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quincunxial
quin·cunx·ial (kwĭn-kŭnʹshəl) adj. Variant of quincuncial. * * *
Quincy
/kwin"zee, -see/ for 1, 2; /kwin"see/ for 3, 4, n. 1. Josiah, 1744-75, American patriot and writer. 2. a city in E Massachusetts, near Boston. 84,743. 3. a city in W Illinois, on ...
Quincy Plan
▪ educational method also called  Quincy Method,         experimental, progressive, child-centred approach to education introduced in 1875 in Quincy, Mass., U.S., by ...
Quincy,Josiah
Quin·cy (kwĭnʹzē, -sē), Josiah. 1744-1775. American Revolutionary patriot who traveled to England to present the colonists' grievances (1774-1775). His son Josiah ...
quindecagon
/kwin dek"euh gon'/, n. Geom. a polygon having 15 angles and 15 sides. [1560-70; < L quindec(im) fifteen + -agon (extracted from PENTAGON, HEXAGON, etc.)] * * *
quindecennial
/kwin'di sen"ee euhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a period of 15 years or the 15th occurrence of a series, as an anniversary. n. 2. a 15th anniversary. [ < L quindec(im) fifteen ...
quindecillion
—quindecillionth, adj., n. /kwin'di sil"yeuhn/, n., pl. quindecillions, (as after a numeral) quindecillion, adj. n. 1. a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed ...
quindecillionth
See quindecillion. * * *
Quindío
▪ department, Colombia       departamento, west-central Colombia, on the western slopes of the Andean Cordillera Central. The smallest department in the nation, it is ...
Quindlen, Anna
▪ 1995       In September 1994 New York Times syndicated columnist Anna Quindlen—stating that when she got comfortable in a job it was time to move on to the next ...
Quine
Quine [kwīn] Willard van Orman [ôr′mən] 1908-2000; U.S. logician & philosopher * * *
Quine, Robert
▪ 2005       American guitarist (b. Dec. 30, 1942, Akron, Ohio—d. found dead May 31, 2004, New York, N.Y.), was a distinctive stylist best remembered for his ...
Quine, W(illard) V(an) O(rman)
born June 25, 1908, Akron, Ohio, U.S. died Dec. 25, 2000, Boston, Mass. U.S. logician and philosopher. He completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1932 and joined the ...
Quine, Willard Van Orman
▪ 2001       American logician and philosopher (b. June 25, 1908, Akron, Ohio—d. Dec. 25, 2000, Boston, Mass.), was a major figure in Anglo-American analytic ...
Quine,Willard van Orman
Quine (kwīn), Willard van Orman. Born 1908. American analytic philosopher and logician whose major writings, including Word and Object (1960), concern issues of language and ...
quinella
/kee nel"euh, kwi-/, n. 1. a type of bet, esp. on horse races, in which the bettor, in order to win, must select the first- and second-place finishers without specifying their ...
quinestrol
/kwin es"trawl, -trol/, n. Pharm. a synthetic estrogen, C25H32O2, used in oral contraceptives. [1965-70; QUIN(IC ACID) + ESTR(OGEN) + -OL1] * * *
Quinet, Edgar
▪ French historian and poet born Feb. 17, 1803, Bourg-en-Bresse, Fr. died March 27, 1875, Versailles  French poet, historian, and political philosopher who made a significant ...
quinhydrone
/kwin huy"drohn, kwin"huy'drohn/, n. Chem. a dark green, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid, C12H10O4, used in solution, together with a platinum wire, as an electrode ...
quinic acid
/kwin"ik/, Chem. a white, crystalline, water-soluble, solid cyclic compound, C7H12O6, present in cinchona bark, coffee beans, and the leaves of many plants. Also, chinic ...
quinidine
/kwin"i deen', -din/, n. Pharm. a colorless, crystalline alkaloid, C20H24N2O2, isomeric with quinine, obtained from the bark of certain species of cinchona trees or shrubs, used ...
quiniela
/keen yel"euh/; Sp. /kee nye"lah/, n. quinella. * * *
quinine
/kwuy"nuyn, kwin"uyn/ or, esp. Brit., /kwi neen"/, n. Chem., Pharm. 1. a white, bitter, slightly water-soluble alkaloid, C20H24N2O2, having needlelike crystals, obtained from ...
quinine water
carbonated water containing lemon, lime, sweetener, and quinine, often used as a mixer. Also called tonic, tonic water. [1950-55] * * *
quininewater
quinine water n. See tonic water. * * *
Quinisext Council
▪ Christianity also called  Council in Trullo (after the palace hall in Constantinople (Constantinople, Council of) where it met)        council that was convened in ...
Quinlan, Joseph
▪ 1997       U.S. "right-to-die" advocate who spearheaded the movement that tackled the ethical, legal, theological, and medical issues in prolonging the lives of the ...
Quinn, Anthony (Rudolph Oaxaca)
born April 21, 1915, Chihuahua, Mex. died June 3, 2001, Boston, Mass., U.S. Mexican-born U.S. film actor. He began appearing in movies in 1936, initially playing bit parts as ...
Quinn, Anthony Rudolph Oaxaca
▪ 2002       Mexican-born American actor (b. April 21, 1915, Chihuahua, Mex.—d. June 3, 2001, Boston, Mass.), appeared in more than 150 films but was universally ...
quinnat salmon
/kwin"at/. See chinook salmon. [1820-30; quinnat < Lower Chinook i-kwanat] * * *
quinnatsalmon
quin·nat salmon (kwĭnʹăt') n. See Chinook salmon.   [Chinook ikwanat.] * * *
Quinney, Richard
▪ American philosopher and criminologist born May 16, 1934, Elkhorn, Wis., U.S.       American philosopher and criminologist known for his critical philosophical ...
quino-
quino- or quin- pref. 1. Cinchona; cinchona bark: quinoidine. 2. Quinone: quinoid.   [From Spanish quina, cinchona bark, from Quechua kina.] * * *
quinoa
/keen"wah/, n. a tall crop plant, Chenopodium quinoa, of the goosefoot family, cultivated in Peru and Chile for its small, ivory-colored seed, which is used as a food ...
quinoid
/kwin"oyd/, Chem. n. 1. a quinonoid substance. adj. 2. quinonoid. [1905-10; QUIN(ONE) + -OID] * * *
quinoidine
/kwi noy"deen, -din/, n. Pharm. a brownish-black, resinous substance consisting of a mixture of alkaloids, obtained as a by-product in the manufacture of quinine and formerly ...
quinol
/kwin"awl, -ol/, n. Chem. hydroquinone. [1880-85; QUIN(INE) + -OL1] * * *
quinoline
/kwin"l een', -in/, n. Chem. a colorless, liquid, water-immiscible, nitrogenous base, C9H7N, having a disagreeable odor, occurring in coal tar, and usually prepared by oxidizing ...
quinone
/kwi nohn", kwin"ohn/, n. Chem. 1. a yellow, crystalline, cyclic unsaturated diketone, C6H4O2, formed by oxidizing aniline or hydroquinone: used chiefly in photography and in ...
quinone diimine
/duy"euh meen'/, Chem. a colorless, crystalline solid, C6H6N2, the parent of the indamine dyes. Cf. quinonimine. [DI-1 + -IMINE] * * *
quinonimine
/kwi non"euh meen', -min, -noh"neuh-/, n. Chem. a colorless, crystalline compound, C6H5NO, the parent of the indophenol dyes, derived from quinone. Cf. quinone diimine. [QUINONE ...
quinonoid
/kwin"euh noyd', kwi noh"noyd/, adj. Chem. of or resembling quinone. Also, quinoid, quinoidal /kwi noyd"l/. [1875-80; QUINONE + -OID] * * *
quinoxaline
/kwi nok"seuh leen', -lin/, n. Chem. a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C8H6N2, used chiefly in organic synthesis. Also, quinoxalin /kwi nok"seuh lin/. [1880-85; ...
quinq.
(in prescriptions) five. [ < L quinque; see QUINQUE-] * * *
quinquagenarian
/kwing'kweuh jeuh nair"ee euhn, kwin'-/, adj. 1. 50 years of age. 2. between the ages of 50 and 60. n. 3. a person who is 50 years old or whose age is between 50 and ...
quinquagenary
/kwin kwah"jeuh ner'ee, kwing-/, n., pl. quinquagenaries. a 50th anniversary. [1580-90; < L quinquagenarius containing fifty, equiv. to quinquagen(i) fifty each + -arius -ARY] * ...
Quinquagesima
—Quinquagesimal, adj. /kwing'kweuh jes"euh meuh, kwin'-/, n. the Sunday before Lent; Shrove Sunday. [1350-1400; ME < ML, short for L quinquagesima dies fiftieth day] * * *
quinque-
a combining form meaning "five," used in the formation of compound words: quinquevalent. [ < L, comb. form of quinque; see FIVE] * * *
quinquefid
/kwing"kweuh fid, kwin"-/, adj. cleft into five parts or lobes. [1695-1705; QUINQUE- + -FID] * * *
quinquefoil
/kwing"kweuh foyl', kwin"-/, n. cinquefoil (def. 2). [1610-20; QUINQUE- + -foil (as in trefoil)] * * *
quinquefoliolate
quinquefoliolate [kwin΄kwə fō′lē ə lit, kwin΄kwə fō′lē əlāt΄; kwiŋ΄kwə fō′lē ə lit, kwiŋ΄kwə fō′lē ə lāt΄] adj. 〚 QUINQUE- + FOLIOLATE〛 Bot. ...
quinquennial
—quinquennially, adv. /kwin kwen"ee euhl, kwing-/, adj. 1. of or lasting for five years. 2. occurring every five years. n. 3. something that occurs every five years. 4. a fifth ...
quinquennially
See quinquennial. * * *
quinquennium
/kwin kwen"ee euhm, kwing-/, n., pl. quinquenniums, quinquennia /-kwen"ee euh/. a period of five years. Also, quinquenniad /kwin kwen"ee ad', kwing-/. [1615-25; < L quinquennium; ...
quinquepartite
/kwing'kweuh pahr"tuyt, kwin'-/, adj. divided into or consisting of five parts. [1585-95; QUINQUE- + PARTITE] * * *
quinquevalence
See quinquevalent. * * *
quinquevalent
—quinquevalence /kwing'kweuh vay"leuhns, kwin'-, kwin kwev"euh leuhns, kwing-/, quinquevalency, n. /kwing'kweuh vay"leuhnt, kwin'-, kwin kwev"euh leuhnt, kwing-/, adj. Chem. 1. ...
Quins
➡ Harlequins. * * *
quinsy
—quinsied, adj. /kwin"zee/, n. Pathol. a suppurative inflammation of the tonsils; suppurative tonsillitis; tonsillar abscess. [1300-50; ME quin(e)sie < ML quinancia, LL ...
quint
quint1 /kwint, kint/, n. 1. an organ stop sounding a fifth higher than the corresponding digitals. 2. Piquet. a sequence of five cards of the same suit, as an ace, king, queen, ...
quint major.
See under quint1 (def. 2). [1655-65] * * *
quint minor.
See under quint1 (def. 2). [1650-60] * * *
quint.
(in prescriptions) fifth. [ < L quintus] * * *
quinta
Sp. /keen"tah/; Port. /keeonn"tah, -teuh/, n., pl. quintas Sp. /-tahs/; Port. /-tahs, -teuhsh/. Spanish, Portuguese. an inn, esp. one in the countryside. * * *
quintain
/kwin"tn/, n. 1. an object mounted on a post or attached to a movable crossbar mounted on a post, used as a target in the medieval sport of tilting. 2. the sport of tilting at a ...
quintal
/kwin"tl/, n. 1. a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms (220.5 avoirdupois pounds). 2. hundredweight. [1425-75; late ME < ML quintale < Ar qintar weight of a hundred pounds, ...
quintan
/kwin"tn/, adj. 1. (of a fever, ague, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur every fifth day. n. 2. a quintan fever or ague. [1740-50; < L quintana (febris) quintan (fever); ...
Quintana Roo
/keen tah"nah rddaw"aw/ a sparsely populated state in SE Mexico, on the E Yucatán peninsula. 91,044. Cap.: Chetumal. 19,435 sq. mi. (50,335 sq. km). * * * State (pop., 2000: ...
Quintana, Manuel José
▪ Spanish poet born April 11, 1772, Madrid died March 11, 1857, Madrid       Spanish patriot and Neoclassical poet, esteemed by his countrymen for poems, pamphlets, and ...
quintant
/kwin"tnt/, n. Navig. a sextant having an arc equal to one fifth of a circle. [1675-85; quint- ( < L quintus FIFTH) + -ant (as in quadrant)] * * *
quinte
/kaonnt, kant/, n. Fencing. the fifth of eight defensive positions. [1700-10; < F; see QUINT1] * * *
Quinte, Bay of
Arm of Lake Ontario, southeastern Ontario, Canada. It extends for 75 mi (121 km) from its entrance near Amherst Island to Murray Canal at the western end. A resort area, it is a ...
quintefoil
/kwint"foyl'/, n. cinquefoil (def. 2). [quinte- five, fifth ( < F) + -foil (as in trefoil)] * * *
quinternion
/kwin terr"nee euhn/, n. Bookbinding. five gathered sheets folded in two for binding together. [1645-55; quint- five ( < L quintus FIFTH) + -ternion (extracted from ...
Quintero
Sp. /keen te"rddaw/, n. See Álvarez Quintero. * * *
Quintero, José
▪ American theatrical director in full  José Benjamin Quintero   born October 15, 1924, Panama City, Panama died February 26, 1999, New York, New York, ...
Quintero, José (Benjamín)
born Oct. 15, 1924, Panama City, Pan. died Feb. 26, 1999, New York, N.Y., U.S. Panamanian-born U.S. theatrical director. After studying theatre at theUniversity of Southern ...
Quintero, Jose Benjamin
▪ 2000       Panamanian-born American director (b. Oct. 15, 1924, Panama City, Pan.—d. Feb. 26, 1999, New York, N.Y.), was a founder of the Circle in the Square ...
QuinteroJoaquín Álvarez
QuinteroJoaquín Álvarez seeÁLVAREZ QUINTERO Joaquín * * *
quintessence
—quintessential /kwin'teuh sen"sheuhl/, adj. —quintessentially, adv. /kwin tes"euhns/, n. 1. the pure and concentrated essence of a substance. 2. the most perfect embodiment ...
quintessential
quin·tes·sen·tial (kwĭn'tə-sĕnʹshəl) adj. Of, relating to, or having the nature of a quintessence; being the most typical: “Liszt was the quintessential romantic” ...
quintessentially
See quintessential. * * *
quintet
/kwin tet"/, n. 1. any set or group of five persons or things. 2. an organized group of five singers or players. 3. a musical composition scored for five voices or ...
quintic
/kwin"tik/, Math. adj. 1. of the fifth degree. n. 2. a quantity of the fifth degree. 3. an equation of the fifth degree. [1850-55; < L quint(us) FIFTH + -IC] * * *
quintile
/kwin"til, -tuyl/, n. 1. Statistics. a quantile for the special case of five equal proportions. 2. Astrol. a quintile aspect. adj. 3. Astrol. of or pertaining to the aspect of ...
Quintilian
/kwin til"yeuhn, -ee euhn/, n. (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus) A.D. c35-c95, Roman rhetorician. * * * Latin Marcus Fabius Quintilianus born AD 35, Calagurris Nassica, Hispania ...
quintillion
—quintillionth, n., adj. /kwin til"yeuhn/, n., pl. quintillions, (as after a numeral) quintillion, adj. n. 1. a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 18 ...
quintillionth
quin·til·lionth (kwĭn-tĭlʹyənth) n. 1. The ordinal number matching the number quintillion in a series. 2. One of a quintillion equal parts.   quin·tilʹlionth adv. & ...
Quintillus
▪ Roman emperor in full  Marcus Aurelius Claudius Quintillus  died 270       Roman emperor in AD 270, who died or was killed a few weeks after being proclaimed ...
Quintin
Quintin [kwint′'n] n. a masculine name: dim. Quint: see QUENTIN * * *
quinto real
▪ Spanish tax       (Spanish: “royal fifth”), in colonial Spanish America, a tax levied by the crown on mineral products; it was the principal source of profit ...
Quinton, Amelia Stone
▪ American social reformer née  Amelia Stone  born July 31, 1833, Jamesville, N.Y., U.S. died June 23, 1926, Ridgefield Park, N.J.       organizer of American Indian ...
quintuple
/kwin tooh"peuhl, -tyooh"-, -tup"euhl, kwin"too peuhl, -tyoo-/, adj., n., v., quintupled, quintupling. adj. 1. fivefold; consisting of five parts. 2. five times as great or as ...
quintuplet
/kwin tup"lit, -tooh"plit, -tyooh"-, kwin"too plit, -tyoo-/, n. 1. any group or combination of five, esp. of the same kind. 2. quintuplets, five children or offspring born of one ...
quintuplex
/kwin"too pleks', -tyoo-, kwin tooh"pleks, -tyooh"-, -tup"leks/, adj. fivefold; quintuple. [QUINTU(PLE) + -PLEX] * * *
quintuplicate
—quintuplication, n. n., adj. /kwin tooh"pli kit, -tyooh"-/; v. /kwin tooh"pli kayt', -tyooh"-/, n., adj., v., quintuplicated, quintuplicating. n. 1. a group, series, or set of ...
quintuply
See quintuple. * * *
Quintus
(as used in expressions) Quintus Horatius Flaccus Quintus Caepio Brutus Decius Gaius Messius Quintus Trajanus Ennius Quintus Fabius Maximus Cunctator Quintus Scaevola Quintus ...
Quintus Smyrnaeus
▪ Greek poet flourished probably 3rd century AD       Greek epic poet, the author of a hexameter poem in 14 books, narrating events at Troy from the funeral of Hector ...
quinua
/keen"wah/, n. quinoa. * * *
Quionga
▪ Mozambique formerly  Kionga,         village, Cabo (Cape) Delgado province, extreme northeastern Mozambique, East Africa, just south of the Rio Rovuma. In 1886 ...
quip
—quippish, adj. —quippishness, n. /kwip/, n., v., quipped, quipping. n. 1. a clever or witty remark or comment. 2. a sharp, sarcastic remark; a cutting jest. 3. a quibble. 4. ...
quippy
See quip. * * *
quipster
/kwip"steuhr/, n. a person who frequently makes quips. [1875-80; QUIP + -STER] * * *
quipu
/kee"pooh, kwip"ooh/, n. a device consisting of a cord with knotted strings of various colors attached, used by the ancient Peruvians for recording events, keeping accounts, ...
quire
quire1 /kwuyeur/, n. 1. a set of 24 uniform sheets of paper. 2. Bookbinding. a section of printed leaves in proper sequence after folding; gathering. [1175-1225; ME quayer < MF ...
Quirinal
/kwir"euh nl/, n. 1. one of the seven hills on which ancient Rome was built. 2. the Italian civil authority and government (distinguished from the Vatican). adj. 3. noting or ...
Quirino, Elpidio
born Nov. 16, 1890, Vigan, Phil. died Feb. 28, 1956, Novaliches Second president of the independent Republic of the Philippines. Quirino served in numerous elected and ...
Quirinus
/kwi ruy"neuhs, -ree"-/, n. an ancient Roman god of war, identified with the deified Romulus; a personification of the Roman nation. * * * Major Roman deity ranking close to ...
Quiris
▪ Roman law plural  Quirites,         a Roman citizen. In ancient Roman law it was the name by which a Roman called himself in a civil capacity, in contrast to the ...
Quirites
/kwi ruy"teez, -ree"-/, n.pl. the citizens of ancient Rome considered in their civil capacity. [ < L Quirites, pl. of QUIRIS, associated, perh. by folk etym., with Cures, a ...
quirk
/kwerrk/, n. 1. a peculiarity of action, behavior, or personality; mannerism: He is full of strange quirks. 2. a shift, subterfuge, or evasion; quibble. 3. a sudden twist or ...
quirkily
See quirk. * * *
quirkiness
See quirkily. * * *
quirky
—quirkily, adv. —quirkiness, n. /kwerr"kee/, adj., quirkier, quirkiest. having or full of quirks. [1800-10; QUIRK + -Y1] * * *
Quiroga, Horacio
▪ Uruguayan writer born December 31, 1878, Salto, Uruguay died February 19, 1937, Buenos Aires, Argentina       Uruguayan-born short-story writer whose imaginative ...
Quiroga, Vasco de
▪ Mexican religious educator born 1477/78, Madrigal de las Altas Torres, Castile [Spain] died March 14, 1565, Pátzcuaro, Mex.       Spanish bishop, social reformer, ...
quirt
/kwerrt/, n. 1. a riding whip consisting of a short, stout stock and a lash of braided leather. v.t. 2. to strike with a quirt. [1835-45, Amer.; perh. < Sp cuerda CORD] * * *
quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
/kwis koo stoh"dee et' ip"sohs koo stoh"days/; Eng. /kwis keuh stoh"dee it ip"sohs keuh stoh"deez/, Latin. who shall keep watch over the guardians? * * *
quis separabit?
/kwis se'pah rddah"bit/; Eng. /kwis sep'euh ray"bit/, Latin. who shall separate (us)? * * *
Quisenberry, Daniel Raymond
▪ 1999       American baseball player who was known for his wit in addition to his submarine-style pitches as a star reliever for the Kansas City Royals; during his ...
quisling
/kwiz"ling/, n. a person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government; fifth columnist. [1940; after Vidkun Quisling ...
Quisling, Vidkun
▪ Norwegian politician born July 18, 1887, Fyresdal, Nor. died Oct. 24, 1945, Akershus Fortress, Oslo  Norwegian army officer whose collaboration with the Germans in their ...
Quisling, Vidkun (Abraham Lauritz Jonsson)
born July 18, 1887, Fyresdal, Nor. died Oct. 24, 1945, Akershus Fortress, Oslo Norwegian politician and collaborator with the Germans in World War II. After serving as military ...
quit
quit1 —quittable, adj. /kwit/, v., quit or quitted, quitting, adj. v.t. 1. to stop, cease, or discontinue: She quit what she was doing to help me paint the house. 2. to depart ...
quitch
/kwich/, n. See couch grass. Also, quitch grass. [bef. 900; late ME quich, OE cwice; c. D kweek, Norw kvike; akin to QUICK (adj.)] * * *
quitchgrass
quitch grass (kwĭch) n. Couch grass.   [Middle English quich, from Old English cwice. See gʷei-. * * *
quitclaim
/kwit"klaym'/, n. Law. 1. a transfer of all one's interest, as in a parcel of real estate, esp. without a warranty of title. v.t. 2. to quit or give up claim to (a possession, ...
quitclaim deed
Law. a deed that conveys to the grantee only such interests in property as the grantor may have, the grantee assuming responsibility for any claims brought against the property. ...
quite
/kwuyt/, adv. 1. completely, wholly, or entirely: quite the reverse; not quite finished. 2. actually, really, or truly: quite a sudden change. 3. to a considerable extent or ...
Quito
/kee"taw/, n. a city in and the capital of Ecuador, in the N part. 599,828; 9348 ft. (2849 m) above sea level. * * * City (pop., 2001 prelim.: 1,399,814), capital of ...
quitrent
/kwit"rent'/, n. rent paid by a freeholder or copyholder in lieu of services that might otherwise have been required. [1425-75; late ME; see QUIT1, RENT1] * * *
quits
/kwits/, adj. 1. on equal terms by repayment or retaliation. 2. call it quits, a. to end one's activity, esp. temporarily: At 10 o'clock I decided to call it quits for the ...
quittance
/kwit"ns/, n. 1. recompense or requital. 2. discharge from a debt or obligation. 3. a document certifying discharge from debt or obligation, as a receipt. [1175-1225; ME ...
quitted trick
Cards. a trick the cards of which have been collected by the taker and turned face down, further examination being prohibited. * * *
quitter
/kwit"euhr/, n. a person who quits or gives up easily, esp. in the face of some difficulty, danger, etc. [1605-15; QUIT1 + -ER1] * * *
quittor
/kwit"euhr/, n. Vet. Pathol. purulent infection of horses and other hoofed animals, characterized by chronic inflammation of the lateral cartilage of the foot and formation of ...
quiver
quiver1 —quiverer, n. —quiveringly, adv. —quivery, adj. /kwiv"euhr/, v.t., v.i. 1. to shake with a slight but rapid motion; vibrate tremulously; tremble. n. 2. the act or ...
quiver leg
a round, tapered chair leg used in the Louis Quinze style and similar styles. * * *
quiveringly
See quiver1. * * *
quivery
See quiveringly. * * *
Quivira
Qui·vir·a (kĭ-vîrʹə, kē-vēʹrä) A legendary city of fabulous wealth sought by Francisco de Coronado and thought to be located near what is now the city of Great Bend ...
quivive
qui vive (kē vēvʹ) n. A sentinel's challenge. Idiom: on the qui vive On the alert; vigilant: “a loathsome Dublin politico who is on the qui vive for... terrorists” ...
Quixote
/kee hoh"tee, kwik"seuht/; Sp. /kee haw"te/, n. Don. See Don Quixote. * * *
quixotic
—quixotically, adv. /kwik sot"ik/, adj. 1. (sometimes cap.) resembling or befitting Don Quixote. 2. extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or ...
quixotically
See quixotic. * * *
quixotism
/kwik"seuh tiz'euhm/, n. 1. (sometimes cap.) quixotic character or practice. 2. a quixotic idea or act. [1660-70; (DON) QUIXOTE + -ISM] * * *
quiz
—quizzable, adj. —quizzer, n. /kwiz/, n., pl. quizzes, v., quizzed, quizzing. n. 1. an informal test or examination of a student or class. 2. a questioning. 3. a practical ...
quiz kid
Informal. an unusually intelligent child. [1940-45, Amer.] * * *
quiz program
a radio or television program in which contestants compete, often for prizes, by answering questions. Also called quiz show. Cf. game show. [1940-45] * * *
quiz show
▪ broadcasting also called  Game Show,         broadcast show designed to test the memory, knowledge, agility, or luck of persons selected from studio or broadcast ...
quizmaster
/kwiz"mas'teuhr, -mah'steuhr/, n. a person who asks questions of contestants in a game, esp. as part of a radio or television program. [1885-90; QUIZ + MASTER] * * *
quizshow
quiz show n. A television or radio program in which the contestants' knowledge is tested by questioning, with some contestants winning money or prizes. * * *
quizzer
See quiz. * * *
quizzical
—quizzicality, quizzicalness, n. —quizzically, adv. /kwiz"i keuhl/, adj. 1. odd, queer, or comical. 2. questioning or puzzled: a quizzical expression on her face. 3. ...
quizzicality
See quizzical. * * *
quizzically
See quizzicality. * * *
Qum
/koom/, n. Qom. * * *
Qumran
/koom"rahn/, n. See Khirbet Qumran. Also, Qûmran. * * * Site on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. Excavations less ...
Qunayṭirah, Al-
▪ Syria also spelled  El-kuneitra,         abandoned town in the UN-monitored demilitarized zone between Syria and Israel. It was an important regional hub and ...
quo
/kwoh/, v.t. Archaic. quoth. * * *
quo animo?
/kwoh ah"ni moh'/; Eng. /kwoh an"euh moh'/, Latin. with what spirit or intention? * * *
quo jure?
/kwoh yooh"rdde/; Eng. /kwoh joor"ee/, Latin. by what right? * * *
quo modo
quo modo [kwō mō′dō] 〚L〛 1. in what manner? 2. in the manner that * * *
quo warranto
/kwoh waw ran"toh, wo-/, Law. 1. (formerly, in England) a writ calling upon a person to show by what authority he or she claims an office, franchise, or liberty. 2. (in England ...
quoad hoc
/kwaw"ahd hohk"/; Eng. /kwoh"ad hok"/, Latin. as much as this; to this extent. * * *
Quoc-ngu
▪ Vietnamese writing system Vietnamese“national language”       writing system used for the Vietnamese language. Quoc-ngu was devised in the mid 17th century by ...
quod
/kwod/, n. Chiefly Brit. Slang. jail. Also, quad. [1690-1700; orig. uncert.] * * *
quod erat demonstrandum
/kwawd e"rddaht day'mawn strddahn"doom/; Eng. /kwod er"euht dem'euhn stran"deuhm/, Latin. which was to be shown or demonstrated. * * *
quod erat faciendum
/kwawd e"rddaht fah'kee en"doom/; Eng. /kwod er"euht fay'shee en"deuhm/, Latin. which was to be done. * * *
quod vide
/kwod vuy"dee, vee"day/. See q.v. (def. 2). [ < L: which see] * * *
quodlibet
—quodlibetic, quodlibetical, adj. —quodlibeticlly, adv. /kwod"leuh bet'/, n. 1. a subtle or elaborate argument or point of debate, usually on a theological or scholastic ...
quohog
quohog [kō′häg΄, kōhôg΄] in quohog-gathering localities; also [, kwō′häg΄, kwō′hôg΄, kwô′häg΄, kwô′hôg, kwä′häg΄, kwä′hôg΄] n. var. of ...
quoin
/koyn, kwoyn/, n. 1. an external solid angle of a wall or the like. 2. one of the stones forming it; cornerstone. 3. any of various bricks of standard shape for forming corners ...
quoit
—quoiter, n. —quoitlike, adj. /kwoyt, koyt/, n. 1. quoits, (used with a sing. v.) a game in which rings of rope or flattened metal are thrown at an upright peg, the object ...
quoits
Game in which flattened rings of iron or circles of rope (both called quoits) are thrown at an upright pin (hob) in an attempt to ring it or come as near to it as ...
quokka
/kwok"euh/, n. a small wallaby, Setonix brachyurus, inhabiting islands and swampy areas in southwestern Australia. [1860-65; < Nyungar kwaka] * * *       marsupial ...
quondam
/kwon"deuhm, -dam/, adj. former; onetime: his quondam partner. [1580-90; < L] * * *
Quonset
Quon·set (kwŏnʹsĭt) A trademark used for a prefabricated portable hut having a semicircular roof of corrugated metal that curves down to form walls. This trademark often ...
Quonset hut
/kwon"sit/, Trademark. a semicylindrical metal shelter having end walls, usually serving as a barracks, storage shed, or the like, developed for the U.S. military forces from the ...
Quonset hut{™}
n a US military shelter. It is a long metal building with a round roof, like a tunnel above ground. The huts are made in sections which can be put together for soldiers to live ...
quor.
(in prescriptions) of which. [ < L quorum] * * *
Quorn
I. Quorn™ n [U] a soft whitish food made from a natural protein, used in cooking as an alternative to meat, especially by vegetarians (= people who do not eat meat). II. the ...
quorum
/kwawr"euhm, kwohr"-/, n. 1. the number of members of a group or organization required to be present to transact business legally, usually a majority. 2. a particularly chosen ...
quot
quot abbrev. quotation * * *
quot.
quotation. * * *
quota
/kwoh"teuh/, n. 1. the share or proportional part of a total that is required from, or is due or belongs to, a particular district, state, person, group, etc. 2. a proportional ...
quota system
1. a system, originally determined by legislation in 1921, of limiting by nationality the number of immigrants who may enter the U.S. each year. 2. a policy of limiting the ...
quotability
See quotable. * * *
quotable
—quotability, quotableness, n. —quotably, adv. /kwoh"teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. able to be quoted or easily quoted, as by reason of effectiveness, succinctness, or the like: the ...
quotation
/kwoh tay"sheuhn/, n. 1. something that is quoted; a passage quoted from a book, speech, etc.: a speech full of quotations from Lincoln's letters. 2. the act or practice of ...
quotation mark
one of the marks used to indicate the beginning and end of a quotation, in English usually shown as " at the beginning and " at the end, or, for a quotation within a quotation, ...
quotational
See quotation. * * *
quotationally
See quotational. * * *
quotationmark
quotation mark n. Either of a pair of punctuation marks used primarily to mark the beginning and end of a passage attributed to another and repeated word for word, but also to ...
quote
—quoter, n. /kwoht/, v., quoted, quoting, n. v.t. 1. to repeat (a passage, phrase, etc.) from a book, speech, or the like, as by way of authority, illustration, etc. 2. to ...
Quote... unquote
a British radio quiz show, which has been on Radio 4 since 1976, in which a number of well-known people try to answer questions about quotations. * * *
quoter
See quote. * * *
quoteworthy
—quoteworthiness, n. /kwoht"werr'dhee/, adj. quotable. [1865-70; QUOTE + -WORTHY] * * *
quoth
/kwohth/, v. Archaic. said (used with nouns, and with first- and third-person pronouns, and always placed before the subject): Quoth the raven, "Nevermore." Also, ...
quotha
/kwoh"theuh/, interj. Archaic. indeed! (used ironically or contemptuously in quoting another). [1510-20; from quoth a quoth he] * * *
quotid.
(in prescriptions) daily. [ < L quotidie] * * *
quotidian
—quotidianly, adv. —quotidianness, n. /kwoh tid"ee euhn/, adj. 1. daily: a quotidian report. 2. usual or customary; everyday: quotidian needs. 3. ordinary; commonplace: ...
quotient
/kwoh"sheuhnt/, n. Math. the result of division; the number of times one quantity is contained in another. [1400-50; late ME quocient, quociens < L quotiens (adv.) how many ...
quotient group
Math. a group, the elements of which are cosets with respect to a normal subgroup of a given group. Also called factor group. [1890-95] * * *
quotient ring
Math. a ring whose elements are cosets with respect to a given ideal. Also called difference ring. [1955-60] * * *
quotient rule
Rule for finding the derivative of a quotient of two functions. If both f and g are differentiable, then so is the quotient f(x)/g(x). In abbreviated notation, it says (f/g)′ ...
quotient space
Math. a topological space whose elements are the equivalence classes of a given topological space with a specified equivalence relation. * * *
Quqon
Qŭ·qon (ko͞o-kônʹ, KHo͞o-KHônʹ) or Ko·kand (kō-kăndʹ) n. A city of eastern Uzbekistan southeast of Tashkent. It was the center of a powerful khanate in the 18th ...
Qŭqon
Qŭ·qon (ko͞o-kônʹ, KHo͞o-KHônʹ) or Ko·kand (kō-kăndʹ) n. A city of eastern Uzbekistan southeast of Tashkent. It was the center of a powerful khanate in the 18th ...
Qur'an
/koo rahn", -ran"/, n. Koran. * * *
Quran
Quran or Qur'an [koo rän′, kooran′] n. KORAN * * *
Quraysh
▪ people also spelled  Kuraish, or Koreish,         the ruling tribe of Mecca at the time of the birth of the Prophet Muḥammad. There were 10 main clans, the names ...
Qurayyāt, Al-
▪ province, Saudi Arabia       minṭaqah (province), western Al-Shamālīyah (Northern) region, northwestern Saudi Arabia. It is bordered by the provinces of Al-Hudūd ...
Qurnetes Sauda
Qur·net es Sau·da (ko͝orʹnĭt ĕs souʹdə, -dä) A peak, 3,090 m (10,131 ft) high, of the Lebanon Mountains in northern Lebanon. It is the highest elevation in the ...
qurra
Professional class of reciters of the Quran. Muhammad's early disciples often memorized his divine revelations, and even after the Quran was assembled in written form, it was ...
qurrāʾ
▪ Qurʾānic reciter (Arabic: “reciters”),singular  Qāri        ʾ, professional class of reciters of the text of the Muslim sacred scripture, the Qurʾān. In ...
qursh
/kerrsh/, n. qirsh. * * *
qurush
/koo roohsh"/, n. pl. of qirsh. * * *
Qur’an
Qur·’an (kə-rănʹ, -ränʹ, kô-, kō-) n. Variant of Koran. * * *
Qurʾān
or Koran Sacred scripture of Islam, regarded by Muslims as the infallible word of God, revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. The book, first compiled in its authoritative form in ...
Qur’an
Qur·’an (kə-rănʹ, -ränʹ, kô-, kō-) n. Variant of Koran. * * *
Qutaybah ibn Muslim
▪ Arab general died 715       Arab general under the caliphs ʿAbd al-Malik and ʿAbd al-Walīd I whose conquests in Afghanistan and Central Asia helped bring the ...
Qutb
/kooh"teuhb/, n. Islam. (in Sufism) the highest-ranking saint, the focal point of all spiritual energy. [1895-1900; < Ar qutb lit., axis] * * *
Quṭb Shāhī Dynasty
▪ Indian dynasty       (1518–1687), Muslim rulers of the kingdom of Golconda in the southeastern Deccan of India, one of the five successor states of the Bahmanī ...
Quṭb, Sayyid
in full Ibrāhīm Ḥusayn Shādhilī Sayyid Quṭb born Oct. 9, 1906, near Asyūṭ, Egypt died Aug. 29, 1966, Cairo Egyptian writer who was one of the foremost figures in ...
Quṭb-ud-Dīn Aybak
▪ Muslim ruler of India died 1210       a founder of Muslim rule in India and an able general of Muʿizz-ud-Dīn Muḥammad of Ghūr.       In childhood Quṭb ...
Quthing
▪ administrative district, Lesotho       village, southern Lesotho. The surrounding area, which borders South Africa (southeast and west) and the Orange River (north), ...
Quwatli, Shukri al-
▪ president of Syria born 1891, Damascus [Syria] died June 30, 1967, Beirut, Leb.  statesman who led the anticolonialist movement in Syria and became the nation's first ...
Quzhou
▪ China Wade-Giles romanization  Ch'ü-chou , also spelled  Chu-zhou , formerly  Quxian        city, western Zhejiang (Chekiang) sheng (province), China. Quzhou ...
Quʿaiti sultanate
▪ historical state, Yemen in full , Quʿaiti Sultanate Of Shihr And Mukalla,         former semi-independent state in the southern Arabian Peninsula, in what is now ...
Qwa Qwa
Former black enclave, South Africa. It bordered Lesotho and the province of Natal. With an area of 253 sq mi (655 sq km), it was the smallest of South Africa's black states. ...
Qwaqwa
▪ region, South Africa also called  Basotho Qwaqwa,  formerly  Witsieshoek,        former nonindependent Bantustan, Orange Free State, South Africa, designated for ...
qwd
West Semitic, to lead. alcaide, from Spanish, from Arabic al-qāʾid, the leader, active participle of qāda, to lead. * * *
QWERTY
/kwerr"tee, kwer"-/, adj. of or pertaining to a keyboard having the keys in traditional typewriter arrangement, with the letters q, w, e, r, t, and y being the first six of the ...
qwerty keyboard
qwerty keyboard [kwʉrt′ē] n. 〚< the q, w, e, r, t, and y keys at the upper left of a typewriter〛 a keyboard having the arrangement of alphabetical and numerical keys ...
Qwest
a large US telecommunications company which provides telephone and Internet services across many states in the western US. * * *
qww
see qbw. * * *
qy
qy abbrev. query * * *
Qy.
query. Also, qy. * * *
qʿd
Central Semitic, to bend, sit. Dhu'l-Qa'dah>>, from Arabic ḏūl-qaʿda, the one of the sitting (perhaps referring to staying at home instead of going to war, since this is the ...
R
/ahr/ v. Informal. are: Oysters R in season. 1. Chem. radical. 2. Math. ratio. 3. regular: a man's suit or coat size. 4. Elect. resistance. 5. restricted: a rating assigned to a ...
r
1. radius. 2. Com. registered (def. 2). 3. Elect. resistance. 4. Physics. roentgen. 5. royal. 6. ruble. 7. pl. rs, rupee. Ecol. the theoretical intrinsic rate of increase of a ...
R & B
R & B or r & b abbrev. rhythm and blues * * *
R & D
R & D abbrev. research and development * * *
R & R
R & R abbrev. 1. Mil. rest and recuperation (leave): also R and R 2. rest and relaxation (or recreation) 3. rock-and-roll: also r & r * * *
R &B
R & B abbr. rhythm and blues. * * *
R &D
R & D abbr. research and development. * * *
R A (‘Rab’) Butler
➡ Butler (I) * * *
R and B
a style of music which originally developed from African American music such as blues, jazz and gospel. It became known as rhythm and blues in the 1950s and 1960s. Modern R and B ...
R and R
1. rest and recreation. 2. rest and recuperation. 3. rock-'n'-roll. Also, R&R. * * *
R Buckminster Fuller
➡ Fuller * * *
R Coronae Borealis star
▪ astronomy       any of a small group of old stars of the class called peculiar variables that maintain nearly uniform brightness for indeterminate lengths of time and ...
R factor
a genetic component of some bacteria that provides resistance to antibiotics and can be transferred from one bacterium to another by conjugation. Also called resistance transfer ...
R horizon
bedrock immediately underlying layers of soil. * * *
R Monocerotis
▪ astronomy       (catalog number NGC 2261), stellar infrared source and nebula in the constellation Monoceros (Greek: Unicorn). The star, one of the class of dwarf ...
r selection
—r-selected /ahr"si lek'tid/, adj. Ecol. selection occurring when a population is far below the carrying capacity of an unstable environment: tends to favor individuals that ...
R&B
rhythm-and-blues. Also, r&b, R and B. * * *
R&D
research and development. Also, R and D * * *
R, r
/ahr/, n., pl. R's or Rs, r's or rs. 1. the 18th letter of the English alphabet, a consonant. 2. any spoken sound represented by the letter R or r, as in ran, carrot, or ...
r-color
—r-colored, adj. /ahr"kul'euhr/, n. Phonet. the auditory quality of an r-sound given to a vowel, resulting from retroflex articulation or bunching of the tongue. Also, ...
r-dropping
/ahr"drop'ing/, adj. Phonet. (of certain pronunciations of English) characterized by the absence of the sound /r/ in postvocalic position in the same syllable, as often ...
r-less
/ahr"lis/, adj. Phonet. r-dropping. * * *
r-quality
/ahr"kwol'i tee/, n. Phonet. r-color. * * *
R-rated
/ahr"ray'tid/, adj. (of a motion picture) suitable for those under 17 years of age only when accompanied by an adult. [1965-70] * * *


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