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quango
noun Etymology: quasi-nongovernmental organization Date: 1973 British a partly autonomous regulatory agency; especially one in Britain organized outside the civil service ...
quantal
adjective Date: 1933 1. [Latin quanti how many, plural of quantus] of, relating to, or having only two experimental alternatives (as dead or alive, all or none) 2. [quantum] ...
quantifiable
adjective see quantify
quantification
noun Date: circa 1840 the operation of quantifying • quantificational adjective • quantificationally adverb
quantificational
adjective see quantification
quantificationally
adverb see quantification
quantifier
noun Date: 1876 one that quantifies: as a. a prefixed operator that binds the variables in a logical formula by specifying their quantity b. a limiting noun modifier (as ...
quantify
transitive verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Medieval Latin quantificare, from Latin quantus how much Date: circa 1840 1. a. (1) to limit by a quantifier (2) to bind ...
quantitate
transitive verb (-tated; -tating) Etymology: back-formation from quantitative Date: 1927 1. to measure or estimate the quantity of; especially to measure or determine ...
quantitation
noun see quantitate
quantitative
adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin quantitativus, from Latin quantitat-, quantitas quantity Date: 1581 1. of, relating to, or expressible in terms of quantity 2. of, ...
quantitative analysis
noun Date: circa 1847 chemical analysis designed to determine the amounts or proportions of the components of a substance
quantitative inheritance
noun Date: circa 1929 genetic inheritance of a character (as human skin color) controlled by polygenes
quantitatively
adverb see quantitative
quantitativeness
noun see quantitative
quantity
noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English quantite, from Anglo-French quantité, from Latin quantitat-, quantitas, from quantus how much, how large; akin to Latin quam how, ...
quantity theory
noun Date: 1888 a theory in economics: changes in the price level tend to vary directly with the amount of money in circulation and the rate of its circulation
quantization
noun see quantize
quantize
transitive verb (quantized; quantizing) Etymology: quantum Date: 1922 1. to subdivide (as energy) into small but measurable increments 2. to calculate or express in terms ...
quantizer
noun see quantize
quantum
I. noun (plural quanta) Etymology: Latin, neuter of quantus how much Date: 1567 1. a. quantity, amount b. portion, part c. gross quantity ; bulk 2. a. any of ...
quantum chromodynamics
noun plural but singular in construction Date: 1975 a theory of fundamental particles based on the assumption that quarks are distinguished by differences in color and are ...
quantum electrodynamics
noun plural but usually singular in construction Date: 1927 quantum mechanics applied to electrical interactions (as between nuclear particles)
quantum field theory
noun Date: 1948 a theory in physics: the interaction of two separate physical systems (as particles) is attributed to a field that extends from one to the other and is ...
quantum jump
noun Date: 1926 1. an abrupt transition (as of an electron, an atom, or a molecule) from one discrete energy state to another 2. quantum leap
quantum leap
noun Date: 1956 an abrupt change, sudden increase, or dramatic advance
quantum mechanical
adjective see quantum mechanics
quantum mechanically
adverb see quantum mechanics
quantum mechanics
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1922 a theory of matter that is based on the concept of the possession of wave properties by elementary particles, ...
quantum mutatus ab illo
foreign term Etymology: Latin how changed from what he once was
quantum number
noun Date: 1902 any of a set of numbers that indicate the magnitude of various discrete quantities (as electric charge) of a particle or system and that serve to define its ...
quantum sufficit
foreign term Etymology: Latin as much as suffices ; a sufficient quantity — used chiefly in medical prescriptions
quantum theory
noun Date: 1912 1. a theory in physics based on the concept of the subdivision of radiant energy into finite quanta and applied to numerous processes involving transference ...
Quanzhou
or Ch'üan-chou or Chuanchow geographical name city SE China in SE Fujian on Taiwan Strait population 110,000
quar
abbreviation quarterly
quarantine
I. noun Etymology: partly modification of French quarantaine, from Old French, from quarante forty, from Latin quadraginta, from quadra- (akin to quattuor four) + -ginta (akin ...
quare
dialect variant of queer I
quark
noun Etymology: coined by Murray Gell-Mann Date: 1964 any of several elementary particles that are postulated to come in pairs (as in the up and down varieties) of similar ...
Quarles
biographical name Francis 1592-1644 English poet
quarrel
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, square block of stone, bolt, from Vulgar Latin *quadrellum, diminutive of Latin quadrum square — more at quadrate Date: ...
quarreler
noun see quarrel III
quarreller
noun see quarrel III
quarrelsome
adjective Date: 1596 apt or disposed to quarrel in an often petty manner ; contentious Synonyms: see belligerent • quarrelsomely adverb • quarrelsomeness noun
quarrelsomely
adverb see quarrelsome
quarrelsomeness
noun see quarrelsome
quarrier
noun Date: 14th century a worker in a stone quarry
quarry
I. noun (plural quarries) Etymology: Middle English quirre, querre entrails of game given to the hounds, from Anglo-French cureie, quereie, from quir, cuir skin, hide (on which ...
quarrying
noun Date: circa 1828 the business, occupation, or act of extracting useful material (as building stone) from quarries
quarryman
noun Date: 15th century quarrier
quart
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French quarte quarter, quart, from feminine of quart, adjective, fourth, from Latin quartus; akin to Latin quattuor four — more at ...
quartan
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English quarteyn, from Anglo-French (fevre) quartaine quartan fever, from Latin (febris) quartana, from quartanus of the fourth, from quartus ...
quarter
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin quartarius, from quartus fourth Date: 14th century 1. one of four equal parts into which something is ...
quarter binding
noun see quarter-bound
quarter day
noun Date: 15th century chiefly British the day which begins a quarter of the year and on which a quarterly payment often falls due
quarter horse
noun Etymology: from its high speed for distances up to a quarter of a mile Date: 1834 any of a breed of compact muscular saddle horses developed in the United States and ...
quarter hour
noun Date: 1766 1. fifteen minutes 2. any of the quarter points of an hour 3. a unit of academic credit representing an hour of class (as lecture class) or three hours of ...
quarter note
noun Date: 1763 a musical note with the time value of 1/4 of a whole note — see note illustration
quarter rest
noun Date: circa 1890 a musical rest corresponding in time value to a quarter note
quarter section
noun Date: 1804 a tract of land that is half a mile square and contains 160 acres in the United States government system of land surveying
quarter sessions
noun plural Date: 1566 a former English local court with limited original and appellate criminal and sometimes civil jurisdiction and often administrative functions held ...
quarter tone
noun Date: circa 1776 1. a musical interval of one half a semitone 2. a tone at an interval of one quarter
quarter-bound
adjective Date: circa 1888 of a book bound in material of two qualities with the material of better quality on the spine only • quarter binding noun
quarterage
noun Date: 14th century a quarterly payment, tax, wage, or allowance
quarterback
I. noun Date: 1879 1. an offensive back in football who usually lines up behind the center, calls the signals, and directs the offensive play of the team 2. one who directs ...
quarterback sneak
noun Date: circa 1923 a usually quick run with the ball by a quarterback into the middle of the offensive line
quarterdeck
noun Date: 1627 1. the stern area of a ship's upper deck 2. a part of a deck on a naval vessel set aside by the captain for ceremonial and official use
quarterfinal
I. noun Date: 1927 1. plural a quarterfinal round 2. a quarterfinal match • quarterfinalist noun II. adjective Date: circa 1934 1. immediately preceding the semifinal ...
quarterfinalist
noun see quarterfinal I
quartering
I. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. the division of an escutcheon containing different coats of arms into four or more compartments b. a quarter of an escutcheon or the ...
quarterly
I. adverb Date: 14th century 1. in heraldic quarters or quarterings 2. at 3-month intervals II. adjective Date: 15th century 1. computed for or payable at 3-month ...
Quarterly Meeting
noun Date: 1675 an organizational unit of the Society of Friends usually composed of several Monthly Meetings
quartermaster
noun Date: 15th century 1. a petty officer who attends to a ship's helm, binnacle, and signals 2. an army officer who provides clothing and subsistence for a body of troops
quartern
noun Etymology: Middle English quarteron, from Anglo-French, quarter of a hundred, from quarter quarter Date: 14th century a fourth part (as of a unit of measurement)
quartersawed
adjective see quartersawn
quartersawn
also quartersawed adjective Date: circa 1890 sawed from quartered logs so that the annual rings are nearly at right angles to the wide face — used of boards and planks
quarterstaff
noun (plural quarterstaves) Date: circa 1550 a long stout staff formerly used as a weapon and wielded with one hand in the middle and the other between the middle and the end
quartet
also quartette noun Etymology: Italian quartetto, from quarto fourth, from Latin quartus — more at quart Date: 1773 1. a musical composition for four instruments or voices ...
quartette
noun see quartet
quartic
adjective Etymology: Latin quartus fourth Date: 1861 of the fourth degree • quartic noun
quartier
noun Etymology: French, literally, quarter Date: 1828 a district or neighborhood especially in a French city
quartile
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin quartus Date: 1879 any of the three values that divide the items of a frequency distribution into four classes ...
quarto
noun (plural quartos) Etymology: Latin, ablative of quartus fourth Date: 1589 1. the size of a piece of paper cut four from a sheet; also paper or a page of this size 2. a ...
quartz
noun Etymology: German Quarz Date: circa 1631 1. a mineral consisting of silicon dioxide occurring in colorless and transparent or colored hexagonal crystals or in ...
quartz glass
noun Date: 1903 vitreous silica prepared from pure quartz and noted for its transparency to ultraviolet radiation
quartz heater
noun Date: 1979 a portable electric radiant heater that has heating elements sealed in quartz-glass tubes producing infrared radiation in front of a reflective backing
quartz-iodine lamp
noun Date: circa 1964 a lightbulb consisting of a quartz bulb and a tungsten filament with the bulb containing iodine which reacts with the vaporized tungsten to prevent ...
quartzite
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: circa 1847 a compact granular rock composed of quartz and derived from sandstone by metamorphism • quartzitic ...
quartzitic
adjective see quartzite
quartzose
adjective see quartz
quasar
noun Etymology: quasi-stellar Date: 1964 any of a class of celestial objects that resemble stars but whose large redshift and apparent brightness imply extreme distance and ...
quash
I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English quashen to smash, from Anglo-French quasser, casser, from Latin quassare to shake violently, shatter, frequentative of quatere to ...
quasi
adjective Etymology: quasi- Date: 1642 1. having some resemblance usually by possession of certain attributes 2. having a legal status only by operation or construction ...
quasi-
combining form Etymology: Latin quasi as if, as it were, approximately, from quam as + si if — more at quantity, so 1. in some sense or degree 2. resembling in some ...
quasi-governmental
adjective Date: 1948 supported by the government but managed privately
quasi-judicial
adjective Date: 1836 1. having a partly judicial character by possession of the right to hold hearings on and conduct investigations into disputed claims and alleged ...
quasi-judicially
adverb see quasi-judicial
quasi-legislative
adjective Date: circa 1934 1. having a partly legislative character by possession of the right to make rules and regulations having the force of law 2. essentially ...
quasi-public
adjective Date: 1888 essentially public (as in services rendered) although under private ownership or control
quasi-stellar object
noun Date: 1964 quasar
quasicrystal
noun Date: 1982 a body of solid material that resembles a crystal in being composed of repeating structural units but that incorporates two or more unit cells into a ...
quasicrystalline
adjective see quasicrystal
Quasimodo
I. noun Etymology: Medieval Latin quasi modo geniti infantes as newborn babes (words of the introit for Low Sunday) Date: circa 1847 Low Sunday II. biographical name ...
quasiparticle
noun Date: 1957 a composite entity (as a vibration in a solid) that is analogous in its behavior to a single particle
quasiperiodic
adjective Date: circa 1890 almost but not quite periodic; especially periodic on a small scale but unpredictable at some larger scale • quasiperiodicity noun
quasiperiodicity
noun see quasiperiodic
quassia
noun Etymology: New Latin, genus name of a South American tree, from Quassi 18th century Surinam slave who discovered the medicinal value of quassia Date: 1770 a drug from ...
quatercentenary
noun Etymology: Latin quater four times + English centenary — more at quaternion Date: 1883 a 400th anniversary or its celebration
quaternary
I. adjective Etymology: Latin quaternarius, from quaterni four each Date: 1605 1. a. of, relating to, or consisting of four units or members b. of, relating to, or ...
quaternary ammonium compound
noun Date: circa 1934 any of numerous strong bases and their salts derived from ammonium by replacement of the hydrogen atoms with organic radicals and important especially as ...
quaternion
noun Etymology: Middle English quaternyoun, from Late Latin quaternion-, quaternio, from Latin quaterni four each, from quater four times; akin to Latin quattuor four — more ...
quaternity
noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Late Latin quaternitas, from Latin quaterni four each Date: 1529 a union of a group or set of four
quatrain
noun Etymology: Middle French, from quatre four, from Latin quattuor Date: 1585 a unit or group of four lines of verse
quatrefoil
noun Etymology: Middle English quaterfoil set of four leaves, from Anglo-French quatre + Middle English -foil (as in trefoil) Date: 15th century 1. a conventionalized ...
quattrocento
noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Italian, literally, four hundred, from quattro four (from Latin quattuor) + cento hundred — more at cinquecento Date: circa 1854 ...
quattuordecillion
noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Latin quattuordecim fourteen (from quattuor four + decem ten) + English -illion (as in million) — more at ten Date: circa 1903 — ...
quaver
I. verb (quavered; quavering) Etymology: Middle English, frequentative of quaven to tremble Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. tremble 2. trill 3. to utter ...
quaveringly
adverb see quaver I
quavery
adjective see quaver I
quay
noun Etymology: alteration of earlier key, from Middle English, from Middle French dialect (Picard) kay, probably of Celtic origin; akin to Breton kae hedge, enclosure; akin to ...
quayage
noun Date: circa 1756 1. a charge for use of a quay 2. room on or for quays 3. a system of quays
Quayle
biographical name James Danforth 1947- Dan Quayle American politician; vice president of the United States (1989-93)
quayside
noun Date: 1829 land bordering a quay
Que
abbreviation Quebec
quean
noun Etymology: Middle English quene, from Old English cwene; akin to Old English cwēn woman, queen Date: before 12th century 1. a disreputable woman; specifically ...
queasily
adverb see queasy
queasiness
noun see queasy
queasy
also queazy adjective (queasier; -est) Etymology: Middle English coysy, qwesye Date: 15th century 1. a. causing nausea b. suffering from nausea ; nauseated 2. full ...
queazy
adjective see queasy
Quebec
I. Date: 1952 — a communications code word for the letter q II. geographical name or Québec 1. province E Canada extending from Hudson Bay to Gaspé Peninsula area ...
Québec
geographical name see Quebec II
Quebecer
noun see Quebec II
Quebecker
noun see Quebec II
Quebecois
or Québécois or Québecois noun (plural Quebecois or Québécois or Québecois) Etymology: French québecois, québécois, from Québec Quebec Date: 1873 a native or ...
Québecois
I. noun see Quebecois II. adjective see Quebecois
Québécois
I. noun see Quebecois II. adjective see Quebecois
quebracho
noun Etymology: American Spanish, alteration of quiebracha, from Spanish quiebra it breaks + hacha ax Date: circa 1881 1. any of several trees of southern South America with ...
Quebradillas
geographical name city NW Puerto Rico population 25,450
Quechua
noun (plural Quechua or Quechuas) Etymology: Spanish, probably from Southern Peruvian Quechua qheswa (simi), literally, valley speech Date: 1840 1. a family of languages ...
Quechuan
adjective or noun see Quechua
queen
I. noun Etymology: Middle English quene, from Old English cwēn woman, wife, queen; akin to Gothic qens wife, Greek gynē woman, Sanskrit jani Date: before 12th century 1. ...
Queen Anne
adjective Etymology: Queen Anne of England Date: 1863 1. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a style of furniture originating in England under Dutch influence ...
Queen Anne's lace
noun Date: 1895 a widely naturalized Eurasian biennial herb (Daucus carota) which has a whitish acrid taproot and flat lacelike clusters of tiny white flowers and from which ...
Queen Charlotte Islands
geographical name islands Canada in W British Columbia in Pacific Ocean area about 4000 square miles (10,360 square kilometers)
Queen Charlotte Sound
geographical name sound S of Queen Charlotte Islands
queen consort
noun (plural queens consort) Date: 1765 the wife of a reigning king
Queen Elizabeth Islands
geographical name islands N Canada in N Northwest Territories & N Nunavut; include Parry, Sverdrup, Devon, & Ellesmere islands
Queen Maud Land
geographical name section of Antarctica on the Atlantic
queen mother
noun Date: 1577 a queen dowager who is mother of the reigning sovereign
queen post
noun Date: 1823 one of two vertical tie posts in a truss (as of a roof)
queen regnant
noun (plural queens regnant) Date: circa 1639 a queen reigning in her own right
queen substance
noun Date: 1954 a pheromone secreted by queen bees that is consumed by worker bees and inhibits ovary development
Queen's
geographical name — see Laoighis
Queen's Bench
noun Date: 1707 a division of the English superior courts system that hears civil and criminal court cases — used during the reign of a queen
Queen's Counsel
noun Date: 1850 a barrister selected to serve as counsel to the British crown — used during the reign of a queen
queen-size
adjective Date: 1959 1. having dimensions of approximately 60 by 80 inches (about 1.5 by 2.0 meters) — used of a bed; compare full-size, king-size, twin-size 2. of a size ...
queenliness
noun see queenly
queenly
adjective (queenlier; -est) Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, or befitting a queen 2. having royal rank 3. monarchical • queenliness noun • queenly adverb
Queens
geographical name borough of New York City on Long Island E of Brooklyn population 2,229,379
Queensberry
biographical name Marquis of — see Douglas
queenship
noun Date: 1536 1. the rank, dignity, or state of being a queen 2. a regal quality like that of a queen
queenside
noun Date: 1897 the side of a chessboard containing the file on which the queen sits at the beginning of the game
Queensland
geographical name state NE Australia capital Brisbane area 667,000 square miles (1,727,530 square kilometers), population 3,116,200 • Queenslander noun
Queenslander
noun see Queensland
Queenstown
geographical name — see Cobh
queer
I. adjective Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1508 1. a. worthless, counterfeit b. questionable, suspicious 2. a. differing in some odd way from what is usual or ...
queer theory
noun Date: 1988 an approach to literary and cultural study that rejects traditional categories of gender and sexuality
queerish
adjective see queer I
queerly
adverb see queer I
queerness
noun see queer I
quell
I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, to kill, quell, from Old English cwellan to kill; akin to Old High German quellen to torture, kill, quāla torment, Lithuanian ...
queller
noun see quell I
Quelpart
geographical name — see Cheju
Quemoy
or Chinese Jinmen geographical name island SE China in Taiwan Strait 15 miles (24 kilometers) E of Xiamen; garrisoned by Taiwan since 1950 population 60,544
quench
verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English -cwencan; akin to Old English -cwincan to vanish, Old Frisian quinka Date: 12th century transitive verb 1. a. put out, ...
quenchable
adjective see quench
quencher
noun see quench
quenchless
adjective see quench
quenelle
noun Etymology: French, from German Knödel dumpling, from Middle High German; akin to Old High German knoto knot — more at knot Date: 1845 a poached oval dumpling of ...
quercetin
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin quercetum oak forest, from quercus oak — more at fir Date: 1857 a yellow crystalline pigment C15H10O7 ...
Quercia, della
biographical name Jacopo — see Jacopo della Quercia
quercitron
noun Etymology: blend of New Latin Quercus and International Scientific Vocabulary citron Date: 1794 1. a large timber oak (Quercus velutina) chiefly of the eastern and ...
Querétaro
geographical name 1. state central Mexico area 4544 square miles (11,769 square kilometers), population 1,051,235 2. city, its capital population 454,049
querier
noun see query II
querist
noun Etymology: Latin quaerere to ask Date: 1633 one who inquires
quern
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cweorn; akin to Old High German quirn hand mill, Old Church Slavic žrŭny Date: before 12th century a primitive hand mill ...
querulous
adjective Etymology: Middle English querelose, from Latin querulus, from queri to complain Date: 15th century 1. habitually complaining 2. fretful, whining • ...
querulously
adverb see querulous
querulousness
noun see querulous
query
I. noun (plural queries) Etymology: alteration of earlier quere, from Latin quaere, imperative of quaerere to ask Date: circa 1635 1. question, inquiry 2. a question in the ...
ques
abbreviation see qu
quesadilla
noun Etymology: Mexican Spanish, from Spanish, cheese pastry, diminutive of quesada, from queso cheese, from Latin caseus Date: 1935 a tortilla filled with a savory mixture, ...
Quesnay
biographical name François 1694-1774 French physician & economist
quest
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French queste, Vulgar Latin *quaesta, from Latin, feminine of quaestus, past participle of quaerere Date: 14th century 1. a. ...
quester
noun see quest II
question
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin quaestion-, quaestio, from quaerere to seek, ask Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) an interrogative ...
question mark
noun Date: 1869 1. a. something unknown, unknowable, or uncertain b. someone (as an athlete) whose condition, talent, or potential for success is in doubt 2. a mark ...
question time
noun Date: 1884 a period in a session of a British parliamentary body during which members may put questions to ministers on matters concerning their departments
questionable
adjective Date: 1580 1. obsolete inviting inquiry 2. obsolete liable to judicial inquiry or action 3. affording reason for being doubted, questioned, or challenged ; not ...
questionableness
noun see questionable
questionably
adverb see questionable
questionary
noun (plural -aries) Date: 1887 questionnaire
questioner
noun see question II
questionless
adjective Date: 1532 1. indubitable, unquestionable 2. unquestioning
questionnaire
noun Etymology: French, from questionner to question, from Middle French, from question, noun Date: 1899 1. a set of questions for obtaining statistically useful or personal ...
questor
variant of quaestor
Quetta
geographical name city Pakistan in N Baluchistan population 285,000
quetzal
noun (plural quetzals or quetzales) Etymology: American Spanish, from Nahuatl quetzalli tail coverts of the quetzal Date: 1827 1. a Central American trogon (Pharomachrus ...
Quetzalcoatl
noun Etymology: Nahuatl Quetzalcōātl Date: 1578 a chief Toltec and Aztec god identified with the wind and air and represented by a feathered serpent
queue
I. noun Etymology: French, literally, tail, from Old French cue, coe, Latin cauda, coda Date: 1748 1. a braid of hair usually worn hanging at the back of the head 2. a ...
queuer
noun see queue II
Quezaltenango
geographical name city SW Guatemala population 72,745
Quezon City
geographical name city Philippines in Luzon NE of Manila; former (1948-76) official capital of the Philippines population 1,632,000
Quezon y Molina
biographical name Manuel Luis 1878-1944 president of the Philippine Commonwealth (1935-44)
qui facit per alium facit per se
foreign term Etymology: Latin he who does (something) through another does it through himself
qui s'excuse s'accuse
foreign term Etymology: French he who excuses himself accuses himself
qui transtulit sustinet
foreign term Etymology: Latin He who transplanted sustains (us) — motto of Connecticut
qui va là?
foreign term Etymology: French who goes there?
qui vive
noun Etymology: French qui-vive, from qui vive? long live who?, challenge of a French sentry Date: 1726 alert, lookout — used in the phrase on the qui vive
quibble
I. verb (quibbled; quibbling) Date: 1656 intransitive verb 1. to evade the point of an argument by caviling about words 2. a. cavil, carp b. bicker transitive ...
quibbler
noun see quibble I
quiche
noun Etymology: French, from French dialect (Lorraine) Date: 1933 an unsweetened custard pie usually having a savory filling (as spinach, mushrooms, or ham)
quiche lorraine
noun Usage: often capitalized L Etymology: French, quiche of Lorraine Date: 1926 a quiche containing cheese and bacon bits
quick
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English quik, from Old English cwic; akin to Old Norse kvikr living, Latin vivus living, vivere to live, Greek bios, zōē life Date: before 12th ...
quick assets
noun plural Date: 1891 cash, accounts receivable, and other current assets excluding inventories
quick bread
noun Date: 1918 bread made with a leavening agent (as baking powder or baking soda) that permits immediate baking of the dough or batter mixture
quick fix
noun Date: 1966 an expedient usually temporary or inadequate solution to a problem
quick kick
noun Date: circa 1940 a punt in football especially on first, second, or third down made from a running or passing formation and designed to take the opposing team by surprise
quick time
noun Date: circa 1802 a rate of marching in which 120 steps each 30 inches in length are taken in one minute
quick-freeze
transitive verb (quick-froze; quick-frozen; -freezing) Date: 1930 to freeze (food) for preservation so rapidly that ice crystals formed are too small to rupture the cells and ...
quick-tempered
adjective Date: 1830 easily angered ; irascible
quick-witted
adjective Date: 1530 quick in perception and understanding ; mentally alert Synonyms: see intelligent • quick-wittedly adverb • quick-wittedness noun
quick-wittedly
adverb see quick-witted
quick-wittedness
noun see quick-witted
quicken
verb (quickened; quickening) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to make alive ; revive b. to cause to be enlivened ; stimulate 2. archaic a. kindle ...
quickener
noun see quicken
quickie
noun Usage: often attributive Date: circa 1926 something done or made in a hurry: as a. a quickly and usually cheaply produced work (as a motion picture or book) b. a ...
quicklime
noun Date: 14th century lime I,2a
quickly
adverb see quick I
quickness
noun see quick I
quicksand
noun Date: 14th century 1. sand readily yielding to pressure; especially a deep mass of loose sand mixed with water into which heavy objects readily sink 2. something that ...
quickset
noun Date: 15th century chiefly British plant cuttings set in the ground to grow especially in a hedgerow; also a hedge or thicket especially of hawthorn grown from ...
quicksilver
I. noun Date: before 12th century mercury 2a II. adjective Date: 1655 resembling or suggestive of quicksilver; especially mercurial 3
quickstep
noun Date: circa 1811 a spirited march tune usually accompanying a march in quick time
quid
I. noun (plural quid; also quids) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1688 British a pound sterling II. noun Etymology: English dialect, cud, from Middle English quide, from ...
quid pro quo
noun Etymology: New Latin, something for something Date: 1582 something given or received for something else; also a deal arranging a quid pro quo
quiddity
noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English quidite, from Medieval Latin quidditat-, quidditas essence, from Latin quid what, neuter of quis who — more at who Date: 14th ...
quidnunc
noun Etymology: Latin quid nunc what now? Date: 1709 a person who seeks to know all the latest news or gossip ; busybody
quiescence
noun Date: circa 1631 the quality or state of being quiescent
quiescent
adjective Etymology: Latin quiescent-, quiescens, present participle of quiescere to become quiet, rest, from quies Date: 1605 1. marked by inactivity or repose ; tranquilly ...
quiescently
adverb see quiescent
quiet
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French quiete, Latin quiet-, quies rest, quiet — more at while Date: 14th century the quality or state of being quiet ; ...
quieten
verb (quietened; quietening) Date: circa 1828 chiefly British quiet
quieter
noun see quiet IV
quietism
noun Date: 1687 1. a. a system of religious mysticism teaching that perfection and spiritual peace are attained by annihilation of the will and passive absorption in ...
quietist
adjective or noun see quietism
quietistic
adjective see quietism
quietly
adverb see quiet II
quietness
noun see quiet II
quietude
noun Etymology: Middle French, from Late Latin quietudo, from Latin quietus Date: 1597 a quiet state ; repose
quietus
noun Etymology: Middle English quietus est, from Medieval Latin, he is quit, formula of discharge from obligation Date: 1540 1. final settlement (as of a debt) 2. removal ...
quiff
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1890 British a prominent forelock
quill
I. noun Etymology: Middle English quil hollow reed, bobbin; akin to Middle High German kil large feather Date: 15th century 1. a. (1) a bobbin, spool, or spindle on ...
quillback
noun (plural quillback or quillbacks) Date: 1882 any of several suckers; especially a small fish (Carpiodes cyprinus) of central and eastern North America with a much ...
Quiller-Couch
biographical name Sir Arthur Thomas 1863-1944 pseudonym Q English author
quillwork
noun Date: 1843 ornamental work in porcupine or bird quills

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