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quail
quail1 —quaillike, adj. /kwayl/, n., pl. quails, (esp. collectively) quail. 1. a small, migratory, gallinaceous game bird, Coturnix coturnix, of the Old World. 2. any of ...
quail clock
a clock that announces the hours by a sound resembling that of a quail. [1895-1900] * * *
quail dove
any of several tropical American pigeons of the genera Starnoenas or Geotrygon. [1890-95, Amer.] * * *
quail-brush
/kwayl"brush'/, n. a salt-tolerant, silvery gray shrub, Atriplex lentiformis breweri, of the goosefoot family, native to southern California. [1920-25, Amer.] * * *
quaint
—quaintly, adv. —quaintness, n. /kwaynt/, adj., quainter, quaintest. 1. having an old-fashioned attractiveness or charm; oddly picturesque: a quaint old house. 2. strange, ...
quaintly
See quaint. * * *
quaintness
See quaintly. * * *
quake
—quakingly, adv. /kwayk/, v., quaked, quaking, n. v.i. 1. (of persons) to shake or tremble from cold, weakness, fear, anger, or the like: He spoke boldly even though his legs ...
quakeproof
/kwayk"proohf'/, adj. 1. designed or built to withstand the destructive forces of an earthquake. v.t. 2. to make quakeproof. [1935-40; QUAKE + -PROOF] * * *
Quaker
—Quakerish, Quakerlike, adj. /kway"keuhr/, n. a popular name for a member of the Religious Society of Friends. [1590-1600; QUAKE + -ER1] * * * ▪ Christian group ...
Quaker Foods and Beverages
▪ American company       American manufacturer and marketer of foods and beverages, formed in August 2001 when PepsiCo, Inc., acquired the original Quaker Oats Company ...
Quaker gun
a dummy gun, as on a ship or fort: so called in allusion to the Quakers' opposition to war. [1800-10, Amer.] * * *
Quaker meeting
1. a meeting of Quakers, at which all members, except those moved to speak, remain silent. 2. Informal. a gathering at which there is considerable silence. [1650-60] * * *
Quaker Oats Co.
International manufacturer of grocery products. It was formed in 1901 by the merging of three milling companies from Ohio and Iowa, including the country's largest cereal mill. ...
Quaker Oats{™}
a popular breakfast cereal. The Quaker Oats Company, whose main office is in Chicago, also makes a range of other food products. * * *
Quaker-ladies
/kway"keuhr lay'deez/, n. (used with a pl. v.) bluet (def. 1). [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
Quakeress
/kway"keuhr is/, n. a woman or girl who is a Quaker. [1715-25; QUAKER + -ESS] Usage. See -ess. * * *
Quakergun
Quaker gun n. A dummy gun made of wood.   [From the Quakers' opposition to war.] * * *
Quakerism
/kway"keuh riz'euhm/, n. the beliefs, principles, and practices of Quakers. [1650-60; QUAKER + -ISM] * * *
Quakerly
/kway"keuhr lee/, adj. 1. like a Quaker. adv. 2. in the manner of the Quakers. [1675-85; QUAKER + -LY] * * *
quaking aspen
☆ quaking aspen n. a North American poplar (Populus tremuloides) with small, flat-stemmed leaves that tremble in the lightest breeze * * *
quaking aspen.
See under aspen (def. 1). [1785-95] * * *
quaking grass
any of several grasses of the genus Briza, having spikelets with slender, drooping stalks. [1590-1600] * * * ▪ plant       any of about 20 species of slender annual or ...
quakingaspen
quak·ing aspen (kwāʹkĭng) n. A North American deciduous tree (Populus tremuloides) having broadly ovate, finely toothed leaves with a truncate base. * * *
quakingbog
quaking bog n. A floating mat of thickly woven mosses, rushes, and shrubs that forms across the surface of shallow ponds and may shimmy or shake when walked on. * * *
quaky
—quakily, adv. —quakiness, n. /kway"kee/, adj., quakier, quakiest. tending to quake; shaky or tremulous. [1860-65; QUAKE + -Y1] * * *
quale
/kwah"lee, -lay, kway"lee/, n., pl. qualia /-lee euh/. Philos. 1. a quality, as bitterness, regarded as an independent object. 2. a sense-datum or feeling having a distinctive ...
qualifiable
/kwol"euh fuy'euh beuhl/, adj. capable of being qualified: qualifiable statements. [1605-15; QUALIFY + -ABLE] * * *
qualification
/kwol'euh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. a quality, accomplishment, etc., that fits a person for some function, office, or the like. 2. a circumstance or condition required by law or ...
qualificator
/kwol"euh fi kay'teuhr/, n. Rom. Cath. Ch. (in an ecclesiastical court) an officer charged with examining cases and preparing them for trial. [1680-90; < ML qualificator, equiv. ...
qualified
—qualifiedly, adv. —qualifiedness, n. /kwol"euh fuyd'/, adj. 1. having the qualities, accomplishments, etc., that fit a person for some function, office, or the like. 2. ...
qualifiedly
See qualified. * * *
qualifier
/kwol"euh fuy'euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that qualifies. 2. Gram. a. a word that qualifies the meaning of another, as an adjective or adverb; modifier. b. an adverb that ...
qualify
—qualificatory /kwol"euh fi keuh tawr'ree, -tohr'ee/, adj. —qualifyingly, adv. /kwol"euh fuy'/, v., qualified, qualifying. v.t. 1. to provide with proper or necessary skills, ...
qualitative
—qualitatively, adv. /kwol"i tay'tiv/, adj. pertaining to or concerned with quality or qualities. [1600-10; < LL qualitativus, equiv. to qualitat- (s. of qualitas) QUALITY + ...
qualitative analysis
Chem. the analysis of a substance in order to ascertain the nature of its chemical constituents. Cf. quantitative analysis. [1835-45] * * *
qualitative chemical analysis
▪ chemistry       branch of chemistry that deals with the identification of elements or grouping of elements present in a sample. The techniques employed in qualitative ...
qualitativeanalysis
qualitative analysis n. The testing of a substance or mixture to determine its chemical constituents. * * *
qualitatively
See qualitative. * * *
quality
—qualityless, adj. /kwol"i tee/, n., pl. qualities, adj. n. 1. an essential or distinctive characteristic, property, or attribute: the chemical qualities of alcohol. 2. ...
quality circle
a group of workers performing similar duties who meet periodically to discuss work-related problems, offer suggestions for improved production or product quality, ...
quality control
a system for verifying and maintaining a desired level of quality in a product or process by careful planning, use of proper equipment, continued inspection, and corrective ...
quality of life
➡ standards of living * * *
quality paperback.
See trade paperback. * * *
quality point
Educ. See grade point. * * *
quality point average
Educ. See grade point average. [1970-75] * * *
quality time
time devoted exclusively to nurturing a cherished person or activity. [1985-90] * * *
quality-control
See quality control. * * *
quality-of-life
/kwol"i tee euhv luyf"/, adj. affecting the quality of urban life: such quality-of-life crimes as fare-beating and graffiti writing. [1940-45] * * *
qualitycircle
quality circle n. A group of employees who perform similar duties and meet at periodic intervals, often with management, to discuss work-related issues and to offer suggestions ...
qualitycontrol
quality control n. A system for ensuring the maintenance of proper standards in manufactured goods, especially by periodic random inspection of the ...
qualitytime
quality time n. Time during which one focuses on or dedicates oneself to a person or activity: “When you decide to turn on the TV, you decide... not to spend quality time with ...
qualm
/kwahm, kwawm/, n. 1. an uneasy feeling or pang of conscience as to conduct; compunction: He has no qualms about lying. 2. a sudden feeling of apprehensive uneasiness; misgiving: ...
qualmish
—qualmishly, adv. —qualmishness, n. /kwah"mish, kwaw"-/, adj. 1. tending to have, or having, qualms. 2. nauseous; nauseated. 3. of the nature of a qualm. 4. likely to cause ...
qualmishly
See qualmish. * * *
quamash
/kwom"ash, kweuh mash"/, n. camass. * * *
Quamin
/kwah"min/, n. a male day name for Saturday. See under day name. Also, Quame /kwah"mee/. * * *
quamish
qua·mish (kwäʹmĭsh) adj. Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. Sick in the stomach; nauseated. See note at Ocracoke Island.   [Alteration of qualmish.] * * *
Quanah
/kwah"neuh/, n. (Quanah Parker), 1845?-1911, Comanche leader. * * *
quandary
/kwon"deuh ree, -dree/, n., pl. quandaries. a state of perplexity or uncertainty, esp. as to what to do; dilemma. [1570-80; perh. fancifully < L quand(o) when + -are inf. ...
QuandaryPeak
Quan·da·ry Peak (kwänʹdə-rē, -drē) A mountain, 4,350.8 m (14,265 ft) high, in the Park Range of the Rocky Mountains in central Colorado. * * *
quandong
/kwon"dong'/, n. 1. an Australian tree, Fusanus acuminatus, bearing a fruit with an edible, nutlike seed. 2. the fruit, or the seed or nut. Also, quandang, quantong. [1830-40; < ...
quandong nut
      edible seed of the native peach (Santalum acuminatum), a small shrubby tree of the sandalwood family (Santalaceae), native to Australia. Unlike other members of this ...
Quang Ngai
▪ Vietnam       town, central Vietnam, on the South China Sea coast. It is a minor port on the south bank of the Tra Khuc River estuary, 125 miles (200 km) southeast of ...
quango
/kwang"goh/, n., pl. quangos. (esp. in Great Britain) a semi-public advisory and administrative body supported by the government and having most of its members appointed by the ...
quant
/kwahnt/, n. Business Slang. an expert in quantitative analysis. [1985-90, Amer.; by clipping] * * *
Quant, Mary
born Feb. 11, 1934, London, Eng. English fashion designer. Specializing in youth-oriented fashions, she was responsible in the 1960s for the "Chelsea look" of England and the ...
Quant,Mary
Quant (kwŏnt), Mary. Born 1934. British fashion designer who is credited with designing the first miniskirt (1960) and hot pants (c. 1970). * * *
quanta
/kwon"teuh/, n. pl. of quantum. * * *
quantal
/kwon"tl/, adj. Physics. of or pertaining to quanta or quantum mechanics. [1915-20; QUANT(UM) + -AL1] * * *
quantally
See quantal. * * *
quantasome
quantasome [kwän′tə sōm΄] n. in the membrane of a chloroplast, any of the highly ordered structures containing many molecules of chlorophyll: quantasomes are thought to be ...
quantic
/kwon"tik/, n. Math. a rational, integral, homogeneous function of two or more variables. [1850-55; < L quant(us) how much + -IC] * * *
Quantico
/kwon"ti koh'/, n. a U.S. Marine Corps base and development and education command in NE Virginia, NE of Fredericksburg on the Potomac River. * * *
quantifiable
See quantify. * * *
quantification
See quantifiable. * * * ▪ logic       in logic, the attachment of signs of quantity to the predicate or subject of a proposition. The universal quantifier, symbolized ...
quantifier
/kwon"teuh fuy'euhr/, n. 1. Logic. an expression, as "all" or "some," that indicates the quantity of a proposition. Cf. existential quantifier, universal quantifier. 2. a word, ...
quantify
—quantifiable, adj. —quantifiably, adv. —quantification, n. /kwon"teuh fuy'/, v.t., quantified, quantifying. 1. to determine, indicate, or express the quantity of. 2. ...
quantile
/kwon"tuyl, -til/, n. Statistics. one of the class of values of a variate that divides the total frequency of a sample or population into a given number of equal proportions. Cf. ...
quantitate
—quantitation, n. /kwon"ti tayt'/, v.t., quantitated, quantitating. to determine the quantity of, esp. with precision. [1955-60; QUANTIT(Y) + -ATE1] * * *
quantitation
See quantitate. * * *
quantitative
—quantitatively, quantitively, adv. —quantitativeness, quantitiveness, n. /kwon"ti tay'tiv/, adj. 1. that is or may be estimated by quantity. 2. of or pertaining to the ...
quantitative analysis
1. Chem. the analysis of a substance to determine the amounts and proportions of its chemical constituents. Cf. qualitative analysis. 2. Business. the use of esp. computerized ...
quantitative chemical analysis
▪ chemistry       branch of chemistry that deals with the determination of the amount or percentage of one or more constituents of a sample. A variety of methods is ...
quantitative genetics.
See population genetics. [1970-75] * * *
quantitative inheritance
Genetics. the process in which the additive action of numerous genes results in a trait, as height, showing continuous variability. Cf. polygenic inheritance. [1925-30] * * *
quantitative verse
▪ literature       in prosody, a metrical system based on the duration of the syllables that make up the feet (foot), without regard for accents or stresses. ...
quantitativeanalysis
quantitative analysis n. The testing of a substance or mixture to determine the amounts and proportions of its chemical constituents. * * *
quantitativegene
quantitative gene n. See polygene. * * *
quantitatively
See quantitative. * * *
quantitativeness
See quantitatively. * * *
quantity
/kwon"ti tee/, n., pl. quantities. 1. a particular or indefinite amount of anything: a small quantity of milk; the ocean's vast quantity of fish. 2. an exact or specified amount ...
quantity theory of money
      economic (economics) theory relating changes in the price levels to changes in the quantity of money. In its developed form, it constitutes an analysis of the ...
quantization
See quantize. * * *
quantize
—quantization, n. /kwon"tuyz/, v.t., quantized, quantizing. 1. Math., Physics. to restrict (a variable quantity) to discrete values rather than to a continuous set of ...
Quantock hills
➡ Quantocks * * *
Quantocks
(also the Quantock hills) a range of hills in Somerset, England, well known for their attractive scenery. * * *
quantong
/kwon"tong'/, n. quandong. * * *
Quantrill
/kwon"tril/, n. William Clarke, 1837-65, Confederate guerrilla leader. * * *
Quantrill, William C(larke)
born July 31, 1837, Canal Dover, Ohio, U.S. died June 6, 1865, Louisville, Ky. U.S. outlaw and Confederate guerrilla. After working as an itinerant schoolteacher, he moved to ...
Quantrill, William C.
▪ American outlaw in full  William Clarke Quantrill,  pseudonym  Charley Hart  born July 31, 1837, Canal Dover, Ohio, U.S. died June 6, 1865, Louisville, Ky.  captain of ...
Quantrill,William Clarke
Quan·trill (kwŏnʹtrĭl'), William Clarke. 1837-1865. American desperado who led a guerrilla band that sporadically supported the Confederacy during the Civil War. He is ...
Quantrill’s Raiders
n [pl] a small independent military group that fought for the Confederate States in Missouri and Kansas during the American Civil War. It was led by Captain William Quantrill ...
quantum
/kwon"teuhm/, n., pl. quanta /-teuh/, adj. n. 1. quantity or amount: the least quantum of evidence. 2. a particular amount. 3. a share or portion. 4. a large quantity; bulk. 5. ...
quantum chemistry
the application of quantum mechanics to the study of chemical phenomena. [1940-45] * * *
quantum chromodynamics
Physics. a quantum field theory that describes quarks and gluons and their interactions, with the color of the quarks playing a role analogous to that of electric charge. Abbr.: ...
quantum chromodynamics (QCD)
Theory that describes the action of the strong force. The strong force acts only on certain particles, principally quarks that are bound together in the protons and neutrons of ...
quantum computer
▪ computer science       device that employs properties described by quantum mechanics to enhance computations.       As early as 1959 the American physicist and ...
quantum computing
Experimental method of computing that makes use of quantum-mechanical phenomena. It incorporates quantum theory and the uncertainty principle. Quantum computers would allow a ...
quantum electrodynamics
Physics. the quantum field theory that deals with the electromagnetic field and its interaction with electrons and positrons. Abbr.: QED [1925-30] * * * ▪ ...
quantum electrodynamics (QED)
Quantum theory of the interactions of charged particles with the electromagnetic field. It describes the interactions of light with matter as well as those of charged particles ...
quantum field theory
Physics. any theory in which fields are treated by the methods of quantum mechanics; each field can then be regarded as consisting of particles of a particular kind, which may be ...
quantum jump
1. Physics. an abrupt transition of a system described by quantum mechanics from one of its discrete states to another, as the fall of an electron in an atom to an orbit of lower ...
quantum mechanics
—quantum-mechanical, adj. Physics. a theory of the mechanics of atoms, molecules, and other physical systems that are subject to the uncertainty principle. Abbr.: QM Cf. ...
quantum number
Physics. 1. any integer or half of an odd integer that distinguishes one of the discrete states of a quantum-mechanical system. 2. any number that distinguishes among different ...
quantum optics
the branch of optics dealing with light as a stream of photons, each possessing a quantum of energy proportional to the frequency of light when it is considered as a wave ...
quantum physics
quantum physics n. see PHYSICS (sense 2a) * * *
quantum state
Physics. the condition in which a physical system exists, usually described by a wave function or a set of quantum numbers. [1920-25] * * *
quantum statistics
Physics, Chem. the branch of statistical mechanics that incorporates quantum mechanics. Cf. Bose-Einstein statistics, Fermi-Dirac statistics, statistical mechanics. [1930-35] * * ...
quantum sufficit
/kwahn"toom soohf"i kit/; Eng. /kwon"teuhm suf"euh sit/, Latin. as much as suffices; enough. * * *
quantum theory
Physics. 1. any theory predating quantum mechanics that encompassed Planck's radiation formula and a scheme for obtaining discrete energy states for atoms, as Bohr theory. 2. any ...
quantumbit
quantum bit n. The smallest unit of information in a computer designed to manipulate or store information through effects predicted by quantum physics. Unlike bits in classical ...
quantumchromodynamics
quantum chromodynamics n. (used with a sing. verb) Chromodynamics. * * *
quantumelectrodynamics
quantum electrodynamics n. (used with a sing. verb) The quantum theory of the properties and behavior of muons, photons, and electrons and the electromagnetic field. * * *
quantumjump
quantum jump n. 1. Abrupt change from one energy level to another, especially such a change in the orbit of an electron with the loss or gain of a quantum of energy. 2. A quantum ...
quantumleap
quantum leap n. An abrupt change or step, especially in method, information, or knowledge: “War was going to take a quantum leap; it would never be the same” (Garry Wills). * ...
quantummechanics
quantum mechanics n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Quantum theory, especially the quantum theory of the structure and behavior of atoms and molecules. * * *
quantumnumber
quantum number n. Any of a set of real numbers assigned to a physical system that individually characterize the properties and collectively specify the state of a particle or of ...
quantumphysics
quantum physics n. (used with a sing. verb) The branch of physics that uses quantum theory to describe and predict the properties of a physical system. * * *
quantumstate
quantum state n. Any of the possible states of a system described by quantum theory. * * *
quantumsystem
quantum system n. A physical or theoretical system that cannot be correctly described without the use of quantum physics. * * *
quantumteleportation
quantum teleportation n. The instantaneous transference of properties from one quantum system to another without physical contact. * * *
quantumtheory
quantum theory n. 1. A theory in physics based on the principle that matter and energy have the properties of both particles and waves, created to explain the radiation of energy ...
Quantz
/kvahnts/, n. Johann Joachim /yoh"hahn yoh"ah khim/, 1697-1773, German flutist and composer: teacher of Frederick the Great. * * *
Quantz, Johann Joachim
▪ German musician born Jan. 30, 1697, Oberscheden, near Göttingen [Germany] died July 12, 1773, Potsdam, Brandenburg       German composer and flute virtuoso who left ...
Quanzhou
/chwahn"joh"/, n. Pinyin. a seaport in SE Fujian province, in SE China, on Taiwan Strait. 130,000. Also, Chuanchow. Formerly, Tsinkiang. * * * ▪ China Introduction Wade-Giles ...
Quao
/kwah"oh/, n. a male day name for Thursday. See under day name. * * *
Quapaw
/kwaw"paw'/, n., pl. Quapaws, (esp. collectively) paw for 1. 1. a member of a North American Indian people formerly of Arkansas, now living mostly in northeastern Oklahoma. 2. ...
quaquaversal
—quaquaversally, adv. /kway'kweuh verr"seuhl/, adj. (of a geological formation) sloping downward from the center in all directions. [1720-30; < L quaqua vers(us) lit., ...
quar
quar abbrev. 1. quarter 2. quarterly * * *
quar.
1. quarter. 2. quarterly. * * *
quarantinable
See quarantine. * * *
quarantine
—quarantinable, adj. —quarantiner, n. /kwawr"euhn teen', kwor"-, kwawr'euhn teen", kwor'-/, n., v., quarantined, quarantining. n. 1. a strict isolation imposed to prevent the ...
quarantine anchorage
an anchorage for ships awaiting a pratique. * * *
quarantine flag
Naut. a yellow flag, designating the letter Q in the International Code of Signals: flown by itself to signify that a ship has no disease on board and requests a pratique, or ...
Quare, Daniel
▪ English clockmaker and inventor born c. 1648, Somersetshire?, Eng. died March 21, 1724, [1723, Old Style], Croydon, Surrey       celebrated English clock maker, who ...
Quarenghi, Giacomo Antonio Domenico
▪ Italian painter and architect born Sept. 20, 1744, Rota d'Imagna, Republic of Venice [Italy] died Feb. 18, 1817, St. Petersburg, Russia       Italian Neoclassical ...
quark
/kwawrk, kwahrk/, n. Physics. any of the hypothetical particles with spin 1/2, baryon number 1/3, and electric charge 1/3 or -2/3 that, together with their antiparticles, are ...
quark model
Physics. a scheme that explains the quantum numbers of all the baryons and mesons by assuming that baryons are composed of three quarks and mesons of a quark and an antiquark, ...
quarkonium
/kwawr koh"nee euhm, kwahr-/, n. Physics. a meson composed of a quark and an antiquark of the same flavor. [1975-80; QUARK + -ON1 + -IUM, on the model of POSITRONIUM and ...
Quarks
▪ Table Quarks* quark type baryon number charge strangeness** charm** bottom** top** mass (MeV) down (d) 1/3 –(1/3)e   0 0 0   0 5–15 up ...
quarkstar
quark star n. A hypothetical celestial object that is the remnant of a massive star that has collapsed with a force sufficient to reduce all particles to strange quarks. Also ...
Quarles
/kwawrlz, kwahrlz/, n. Francis, 1592-1644, English poet. * * *
Quarles, Francis
(baptized May 8, 1592, Romford, Essex, Eng. died Sept. 8, 1644, London) English religious poet. Quarles is remembered for his Emblemes (1635), the most notable of ...
Quarles,Francis
Quarles (kwärlz, kwôrlz), Francis. 1592-1644. English Metaphysical poet whose book Emblems, Divine and Moral (1635) was influential in its time. * * *
Quarnero
It. /kwahrdd ne"rddaw/, n. Gulf of, an arm of the Adriatic Sea, in NW Yugoslavia. * * *
quarrel
quarrel1 —quarreler, n. —quarrelingly, adv. /kwawr"euhl, kwor"-/, n., v., quarreled, quarreling or (esp. Brit.) quarrelled, quarrelling. n. 1. an angry dispute or ...
quarreler
See quarrel1. * * *
quarreller
See quarreler. * * *
quarrelsome
—quarrelsomely, adv. —quarrelsomeness, n. /kwawr"euhl seuhm, kwor"-/, adj. inclined to quarrel; argumentative; contentious. [1590-1600; QUARREL1 + -SOME1] * * *
quarrier
/kwawr"ee euhr, kwor"-/, n. a person who quarries stone. [1325-75; ME quaryer, quarriour < OF quarrier, equiv. to *quarre QUARRY1 + -ier -IER2] * * *
quarry
quarry1 —quarriable, quarryable, adj. /kwawr"ee, kwor"ee/, n., pl. quarries, v., quarried, quarrying. n. 1. an excavation or pit, usually open to the air, from which building ...
quarry tile
a machine-made, unglazed, ceramic floor tile. Also called promenade tile. [1935-40] * * *
Quarry, Jerry
▪ 2000       American boxer (b. May 15, 1945, Los Angeles, Calif.—d. Jan. 3, 1999, Templeton, Calif.), became a championship heavyweight contender but never a ...
quarry-faced
/kwawr"ee fayst', kwor"-/, adj. Masonry. rock-faced. * * *
quarryman
/kwawr"ee meuhn, kwor"-/, n., pl. quarrymen. a person who quarries stone; quarrier. [1605-15; QUARRY1 + -MAN] * * *
quart
quart1 /kwawrt/, n. 1. a unit of liquid measure of capacity, equal to one fourth of a gallon, or 57.749 cubic inches (0.946 liter) in the U.S. and 69.355 cubic inches (1.136 ...
quart major.
See under quart2 (def. 1). [1740-50] * * *
quart minor.
See under quart2 (def. 1). * * *
quart.
1. quarter. 2. quarterly. * * *
quartan
/kwawr"tn/, adj. 1. (of a fever, ague, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur every fourth day, both days of consecutive occurrence being counted. n. 2. a quartan fever or ...
quarte
/kahrt/; Fr. /kannrddt/, n., pl. quartes /kahrts/; Fr. /kannrddt/. Fencing. the fourth of eight defensive positions. [1690-1700; < F, fem. of quart FOURTH < L quartus] * * *
quarter
—quarterer, n. /kwawr"teuhr/, n. 1. one of the four equal or equivalent parts into which anything is or may be divided: a quarter of an apple; a quarter of a book. 2. a fourth ...
quarter bar
a strut for bracing the central post of a windmill. * * *
quarter bend
a 90° bend, as in a plumbing pipe. [1880-85] * * *
quarter binding
—quarter-bound /kwawr"teuhr bownd'/, adj. a style of bookbinding in which the spine is leather and the sides are cloth or paper. Cf. full binding, half binding, three-quarter ...
quarter blanket
a horse blanket, usually placed under a saddle or harness and extending to the horse's tail. * * *
quarter crack
Vet. Pathol. See sand crack. [1895-1900] * * *
quarter day
1. (in England, Ireland, and Wales) one of the four days, Lady Day, Midsummer Day, Michaelmas, or Christmas, regarded as marking off the quarters of the year, on which quarterly ...
quarter days
In Britain, quarter days have since the Middle Ages marked the beginning of each new quarter (= period of three months) of the year. Rent and interest payments are often made on ...
quarter dollar
quarter (def. 3). [1785-95, Amer.] * * *
quarter eagle
a gold coin of the U.S. (issued 1796-1929), one fourth of an eagle. * * *
quarter grain
the grain appearing in quartersawed wood. [1695-1705] * * *
quarter hollow
Archit. a deep cove or cavetto. [1890-95] * * *
quarter horse
1. one of a breed of strong horses developed in the U.S. for short-distance races, usually a quarter of a mile. 2. a horse of this breed used in herding livestock. [1825-35, ...
quarter nelson
Wrestling. a hold in which a wrestler, from a kneeling position beside an opponent, puts one hand on the opponent's head, passes the free arm under the far arm of the opponent, ...
quarter note
Music. a note equivalent to one fourth of a whole note; a crotchet. See illus. under note. [1755-65] * * *
quarter point
the fourth part of the distance between any two adjacent points of the 32 marked on a compass, being 2° 48' 45". Also called quarter. [1720-30] * * *
quarter rest
Music. a rest equal in time value to a quarter note. See illus. under rest1. [1885-90] * * *
quarter round
a molding, as on an ovolo, whose section is a quarter circle. [1700-10] * * *
quarter section
Western U.S. (in surveying and homesteading) a square tract of land, half a mile on each side, thus containing 1/4 sq. mi. or 160 acres. Abbr.: q.s. [1795-1805, Amer.] * * *
quarter sessions
Law. 1. an English court of general criminal jurisdiction for crimes less than homicide, held quarterly. 2. (in the U.S.) a court with limited criminal jurisdiction, having local ...
quarter tone
Music. an interval equivalent to half of a semitone. [1770-80] * * *
quarter-breed
/kwawr"teuhr breed'/, n. Often Disparaging and Offensive. a person with one white grandparent, esp. a person of American Indian ancestry. [1820-30] * * *
quarter-hoop
/kwawr"teuhr hoohp', -hoop'/, n. a hoop, esp. of steel, fastened around a cask between the bilge and the chime. [1880-85] * * *
Quarter-horse racing
Racing of Quarter Horses. It originated among British settlers in Virginia shortly after Jamestown was established in 1607. The course was traditionally a quarter-mile (400 m); ...
quarter-hour
/kwawr"teuhr oweur", -ow"euhr/, n. 1. a period of 15 minutes. 2. a point 15 minutes after or before the hour. [1880-85] * * *
quarter-phase
/kwawr"teuhr fayz'/, adj. Elect. differing in phase by a quarter of a cycle; two-phase. * * *
quarter-wave plate
/kwawr"teuhr wayv'/, Optics. a crystal thin enough to cause a phase difference of 90° between the ordinary and extraordinary rays of polarized light, thereby converting ...
quarterage
/kwawr"teuhr ij/, n. 1. the act of providing troops with living accommodations. 2. the cost of such accommodations. 3. a shelter or lodging. 4. a quarterly payment, charge, or ...
quarterback
/kwawr"teuhr bak'/, n. 1. a back in football who usually lines up immediately behind the center and directs the offense of the team. 2. the position played by this back. 3. a ...
quarterback sneak
Football. a play in which the quarterback charges into the middle of the line, usually immediately after receiving the ball from the center. [1920-25] * * *
quarterbacksneak
quarterback sneak n. Football An offensive play in which the quarterback runs forward into the offensive line immediately after receiving the ball at the snap. * * *
quarterday
quarter day n. Any of the four days of the year regarded as the beginning of a new season or quarter, when most quarterly payments are due. * * *
quarterdeck
/kwawr"teuhr dek'/, n. Naut. the part of a weather deck that runs aft from the midship area or the mainmast to the stern or poop of a vessel. [1620-30] * * *
quartered
/kwawr"teuhrd/, adj. 1. divided into quarters. 2. furnished with quarters or lodging. 3. (of wood) quartersawed. 4. Heraldry. a. (of an escutcheon) divided into four or more ...
quarterfinal
/kwawr'teuhr fuyn"l/, Sports. adj. 1. of or pertaining to the contest or round preceding the semifinal one. n. 2. a quarterfinal contest or round. [1925-30; QUARTER + FINAL] * * *
quarterfinalist
/kwawr'teuhr fuyn"l ist/, n. Sports. a participant in a quarterfinal contest. [QUARTER + FINALIST] * * *
quarterhorse
quarter horse n. One of a breed of strong saddle horses developed in the western United States.   [From its formerly being trained for races up to a quarter mile.] * * *
quartering
/kwawr"teuhr ing/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that quarters. 2. the assignment of quarters or lodgings. 3. Heraldry. a. the division of an escutcheon into quarters. b. ...
Quartering Act
▪ Great Britain [1765]       (1765), in American colonial history, the British parliamentary provision (actually an amendment to the annual Mutiny Act) requiring ...
quarterings
➡ heraldry * * *
quarterly
/kwawr"teuhr lee/, adj., n., pl. quarterlies, adv. adj. 1. occurring, done, paid, issued, etc., at the end of every quarter of a year: a quarterly report; quarterly interest. 2. ...
quartermaster
—quartermasterlike, adj. —quartermastership, n. /kwawr"teuhr mas'teuhr, -mah'steuhr/, n. 1. Mil. an officer charged with providing quarters, clothing, fuel, transportation, ...
Quartermaster Corps
Mil. the branch of the U.S. Army responsible for supplying food, clothing, fuel, and equipment and for the operation of commissaries, laundries, etc. * * *
quartermaster general
pl. quartermasters general, quartermaster generals. Mil. a general in command of the Quartermaster Corps. [1695-1705] * * *
quartern
/kwawr"teuhrn/, n. Chiefly Brit. a quarter, or a fourth part, esp. of certain weights and measures, as of a pound, ounce, peck, or pint. [1250-1300; ME quartroun, quartron, ...
quarternote
quarter note n. Music A note having one-fourth the time value of a whole note. Also called crotchet. * * *
quarterrest
quarter rest n. Music A rest having one-fourth the time value of a whole rest. * * *
quarters
➡ heraldry * * *
quartersaw
/kwawr"teuhr saw'/, v.t., quartersawed, quartersawed or quartersawn, quartersawing. to saw (lumber) from quarter sections of logs so that the annual rings in any board form at ...
quartersection
quarter section n. A land unit equal to a quarter of a section and measuring 1/2 of a mile on a side. * * *
quartersessions
quarter sessions pl.n. 1. A British local court of limited jurisdiction that sits quarterly. 2. A local court in the United States with criminal jurisdiction and sometimes ...
quarterstaff
/kwawr"teuhr staf', -stahf'/, n., pl. quarterstaves /-stayvz'/, quarterstaffs. 1. a former English weapon consisting of a stout pole 6 to 8 ft. (1.8 to 2.4 m) long, tipped with ...
quartertone
quar·ter·tone (kwôrʹtər-tōn') n. Half a semitone. * * *
quartet
/kwawr tet"/, n. 1. any group of four persons or things. 2. an organized group of four singers or players. 3. a musical composition for four voices or instruments. Also, esp. ...
quartic
/kwawr"tik/, Algebra. adj. 1. of or pertaining to the fourth degree. n. 2. Also called biquadratic. a quartic polynomial or equation. [1855-60; < L quart(us) FOURTH + -IC] * * *
quartile
/kwawr"tuyl, -til/, n. 1. Statistics. (in a frequency distribution) one of the values of a variable that divides the distribution of the variable into four groups having equal ...
quarto
/kwawr"toh/, n., pl. quartos, adj. n. 1. a book size of about 91/2 × 12 in. (24 × 30 cm), determined by folding printed sheets twice to form four leaves or eight pages. Symbol: ...
quartz
—quartzose /kwawrt"sohs/, quartzous /kwawrt"seuhs/, adj. /kwawrts/, n. one of the commonest minerals, silicon dioxide, SiO2, having many varieties that differ in color, luster, ...
quartz arenite
      variety of the rock quartzite (q.v.) formed by deposition of silica in subterranean sandstone. * * *
quartz crystal
quartz crystal n. Electronics a thin, natural or synthetic, piezoelectric crystal of silicon dioxide cut and ground to a precise thickness so as to vibrate at a particular ...
quartz glass
lechatelierite. [1900-05] * * *
quartz lamp
a lamp consisting of an ultraviolet light source, as mercury vapor, contained in a fused-silica bulb that transmits ultraviolet light with little absorption. [1920-25] * * *
quartz monzonite
▪ mineral also called  adamellite        intrusive igneous rock (solidified from a liquid state) that contains plagioclase feldspar, orthoclase feldspar, and quartz. ...
quartz movement
Horol. an extremely accurate electronic movement utilizing the natural frequency of vibrations of a quartz crystal to regulate the operation of the timepiece (quartz clock or ...
quartz plate
Electronics. a carefully cut quartz crystal that is piezoelectrically active. Cf. crystal (def. 10). * * *
quartzcrystal
quartz crystal n. A small crystal of quartz accurately cut along certain axes so that it can be vibrated at a particular frequency, used for its piezoelectric properties to ...
quartzglass
quartz glass n. A clear vitreous solid, formed by melting pure quartz, that can withstand high temperatures and is extremely transparent to infrared, visible, and ultraviolet ...
quartziferous
/kwawrt sif"euhr euhs/, adj. consisting of or containing quartz: quartziferous rock. [1825-35; QUARTZ + -I- + -FEROUS] * * *
quartzite
—quartzitic /kwawrt sit"ik/, adj. /kwawrt"suyt/, n. a granular metamorphic rock consisting essentially of quartz in interlocking grains. [1840-50; QUARTZ + -ITE1] * * ...
quartzlamp
quartz lamp n. A mercury-vapor lamp enclosed by an envelope made from quartz rather than glass. * * *
quartzose
See quartz. * * *
quasar
/kway"zahr, -zeuhr, -sahr, -seuhr/, n. Astron. one of over a thousand known extragalactic objects, starlike in appearance and having spectra with characteristically large ...
quash
/kwosh/, v.t. 1. to put down or suppress completely; quell; subdue: to quash a rebellion. 2. to make void, annul, or set aside (a law, indictment, decision, etc.). [1300-50; ME ...
Quasheba
/kwah shee"bah/, n. a female day name for Sunday. See under day name. * * *
Quashee
/kwah"shee/, n. a male day name for Sunday. See under day name. * * *
quasi
/kway"zuy, -suy, kwah"see, -zee/, adj. resembling; seeming; virtual: a quasi member. [independent use of QUASI-] * * *
quasi contract
Law. an obligation imposed by law in the absence of a contract to prevent unjust enrichment. [1720-30] * * *
quasi-
a combining form meaning "resembling," "having some, but not all of the features of," used in the formation of compound words: quasi-definition; quasi-monopoly; quasi-official; ...
quasi-absolute
adj.; quasi-absolutely, adv. * * *
quasi-academic
adj. * * *
quasi-accepted
adj. * * *
quasi-accidental
adj.; quasi-accidentally, adv. * * *
quasi-active
adj.; quasi-actively, adv. * * *
quasi-adequate
adj.; quasi-adequately, adv. * * *
quasi-adjusted
adj. * * *
quasi-admire
v., quasi-admired, quasi-admiring. * * *
quasi-adopt
v.t. * * *
quasi-adopted
adj. * * *
quasi-adult
adj. * * *
quasi-advantageous
adj.; quasi-advantageously, adv. * * *
quasi-affectionate
adj.; quasi-affectionately, adv. * * *


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