in the original Latin form of the writ. See Which, and Warrant.] (Law) A writ brought before a proper tribunal, to inquire by what warrant a person or a corporation acts, or exercises certain powers. Blackstone.
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&hand_; An information in the nature of a quo warranto is now common as a substitute for the writ. Wharton.
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Quran
Qu*ran" (k&usdot_;*rän"), n. See Koran.
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