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Qattara Depression
▪ basin, Egypt       arid Libyan Desert (Eastern Saharan) basin in northwestern Egypt. Covering about 7,000 square miles (18,100 square km) and containing salt lakes and ...
Qat·ta·ra Depression (kə-tärʹə) A desert basin of northwest Egypt in the Libyan Desert. Its lowest point is about 134 m (440 ft) below sea level. * * *
/keuh wah"lee/, n. a style of Sufi devotional music marked by rhythmic improvisatory repetition of a short phrase, intended to rouse participants to a state of mystical ...
▪ Iran also spelled  Qāʾen,  or  Qaīn,         town, northeastern Iran. Qāyen is a place of great antiquity and complex history. The present town, which lies ...
/kaz veen"/, n. a city in NW Iran, NW of Teheran: capital of Persia in the 16th century. 107,000. Also, Kazvin. * * * or Kazvīn City (pop., 1996: 291,117), northwestern ...
Chess. queen's bishop. * * *
Common Semitic noun *qabl-, front, whence West Semitic denominative verb qbl, to receive. 1. cabal, kabbalah, from Hebrew qabbālâ, received doctrine, tradition, from qibbēl, ...
Chess. queen's bishop's pawn. * * *
West Semitic, to collect, gather. kibbutz, from Hebrew qibbûṣ, gathering, from qibbēṣ, to gather, derived stem of qābaṣ, to gather. * * *
Also qww. West Semitic, to collect. mikvah, from Hebrew miqwâ, reservoir, or miqwe, collection (especially of water), immersion pool, both from qāwâ, to collect, perhaps akin ...
QC abbrev. 1. Quebec 2. Queen's Counsel * * * QC abbr. 1. quality control. 2. Queen's Counsel. * * * ➡ Queen’s Counsel. * * *
Physics. See quantum chromodynamics. * * *
Common Semitic noun *qadm-, front, east, earlier time, with denominative verb, to precede, be in front. cadmium, Cadmus, from Greek Kadmos, from Phoenician *qadm, front, east. * ...
To be(come) holy, sacred. 1. Kiddush, from Mishnaic Hebrew qiddûš, sanctification, purification, from Hebrew qiddēš, to consecrate, sanctify, derived stem of qādaš, to ...
a British passenger ship built by Cunard. The name is an abbreviation for ‘Queen Elizabeth II’, who launched the ship in 1967. It was the second ship of that name to be built ...
Physics. See quantum electrodynamics. * * *
One of a class of sacred prostitutes found throughout the ancient Middle East and associated especially with the worship of the fertility goddess Astarte. Prostitutes, who often ...
QEF abbr. Latin. quod erat faciendum (which was to have been done). * * *
qe·piq (kĕ-pēkʹ) n. pl. qepiq See table at currency.   [Azerbaijani, from Russian kopeĭka, kopek. See kopek.] * * *
▪ island, Greenland formerly  Disko Island   island in Davis Strait off western Greenland, northwest of Qeqertarsuup (Disko) Bay and southwest of Vaigat Strait. It is 80 ...
➡ Queen’s English Society. * * *
Qeshm [kesh′əm] island of Iran, in the Strait of Hormuz: 460 sq mi (1,191 sq km) * * * ▪ island, Iran also spelled  Qishm,  Persian  Jazīreh-e-qeshm,  Arabic ...
Qeys Island
▪ island, Iran also spelled  Qais,  Persian  Jazīreh-ye Qeys,         island in the Persian Gulf, lying about 10 miles (16 km) off mainland Iran. It rises 120 ...
QF abbrev. quick-firing * * *
Q fever n. An infectious disease caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii that is characterized by fever, malaise, and muscular pains.   [query(because originally the ...
Arabic root, to conquer, vanquish. Cairo, from Arabic al-qāhira, the conquering one, feminine active participle of qahara, to conquer, vanquish. * * *
Also khw. Central Semitic, to be(come) weak, dim, dull, dark. café>>, cafeteria, caffeine, coffee, ultimately from Arabic qahwa, coffee, wine (originally perhaps “dark ...
/chue/, n. Pinyin. Ch'i. * * * or Ch'i One of the largest and most powerful of the many states into which early China was divided (771?–221 BC). During the Eastern Zhou ...
Qi Baishi
▪ Chinese painter Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'i Pai-shih,  original name  Qi Chunzhi,  also called  Qi Huang  born November 22, 1863, Xiangtan, Hunan province, ...
Qi Rushan
▪ Chinese writer Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'i Ju-shan  born December 12, 1877, Gaoyang, Hebei province, China died March 18, 1962, Taiwan       playwright and ...
Qian Zhongshu
▪ Chinese scholar and author Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'ien Chung-shu  born November 21, 1910, Wuxi, Jiangsu province, China died December 19, 1998, ...
/kee ah"neuh/, Trademark. a brand of lightweight, lustrous, silklike, synthetic fiber chemically classed as nylon. * * *
▪ basin, China Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'iang-t'ang,  Tibetan  Byang Thang        enormous alpine basin in the northern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region, ...
/chyahn"lawng"/, n. Pinyin. See Ch'ien Lung. * * * ▪ emperor of Qing dynasty Introduction Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'ien-lung , temple name (miaohao)  Gaozong , ...
Qianlong emperor
or Ch'ien-lung emperor orig. Hongli born Sept. 25, 1711, China died Feb. 7, 1799, Beijing Fourth emperor of the Qing dynasty in China. His reign (1735–96) was one of the ...
Qiao Shi
▪ 1995       If the arrangements for political succession that senior leader Deng Xiaoping (Teng Hsiao-p'ing) had in place in 1994 came unstuck, 70-year-old Qiao Shi ...
/kib"leuh/, n. Islam. the point toward which Muslims turn to pray, esp. the Ka'ba, or House of God, at Mecca. Also, qiblah, kibla, kiblah. [ < Ar qiblah] * * *
▪ Islam also spelled  qibla  or  kiblah        the direction of the sacred shrine of the Kaʿbah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, toward which Muslims turn five times each ...
▪ Egypt also spelled  Kuft , Greek  Coptos , or  Koptos        agricultural town, Qinā muḥāfaẓah (governorate), Upper Egypt. It is situated at the large ...
Qijia culture
▪ Chinese history Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'i-chia        the only Neolithic culture to be uncovered in China that shows northern Eurasian influence. Although most ...
Qilian Mountains
▪ mountains, China Chinese (Pinyin)  Qilian Shan , or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  Ch'i-lien Shan , also called  Nan Shan        rugged mountain range on the ...
Qilian Shan
/chee"lyahn" shahn"/, Pinyin. a mountain range in W China, bordered between Qinghai and Gansu provinces. Also, Chilien Shan. Formerly, Nan Shan. * * *
Qi·lian Shan (chēʹlyänʹ shänʹ) also Nan Shan (nänʹ) A mountain range of north-central China extending northwest to southeast and having peaks rising from 5,490 m ...
or ch'i-lin In Chinese mythology, a kind of unicorn whose rare appearance often coincides with the imminent birth or death of a sage or illustrious ruler. Appearances could ...
/chin/, n. Pinyin. Ch'in. * * * (as used in expressions) Qin dynasty Qin Gui Qin Jiushao Qin tomb * * * ▪ musical instrument Wade-Giles romanization  ch'in  also called ...
Qin dynasty
or Ch'in dynasty (221–207 BC) Dynasty that established the first great Chinese empire. The Qin (from which the name China is derived) established the approximate boundaries ...
Qin Gui
or Ch'in Kuei born 1090, Jiangning, Jiangsu province, China died 1155, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province Chief counselor to the Southern Song emperor Gaozong. He maintained external ...
Qin Hui
▪ Chinese minister Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'in Hui  born 1090, Jiangning, Jiangsu province, China died 1155, Hangzhou       minister of the Song dynasty ...
Qin Jiushao
born с 1202, Puzhou, China died с 1261, Meizhou Chinese mathematician who developed a method of solving simultaneous linear congruences. In 1219 he joined the army as captain ...
Qin Mountains
▪ mountains, China Chinese (Pinyin)  Qin Ling  or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  Ch'in Ling , conventional  Tsinling Mountains        mountain range in north ...
Qin River
▪ river, China Chinese (Pinyin)  Qin He , or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  Ch'in Ho        river of north-central china. It rises in the Taiyue Mountains of Shanxi ...
Qin Shi Huang Di
/chin" shue" hwahng" dee"/, Pinyin. Ch'in Shih Huang Ti. * * *
Qin tomb
or Ch'in tomb Major Chinese archaeological site near the ancient capital city of Chang'an (now Xi'an), a 20-sq-mi (50-sq-km) funerary compound built by the first sovereign ...
▪ Egypt also spelled  Qena,         town and capital of Qinā muḥāfaẓah (governorate), Upper Egypt, on a canal 1 mile (1.6 km) east of the Nile River at its ...
qin·dar·ka (kĭn-därʹkə) n. See table at currency.   [Albanian qindarka, definite sing. of qindarkë, from qint, qind, hundred, from Latin centum. See cent.] * * *
/ching/, n. Pinyin. Ch'ing. * * * ▪ musical instrument Wade-Giles romanization  ch'ing    stone or jade chime used as a percussion instrument in ancient Chinese music. ...
Qing dynasty
or Ch'ing dynasty or Manchu dynasty (1644–1911/12) Last of the imperial dynasties in China. The name Qing was first applied to the dynasty established by the Manchu in 1636 ...
Qing Hai
/ching" huy"/, Pinyin. a lake in W central China, in NE Qinghai province. 2300 sq. mi. (5950 sq. km). Also, Ch'ing Hai, Tsing Hai. Also called Koko Nor. * * *
/ching"dow"/, n. Pinyin. Tsingtao. * * * ▪ China Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'ing-tao , conventional  Tsingtao        port city, eastern Shandong (Shantung) sheng ...
/ching"huy"/, n. Pinyin. a province in W central China. 2,140,000; 269,187 sq. mi. (697,194 sq. km). Cap.: Xining. Also, Ch'inghai, Tsinghai. Formerly, Koko Nor. * * * or ...
Qinghai Hu (ho͞o) also Ko·ko Nor (kōʹkōʹ nôrʹ, nōrʹ) A salt lake of north-central China south of the Qilian Shan. The largest lake in China, it is at an altitude of ...
Qingliu Dang
▪ Chinese history Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'ing-liu Tang , English  Purification Clique        group of conservative Chinese officials who advocated a return to ...
/ching"ywahn"/, n. Pinyin. former name of Baoding. Also, Tsingyuan. * * *
/chin"hwahng"dow"/, n. Pinyin. a seaport in NE Hebei province, in NE China, on the Bohai. 186,800. Also, Chinhuangtao, Chinwangtao. * * * ▪ China Wade-Giles romanization ...
Qinling Shan
Qinling Shan [chin′liŋ′ shän′] mountain range in NC China, extending across Gansu, Shaanxi, & Henan provinces: highest peak, c. 13,500 ft (4,115 m) * * *
/kin tahr"/, n. a money of account of Albania, the 100th part of a lek. Also, qindar /kin dahr"/. [1925-30; < Albanian] * * *
▪ emperor of Song dynasty Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'in-tsung , personal name (xingming)  Zhao Huan  born 1100, China died 1160, Yilan [now in Heilongjiang ...
/chyawng"shahn"/, n. Pinyin. a port on N Hainan island, in S China: chief city of the island. 376,294. Also, Ch'iungshan, Kiungshan. Formerly, Qiongzhou. * * * ▪ former city, ...
/chyawng"joh"/, n. Pinyin. former name of Qiongshan. Also, Chiungchou, Kiungchow. * * *
Qiongzhou Strait.
See Hainan Strait. * * *
/chee"chee"hahrdd"/, n. Pinyin. a city in W Heilongjiang province, in NE China. 760,000. Also, Chichihaerh, Chichihar, Tsitsihaerh, Tsitsihar. * * * ▪ China Wade-Giles ...
/kerrsh/, n., pl. qurush /koo roohsh"/. 1. a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of Saudi Arabia, the 20th part of a riyal. 2. a former coin and fractional monetary unit of ...
Qiryat Shemona
▪ Israel       town, at the northwest of the ʿEmeq ula (Hula Valley (ula Valley)), extreme northern Israel. The name Qiryat Shemona (“Town of the Eight”) ...
/kish"euhm/, n. an island S of and belonging to Iran, in the Strait of Hormuz. 68 mi. (109 km) long; ab. 510 sq. mi. (1320 sq. km). * * *
Qishon River
or Kishon River River, northern Israel. It rises near Mount Gilboa and flows northwest for about 25 mi (40 km) through the Plain of Esdraelon to the Mediterranean Sea just ...
Qiu Chuji
/chyooh" chooh"jee"/, Pinyin. See Ch'iu Ch'u-chi. * * * or Ch'iu Ch'u-chi orig. Changchun born 1148, Qixia, Dengzhou, China died 1227, Beijing Daoist monk and alchemist. His ...
Qiu Ying
▪ Chinese painter Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'iu Ying   born c. 1494 died c. 1559 or 1561, Taicang, Jiangsu province, China  Chinese painter noted for his gongbi brush ...
/kee"vee euht, -ooht'/, n. the soft, dense, light-brown woolly undercoat of the musk ox, used in making fabrics. [1955-60; < Inuit] * * *
/kee yahs"/, n. Islam. judgment of an act or belief by application of established principles governing some analogous act or belief. Also, kiyas. [ < Ar qiyas analogy] * * ...
▪ Chinese official Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'i-ying  born 1790, China died June 29, 1858, Beijing       Chinese official who negotiated the Treaty of Nanjing, which ...
Qizil Qum
/ki zil" koohm", koom"/. See Kyzyl Kum. * * *
Chess. queen's knight. * * *
Chess. queen's knight's pawn. * * *
ql abbrev. quintal * * *
quintal. * * *
quality. * * *
To burn, roast. alkali; hyperkalemia, hypokalemia, from Arabic (al-)qily, the ashes, lye, potash, from qalā, to fry, roast. * * *
1. Also, Q.M. Quartermaster. 2. Physics. See quantum mechanics. * * *
Quartermaster Corps. Also, Q.M.C. * * *
Quartermaster-General. Also, Q.M.G., Q.M.Gen. * * *
Central Semitic, to enclose. camisado, camisole, chemise, chemisette, from Late Greek kamision, probably from a Semitic source akin to Ugaritic qmṣ, a garment, Arabic qamīṣ, ...
Chess. queen's knight. * * *
Chess. queen's knight's pawn. * * *
Common Semitic noun *qanaw-, reed. 1. canasta, cane, canistel, canister, canna, cannelloni, cannelure, cannoli, cannon, cannula, canyon; cannellini bean, from Greek kanna, reed, ...
Qo abbrev. Bible Ecclesiastes * * *
Qoboza, Percy
▪ South African journalist born Jan. 17, 1938, Johannesburg, S.Af. died Jan. 17, 1988, Johannesburg       South African journalist, an outspoken critic of apartheid and ...
▪ Judaism       (Hebrew: “Holy Things”), the fifth of the six major divisions, or orders (sedarim), of the Mishna (codification of Jewish oral laws), which was ...
/koom/, n. a city in NW Iran, SW of Teheran, on the Qom river. 170,000. Also, Qum. * * * ▪ Iran also spelled  Qum,    city, north-central Iran. The town lies on both ...
/kawf/, n. koph. * * *
▪ Kazakstan Russian  Kostanay , also spelled  Kustanay , or  Kustanai        city, northern Kazakhstan, on the Tobyl River. Founded by Russian settlers from the ...
or Qŭqon or Kokand Region, eastern Uzbekistan. A powerful khanate by the 18th century, it recognized Chinese sovereignty с 1760. It was conquered by Russia in 1876 and was ...
Chess. queen's pawn. * * *
West Semitic, to close, enclose. coffle, from Arabic qāfila, caravan, feminine active participle of qafala, to close, also a denominative verb, to return. * * *
➡ Queen’s Park Rangers. * * *
qq or Qq abbrev. quartos * * *
quartos. * * *
questions. * * *
qq. hor.
(in prescriptions) every hour. [ < L quaque hora] * * *
qq. v.
(in formal writing) which (words, things, etc.) see. Cf. q.v. [ < L quae vide] * * *
qq.v. abbrev. 〚L quae vide〛 which (words, etc.) see * * * qq.v. abbr. Latin quae vide (which [things] see). * * *
Chess. queen's rook. * * *
pl. qrs. 1. farthing. [ < L quadrans, pl. quadrantes] 2. quarter. 3. quire. * * *
To be(come) near, draw near. 1. a. corban, from Hebrew qorbān, offering, from hiqrîb, to bring near, present, offer; b. kiruv, from Mishnaic Hebrew qîrûb, bringing near, ...
West Semitic, to gnaw, glean. macramé>>, from Arabic miqrama, bedcover, thin curtain, veil, from qarama, to gnaw, nibble. * * *
Chess. queen's rook's pawn. * * *
see qr. * * *
To call (out), read, summon. Koran; Alcoran, from Arabic (al-)qurʾān, (the) reading, Koran, from qaraʾa, to read, recite. * * *
qs abbrev. quarter section (of land) * * *
To cut, cut off. Casbah, from Arabic dialectal qaṣba, citadel, fortified area of cities in northwest Africa, from qaṣaba, to cut up. * * *
West Semitic, to divide, distribute, assign, ordain, practice divination; noun *qasm-, *qism-, divination. kismet, from Arabic qisma, portion, lot, destiny, fate, from qasama, to ...
Astron. quasi-stellar object. * * *
Astron. See quasi-stellar radio source. * * *
West Semitic, to judge, decree, rule. alcalde, from Arabic al-qāḍī, the decisive one, judge, active participle of qaḍā, to settle, decree, judge. * * *
qt abbrev. 1. quantity 2. quart(s): also, for the plural, qts * * *
1. quantity. 2. pl. qt., qts. quart. * * *
quarterly. * * *
To be(come) thin, fine, small. cotton, from Arabic quṭn, quṭun, cotton, perhaps akin to Akkadian qatānu, to be(come) thin, fine (of textiles), or perhaps borrowed from an ...
qto abbrev. quarto * * *
quarto. * * *
1. quarter. 2. quarterly. * * *
qty abbrev. quantity * * *
quantity. * * *
qu abbrev. 1. quart 2. quarter 3. quarterly 4. queen 5. query 6. question * * *
Qu Qiubai
▪ Chinese leader Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'ü Ch'iu-pai , original name  Qu Maomiao , also called  Qu Shuang , courtesy name (zi)  Qiubai  born Jan. 29, 1899, ...
Qu Yuan
/chooh" yyuuahn"/, Pinyin. See Ch'ü Yüan. * * * or Ch'ü Yüan born с 339, Quyi, China died 278 BC, Hunan Chinese poet. Born into the ruling house of Chu, in youth Qu Yuan ...
Qu'Ap·pelle (kwə-pĕlʹ) A river, about 434 km (270 mi) long, of southern Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba, Canada, flowing east to the Assiniboine River. * * *
Qu'Appelle River
River, southern Saskatchewan, Canada. It is about 270 mi (435 km) long and flows east through several lakes and Indian reservations and across the Manitoba border into the ...
1. quart. 2. quarter. 3. quarterly. 4. queen. 5. query. 6. question. * * *
/kway, kwah/, adv. as; as being; in the character or capacity of: The work of art qua art can be judged by aesthetic criteria only. [1640-50; < L qua fem. abl. sing. of qui ...
/kway"loohd/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of methaqualone. * * *
quack1 /kwak/, n. 1. the harsh, throaty cry of a duck or any similar sound. v.i. 2. to utter the cry of a duck or a sound resembling it. [1610-20; imit.; cf. D kwakken, G ...
quack grass
Inland North and North Midland U.S. a couch grass, Agropyron repens, a pernicious weed in cultivated fields. [1810-20] * * * ▪ plant also called  couch grass , or  quick ...
/kwak"euh ree/, n., pl. quackeries. 1. the practice or methods of a quack. 2. an instance of this. [1700-10; QUACK2 + -ERY] * * *
quack grass n. See couch grass.   [Variant of quitch grass.] * * *
quackish [kwak′ish] adj. 1. like or characteristic of a quack 2. boastfully pretentious quackishly adv. * * * See quackery. * * *
See quackery. * * *
/kwak"sal'veuhr/, n. 1. a quack doctor. 2. a charlatan. [1570-80; < early D (now kwakzalver); see QUACK1, SALVE, -ER1] * * *
See quack1. * * *
/kwah"kooh/, n. a male day name for Wednesday. See under day name. * * *
quad1 /kwod/, n. Informal. a quadrangle, as on a college campus. [1810-20; shortened form] quad2 /kwod/, n., v., quadded, quadding. Print. n. 1. Also called quadrat. a piece of ...
quad1 /kwod/, n. Informal. a quadrangle, as on a college campus. [1810-20; shortened form] quad2 /kwod/, n., v., quadded, quadding. Print. n. 1. Also called quadrat. a piece of ...
Quad Cities
the cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, together with Rock Island and Moline, Illinois. * * *       complex of cities at the Iowa-Illinois border, on the ...
quad left
(in computer typesetting) flush left. * * *
quad right
(in computer typesetting) flush right. * * *
1. quadrangle. 2. quadrant. * * *
/kwod"pleks'/, adj. 1. fourfold; quadruple. n. 2. Also called fourplex. a building having four dwelling or commercial units. [QUAD5 + -PLEX] * * *
var. of quadri- before a vowel: quadrennial. * * *
/kwod"reuh/, n., pl. quadrae /-ree/. Archit. a small molding, as a fillet. [1655-65; < L: fillet, side of a square, quadrant section] * * *
quadra- pref. Variant of quadri-. * * *
/kwod'reuh jeuh nair"ee euhn/, adj. 1. 40 years of age. 2. between the ages of 40 and 50. n. 3. a person who is 40 years old or whose age falls between 40 and 50. [1830-40; < L ...
/kwod'reuh jes"euh meuh/, n. the first Sunday in Lent. [1350-1400; ME < ML quadragesima, short for L quadragesima dies fortieth day] * * *
/kwod'reuh jes"euh meuhl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or suitable for Lent; Lenten. 2. (sometimes l.c.) lasting 40 days, as the fast of Lent. [1620-30; QUADRAGESIM(A) + -AL1] * * ...
—quadrangled, adj. /kwod"rang'geuhl/, n. 1. a plane figure having four angles and four sides, as a square. 2. a square or quadrangular space or court that is surrounded by a ...
—quadrangularly, adv. —quadrangularness, n. /kwo drang"gyeuh leuhr/, adj. having four angles and four sides; having the shape of a quadrangle. [1585-95; < LL quadrangularis, ...
See quadrangular. * * *
See quadrangular. * * *
/kwod"ranz/, n., pl. quadrantes /kwo dran"teez/. a bronze coin of ancient Rome, the fourth part of an as. [ < L quadrans lit., fourth part] * * *
—quadrantal /kwo dran"tl/, adj. —quadrantlike, adj. /kwod"reuhnt/, n. 1. a quarter of a circle; an arc of 90°. 2. the area included between such an arc and two radii drawn ...
quadrantal corrector
Naut. either of two soft-iron spheres attached to each side of a binnacle, intended to correct the compass deviation (quadrantal deviation) resulting from magnetism from ferrous ...
/kwo dran"tidz/, n. (used with a pl. v.) Astron. a collection of meteors comprising a meteor shower (Quadrantid meteor shower) visible around January 31 and having its apparent ...
/kwod'reuh fon"ik/, adj. of, noting, or pertaining to the recording and reproduction of sound over four separate transmission or direct reproduction channels instead of the ...
/kwo draf"euh nee/, n. high-fidelity sound reproduction involving signals transmitted through four different channels. Also called quadraphonics /kwod'reuh fon"iks/, ...
/kwod'reuh plee"jik, -plej"ik/, adj. quadriplegic. * * *
quad·ra·son·ic (kwŏd'rə-sŏnʹĭk) adj. Quadraphonic. * * *
/kwod"reuht/, n. 1. Print. quad2 (def. 1). 2. Ecol. a square or rectangular plot of land marked off for the study of plants and animals. [1675-85; var. of QUADRATE] * * *
adj., n. /kwod"rit, -rayt/; v. /kwod"rayt/, adj., n., v., quadrated, quadrating. adj. 1. square or rectangular. 2. Zool. of or pertaining to the quadrate. 3. Heraldry. (of a ...
—quadratically, adv. /kwo drat"ik/, adj. 1. square. 2. Algebra. involving the square and no higher power of the unknown quantity; of the second degree. n. 3. a quadratic ...
quadratic equation
Math. an equation containing a single variable of degree 2. Its general form is ax2 + bx + c = 0, where x is the variable and a, b, and c are constants (a non-zero). [1680-90] * ...
quadratic form
Math. a polynomial all of whose terms are of degree 2 in two or more variables, as 5x2 - 2xy + 3y2. [1855-60] * * *
quadratic formula
Math. the formula for determining the roots of a quadratic equation from its coefficients: x = (-b ± sqrt(b2 - 4ac))/2a. * * *
quadratic residue
Math. a number x that is relatively prime to a given integer y and for which a number z exists whose square gives the same remainder as x when divided by y. * * *
See quadratic. * * *
quadratic equation n. An equation in which one or more of the terms is squared but raised to no higher power, having the general form ax2 + bx + c = 0, where a, b, and c are ...
quadratic formula n. The formula x = [-b ±√(b2 - 4ac)]/2a, used to compute the roots of a quadratic equation. * * *
/kwo drat"iks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the branch of algebra that deals with quadratic equations. [1675-85; see QUADRATIC, -ICS] * * *
/kwod"reuh cheuhr, -choor'/, n. 1. the act of squaring. 2. Math. a. the act or process of finding a square equal in area to a given surface, esp. a surface bounded by a curve. b. ...
quadrature of the circle
Math. the insoluble problem of constructing, by the methods of Euclidean geometry, a square equal in area to a given circle. Also called squaring the circle. [1590-1600] * * *
Quadratus, Saint
▪ Christian saint flourished 2nd century, ; feast day May 26       the earliest known Apologist for Christianity.       With only a fragment of his Apology for ...
/kwod"reuhl/, n. a square stone, brick, or tile. [1680-90; < It quadrello, dim. of quadro square < L quadrum; see -ELLE] * * *
—quadrennially, adv. /kwo dren"ee euhl/, adj. 1. occurring every four years: a quadrennial festival. 2. of or lasting for four years: a quadrennial period. n. 3. an event ...
See quadrennial. * * *
/kwo dren"ee euhm/, n., pl. quadrenniums, quadrennia /kwo dren"ee euh/. a period of four years. [1815-25; < NL, alter. of L quadriennium, equiv. to quadri- QUADRI- + -enn-, comb. ...
a combining form meaning "four," used in the formation of compound words: quadrilateral. Also, quadru-; esp. before a vowel, quadr-. [ < L; akin to quattuor FOUR] * * *
/kwod"ree ad'/, n. a group of four, esp. a group of four persons with an interest or task in common. [QUADRI- + -AD1] * * *
/kwod"rik/, Math. adj. 1. of the second degree (said esp. of functions with more than two variables). n. 2. a quadric function. 3. a surface such as an ellipsoid or paraboloid as ...
quadric surface
a three-dimensional surface whose equation is a quadratic equation. [1880-85] * * *
quad·ri·cen·ten·a·ry (kwŏd'rĭ-sĕn-tĕnʹə-rē, -sĕnʹtə-nĕr'ē) n. pl. quad·ri·cen·ten·a·ries A 400th anniversary or celebration. adj. Of or relating to a span ...
/kwod'reuh sen ten"ee euhl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or marking the completion of a period of four hundred years. n. 2. a quadricentennial anniversary. 3. its ...
/kwod"reuh sep/ a quadriceps muscle. [1990-95] * * *
—quadricipital /kwod'reuh sip"i tl/, adj. /kwod"reuh seps'/, n., pl. quadricepses /-sep'siz/, quadriceps. Anat. a large muscle in front of the thigh, the action of which ...
quadriceps femoris muscle
▪ anatomy  large fleshy muscle group covering the front and sides of the thigh. It has four parts: rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, and vastus intermedius. ...
See quadriceps. * * *
—quadricycler, quadricyclist, n. /kwod"reuh suy'keuhl/, n. a vehicle similar to the bicycle and tricycle but having four wheels. [1880-85; QUADRI- + CYCLE] * * *
—quadriennially, adv. /kwod'ree en"ee euhl/, adj. quadrennial. * * *
/kwod'ree en"ee euhm/, n., pl. quadrienniums, quadriennia /-nee euh/. quadrennium. * * *
/kwod"reuh fid/, adj. cleft into four parts or lobes. [1655-65; < L quadrifidus. See QUADRI-, -FID] * * *
/kwo dree"geuh, -druy"-/, n., pl. quadrigae /kwo dree"guy, -druy"jee/. Class. Antiq. a two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses harnessed abreast. Cf. biga, triga. [1720-30; < L ...
/kwod'ri gay"teuhs/, n., pl. quadrigati /-tuy/. a silver coin of ancient Rome, bearing an image of Jupiter in a quadriga on the reverse. [ < L, equiv. to quadrig(a) QUADRIGA + ...
—quadrilaterally, adv. —quadrilateralness, n. /kwod'reuh lat"euhr euhl/, adj. 1. having four sides. n. 2. a plane figure having four sides and four angles. 3. something of ...
/kwod'reuh ling"gweuhl/ or, Can., /-ling"gyooh euhl/, adj. using or involving four languages: a quadrilingual person; a quadrilingual translation of the Bible. [1960-65; QUADRI- ...
/kwod'reuh lit"euhr euhl/, adj. 1. using or consisting of four letters. n. 2. a quadriliteral word or root. [1765-75; QUADRI- + LITERAL] * * *
quadrille1 /kwo dril", kweuh-, keuh-/, n. 1. a square dance for four couples, consisting of five parts or movements, each complete in itself. 2. the music for such a ...
—quadrillionth, n., adj. /kwo dril"yeuhn/, n., pl. quadrillions, (as after a numeral) quadrillion, adj. n. 1. a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 15 ...
quad·ril·lionth (kwŏ-drĭlʹyənth) n. 1. The ordinal number matching the number quadrillion in a series. 2. One of a quadrillion equal parts.   quad·rilʹlionth adv. & ...
/kwod'reuh noh"mee euhl/, Algebra. adj. 1. consisting of four terms. n. 2. a quadrinomial expression. [QUADRI- + (BI)NOMIAL] * * *
—quadripartitely, adv. /kwod'reuh pahr"tuyt/, adj. 1. divided into or consisting of four parts. 2. involving four participants: a quadripartite treaty. [1400-50; late ME < L ...
/kwod'reuh fon"ik/, adj. quadraphonic. * * *
/kwod'reuh fon"iks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) quadraphony. Also called quadrisonics /kwod'reuh son"iks/. [see QUADRAPHONIC, -ICS] * * *
See quadriphonic. * * *
/kwod'reuh plee"jee euh, -jeuh/, n. Pathol. paralysis of all four limbs or of the entire body below the neck. Also called tetraplegia. [1920-25; QUADRI- + -PLEGIA] * * *
/kwod'reuh plee"jik, -plej"ik/, n. Pathol. a person with quadriplegia. [1960-65; QUADRIPLEG(IA) + -IC] * * *
/kwod"reuh reem'/, n. (in classical antiquity) a galley having four banks of oars. [1590-1600; < L quadriremis, equiv. to quadri- QUADRI- + -remis (deriv. of remus oar)] * * *
—quadrisection, n. /kwod"reuh sekt'/, v.t. to divide (something) into four equal parts. [1800-10; QUADRI- + -SECT] * * *
—quadrisyllabic /kwod'reuh si lab"ik/, quadrisyllabical, adj. /kwod"reuh sil'euh beuhl/, n. a word of four syllables. [1650-60; QUADRI- + SYLLABLE] * * *
See quadrivalent. * * *
See quadrivalence. * * *
—quadrivalence, quadrivalency, n. —quadrivalently, adv. /kwod'reuh vay"leuhnt, kwo driv"euh-/, adj. Chem. 1. having a valence of four; tetravalent. 2. exhibiting four ...
/kwo driv"ee euhl/, adj. 1. having four ways or roads meeting in a point. 2. (of ways or roads) leading in four directions. 3. of or pertaining to the quadrivium. [1375-1425; ...
/kwo driv"ee euhm/, n., pl. quadrivia /kwo driv"ee euh/. (during the Middle Ages) the more advanced division of the seven liberal arts, comprising arithmetic, geometry, ...
/kwod'reuh min"ee euhm/, n. a building consisting of four individually owned apartments or living units. [1970-75; QUADR- + (COND)OMINIUM] * * *
/kwo droohn"/, n. a person having one-fourth black ancestry; the offspring of a mulatto and a white. [1640-50; alter. of Sp cuarterón, deriv. of cuarto FOURTH < L quartus; see ...
Quadros, Jânio da Silva
born Jan. 25, 1917, Campo Grande, Mato Grosso, Braz. died Feb. 16, 1992, São Paulo President of Brazil (1961). A colourful and eccentric populist, he campaigned with a broom ...
var. of quadri-. [ < L: var. of quadri- before labial consonants, as in quadrupes QUADRUPED, quadruplex QUADRUPLEX] * * *
/kwod"roo mayn'/, n. a quadrumanous animal, as a monkey. [1820-30; < NL quadrumana, n. use of fem. of quadrumanus QUADRUMANOUS] * * *
/kwo drooh"meuh neuhs/, adj. four-handed; having all four feet adapted for use as hands, as monkeys. [1690-1700; < NL quadrumanus, equiv. to L quadru- QUADRU- + -manus, adj. ...
/kwo drum"veuhr/, n. a member of a quadrumvirate. [1780-90; back formation from QUADRUMVIRATE, by analogy with TRIUMVIR] * * *
/kwo drum"veuhr it, -veuh rayt'/, n. a governing or managing group, coalition, or the like, of four persons. [1745-55; QUADR- + -umvirate (as in TRIUMVIRATE)] * * *
—quadrupedal /kwo drooh"pi dl, kwod'roo ped"l/, adj. —quadrupedism, n. /kwod"roo ped'/, adj. 1. four-footed. n. 2. an animal, esp. a mammal, having four feet. [1640-50; < L ...
See quadruped. * * *
—quadrupleness, n. —quadruply, adv. /kwo drooh"peuhl, -drup"euhl, kwod"roo peuhl/, adj., n., v., quadrupled, quadrupling. adj. 1. fourfold; consisting of four parts: a ...
Quadruple Alliance
I (1718) Alliance between Austria, Britain, the Dutch Republic, and France, formed to prevent Spain from altering the terms of the Peace of Utrecht (1713). When Philip V of ...
quadruple run
Cribbage. a set of five cards consisting of a three-card run plus two other cards that duplicate different denominations in the run, as 5,5,6,6,7, worth 16 points. * * *
quadruple time
Music. 1. a measure consisting of four beats or pulses with accent on the first and third. 2. the rhythm created by use of this measure. [1895-1900] * * *
/kwo drup"lit, -drooh"plit, kwod"roo plit/, n. 1. any group or combination of four. 2. quadruplets, four children or offspring born of one pregnancy. 3. one of four such children ...
/kwod"roo pleks', kwo drooh"pleks/, adj. 1. fourfold; quadruple. 2. noting or pertaining to a system of telegraphy by which four messages may be transmitted simultaneously over ...
—quadruplication, quadruplicature /kwo drooh"pli keuh cheuhr/, n. n., adj. /kwo drooh"pli kit/; v. /kwo drooh"pli kayt'/, n., adj., v., quadruplicated, quadruplicating. n. 1. ...
See quadruplicate. * * *
See quadruplicately. * * *
/kwod'roo plis"i tee/, n. 1. the state or fact of being quadruple or fourfold. 2. Astrol. the division of the signs of the zodiac into three groups of four signs each, the ...
See quadruple. * * *
/kwodz/, n.pl. Informal. quadriceps muscles. [by shortening] * * *
/kwear"ee/, Archaic. v. imperative. 1. ask; inquire (used to introduce or suggest a question). n. 2. a query or question. [1525-35; < L, 2nd person sing. impv. of quaerere to ...
—quaestorial /kwe stawr"ee euhl, -stohr"-, kwee-/, adj. —quaestorship, n. /kwes"teuhr, kwee"steuhr/, n. Rom. Hist. 1. one of two subordinates of the consuls serving as public ...
See quaestor. * * *
See quaestorial. * * *
—quaffer, n. /kwof, kwaf, kwawf/, v.i. 1. to drink a beverage, esp. an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment. v.t. 2. to drink (a beverage) copiously and ...
See quaff. * * *
/kwag, kwog/, n. a quagmire. [1580-90; expressive word, obscurely akin to QUAKE] * * *
/kwag"euh, kwog"euh/, n. an extinct equine mammal, Equus quagga, of southern Africa, related to and resembling the zebra, but striped only on the forepart of the body and the ...
—quagginess, n. /kwag"ee, kwog"ee/, adj., quaggier, quaggiest. 1. of the nature of or resembling a quagmire; marshy; boggy. 2. soft or flabby: quaggy flesh. [1600-10; QUAG + ...
—quagmiry, adj. /kwag"muyeur', kwog"-/, n. 1. an area of miry or boggy ground whose surface yields under the tread; a bog. 2. a situation from which extrication is very ...
/kwaw"hawg, -hog, kwoh-, koh"-, kweuh hawg", -hog"/, n. an edible clam, Venus (Mercenaria) mercenaria, inhabiting waters along the Atlantic coast, having a relatively thick ...
Quai d'Orsay
/ke dawrdd se"/; Eng. /kay" dawr say", kway"/ 1. the quay along the south bank of the Seine in Paris, on which are located the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other French ...
/kwaykh/, n. a Scottish drinking cup of the 17th and 18th centuries having a shallow bowl with two or three flat handles. [1665-75; < ScotGael cuach] * * *
Quai d'Or·say (kāʹ dôr-sāʹ, kēʹ, kĕ dôr-sĕʹ) A street paralleling the southern bank of the Seine River in Paris, France, notable for its governmental ministries. ...

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