Adjectives Starting with Q
Quack (a.) Pertaining to or characterized by, boasting and pretension; used by quacks; pretending to cure diseases; as, a quack medicine; a quack doctor.
Quackish (a.) Like a quack; boasting; characterized by quackery.
Quad (a.) Alt. of Quade
Quade (a.) Evil; bad; baffling; as, a quade wind.
Quadrable (a.) That may be sqyared, or reduced to an equivalent square; -- said of a surface when the area limited by a curve can be exactly found, and expressed in a finite number of algebraic terms.
Quadragenarious (a.) Consisting of forty; forty years old.
Quadragesimal (a.) Belonging to Lent; used in Lent; Lenten.
Quadrangular (a.) Having four angles, and consequently four sides; tetragonal.
Quadrantal (a.) Of or pertaining to a quadrant; also, included in the fourth part of a circle; as, quadrantal space.
Quadrate (a.) Having four equal sides, the opposite sides parallel, and four right angles; square.
Quadrate (a.) Produced by multiplying a number by itself; square.
Quadrate (a.) Square; even; balanced; equal; exact.
Quadrate (a.) Squared; suited; correspondent.
Quadrate (a.) A plane surface with four equal sides and four right angles; a square; hence, figuratively, anything having the out
Quadrate (a.) An aspect of the heavenly bodies in which they are distant from each other 90!, or the quarter of a circle; quartile. See the Note under Aspect, 6.
Quadrate (a.) The quadrate bone.
Quadrate (a.) To square; to agree; to suit; to correspond; -- followed by with.
Quadratic (a.) Of or pertaining to a square, or to squares; resembling a quadrate, or square; square.
Quadratic (a.) Tetragonal.
Quadratic (a.) Pertaining to terms of the second degree; as, a quadratic equation, in which the highest power of the unknown quantity is a square.
Quadratojugal (a.) Of or pertaining to the quadrate and jugal bones.
Quadratojugal (a.) Of or pertaining to the quadratojugal bone.
Quadrature (a.) The act of squaring; the finding of a square having the same area as some given curvi
Quadrature (a.) A quadrate; a square.
Quadrature (a.) The integral used in obtaining the area bounded by a curve; hence, the definite integral of the product of any function of one variable into the differential of that variable.
Quadrature (a.) The position of one heavenly body in respect to another when distant from it 90!, or a quarter of a circle, as the moon when at an equal distance from the points of conjunction and opposition.
Quadrennial (a.) Comprising four years; as, a quadrennial period.
Quadrennial (a.) Occurring once in four years, or at the end of every four years; as, quadrennial games.
Quadribasic (a.) Same as Tetrabasic.
Quadrible (a.) Quadrable.
Quadric (a.) Of or pertaining to the second degree.
Quadricapsular (a.) Having four capsules.
Quadricornous (a.) Having four horns, or hornlike organs; as, a quadricornous beetle.
Quadricostate (a.) Having four ribs.
Quadridentate (a.) Having four teeth; as, a quadridentate leaf.
Quadriennial (a.) Same as Quadrennial.
Quadrifarious (a.) Arranged in four rows or ranks; as, quadrifarious leaves.
Quadrifid (a.) Divided, or deeply cleft, into four parts; as, a quadrifid perianth; a quadrifid leaf.
Quadrifoil (a.) Alt. of Quadrifoliate
Quadrifoliate (a.) Four-leaved; having the leaves in whorls of four.
Quadrifurcated (a.) Having four forks, or branches.
Quadrigeminal (a.) Alt. of Quadrigeminous
Quadrigeminous (a.) Fourfold; having four similar parts, or two pairs of similar parts.
Quadrigenarious (a.) Consisting of four hundred.
Quadrijugate (a.) Same as Quadrijugous.
Quadrijugous (a.) Pinnate, with four pairs of leaflets; as, a quadrijugous leaf.
Quadrilateral (a.) Having four sides, and consequently four angles; quadrangular.
Quadriliteral (a.) Consisting of four letters.
Quadrilobate (a.) Alt. of Quadrilobed
Quadrilobed (a.) Having four lobes; as, a quadrilobate leaf.
Quadrilocular (a.) Having four cells, or cavities; as, a quadrilocular heart.
Quadrinodal (a.) Possessing four nodes; as, quadrinodal curves.
Quadrinomical (a.) Quadrinomial.
Quadrinominal (a.) Quadrinomial.
Quadripartite (a.) Divided into four parts.
Quadripennate (a.) Having four wings; -- said of insects.
Quadriphyllous (a.) Having four leaves; quadrifoliate.
Quadrisulcate (a.) Having four hoofs; as, a quadrisulcate foot; a quadrisulcate animal.
Quadrivalent (a.) Having a valence of four; capable of combining with, being replaced by, or compared with, four monad atoms; tetravalent; -- said of certain atoms and radicals; thus, carbon and silicon are quadrivalent elements.
Quadrivalve (a.) Dehiscent into four similar parts; four-valved; as, a quadrivalve pericarp.
Quadrivalvular (a.) Having four valves; quadrivalve.
Quadrivial (a.) Having four ways meeting in a point.
Quadrumanous (a.) Having four hands; of or pertaining to the Quadrumana.
Quadruped (a.) Having four feet.
Quadrupedal (a.) Having four feet; of or pertaining to a quadruped.
Quadruple (a.) Fourfold; as, to make quadruple restitution; a quadruple alliance.
Quadruplex (a.) Fourfold; folded or doubled twice.
Quadruplicate (a.) Fourfold; doubled twice; four times repeated; as, a quadruplicate ratio, or a quadruplicate proportion.
Quadruplicate (a.) Raised to the fourth power.
Quaggy (a.) Of the nature of a quagmire; yielding or trembling under the foot, as soft, wet earth; spongy; boggy.
Quaint (a.) Prudent; wise; hence, crafty; artful; wily.
Quaint (a.) Characterized by ingenuity or art; finely fashioned; skillfully wrought; elegant; graceful; nice; neat.
Quaint (a.) Curious and fanciful; affected; odd; whimsical; antique; archaic; singular; unusual; as, quaint architecture; a quaint expression.
Quakerish (a.) Like or pertaining to a Quaker; Quakerlike.
Quakerlike (a.) Like a Quaker.
Quakerly (a.) Resembling Quakers; Quakerlike; Quakerish.
Quaky (a.) Shaky, or tremulous; quaking.
Qualifiable (a.) Capable of being qualified; abatable; modifiable.
Qualified (a.) Fitted by accomplishments or endowments.
Qualified (a.) Modified; limited; as, a qualified statement.
Qualitative (a.) Relating to quality; having the character of quality.
Qualitied (a.) Furnished with qualities; endowed.
Qualmish (a.) Sick at the stomach; affected with nausea or sickly languor; inc
Quantitative (a.) Relating to quantity.
Quantitive (a.) Estimable according to quantity; quantitative.
Quantivalent (a.) Of or pertaining to quantivalence.
Quaquaversal (a.) Turning or dipping in any or every direction.
Quaquaversal (a.) Dipping toward all points of the compass round a center, as beds of lava round a crater.
Quarreling (a.) Engaged in a quarrel; apt or disposed to quarrel; as, quarreling factions; a quarreling mood.
Quarrellous (a.) Quarrelsome.
Quarrelsome (a.) Apt or disposed to quarrel; given to brawls and contention; easily irritated or provoked to contest; irascible; choleric.
Quarried (a.) Provided with prey.
Quarry (a.) Quadrate; square.
Quarry-faced (a.) Having a face left as it comes from the quarry and not smoothed with the chisel or point; -- said of stones.
Quartan (a.) Of or pertaining to the fourth; occurring every fourth day, reckoning inclusively; as, a quartan ague, or fever.
Quartenylic (a.) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid of the acrylic acid series, metameric with crotonic acid, and obtained as a colorless liquid; -- so called from having four carbon atoms in the molecule. Called also isocrotonic acid.
Quarterhung (a.) Having trunnions the axes of which lie below the bore; -- said of a cannon.
Quartering (a.) Coming from a point well abaft the beam, but not directly astern; -- said of waves or any moving object.
Quartering (a.) At right angles, as the cranks of a locomotive, which are in planes forming a right angle with each other.
Quarterly (a.) Containing, or consisting of, a fourth part; as, quarterly seasons.
Quarterly (a.) Recurring during, or at the end of, each quarter; as, quarterly payments of rent; a quarterly meeting.
Quartic (a.) Of the fourth degree.
Quarto (a.) Having four leaves to the sheet; of the form or size of a quarto.
Quartziferous (a.) Consisting chiefly of quartz; containing quartz.
Quartzose (a.) Containing, or resembling, quartz; partaking of the nature or qualities of quartz.
quartzous (a.) Quarzose.
Quartzy (a.) Quartzose.
Quatch (a.) Squat; flat.
Quaternary (a.) Consisting of four; by fours, or in sets of four.
Quaternary (a.) Later than, or subsequent to, the Tertiary; Post-tertiary; as, the Quaternary age, or Age of man.
Quaternate (a.) Composed of, or arranged in, sets of four; quaternary; as, quaternate leaves.
Queachy (a.) Yielding or trembling under the feet, as moist or boggy ground; shaking; moving.
Queachy (a.) Like a queach; thick; bushy.
Queasy (a.) Sick at the stomach; affected with nausea; inc
Queasy (a.) Fastidious; squeamish; delicate; easily disturbed; unsettled; ticklish.
Queenly (a.) Like, becoming, or suitable to, a queen.
Queer (a.) At variance with what is usual or normal; differing in some odd way from what is ordinary; odd; singular; strange; whimsical; as, a queer story or act.
Queer (a.) Mysterious; suspicious; questionable; as, a queer transaction.
Queerish (a.) Rather queer; somewhat singular.
Queint (a.) See Quaint.
Quemeful (a.) Kindly; merciful.
Quenchable (a.) Capable of being quenched.
Quenchless (a.) Incapable of being quenched; inextinguishable; as, quenchless fire or fury.
Quercitannic (a.) Pertaining to, or designating, a tannic acid found in oak bark and extracted as a yellowish brown amorphous substance.
Quermonious (a.) Complaining; querulous; apt to complain.
Querulential (a.) Querulous.
Questionable (a.) Admitting of being questioned; inviting, or seeming to invite, inquiry.
Questionable (a.) Liable to question; subject to be doubted or called in question; problematical; doubtful; suspicious.
Questionary (a.) Inquiring; asking questions; testing.
Questionless (a.) Unquestioning; incurious.
Questuary (a.) Studious of profit.
Quicken (a.) To make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state; hence, to excite; to, stimulate; to incite.
Quicken (a.) To make lively, active, or sprightly; to impart additional energy to; to stimulate; to make quick or rapid; to hasten; to accelerate; as, to quicken one's steps or thoughts; to quicken one's departure or speed.
Quicken (a.) To shorten the radius of (a curve); to make (a curve) sharper; as, to quicken the sheer, that is, to make its curve more pronounced.
Quicklime (a.) Calcium oxide; unslacked lime; -- so called because when wet it develops great heat. See 4th Lime, 2.
Quick-scented (a.) Acute of smell.
Quickset (a.) Made of quickset.
Quick-sighted (a.) Having quick sight or acute discernment; quick to see or to discern.
Quicksilver (a.) The metal mercury; -- so called from its resemblance to liquid silver.
Quicksilvered (a.) Overlaid with quicksilver, or with an amalgam of quicksilver and tinfoil.
Quick-witted (a.) Having ready wit
Quiddative (a.) Constituting, or containing, the essence of a thing; quidditative.
Quidditative (a.) Quiddative.
Quiescent (a.) Being in a state of repose; at rest; still; not moving; as, a quiescent body or fluid.
Quiescent (a.) Not ruffed with passion; unagitated; not in action; not excited; quiet; dormant; resting.
Quiescent (a.) Not sounded; silent; as, y is quiescent in "day" and "say."
Quiet (a.) In a state of rest or calm; without stir, motion, or agitation; still; as, a quiet sea; quiet air.
Quiet (a.) Free from noise or disturbance; hushed; still.
Quiet (a.) Not excited or anxious; calm; peaceful; placid; settled; as, a quiet life; a quiet conscience.
Quiet (a.) Not giving offense; not exciting disorder or trouble; not turbulent; gentle; mild; meek; contented.
Quiet (a.) Not showy; not such as to attract attention; undemonstrative; as, a quiet dress; quiet colors; a quiet movement.
Quiet (a.) The quality or state of being quiet, or in repose; as an hour or a time of quiet.
Quiet (a.) Freedom from disturbance, noise, or alarm; stillness; tranquillity; peace; security.
Quietistic (a.) Of or pertaining to the Quietists, or to Quietism.
Quietsome (a.) Calm; still.
Quietus (a.) Final discharge or acquittance, as from debt or obligation; that which silences claims; (Fig.) rest; death.
Quilled (a.) Furnished with quills; also, shaped like quills.
Quinary (a.) Consisting of five; arranged by fives.
Quiname (a.) Growing in sets of five; -- said especially of leaves composed of five leaflets set at the end of a common petiole.
Quinic (a.) Pertaining to, derived from, or connected with, quinine and related compounds; specifically, designating a nonnitrogenous acid obtained from cinchona bark, coffee, beans, etc., as a white crystal
Quininic (a.) Pertaining to, or designating, a nitrogenous acid obtained as a yellow crystal
Quinovic (a.) Pertaining to, or designating, a crystal
Quinquagesima (a.) Fiftieth.
Quinquangular (a.) Having five angles or corners.
Quinquarticular (a.) Relating to the five articles or points; as, the quinquarticular controversy between Arminians and Calvinists.
Quinqueangled (a.) Having five angles; quinquangular.
Quinquedentate (a.) Alt. of Quinquedentated
Quinquedentated (a.) Five-toothed; as, a quinquedentate leaf.
Quinquefarious (a.) Arranged in five vertical rows; pentastichous.
Quinquefid (a.) Sharply cut about halfway to the middle or base into five segments; as, a quinquefid leaf or corolla.
Quinquefoliate (a.) Alt. of Quinquefoliated
Quinquefoliated (a.) Having five leaves or leaflets.
Quinque foliolate (a.) Having five leaflets.
Quinqueliteral (a.) Consisting of five letters.
Quinquelobate (a.) Alt. of Quinquelobared
Quinquelobared (a.) Cut less than halfway into portions, usually somewhat rounded; five-lobed; as, a quinquelobate leaf or corolla.
Quinquelobed (a.) Same as Quinquelobate.
Quinquelocular (a.) Having five cells or loculi; five-celled; as, a quinquelocular pericarp.
Quinquenerved (a.) Having five nerves; -- said of a leaf with five nearly equal nerves or ribs rising from the end of the petiole.
Quinquennial (a.) Occurring once in five years, or at the end of every five years; also, lasting five years. A quinquennial event.
Quinquepartite (a.) Consisting of five parts.
Quinquepartite (a.) Divided into five parts almost to the base.
Quinquevalve (a.) Alt. of Quinquevalvular
Quinquevalvular (a.) Having five valves, as a pericarp.
Quinquivalent (a.) Same as Pentavalent.
Quintan (a.) Occurring as the fifth, after four others also, occurring every fifth day, reckoning inclusively; as, a quintan fever.
Quintessential (a.) Of the nature of a quintessence; purest.
Quintic (a.) Of the fifth degree or order.
Quintuple (a.) Multiplied by five; increased to five times the amount; fivefold.
Quittuple-nerved (a.) Alt. of Quintuple-ribbed
Quintuple-ribbed (a.) The same as Quinquenerved.
Quirked (a.) Having, or formed with, a quirk or quirks.
Quirkish (a.) Consisting of quirks; resembling a quirk.
Quirky (a.) Full of quirks; tricky; as, a quirky lawyer.
Quit (a.) To set at rest; to free, as from anything harmful or oppressive; to relieve; to clear; to liberate.
Quit (a.) To release from obligation, accusation, penalty, or the like; to absolve; to acquit.
Quit (a.) To discharge, as an obligation or duty; to meet and satisfy, as a claim or debt; to make payment for or of; to requite; to repay.
Quit (a.) To meet the claims upon, or expectations entertained of; to conduct; to acquit; -- used reflexively.
Quit (a.) To carry through; to go through to the end.
Quit (a.) To have done with; to cease from; to stop; hence, to depart from; to leave; to forsake; as, to quit work; to quit the place; to quit jesting.
Quite (a.) Completely; wholly; entirely; totally; perfectly; as, the work is not quite done; the object is quite accomplished; to be quite mistaken.
Quite (a.) To a great extent or degree; very; very much; considerably.
Quittable (a.) Capable of being quitted.
Quiver (a.) Nimble; active.
Quivered (a.) Furnished with, or carrying, a quiver.
Quivered (a.) Sheathed, as in a quiver.
Quixotic (a.) Like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; absurdly chivalric; apt to be deluded.
Quizzical (a.) Relating to quizzing: given to quizzing; of the nature of a quiz; farcical; sportive.
Quodlibetical (a.) Not restricted to a particular subject; discussed for curiosity or entertainment.
Quondam (a.) Having been formerly; former; sometime.
Quotable (a.) Capable or worthy of being quoted; as, a quotable writer; a quotable sentence.
Quotidian (a.) Occurring or returning daily; as, a quotidian fever.
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