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queenolive
queen olive n. A large edible variety of olive not used as a source of oil. * * *
queenpost
queen post n. One of two upright supporting posts set vertically between the rafters and the tie beam at equal distances from the apex of a roof. * * *
queenregnant
queen regnant n. pl. queens regnant A queen reigning in her own right. * * *
Queens
/kweenz/, n. a borough of E New York City, on Long Island. 1,891,325; 113.1 sq. mi. (295 sq. km). * * * Borough (pop., 2000: 2,229,379) of New York City, coextensive with Queens ...
Queens, Valley of the
▪ archaeological site, Egypt also called  Valley of the Tombs of the Queens , Arabic  Wādī al-Bībān al-Harīm , or  Wādī al-Harīm  gorge in the hills along the ...
Queensberry rules
/kweenz"ber'ee, -beuh ree/. See Marquis of Queensberry rules. * * * Code of boxing rules. It was written by John Graham Chambers (1843–1883) and published in 1867 under the ...
Queensberry,Eighth Marquis of
Queens·ber·ry (kwēnzʹbĕr'ē, -bə-rē), Eighth Marquis of Title of John Sholto Douglas. 1844-1900. British aristocrat and boxing promoter who formulated the Marquis of ...
Queensberryrules
Queensberry rules pl.n. Marquis of Queensberry rules. * * *
queenship
/kween"ship/, n. the state, office, or dignity of a queen. [1530-40; QUEEN + -SHIP] * * *
queenside
queen·side (kwēnʹsīd') n. The side of the chessboard that is nearest to the queen's opening position.   queenʹside' adv. & adj. * * *
Queensland
/kweenz"land', -leuhnd/, n. a state in NE Australia. 2,295,123; 670,500 sq. mi. (1,736,595 sq. km). Cap.: Brisbane. * * * State (pop., 2001: 3,635,121), northeastern ...
Queensland nut
macadamia. [1880-85] * * *
Queensland, flag of
▪ Flag History       Australian flag consisting of a dark blue field (background) with the Union Jack (United Kingdom, flag of the) in the canton and, at the fly end, ...
Queenslandarrowroot
Queens·land arrowroot (kwēnzʹlănd', -lənd) n. See edible canna.   [AfterQueensland, a state of northeast Australia.] * * *
Queenston Heights, Battle of
▪ War of 1812 Queenston also spelled  Queenstown   (Oct. 13, 1812), serious U.S. reverse in the War of 1812, sustained during an abortive attempt to invade Canada. On Oct. ...
Queenstown
/kweenz"town'/, n. former name of Cóbh. * * * ▪ South Africa       town, Eastern Cape province, South Africa. The town lies in an upper valley of the Great Kei River. ...
queensubstance
queen substance n. A pheromone secreted by queen bees and given to worker bees to prevent them from producing more queens. * * *
queentruss
queen truss n. A building truss using queen posts. * * *
Queen’s Award
n any of a number of awards given to British companies who have achieved success in any of three areas: exports, technology or the environment. The Queen’s Award for Export ...
Queen’s Bench
(also the Queen’s Bench Division) one of the three divisions of the High Court of Justice in Wales. When a king is ruling it is called the King’s Bench (Division). Its head ...
Queen’s Bench Division
➡ Queen’s Bench * * *
Queen’s Birthday
either the real birthday (21 April) or the Official Birthday of the present British queen, Elizabeth II. * * *
Queen’s Club
a sports club in Hammersmith, London, England, established in 1886. It is famous as a centre for real tennis and rackets, and the London Grass Court Tennis Championships are held ...
Queen’s Counsel
n (abbr QC) (in Britain) a senior barrister who is appointed by the queen or king on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor. He or she wears a silk gown (= a long loose piece ...
Queen’s English
the English language as it is correctly written or spoken in Britain. It is called the King’s English when a king is ruling. * * *
Queen’s English Society
(abbr QES) a British charity which aims to encourage the use of good English. It is opposed to many modern developments in the language and encourages traditional teaching ...
Queen’s Park Rangers
(abbr QPR) an English football club formed in 1885. Its ground is in Loftus Road, near White City, west London. * * *
queen’s pudding
➡ queen of puddings * * *
Queen’s Regulations
a set of rules governing the behaviour of the British armed forces, issued as a book. When a king is ruling it becomes the King’s Regulations. * * *
Queen’s Speech
a speech made by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords. In it she reads out the government’s plans for the coming year. The speech is written for ...
Queen’s University, Belfast
a university in Belfast, Northern Ireland, established in 1845. It is Northern Ireland’s oldest university and was known as Queen’s College until 1908. * * *
queer
—queerly, adv. —queerness, n. /kwear/, adj., queerer, queerest, v., n. adj. 1. strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different; singular: a queer notion of ...
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
a television programme which started in the US and was then also made in Britain. In each programme, five gay (= homosexual) men help a straight (= heterosexual) man to improve ...
Queer Street
a condition of financial instability or embarrassment: Such extravagance will surely put them in Queer Street. [1830-40] * * *
queerish
See queer. * * *
queerly
See queerish. * * *
queerness
See queerish. * * *
Queiroz Law
▪ Brazilian history       (1850), measure enacted by the Brazilian parliament to make the slave trade illegal. In the mid-19th century the British government put ...
Queiroz, Rachel de
▪ Brazilian novelist born November 17, 1910, Fortaleza, Brazil died November 4, 2003, Rio de Janeiro       Brazilian novelist and member of a group of Northeastern ...
quelea
/kwee"lee euh/, n. any of several African weaverbirds of the genus Quelea, esp. Q. quelea (red-billed quelea), noted for its vast flocks that destroy grain crops. [1925-30; < NL: ...
Queler, Eve
▪ American conductor née  Eve Rabin   born Jan. 1, 1936, New York, N.Y., U.S.       American conductor, one of the first women to establish herself in the ...
Quelimane
/kel'euh mah"neuh/, n. a seaport in E Mozambique. 70,000. * * * ▪ Mozambique       town and seaport, east-central Mozambique. It is situated near the mouth of the Bons ...
quell
—quellable, adj. —queller, n. /kwel/, v.t. 1. to suppress; put an end to; extinguish: The troops quelled the rebellion quickly. 2. to vanquish; subdue. 3. to quiet or allay ...
Quelpart
/kwel"pahrt/, n. former name of Cheju (def. 1). * * *
quelque chose
quelque chose [kel kə shōz′] n. 〚Fr, something〛 a trifle * * *
quelque-chose
/kel'keuh shohz"/ n. kickshaw. [ < F: something] * * *
Quemoy
/ki moy"/, n. an island off the SE coast of China, in the Taiwan Strait: controlled by Taiwan. 61,305; 50 sq. mi. (130 sq. km). Also called Chinmen, Jinmen, Kinmen. Cf. Matsu. * ...
Quemoy Island
▪ island, Taiwan Chinese (Wade-Giles)  Chin-men Tao  or  (Pinyin)  Jinmen Dao,  also called  Kinmen   island under the jurisdiction of Taiwan in the Taiwan Strait at ...
quena
que·na (kāʹnə) n. A recorderlike Andean flute having a notched mouthpiece.   [Aymara.] * * *
quench
—quenchable, adj. —quenchableness, n. —quencher, n. /kwench/, v.t. 1. to slake, satisfy, or allay (thirst, desires, passion, etc.). 2. to put out or extinguish (fire, ...
quenchable
See quench. * * *
quencher
See quenchable. * * *
quenching
Rapid cooling, as by immersion in oil or water, of a metal object from the high temperature at which it is shaped. Quenching is usually done to maintain mechanical properties ...
quenchless
—quenchlessly, adv. —quenchlessness, n. /kwench"lis/, adj. not capable of being quenched; unquenchable. [1550-60; QUENCH + -LESS] * * *
Queneau, Raymond
born Feb. 21, 1903, Le Havre, France died Oct. 25, 1976, Paris French author. After working as a reporter, he became a reader for the prestigious Encyclopédie de la Pléiade, ...
quenelle
/keuh nel"/ n. French Cookery. a dumpling of finely chopped fish or meat that is poached in water or stock and usually served with a sauce. [1835-45; < F < G Knödel dumpling] * ...
Quennell, Sir Peter
▪ British writer born March 9, 1905, Bickley, Kent [now in Greater London], England died October 27, 1993, London       English biographer, literary historian, editor, ...
Quennell, Sir Peter Courtney
▪ 1994       British writer (b. March 9, 1905, Bickley, Kent, England—d. Oct. 27, 1993, London, England), was praised as one of the last men of letters owing to his ...
Quenstedt, Friedrich August
▪ German mineralogist and paleontologist born July 9, 1809, Eisleben, Saxony [now in Germany] died Dec. 21, 1889, Tübingen, Ger.       German mineralogist and ...
Quental, Antero Tarquínio de
▪ Portuguese poet born April 18, 1842, Ponta Delgada, Azores, Port. died Sept. 11, 1891, Ponta Delgada       Portuguese poet who was a leader of the Generation of ...
Quentin
/kwen"tn/, n. a male or female given name: from a Latin word meaning "fifth." * * *
Quentin Tarantino
➡ Tarantino * * *
Querandí
▪ people       South American Indians who inhabited the Argentine Pampas (Pampas, the) between Cabo Blanco on the Atlantic coast and the Córdoba Mountains on the ...
quercetin
—quercetic /kweuhr set"ik, -see"tik/, adj. /kwerr"si tin/, n. Chem. a yellow, crystalline, slightly water-soluble powder, C15H10O7, obtained from the bark of the quercitron and ...
Quercia
/kwerdd"chah/, n. Jacopo Della /yah"kaw paw del'lah/, 1374?-1438, Italian sculptor. * * *
quercine
/kwerr"sin, -suyn/, adj. of or pertaining to an oak. [1650-60; < L querc(us) oak (see FIR) + -INE2] * * *
quercitol
/kwerr"si tawl', -tol'/, n. Chem. a colorless, crystalline, sweet, water-soluble solid, C6H12O5, obtained from acorns or oak bark: used chiefly in medicine. Also called acorn ...
quercitron
/kwerr"si treuhn/, n. 1. an oak, Quercus velutina, of eastern North America, the inner bark of which yields a yellow dye. 2. the bark itself. 3. the dye obtained from this ...
quercitron bark
▪ plant anatomy       inner bark of the black oak, Quercus velutina, which contains a colouring matter used to dye wool bright yellow or orange. At one time this ...
Quercy
Historical and cultural region, southwestern France. The district was organized in Gallo-Roman times and was occupied by the Franks in the 6th century. It was contested by ...
Queremistas
▪ Brazilian politics       in Brazil, the supporters of the strongman Getúlio Vargas (Vargas, Getúlio), who in 1945 advocated his continuance as president; they were ...
Querétaro
/ke rdde"tah rddaw'/, n. 1. a state in central Mexico. 618,000; 4432 sq. mi. (11,480 sq. km). 2. a city in and the capital of this state, in the SW part: republican forces ...
Querido, Israël
▪ Dutch author born Oct. 1, 1872, Amsterdam, Neth. died Aug. 5, 1932, Amsterdam       Dutch novelist of the naturalist movement.       After being employed as a ...
querier
See query. * * *
querist
/kwear"ist/, n. a person who inquires or questions. [1625-35; QUER(Y) + -IST] * * *
quern
/kwerrn/, n. a primitive, hand-operated mill for grinding grain. [bef. 950; ME; OE cweorn; akin to ON kvern hand-mill] * * * ▪ tool       ancient device for grinding ...
quersprung
/kvair"shproong'/, n. Skiing. a jump turn in which a skier lands at right angles to the pole or poles. [ < G: diagonal jump] * * *
querulous
—querulously, adv. —querulousness, n. /kwer"euh leuhs, kwer"yeuh-/, adj. 1. full of complaints; complaining. 2. characterized by or uttered in complaint; peevish: a querulous ...
querulously
See querulous. * * *
querulousness
See querulously. * * *
Quervain, Marcel Roland de
▪ Swiss scientist born May 17, 1915, Zürich, Switz.       Swiss glaciologist known for his fundamental work on the metamorphism and physical properties of ...
query
—queryingly, adv. /kwear"ee/, n., pl. queries, v., queried, querying. n. 1. a question; an inquiry. 2. mental reservation; doubt. 3. Print. a question mark (?), esp. as added ...
query language
▪ computer science       a computer programming language used to retrieve information from a database.       The uses of databases are manifold. They provide a ...
ques
ques abbrev. question * * *
ques.
question. * * *
quesadilla
/kay'seuh dee"euh/; Sp. /ke'sah dhee"yah/, n., pl. quesadillas /-dee"euhz/; Sp. /-dhee"yahs/. Mexican Cookery. a tortilla folded over a filling of shredded cheese, onions, and ...
Quesnay
/ke ne"/, n. François /frddahonn swann"/, 1694-1774, French economist and physician. * * *
Quesnay, François
Ques·nay (kā-nāʹ, kĕ-), François. 1694-1774. French physician and pioneer political economist who emphasized the primary economic importance of land and agriculture. * * ...
Quesnel
▪ British Columbia, Canada       town, south-central British Columbia, Canada. It lies at the confluence of the Quesnel and Fraser rivers, 411 miles (661 km) north of ...
Quesnel, Pasquier
▪ French theologian born July 14, 1634, Paris, France died Dec. 2, 1719, Amsterdam, Neth.  controversial French theologian who led the Jansenists (followers of Bishop ...
quest
—quester, n. —questingly, adv. /kwest/, n. 1. a search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something: a quest for uranium mines; a quest for knowledge. 2. Medieval ...
quester
See quest. * * *
question
—questioner, n. /kwes"cheuhn/, n. 1. a sentence in an interrogative form, addressed to someone in order to get information in reply. 2. a problem for discussion or under ...
question mark
1. Also called interrogation point, interrogation mark. a mark indicating a question: usually, as in English, the mark (?) placed after a question. 2. something unanswered or ...
question of fact
a question concerning the reality of an alleged event or circumstance in a trial by jury, usually determined by the jury. Cf. question of law. * * *
question of law
a question concerning a rule or the legal effect or consequence of an event or circumstance, usually determined by a court or judge. Cf. question of fact. * * *
Question of Sport
a popular BBC television quiz show about sport, first shown in 1970, with teams of famous sportspeople. From 1979 to 1997 the questions were asked by David Coleman and since then ...
question time
Parl. Proc. a time set aside in a session during which members of a parliament may question a minister or ministers regarding state affairs. [1850-55] * * *
questionability
See questionableness. * * *
questionable
—questionableness, questionability, n. —questionably, adv. /kwes"cheuh neuh beuhl/, adj. 1. of doubtful propriety, honesty, morality, respectability, etc.: questionable ...
questionableness
See questionable. * * *
questionably
See questionableness. * * *
questionary
/kwes"cheuh ner'ee/, n., pl. questionaries. a questionnaire. [1535-45; < ML quaestionarium or F questionnaire; see QUESTION, -ARY] * * *
questioner
See question. * * *
questioning
—questioningly, adv. /kwes"cheuh ning/, adj. 1. indicating or implying a question: a questioning tone in her voice. 2. characterized by or indicating intellectual curiosity; ...
questioningly
See questioner. * * *
questionless
—questionlessly, adv. /kwes"cheuhn lis/, adj. 1. unquestionable; doubtless: a questionless fact. 2. unquestioning: questionless faith in God. adv. 3. without question; ...
questionmark
question mark n. A punctuation symbol (?) written at the end of a sentence or phrase to indicate a direct question. Also called interrogation point. * * *
questionmaster
/kwes"cheuhn mas'teuhr, -mah'steuhr/, n. Brit. quizmaster. [1945-50; QUESTION + MASTER] * * *
questionnaire
/kwes'cheuh nair"/, n. a list of questions, usually printed, submitted for replies that can be analyzed for usable information: a questionnaire used in market ...
questor
/kwes"teuhr, kwee"steuhr/, n. Rom. Hist. quaestor. * * *
Quetelet, (Lambert) Adolphe (Jacques)
born Feb. 22, 1796, Ghent, Belg. died Feb. 17, 1874, Brussels Belgian statistician, sociologist, and astronomer. He is known for his application of statistics and the theory of ...
Quetelet, Adolphe
▪ Belgian astronomer, sociologist, and statistician in full  Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet  born February 22, 1796, Ghent, Belgium died February 17, 1874, ...
Quetico Provincial Park
▪ park, Ontario, Canada       wilderness park, southwestern Ontario, Canada, west of Lake Superior and adjoining the U.S. border. Established in 1913, the park has an ...
quetsch
/kwech, kvech/, n. 1. Hort. a variety of plum. 2. a dry, white, unaged brandy distilled from quetsch plums in Alsace. [1830-40; < G Quetsche plum] * * *
Quetta
/kwet"euh/, n. a city in W central Pakistan: the capital of Baluchistan; almost totally destroyed by an earthquake 1935. 285,000. * * * ▪ Pakistan also spelled ...
quetzal
/ket sahl"/, n., pl. quetzals, quetzales /-sah"lays/. 1. any of several large Central and South American trogons of the genus Pharomachrus, having golden-green and scarlet ...
Quetzalcoatl
/ket sahl'koh aht"l/, n. the feathered serpent god of the Aztec and Toltec cultures. [ < Sp Quetzalcóatl < Nahuatl Quetzalcoatl, equiv. to quetzal(li) (see QUETZAL) + coatl ...
Quetzaltenango
▪ Guatemala  city, southwestern Guatemala, 7,656 feet (2,334 metres) above sea level near the foot of the Santa María Volcano. The city's high elevation causes the ...
queue
—queuer, n. /kyooh/, n., v., queued, queuing. n. 1. a braid of hair worn hanging down behind. 2. a file or line, esp. of people waiting their turn. 3. Computers. a ...
queue fourché
Heraldry. (of a lion) having a single tail divided in two partway along its length so as to have two complete ends. Cf. double-tailed. [ < F: lit., forked tail] * * *
queuing theory
a theory that deals with providing a service on a waiting line, or queue, esp. when the demand for it is irregular and describable by probability distributions, as processing ...
Quevedo y Villegas, Francisco Gómez de
▪ Spanish writer born Sept. 17, 1580, Madrid, Spain died Sept. 8, 1645, Villanueva de los Infantes  poet and master satirist of Spain's Golden Age, who, as a virtuoso of ...
quey
/kway/, n., pl. queys. Scot. and North Eng. a heifer. [1325-75; ME quy < ON kviga] * * *
Queyras
▪ valley, France       high Alpine valley of the Guil River in Hautes-Alpes département, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur région, southwestern France. The Queyras extends ...
quezal
quezal [ke säl′] n. var. of QUETZAL * * *
Quezaltenango
/ke sahl'te nahng"gaw/, n. a city in SW Guatemala: earthquake 1902. 65,733. * * *
Quezon
Quezon [ē mō lē′nəkā′sän΄] Manuel Luis [män wel′ lo͞o ēs′] 1878-1944; Philippine statesman: 1st president of the Philippines (1935-44): in full Manuel Luis ...
Quezon (y Molina), Manuel (Luis)
born Aug. 19, 1878, Baler, Phil. died Aug. 1, 1944, Saranac Lake, N.Y., U.S. Filipino statesman. Quezon fought in the Philippine-American War but became convinced after the ...
Quezon City
/kay"zon, -sohn/ a city on W central Luzon Island, in the Philippines, NE of Manila: former national capital (1948-76). 1,165,865. * * * City (pop., 2000: 2,173,831), Luzon ...
Quezon y Molina
/kay"zon ee moh lee"neuh, -sohn/; Sp. /ke"sawn ee maw lee"nah/ Manuel Luis /mah nwel" lwees/, 1878-1944, Philippine political leader; 1st president of the Philippine Commonwealth ...
Quezon y Molina,Manuel Luis
Quezon y Mo·li·na (ēmə-lēʹnə, mō-lēʹnä), Manuel Luis. 1878-1944. Philippine politician. The first president of the Philippine Commonwealth (1935-1944), he was forced ...
QuezonCity
Que·zon City (kāʹsôn', -sōn') A city of central Luzon, Philippines, adjoining Manila. Chiefly residential with a textile industry, it was the official capital of the ...
Qufu
▪ China Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'ü-fu , also spelled  Chü-fou , conventional  Kufow        city, Shandong (Shantung) sheng (province), eastern China. It lies ...
Qui Nhon
/kwee nyawn"/ a seaport in SE Vietnam, on the South China Sea coast. 213,757. * * * ▪ Vietnam       city, central Vietnam. It is on the coast of the South China Sea at ...
qui transtulit sustinet
/kwee trddahns"too lit soos"ti net'/; Eng. /kwuy trans"too lit sus"teuh net', -tyoo lit, kwee/, Latin. he who transplanted (it) sustains (it): motto of Connecticut. * * *
qui vive
/kee veev"/ 1. (italics) French. who goes there? 2. on the qui vive, on the alert; watchful: Special guards were on the qui vive for trespassers. [1720-30; < F lit., (long) live ...
qui vive?
qui vive? [kē vēv′] 〚Fr, (long) live who? (i.e., which monarch or ruler do you support?, whose side are you on?), 3d pers. sing., pres. subj., of vivre, to live (< L ...
quibble
—quibbler, n. /kwib"euhl/, n., v., quibbled, quibbling. n. 1. an instance of the use of ambiguous, prevaricating, or irrelevant language or arguments to evade a point at ...
quibbler
See quibble. * * *
quibbling
—quibblingly, adv. /kwib"ling/, adj. 1. characterized by or consisting of quibbles; carping; niggling: quibbling debates. n. 2. the act of a person who quibbles. 3. an instance ...
Quibdó
/keev dhaw"/, n. a city in W Colombia. 46,871. * * * ▪ Colombia       city, western Colombia, on the Atrato River, in the Pacific coastal plain. It receives more than ...
Quiberon
/keebeu rddawonn"/, n. a peninsula in NW France, on the S coast of Brittany: British naval victory over the French 1759. 6 mi. (10 km) long. * * *
quiche
/keesh/, n. a pielike dish consisting of an unsweetened pastry shell filled with a custard and usually containing cheese and other ingredients, as vegetables, seafood, or ham: ...
Quiché
/kee chay"/, n. a Mayan language of Guatemala. * * * or K'iche or Kiche Indian group of the Guatemalan highlands, largest of all ethnic groups speaking a Maya language. The ...
Quiché language
      an American Indian language of the Mayan family, spoken in the western highlands of Guatemala. It is most closely related to the Cakchiquel, Tzutujil, Sacapultee, ...
quiche Lorraine
a quiche containing bits of bacon or ham and often cheese. [1940-45] * * *
quicheLorraine
quiche Lor·raine (lə-rānʹ, lô-) n. A quiche made with cheese and pieces of bacon.   [French, after Lorraine.] * * *
Quicherat, Jules
▪ French historian born Oct. 13, 1814, Paris died April 8, 1882, Paris  French historian and pioneering archaeologist who was a major force in French scholarship during the ...
Quichua
/keech"wah, -weuh/, n., pl. Quichuas (esp. collectively) -ua. Quechua. * * *
quick
—quickness, n. /kwik/, adj., quicker, quickest, n., adv., quicker, quickest. adj. 1. done, proceeding, or occurring with promptness or rapidity, as an action, process, etc.; ...
quick assets
Accounting. liquid assets including cash, receivables, and marketable securities. [1890-95] * * *
quick bread
bread, muffins, etc., made with a leavening agent, as baking powder or soda, that permits immediate baking. [1850-55] * * *
quick clay
quick clay n. a water-saturated clay that changes rapidly to a fluid state when jarred or crushed, as by an earthquake or pile driver * * *
quick crosswords
➡ crosswords * * *
quick draw
a game or competition in which the winner is the quickest person to draw a handgun from a holster and sometimes to fire it and hit a target. * * *
quick fire
a single shot or several shots fired at a rapid rate from small arms at a target, esp. one presented unexpectedly. [1890-95] * * *
quick fix
Informal. an expedient, temporary solution, esp. one that merely postpones having to cope with an overall problem. [1965-70] * * *
quick grass
the couch grass, Agropyron repens. [1875-80] * * *
quick kick
Football. a punt, usually on second or third down, made from an offensive formation not usually used for kicking, intended to go beyond the opposing safety men in order to ...
quick march
a march in quick time. [1745-55] * * *
quick study
1. someone who is able to learn a new job or adjust to a new social environment in a short time. 2. an actor who can learn lines and become proficient in a role on short ...
quick time
Mil. a rate of marching in which 120 paces, each of 30 in. (76.2 cm), are taken in a minute. [1795-1805] * * *
quick trick
Bridge. a card, or group of cards, that will probably win the first or second trick in a suit, regardless of who plays it or at what declaration. [1925-30] * * *
quick-and-dirty
adj. 1. Informal. slipshod. n. 2. Slang. See greasy spoon. [1970-75] * * *
quick-change artist
/kwik"chaynj"/ a person adept at changing from one thing to another, as an entertainer who changes costumes quickly during a performance. [1885-90] * * *
quick-fire
/kwik"fuyeur"/, adj. firing or equipped for firing rapidly, esp. at moving targets. Also, quick-firing. [1890-95] * * *
quick-freeze
/kwik"freez"/, v.t., quick-froze, quick-frozen, quick-freezing. to freeze (cooked or uncooked food) rapidly, permitting it to be stored almost indefinitely at freezing ...
quick-setting
/kwik"set"ing/, adj. setting quickly, as a cement, paint, or gelatin. [1515-25] * * *
quick-tempered
/kwik"tem"peuhrd/, adj. easily angered. [1820-30] Syn. quarrelsome, testy, churlish, irascible. * * *
quick-witted
—quick-wittedly, adv. —quick-wittedness, n. /kwik"wit"id/, adj. having a nimble, alert mind. [1520-30; QUICK + WIT1 + -ED3] Syn. keen, perceptive, smart, clever, sharp. * * *
quick-wittedly
See quick-witted. * * *
quick-wittedness
See quick-wittedly. * * *
quickassets
quick assets pl.n. Liquid assets, including cash on hand and assets readily convertible to cash. * * *
quickbread
quick bread n. A bread made with a leavening agent, such as baking powder, that expands during baking and requires no leavening period beforehand. * * *
quicken
—quickener, n. /kwik"euhn/, v.t. 1. to make more rapid; accelerate; hasten: She quickened her pace. 2. to give or restore vigor or activity to; stir up, rouse, or stimulate: to ...
quickener
See quicken. * * *
quickfix
quick fix n. Slang A hastily contrived remedy that alleviates a problem only for the time being: “Conversion of sexist English into nonsexist English is not a quick fix—it is ...
quickhatch
/kwik"hach'/, n. a wolverine. [1675-85; earlier quiquahatch < East Cree *kwi·hkwaha·ce·w (c. Cree kwi·hkwaha·ke·w, Ojibwa kwi·nkwaa·ke·); cf. CARCAJOU, KINKAJOU] * * *
quickie
/kwik"ee/, Informal. n. 1. a book, story, movie, etc., usually trivial in quality, requiring only a short time to produce. 2. a quickly consumed alcoholic drink. 3. anything ...
quickie strike.
See wildcat strike. * * *
quickkick
quick kick n. Football A punt made, as on third down, from a running or passing formation in order to surprise the opposing team. * * *
quicklime
/kwik"luym'/, n. lime1 (def. 1). [1350-1400; ME quyk lym, trans. L calx viva; see QUICK, LIME1] * * *       calcium oxide, an alkaline inorganic compound of calcium ...
quickly
/kwik"lee/, adv. with speed; rapidly; very soon. [bef. 1000; ME quikly. See QUICK, -LY] Usage. See quick. * * *
quickness
See quickly. * * *
quicksand
—quicksandy, adj. /kwik"sand'/, n. a bed of soft or loose sand saturated with water and having considerable depth, yielding under weight and therefore tending to suck down any ...
quickset
/kwik"set'/, n. Chiefly Brit. 1. a plant or cutting, esp. of hawthorn, set to grow, as in a hedge. 2. such plants collectively. 3. a hedge of such plants. adj. 4. formed of ...
quicksilver
—quicksilvery, adj. /kwik"sil'veuhr/, n. 1. the metallic element mercury. v.t. 2. to amalgamate (metal) with mercury. [bef. 1000; ME qwyksilver, OE cwicseolfor (trans. L ...
quickstep
/kwik"step'/, n. 1. (formerly) a lively step used in marching. 2. music adapted to such a march, or in a brisk march rhythm. 3. a lively step or combination of steps in ballroom ...
quickstudy
quick study n. One who is able to memorize something easily and quickly or is able to understand and deal with something easily and successfully. * * *
quicktime
quick time n. A military marching pace of 120 steps per minute. * * *
quickwater
/kwik"waw'teuhr, -wot'euhr/, n. the part of a river or other stream having a strong current. [1855-60; QUICK + WATER] * * *
quid
quid1 /kwid/, n. a portion of something, esp. tobacco, that is to be chewed but not swallowed. [1720-30; dial. var. of CUD] quid2 /kwid/, n., pl. quid. Brit. Informal. one pound ...
quid pro quo
/kwid" proh kwoh"/, pl. quid pro quos, quids pro quo for 2. 1. (italics) Latin. one thing in return for another. 2. something that is given or taken in return for something else; ...
Quidde
/kvid"euh/ Ludwig /looht"vikh, loohd"-/, 1858-1941, German historian and pacifist: Nobel peace prize 1927. * * *
Quidde, Ludwig
▪ German historian and politician born March 23, 1858, Bremen, Ger. died March 5, 1941, Geneva, Switz.  historian, politician, and one of the most prominent German pacifists ...
Quidde,Ludwig
Quid·de (kvĭdʹə), Ludwig. 1858-1941. German politician and pacifist. He shared the 1927 Nobel Peace Prize. * * *
quiddity
/kwid"i tee/, n., pl. quiddities. 1. the quality that makes a thing what it is; the essential nature of a thing. 2. a trifling nicety of subtle distinction, as in ...
quidnunc
/kwid"nungk'/, n. a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody. [1700-10; < L quid nunc what now?] * * *
Quidor, John
▪ American painter born January 26, 1801, Tappan, New York, U.S. died December 13, 1881, Jersey City, New Jersey  American genre painter and artisan. In 17 of his ...
quidpro quo
quid pro quo (kwĭdʹ prō kwōʹ) n. pl. quid pro quos or quids pro quo An equal exchange or substitution.   [Latin quid prō quō: quid, something + prō, for + quō, ...
quiescence
See quiescent. * * *
quiescent
—quiescently, adv. —quiescence, quiescency, n. /kwee es"euhnt, kwuy-/, adj. being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless: a quiescent mind. [1600-10; < L quiescent- ...
quiescently
See quiescence. * * *
quiet
quiet1 —quieter, n. —quietly, adv. —quietness, n. /kwuy"it/, adj., quieter, quietest, v. adj. 1. making no noise or sound, esp. no disturbing sound: quiet neighbors. 2. ...
quiet sun
Astron. 1. the sun at the minimum of solar activity, occurring every 11 years. 2. the unchanging background of solar phenomena. Cf. active sun, solar cycle. * * *
quieten
—quietener, n. /kwuy"i tn/, Chiefly Brit. v.i. 1. to become quiet (often fol. by down). v.t. 2. to make quiet. [1820-30; QUIET1 + -EN1] * * *
quietism
—quietist, n., adj. —quietistic, adj. /kwuy"i tiz'euhm/, n. 1. a form of religious mysticism taught by Molinos, a Spanish priest, in the latter part of the 17th century, ...
quietist
See quietism. * * *
quietistic
See quietist. * * *
quietly
See quiet. * * *
quietness
See quietly. * * *
quietude
/kwuy"i toohd', -tyoohd'/, n. the state of being quiet; tranquillity; calmness; stillness; quiet. [1590-1600; < LL quietudo, deriv. of L quietus QUIET2; see -TUDE] * * *
quietus
/kwuy ee"teuhs/, n., pl. quietuses. 1. a finishing stroke; anything that effectually ends or settles: Having given a quietus to the argument, she left. 2. discharge or release ...
quiff
quiff1 /kwif/, n., pl. quiff, quiffs. Slang. a woman, esp. one who is promiscuous. [1920-25; orig. uncert.] quiff2 /kwif/, n. Brit. a lock or curl of hair brought forward over ...
Quilico, Louis
▪ 2001       Canadian opera singer (b. Jan. 14, 1925, Montreal, Que.—d. July 15, 2000, Toronto, Ont.), was an acclaimed baritone who sang more than 80 opera roles ...
quill
—quill-like, adj. /kwil/, n. 1. one of the large feathers of the wing or tail of a bird. 2. the hard, hollow, basal part of a feather. See illus. under feather. 3. a feather, ...
quill driver
—quill driving. Facetious. a person who does a great deal of writing. [1750-60] * * *
quillai
/ki luy"/, n. soapbark (def. 1). [1865-70; < AmerSp < Araucanian] * * *
quillai bark
soapbark (def. 2). * * *
quillaia
quillaia [kwi lā′yə, kwilā′jəki lī′ə, kwi lā′yə] n. 〚Sp < the Araucanian native name〛 SOAPBARK (sense 1): also quillai [ki lī′] or quillaja [kwi lā′yə, ...
quillback
/kwil"bak'/, n., pl. quillbacks, (esp. collectively) quillback. a carpsucker, Carpiodes cyprinus, inhabiting waters in the central and eastern U.S., having one ray of the dorsal ...
quilled
/kwild/, adj. rolled or incurved into a narrow tubular form. [1720-30; QUILL + -ED3] * * *
Quillen, Daniel Gray
▪ American mathematician born June 27, 1940, Orange, N.J., U.S.       American mathematician who was awarded the Fields Medal in 1978 for contributions to algebraic ...
quiller
/kwil"euhr/, n. 1. a machine for quilling yarn. 2. a person who operates such a machine. [1850-55; QUILL + -ER1] * * *
Quiller-Couch
/kwil"euhr koohch"/, n. Sir Arthur Thomas ("Q"), 1863-1944, English novelist and critic. * * *
Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur (Thomas)
born Nov. 21, 1863, Bodmin, Cornwall, Eng. died May 12, 1944, Fowey, Cornwall English poet, novelist, and anthologist. Educated at Oxford, he worked as a journalist and editor ...
Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur Thomas
▪ British writer pseudonym  “q”   born Nov. 21, 1863, Bodmin, Cornwall, Eng. died May 12, 1944, Fowey, Cornwall  English poet, novelist, and anthologist noted for his ...
quillet
—quilleted, adj. /kwil"it/, n. Archaic. a subtlety or quibble. [1580-90; earlier quillity, var. of QUIDDITY] * * *
quillfish
/kwil"fish'/, n., pl. quillfishes, (esp. collectively) quillfish. a fish, Ptilichthys goodei, of the Bering Sea, having an eellike body with long, many-rayed fins. [QUILL + ...
quilling
/kwil"ing/, n. 1. the flutes or ridges in quilled material. 2. quilled fabric, lace, ribbon, etc. 3. copping. [1630-40; QUILL + -ING1] * * *
quillon
/kee yawonn"/, n., pl. quillons /kee yawonn"/. either of two transverse projecting members forming the cross guard of a sword. [ < F, deriv. of quille pin, club < MHG kegel ...
quillwork
quill·work (kwĭlʹwûrk') n. Decorative articles made with overlaid porcupine quills by certain Native Americans. * * * ▪ embroidery       type of embroidery done ...
quillwort
/kwil"werrt', -wawrt'/, n. any fernlike, aquatic marsh plant of the genus Isoëtes, characterized by clustered, quill-like leaves bearing sporangia in their bases. [1780-90; ...
Quilmes
/keel"mes/, n. a city in E Argentina, near Buenos Aires. 445,662. * * * ▪ Argentina       cabecera (county seat) and partido (county), of Gran (Greater) Buenos Aires, ...
quilombo
or mocambo In colonial Brazil, a community organized by fugitive slaves. Quilombos were located in inaccessible areas and usually consisted of fewer than 100 people who ...
quilt
—quilter, n. /kwilt/, n. 1. a coverlet for a bed, made of two layers of fabric with some soft substance, as wool or down, between them and stitched in patterns or tufted ...
quilted
/kwil"tid/, adj. 1. resembling a quilt, as in texture, design, stitching, etc. 2. padded, filled, or stitched in the manner of a quilt. [1525-35; QUILT + -ED2] * * *
quilter
See quilt. * * *
quilting
/kwil"ting/, n. 1. the act of a person who quilts. 2. material for making quilts. 3. a heavily padded wrapping, as for fragile cargo. [1605-15; QUILT + -ING1] * * * Process of ...
quilting bee
a social gathering at which the participants make quilts. [1825-35, Amer.] * * *
quim
/kwim/, n. Slang (vulgar). vagina; vulva. [1725-35; orig. obscure] * * *
Quimby, Harriet
▪ American aviator born May 1, 1875?, probably Coldwater, Mich., U.S. died July 1, 1912, in flight over Dorchester Bay [part of Boston Bay], Mass.       American ...
Quimby, Phineas Parkhurst
▪ American cult leader born Feb. 16, 1802, Lebanon, N.H., U.S. died Jan. 16, 1866, Belfast, Maine       U.S. exponent of mental healing who is generally regarded as the ...
Quimper
/kaonn perdd"/, n. a port in and the capital of Finistère, in NW France: noted for pottery manufacture. 60,510. * * * ▪ France Breton  Kemper        town, capital ...
Quimper faience
▪ pottery       tin-enamelled earthenware produced by a factory at Loc Maria, a suburb of Quimper in Brittany, Fr. The factory was founded in 1690 by Jean-Baptiste ...
quin
quin [kwin] n. Brit. short for QUINTUPLET (sense 1) * * *
Quin, James
▪ English actor born Feb. 24, 1693, London, Eng. died Jan. 21, 1766, Bath, Somerset       English actor whose Falstaff was considered the finest of his ...
quin-
quin- pref. Variant of quino-. * * *
quinacrine
/kwin"euh kreen'/, n. Pharm. an alkaloid, C23H30ClN3O, similar in its properties to pamaquine, used in the treatment of malaria. [1930-35; QUIN(INE) + ACR(ID) + -INE2] * * *
quinacrine hydrochloride
quinacrine hydrochloride [kwin′ə krēn΄] n. 〚 QUIN(
quinacrinehydrochloride
quin·a·crine hydrochloride (kwĭnʹə-krēn') n. A bright yellow, bitter, crystalline compound, C23H32Cl3N3O·2H2O, used primarily to treat malaria.   [quin- + acridine.] * * ...
quinalizarin
quin·a·liz·a·rin (kwĭn'ə-lĭzʹə-rĭn) n. A red crystalline compound, C14H8O6, used to dye cotton. * * *
Quinará
▪ region, Guinea-Bissau       region located on the Atlantic (Atlantic Ocean) coast in southwestern Guinea-Bissau. The Rio Grande de Buba flows east-west through the ...
quinarius
/kwi nair"ee euhs/, n., pl. quinarii /-nair"ee uy'/. a denomination of ancient Roman coinage, issued in silver or gold at various times and undergoing many changes of ...
quinary
/kwuy"neuh ree/, adj., n., pl. quinaries. adj. 1. pertaining to or consisting of five. 2. arranged in fives. 3. of, pertaining to, or noting a numerical system based on the ...
quinate
/kwuy"nayt/, adj. Bot. arranged in groups of five. [1800-10; < L quin(i) five each + -ATE1] * * *
quinazoline
/kwi naz"euh leen', -lin/, n. Chem. 1. a colorless, crystalline, heterocyclic compound, C8H6N2. 2. any derivative of this compound. [1885-90; QUIN(INE) + AZOLE + -INE2] * * *
quince
/kwins/, n. 1. either of two small trees, Cydonia oblonga or C. sinensis, of the rose family, bearing hard, fragrant, yellowish fruit used chiefly for making jelly or ...
quinceañera
▪ Mexican celebration Spanish“fifteen years celebration” also called  quince años         Mexican (Mexico) celebration of a girl's 15th birthday, marking her ...
quincentenary
/kwin'sen ten"euh ree, kwin sen"tn er'ee/; esp. Brit. /kwin'sen tee"neuh ree/, n., pl. quincentenaries, adj. n. 1. a 500th anniversary or its celebration. adj. 2. pertaining to ...
quincentennial
/kwin'sen ten"ee euhl/, adj. pertaining to or marking a period of 500 years. [1880-85; QUIN(QUE-) + CENTENNIAL] * * *
quincuncial
—quincuncially, adv. /kwin kun"sheuhl, kwing-/, adj. 1. consisting of, arranged, or formed like a quincunx or quincunxes. 2. Bot. noting a five-ranked arrangement of ...
quincuncially
See quincuncial. * * *
quincunx
/kwing"kungks, kwin"-/, n. 1. an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle. 2. Bot. an overlapping arrangement of ...


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