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quality
  • n  an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
    the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
  • n  a degree or grade of excellence or worth
    the quality of students has risen
  • n  a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
    each town has a quality all its own
  • n  (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
  • n  high social status
    a man of quality
  • s  of superior grade
    quality paper
  • s  of high social status
    people of quality
    a quality family
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quantal
  • a  of or relating to a quantum or capable of existing in only one of two states
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quantitative
  • a  expressible as a quantity or relating to or susceptible of measurement
    export wheat without quantitative limitations
    quantitative analysis determines the amounts and proportions of the chemical constituents of a substance or mixture
  • a  relating to the measurement of quantity
    quantitative studies
  • a  (of verse) having a metric system based on relative duration of syllables
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quantized
  • v  approximate (a signal varying continuously in amplitude) by one whose amplitude is restricted to a prescribed set of discrete values
  • v  apply quantum theory to; restrict the number of possible values of (a quantity) or states of (a physical entity or system) so that certain variables can assume only certain discrete magnitudes that are integral multiples of a common factor
  • a  of or relating to a quantum or capable of existing in only one of two states
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quarantined
  • v  place into enforced isolation, as for medical reasons
    My dog was quarantined before he could live in England
  • s  under forced isolation especially for health reasons
    a quarantined animal
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quarrelsome
  • s  given to quarreling
    quarrelsome when drinking
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quartan
  • n  a malarial fever that recurs every fourth day
  • a  occurring every fourth day (especially the fever and weakness of malaria)
    quartan malaria
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quarterly
  • n  a periodical that is published every quarter (or four issues per year)
  • a  of or relating to or consisting of a quarter
    quarterly report
  • r  in diagonally opposed quarters of an escutcheon
    two coats of arms borne quarterly
  • r  in three month intervals
    interest is compounded quarterly
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quasi
  • s  having some resemblance
    a quasi success
    a quasi contract
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quasi-royal
  • s  having the power but not the rank or title of a king
    one of the quasi-royal rulers of Africa
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quaternary
  • n  last 2 million years
  • n  the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one
  • s  consisting of or especially arranged in sets of four
    a quaternary compound
  • s  coming next after the third and just before the fifth in position or time or degree or magnitude
    the quaternary period of geologic time extends from the end of the tertiary period to the present
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quaternate
  • s  consisting of or especially arranged in sets of four
    quaternate leaves
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quavering
  • v  give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency
  • v  sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below
  • s  (of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear
    the old lady's quavering voice
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queasy
  • s  causing or able to cause nausea
  • s  feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit
  • s  causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
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quebecois
  • n  a native or inhabitant of Quebec (especially one who speaks French)
  • a  of or relating to Quebec (especially to the French speaking inhabitants or their culture)
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quechuan
  • n  the language of the Quechua which was spoken by the Incas
  • a  of or relating to the Quechua or their language
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queen-size
  • s  (used especially of beds) not as large as king-size
    a queen-sized bed
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