Singular Nouns Starting with Q

Quab (n.) An unfledged bird; hence, something immature or unfinished.

Qua-bird (n.) The American night heron. See under Night.

Quacha (n.) The quagga.

Quack (n.) The cry of the duck, or a sound in imitation of it; a hoarse, quacking noise.

Quack (n.) A boastful pretender to medical skill; an empiric; an ignorant practitioner.

Quack (n.) Hence, one who boastfully pretends to skill or knowledge of any kind not possessed; a charlatan.

Quackery (n.) The acts, arts, or boastful pretensions of a quack; false pretensions to any art; empiricism.

Quackism (n.) Quackery.

Quacksalver (n.) One who boasts of his skill in medicines and salves, or of the efficacy of his prescriptions; a charlatan; a quack; a mountebank.

Quad (n.) A quadrat.

Quad (n.) A quadrangle; hence, a prison.

Quadra (n.) The plinth, or lowest member, of any pedestal, podium, water table, or the like.

Quadra (n.) A fillet, or listel.

Quadragene (n.) An indulgence of forty days, corresponding to the forty days of ancient canonical penance.

Quadragesima (n.) The forty days of fast preceding Easter; Lent.

Quadrangle (n.) A plane figure having four angles, and consequently four sides; any figure having four angles.

Quadrangle (n.) A square or quadrangular space or inclosure, such a space or court surrounded by buildings, esp. such a court in a college or public school in England.

Quadrans (n.) A fourth part of the coin called an as. See 3d As, 2.

Quadrans (n.) The fourth of a penny; a farthing. See Cur.

Quadrant (n.) The fourth part; the quarter.

Quadrant (n.) The quarter of a circle, or of the circumference of a circle, an arc of 90!, or one subtending a right angle at the center.

Quadrant (n.) One of the four parts into which a plane is divided by the coordinate axes. The upper right-hand part is the first quadrant; the upper left-hand part the second; the lower left-hand part the third; and the lower right-hand part the fourth quadrant.

Quadrant (n.) An instrument for measuring altitudes, variously constructed and mounted for different specific uses in astronomy, surveying, gunnery, etc., consisting commonly of a graduated arc of 90!, with an index or vernier, and either plain or telescopic sights, and usually having a plumb

Quadrantal (n.) A cubical vessel containing a Roman cubic foot, each side being a Roman square foot; -- used as a measure.

Quadrantal (n.) A cube.

Quadrat (n.) A block of type metal lower than the letters, -- used in spacing and in blank

Quadrat (n.) An old instrument used for taking altitudes; -- called also geometrical square, and

Quadratics (n.) That branch of algebra which treats of quadratic equations.

Quadratojugal (n.) The quadratojugal bone.

Quadratrix (n.) A curve made use of in the quadrature of other curves; as the quadratrix, of Dinostratus, or of Tschirnhausen.

Quadrel (n.) A square piece of turf or peat.

Quadrel (n.) A square brick, tile, or the like.

Quadrennium (n.) A space or period of four years.

Quadric (n.) A quantic of the second degree. See Quantic.

Quadric (n.) A surface whose equation in three variables is of the second degree. Spheres, spheroids, ellipsoids, paraboloids, hyperboloids, also cones and cylinders with circular bases, are quadrics.

Quadriceps (n.) The great extensor muscle of the knee, divided above into four parts which unite in a single tendon at the knee.

Quadricipital (n.) Of or pertaining to the quadriceps.

Quadricorn (n.) Any quadricornous animal.

Quadriga (n.) A car or chariot drawn by four horses abreast.

Quadrilateral (n.) A plane figure having four sides, and consequently four angles; a quadrangular figure; any figure formed by four

Quadrilateral (n.) An area defended by four fortresses supporting each other; as, the Venetian quadrilateral, comprising Mantua, Peschiera, Verona, and Legnano.

Quadrilateralness (n.) The property of being quadrilateral.

Quadrille (n.) A dance having five figures, in common time, four couples of dancers being in each set.

Quadrille (n.) The appropriate music for a quadrille.

Quadrille (n.) A game played by four persons with forty cards, being the remainder of an ordinary pack after the tens, nines, and eights are discarded.

Quadrillion (n.) According to the French notation, which is followed also upon the Continent and in the United States, a unit with fifteen ciphers annexed; according to the English notation, the number produced by involving a million to the fourth power, or the number represented by a unit with twenty-four ciphers annexed. See the Note under Numeration.

Quadrin (n.) A small piece of money, in value about a farthing, or a half cent.

Quadrinomial (n.) A polynomial of four terms connected by the signs plus or minus.

Quadripartition (n.) A division or distribution by four, or into four parts; also, a taking the fourth part of any quantity or number.

Quadrireme (n.) A galley with four banks of oars or rowers.

Quadrisection (n.) A subdivision into four parts.

Quadrisyllable (n.) A word consisting of four syllables.

Quadrivalence (n.) The quality or state of being quadrivalent; tetravalence.

Quadrivalve (n.) A door, shutter, or the like, having four folds.

Quadrivial (n.) One of the four "liberal arts" making up the quadrivium.

Quadrivium (n.) The four "liberal arts," arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy; -- so called by the schoolmen. See Trivium.

Quadroon (n.) The offspring of a mulatto and a white person; a person quarter-blooded.

Quadroxide (n.) A tetroxide.

Quadrumane (n.) One of the Quadrumana.

Quadruped (n.) An animal having four feet, as most mammals and reptiles; -- often restricted to the mammals.

Quadruple (n.) four times the sum or number; a fourfold amount; as, to receive to quadruple of the amount in damages.

Quadruplication (n.) The act of making fourfold; a taking four times the simple sum or amount.

Quaestor (n.) Same as Questor.

Quaffer (n.) One who quaffs, or drinks largely.

Quag (n.) A quagmire.

Quagga (n.) A South African wild ass (Equus, / Hippotigris, quagga). The upper parts are reddish brown, becoming paler behind and behind and beneath, with dark stripes on the face, neck, and fore part of the body.

Quagmire (n.) Soft, wet, miry land, which shakes or yields under the feet.

Quahog (n.) Alt. of Quahaug

Quahaug (n.) An American market clam (Venus mercenaria). It is sold in large quantities, and is highly valued as food. Called also round clam, and hard clam.

Quaigh (n.) Alt. of Quaich

Quaich (n.) A small shallow cup or drinking vessel.

Quail (n.) Any gallinaceous bird belonging to Coturnix and several allied genera of the Old World, especially the common European quail (C. communis), the rain quail (C. Coromandelica) of India, the stubble quail (C. pectoralis), and the Australian swamp quail (Synoicus australis).

Quail (n.) Any one of several American partridges belonging to Colinus, Callipepla, and allied genera, especially the bobwhite (called Virginia quail, and Maryland quail), and the California quail (Calipepla Californica).

Quail (n.) Any one of numerous species of Turnix and allied genera, native of the Old World, as the Australian painted quail (Turnix varius). See Turnix.

Quail (n.) A prostitute; -- so called because the quail was thought to be a very amorous bird.

Quaily (n.) The upland plover.

Quaintise (n.) Craft; subtlety; cunning.

Quaintise (n.) Elegance; beauty.

Quaintness (n.) The quality of being quaint.

Quair (n.) A quire; a book.

Quake (n.) A tremulous agitation; a quick vibratory movement; a shudder; a quivering.

Quaker (n.) One who quakes.

Quaker (n.) One of a religious sect founded by George Fox, of Leicestershire, England, about 1650, -- the members of which call themselves Friends. They were called Quakers, originally, in derision. See Friend, n., 4.

Quaker (n.) The nankeen bird.

Quaker (n.) The sooty albatross.

Quaker (n.) Any grasshopper or locust of the genus (Edipoda; -- so called from the quaking noise made during flight.

Quakeress (n.) A woman who is a member of the Society of Friends.

Quakerism (n.) The peculiar character, manners, tenets, etc., of the Quakers.

Quakery (n.) Quakerism.

Quaketail (n.) A wagtail.

Quakness (n.) The state of being quaky; liability to quake.

Qualification (n.) The act of qualifying, or the condition of being qualified.

Qualification (n.) That which qualifies; any natural endowment, or any acquirement, which fits a person for a place, office, or employment, or which enables him to sustian any character with success; an enabling quality or circumstance; requisite capacity or possession.

Qualification (n.) The act of limiting, or the state of being limited; that which qualifies by limiting; modification; restriction; hence, abatement; diminution; as, to use words without any qualification.

Qualificative (n.) That which qualifies, modifies, or restricts; a qualifying term or statement.

Qualificator (n.) An officer whose business it is to examine and prepare causes for trial in the ecclesiastical courts.

Qualifiedness (n.) The state of being qualified.

Qualifier (n.) One who, or that which, qualifies; that which modifies, reduces, tempers or restrains.

Quality (n.) The condition of being of such and such a sort as distinguished from others; nature or character relatively considered, as of goods; character; sort; rank.

Quality (n.) Special or temporary character; profession; occupation; assumed or asserted rank, part, or position.

Quality (n.) That which makes, or helps to make, anything such as it is; anything belonging to a subject, or predicable of it; distinguishing property, characteristic, or attribute; peculiar power, capacity, or virtue; distinctive trait; as, the tones of a flute differ from those of a violin in quality; the great quality of a statesman.

Quality (n.) An acquired trait; accomplishment; acquisition.

Quality (n.) Superior birth or station; high rank; elevated character.

Qualm (n.) Sickness; disease; pestilence; death.

Qualm (n.) A sudden attack of illness, faintness, or pain; an agony.

Qualm (n.) Especially, a sudden sensation of nausea.

Qualm (n.) A prick or scruple of conscience; uneasiness of conscience; compunction.

Quamash (n.) See Camass.

Quamoclit (n.) Formerly, a genus of plants including the cypress vine (Quamoclit vulgaris, now called Ipomoea Quamoclit). The genus is now merged in Ipomoea.

Quandary (n.) A state of difficulty or perplexity; doubt; uncertainty.

Quandong (n.) The edible drupaceous fruit of an Australian tree (Fusanus acuminatus) of the Sandalwood family; -- called also quandang.

Quandy (n.) The old squaw.

Quannet (n.) A flat file having the handle at one side, so as to be used like a plane.

Quant (n.) A punting pole with a broad flange near the end to prevent it from sinking into the mud; a setting pole.

Quantic (n.) A homogeneous algebraic function of two or more variables, in general containing only positive integral powers of the variables, and called quadric, cubic, quartic, etc., according as it is of the second, third, fourth, fifth, or a higher degree. These are further called binary, ternary, quaternary, etc., according as they contain two, three, four, or more variables; thus, the quantic / is a binary cubic.

Quantification (n.) Modification by a reference to quantity; the introduction of the element of quantity.

Quantity (n.) The attribute of being so much, and not more or less; the property of being measurable, or capable of increase and decrease, multiplication and division; greatness; and more concretely, that which answers the question "How much?"; measure in regard to bulk or amount; determinate or comparative dimensions; measure; amount; bulk; extent; size.

Quantity (n.) The extent or extension of a general conception, that is, the number of species or individuals to which it may be applied; also, its content or comprehension, that is, the number of its constituent qualities, attributes, or relations.

Quantity (n.) The measure of a syllable; that which determines the time in which it is pronounced; as, the long or short quantity of a vowel or syllable.

Quantity (n.) The relative duration of a tone.

Quantity (n.) That which can be increased, diminished, or measured; especially (Math.), anything to which mathematical processes are applicable.

Quantity (n.) A determinate or estimated amount; a sum or bulk; a certain portion or part; sometimes, a considerable amount; a large portion, bulk, or sum; as, a medicine taken in quantities, that is, in large quantities.

Quantivalence (n.) Valence.

Quantum (n.) Quantity; amount.

Quantum (n.) A definite portion of a manifoldness, limited by a mark or by a boundary.

Quar (n.) A quarry.

Quarantine (n.) A space of forty days; -- used of Lent.

Quarantine (n.) Specifically, the term, originally of forty days, during which a ship arriving in port, and suspected of being infected a malignant contagious disease, is obliged to forbear all intercourse with the shore; hence, such restraint or inhibition of intercourse; also, the place where infected or prohibited vessels are stationed.

Quarantine (n.) The period of forty days during which the widow had the privilege of remaining in the mansion house of which her husband died seized.

Quarl (n.) A medusa, or jellyfish.

Quarrel (n.) An arrow for a crossbow; -- so named because it commonly had a square head.

Quarrel (n.) Any small square or quadrangular member

Quarrel (n.) A square of glass, esp. when set diagonally.

Quarrel (n.) A small opening in window tracery, of which the cusps, etc., make the form nearly square.

Quarrel (n.) A square or lozenge-shaped paving tile.

Quarrel (n.) A glazier's diamond.

Quarrel (n.) A four-sided cutting tool or chisel having a diamond-shaped end.

Quarrel (n.) A breach of concord, amity, or obligation; a falling out; a difference; a disagreement; an antagonism in opinion, feeling, or conduct; esp., an angry dispute, contest, or strife; a brawl; an altercation; as, he had a quarrel with his father about expenses.

Quarrel (n.) Ground of objection, dislike, difference, or hostility; cause of dispute or contest; occasion of altercation.

Quarrel (n.) Earnest desire or longing.

Quarrel (n.) One who quarrels or wrangles; one who is quarrelsome.

Quarrelet (n.) A little quarrel. See 1st Quarrel, 2.

Quarrier (n.) A worker in a stone quarry.

Quarry (n.) Same as 1st Quarrel.

Quarry (n.) A part of the entrails of the beast taken, given to the hounds.

Quarry (n.) A heap of game killed.

Quarry (n.) The object of the chase; the animal hunted for; game; especially, the game hunted with hawks.

Quarry (n.) A place, cavern, or pit where stone is taken from the rock or ledge, or dug from the earth, for building or other purposes; a stone pit. See 5th Mine (a).

Quarry-man (n.) A man who is engaged in quarrying stones; a quarrier.

Quart (n.) The fourth part; a quarter; hence, a region of the earth.

Quart (n.) A measure of capacity, both in dry and in liquid measure; the fourth part of a gallon; the eighth part of a peck; two pints.

Quart (n.) A vessel or measure containing a quart.

Quart (n.) In cards, four successive cards of the same suit. Cf. Tierce, 4.

Quartan (n.) An intermittent fever which returns every fourth day, reckoning inclusively, that is, one in which the interval between paroxysms is two days.

Quartan (n.) A measure, the fourth part of some other measure.

Quartane (n.) Butane, each molecule of which has four carbon atoms.

Quartation (n.) The act, process, or result (in the process of parting) of alloying a button of nearly pure gold with enough silver to reduce the fineness so as to allow acids to attack and remove all metals except the gold; -- called also inquartation. Compare Parting.

Quarte (n.) Same as 2d Carte.

Quartene (n.) Same as Butylene.

Quarter (n.) One of four equal parts into which anything is divided, or is regarded as divided; a fourth part or portion; as, a quarter of a dollar, of a pound, of a yard, of an hour, etc.

Quarter (n.) The fourth of a hundred-weight, being 25 or 28 pounds, according as the hundredweight is reckoned at 100 or 112 pounds.

Quarter (n.) The fourth of a ton in weight, or eight bushels of grain; as, a quarter of wheat; also, the fourth part of a chaldron of coal.

Quarter (n.) The fourth part of the moon's period, or monthly revolution; as, the first quarter after the change or full.

Quarter (n.) One limb of a quadruped with the adjacent parts; one fourth part of the carcass of a slaughtered animal, including a leg; as, the fore quarters; the hind quarters.

Quarter (n.) That part of a boot or shoe which forms the side, from the heel to the vamp.

Quarter (n.) That part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, being the side of the coffin.

Quarter (n.) A term of study in a seminary, college, etc, etc.; properly, a fourth part of the year, but often longer or shorter.

Quarter (n.) The encampment on one of the principal passages round a place besieged, to prevent relief and intercept convoys.

Quarter (n.) The after-part of a vessel's side, generally corresponding in extent with the quarter-deck; also, the part of the yardarm outside of the slings.

Quarter (n.) One of the divisions of an escutcheon when it is divided into four portions by a horizontal and a perpendicular

Quarterage (n.) A quarterly allowance.

Quarter-deck (n.) That part of the upper deck abaft the mainmast, including the poop deck when there is one.

Quarterfoil (n.) An ornamental foliation having four lobes, or foils.

Quartering (n.) A station.

Quartering (n.) Assignment of quarters for soldiers; quarters.

Quartering (n.) The division of a shield containing different coats of arms into four or more compartments.

Quartering (n.) One of the different coats of arms arranged upon an escutcheon, denoting the descent of the bearer.

Quartering (n.) A series of quarters, or small upright posts. See Quarter, n., 1 (m) (Arch.)

Quarterly (n.) A periodical work published once a quarter, or four times in a year.

Quartermaster (n.) An officer whose duty is to provide quarters, provisions, storage, clothing, fuel, stationery, and transportation for a regiment or other body of troops, and superintend the supplies.

Quartermaster (n.) A petty officer who attends to the helm, binnacle, signals, and the like, under the direction of the master.

Quartern (n.) A quarter. Specifically: (a) The fourth part of a pint; a gill. (b) The fourth part of a peck, or of a stone (14 ibs.).

Quartern (n.) A loaf of bread weighing about four pounds; -- called also quartern loaf.

Quarteron (n.) A quarter; esp., a quarter of a pound, or a quarter of a hundred.

Quarteron (n.) Alt. of Quarteroon

Quarteroon (n.) A quadroon.

Quarterpace (n.) A platform of a staircase where the stair turns at a right angle only. See Halfpace.

Quarterstaff (n.) A long and stout staff formerly used as a weapon of defense and offense; -- so called because in holding it one hand was placed in the middle, and the other between the middle and the end.

Quartet (n.) Alt. of Quartette

Quartette (n.) A composition in four parts, each performed by a single voice or instrument.

Quartette (n.) The set of four person who perform a piece of music in four parts.

Quartette (n.) A stanza of four

Quartic (n.) A quantic of the fourth degree. See Quantic.

Quartic (n.) A curve or surface whose equation is of the fourth degree in the variables.

Quartile (n.) Same as Quadrate.

Quartine (n.) A supposed fourth integument of an ovule, counting from the outside.

Quarto (n.) Originally, a book of the size of the fourth of sheet of printing paper; a size leaves; in present usage, a book of a square or nearly square form, and usually of large size.

Quartridge (n.) Quarterage.

Quartz (n.) A form of silica, or silicon dioxide (SiO2), occurring in hexagonal crystals, which are commonly colorless and transparent, but sometimes also yellow, brown, purple, green, and of other colors; also in cryptocrystal

Quartzite (n.) Massive quartz occurring as a rock; a metamorphosed sandstone; -- called also quartz rock.

Quartzoid (n.) A form of crystal common with quartz, consisting of two six-sided pyramids, base to base.

Quas (n.) A kind of beer. Same as Quass.

Quaschi (n.) Alt. of Quasje

Quasje (n.) The brown coati. See Coati.

Quash (n.) Same as Squash.

Quashee (n.) A negro of the West Indies.

Quasimodo (n.) The first Sunday after Easter; Low Sunday.

Quass (n.) A thin, sour beer, made by pouring warm water on rye or barley meal and letting it ferment, -- much used by the Russians.

Quassation (n.) The act of shaking, or the state of being shaken.

Quassia (n.) The wood of several tropical American trees of the order Simarubeae, as Quassia amara, Picraena excelsa, and Simaruba amara. It is intensely bitter, and is used in medicine and sometimes as a substitute for hops in making beer.

Quassin (n.) The bitter principle of quassia, extracted as a white crystal

Quat (n.) A pustule.

Quat (n.) An annoying, worthless person.

Quata (n.) The coaita.

Quater-cousin (n.) A cousin within the first four degrees of kindred.

Quaternary (n.) The number four.

Quaternary (n.) The Quaternary age, era, or formation. See the Chart of Geology.

Quaternion (n.) The number four.

Quaternion (n.) A set of four parts, things, or person; four things taken collectively; a group of four words, phrases, circumstances, facts, or the like.

Quaternion (n.) A word of four syllables; a quadrisyllable.

Quaternion (n.) The quotient of two vectors, or of two directed right

Quaternity (n.) The number four.

Quaternity (n.) The union of four in one, as of four persons; -- analogous to the theological term trinity.

Quateron (n.) See 2d Quarteron.

Quatorzain (n.) A poem of fourteen

Quatorze (n.) The four aces, kings, queens, knaves, or tens, in the game of piquet; -- so called because quatorze counts as fourteen points.

Quatrain (n.) A stanza of four

Quatre (n.) A card, die. or domino, having four spots, or pips

Quatrefeuille (n.) Alt. of Quatrefoil

Quatrefoil (n.) Same as Quarterfoil.

Quatuor (n.) A quartet; -- applied chiefly to instrumental compositions.

Quave (n.) See Quaver.

Quavemire (n.) See Quagmire.

Quaver (n.) A shake, or rapid and tremulous vibration, of the voice, or of an instrument of music.

Quaver (n.) An eighth note. See Eighth.

Quaverer (n.) One who quavers; a warbler.

Quay (n.) A mole, bank, or wharf, formed toward the sea, or at the side of a harbor, river, or other navigable water, for convenience in loading and unloading vessels.

Quayage (n.) Wharfage.

Que (n.) A half farthing.

Queach (n.) A thick, bushy plot; a thicket.

Quean (n.) A woman; a young or unmarried woman; a girl.

Quean (n.) A low woman; a wench; a slut.

Queasiness (n.) The state of being queasy; nausea; qualmishness; squeamishness.

Quebracho (n.) A Chilian apocynaceous tree (Aspidosperma Quebracho); also, its bark, which is used as a febrifuge, and for dyspn/a of the lung, or bronchial diseases; -- called also white quebracho, to distinguish it from the red quebracho, a Mexican anacardiaceous tree (Loxopterygium Lorentzii) whose bark is said to have similar properties.

Quebrith (n.) Sulphur.

Queen (n.) The wife of a king.

Queen (n.) A woman who is the sovereign of a kingdom; a female monarch; as, Elizabeth, queen of England; Mary, queen of Scots.

Queen (n.) A woman eminent in power or attractions; the highest of her kind; as, a queen in society; -- also used figuratively of cities, countries, etc.

Queen (n.) The fertile, or fully developed, female of social bees, ants, and termites.

Queen (n.) The most powerful, and except the king the most important, piece in a set of chessmen.

Queen (n.) A playing card bearing the picture of a queen; as, the queen of spades.

Queen (n.) A male homosexual, esp. one who is effeminate or dresses in women's clothing.

Queencraft (n.) Craft or skill in policy on the part of a queen.

Queendom (n.) The dominion, condition, or character of a queen.

Queenfish (n.) A California sciaenoid food fish (Seriphys politus). The back is bluish, and the sides and belly bright silvery. Called also kingfish.

Queenhood (n.) The state, personality, or character of a queen; queen

Queening (n.) Any one of several kinds of apples, as summer queening, scarlet queening, and early queening. An apple called the queening was cultivated in England two hundred years ago.


Oueen-post (n.) One of two suspending posts in a roof truss, or other framed truss of similar form. See King-post.

Queenship (n.) The state, rank, or dignity of a queen.

Queer (n.) Counterfeit money.

Queerness (n.) The quality or state of being queer.

Queest (n.) The European ringdove (Columba palumbus); the cushat.

Quegh (n.) A drinking vessel. See Quaich.

Queintise (n.) See Quaintise.

Quell (n.) Murder.

Queller (n.) A killer; as, Jack the Giant Queller.

Queller (n.) One who quells; one who overpowers or subdues.

Quellio (n.) A ruff for the neck.

Quelquechose (n.) A trifle; a kickshaw.

Quencher (n.) One who, or that which, quenches.

Quenelle (n.) A kind of delicate forcemeat, commonly poached and used as a dish by itself or for garnishing.

Quercite (n.) A white crystal

Quercitin (n.) A yellow crystal

Quercitrin (n.) A glucoside extracted from the bark of the oak (Quercus) as a bitter citron-yellow crystal

Quercitron (n.) The yellow inner bark of the Quercus tinctoria, the American black oak, yellow oak, dyer's oak, or quercitron oak, a large forest tree growing from Maine to eastern Texas.

Quercitron (n.) Quercitrin, used as a pigment. See Quercitrin.

Quercus (n.) A genus of trees constituted by the oak. See Oak.

Querele (n.) A complaint to a court. See Audita Querela.

Querent (n.) A complainant; a plaintiff.

Querent (n.) An inquirer.

Querimony (n.) A complaint or complaining.

Querist (n.) One who inquires, or asks questions.

Querl (n.) A coil; a twirl; as, the qwerl of hair on the fore leg of a blooded horse.

Quern (n.) A mill for grinding grain, the upper stone of which was turned by hand; -- used before the invention of windmills and watermills.

Querpo (n.) The inner or body garments taken together. See Cuerpo.

Querquedule (n.) A teal.

Querquedule (n.) The pintail duck.

Querry (n.) A groom; an equerry.

Query (n.) A question; an inquiry to be answered or solved.

Query (n.) A question in the mind; a doubt; as, I have a query about his sincerity.

Query (n.) An interrogation point [?] as the sign of a question or a doubt.

Quesal (n.) The long-tailed, or resplendent, trogon (Pharomachus mocinno, formerly Trogon resplendens), native of Southern Mexico and Central America. Called also quetzal, and golden trogon.

Quest (n.) The act of seeking, or looking after anything; attempt to find or obtain; search; pursuit; as, to rove in quest of game, of a lost child, of property, etc.

Quest (n.) Request; desire; solicitation.

Quest (n.) Those who make search or inquiry, taken collectively.

Quest (n.) Inquest; jury of inquest.

Quest (n.) To search for; to examine.

Questant (n.) One who undertakes a quest; a seeker.

Quester (n.) One who seeks; a seeker.

Question (n.) The act of asking; interrogation; inquiry; as, to examine by question and answer.

Question (n.) Discussion; debate; hence, objection; dispute; doubt; as, the story is true beyond question; he obeyed without question.

Question (n.) Examination with reference to a decisive result; investigation; specifically, a judicial or official investigation; also, examination under torture.

Question (n.) That which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query.

Question (n.) Hence, a subject of investigation, examination, or debate; theme of inquiry; matter to be inquired into; as, a delicate or doubtful question.

Question (n.) Talk; conversation; speech; speech.

Question (n.) To ask questions; to inquire.

Question (n.) To argue; to converse; to dispute.

Questionability (n.) The state or condition of being questionable.

Questionableness (n.) The quality or state of being questionable, doubtful, or suspicious.

Questionary (n.) One who makes it his business to seek after relics and carry them about for sale.

Questioner (n.) One who asks questions; an inquirer.

Questionist (n.) A questioner; an inquirer.

Questionist (n.) A candidate for honors or degrees who is near the time of his examination.

Questman (n.) One legally empowered to make quest of certain matters, esp. of abuses of weights and measures.

Questman (n.) A churchwarden's assistant; a sidesman.

Questman (n.) A collector of parish rents.

Questmonger (n.) One who lays informations, and encourages petty lawsuits.

Questor (n.) An officer who had the management of the public treasure; a receiver of taxes, tribute, etc.; treasurer of state.

Questorship (n.) The office, or the term of office, of a questor.

Questrist (n.) A seeker; a pursuer.

Questuary (n.) One employed to collect profits.

Quet (n.) The common guillemot.

Queue (n.) A tail-like appendage of hair; a pigtail.

Queue (n.) A

Quey (n.) A heifer.

Quib (n.) A quip; a gibe.

Quibble (n.) A shift or turn from the point in question; a trifling or evasive distinction; an evasion; a cavil.

Quibble (n.) A pun; a low conceit.

Quibbler (n.) One who quibbles; a caviler; also, a punster.

Quica (n.) A small South American opossum (Didelphys quica), native of Guiana and Brazil. It feeds upon insects, small birds, and fruit.

Quice (n.) See Queest.

Quick (n.) That which is quick, or alive; a living animal or plant; especially, the hawthorn, or other plants used in making a living hedge.

Quick (n.) The life; the mortal point; a vital part; a part susceptible of serious injury or keen feeling; the sensitive living flesh; the part of a finger or toe to which the nail is attached; the tender emotions; as, to cut a finger nail to the quick; to thrust a sword to the quick, to taunt one to the quick; -- used figuratively.

Quick (n.) Quitch grass.

Quickbeam (n.) See Quicken tree.

Quickener (n.) One who, or that which, quickens.

Quickening (n.) The act or process of making or of becoming quick.

Quickening (n.) The first motion of the fetus in the womb felt by the mother, occurring usually about the middle of the term of pregnancy. It has been popularly supposed to be due to the fetus becoming possessed of independent life.

Quickens (n.) Quitch grass.

Quickhatch (n.) The wolverine.

Quickness (n.) The condition or quality of being quick or living; life.

Quickness (n.) Activity; briskness; especially, rapidity of motion; speed; celerity; as, quickness of wit.

Quickness (n.) Acuteness of perception; keen sensibility.

Quickness (n.) Sharpness; pungency of taste.

Quicksand (n.) Sand easily moved or readily yielding to pressure; especially, a deep mass of loose or moving sand mixed with water, sometimes found at the mouth of a river or along some coasts, and very dangerous, from the difficulty of extricating a person who begins sinking into it.

Quickset (n.) A living plant set to grow, esp. when set for a hedge; specifically, the hawthorn.

Quicksilvering (n.) The mercury and foil on the back of a looking-glass.

Quickstep (n.) A lively, spirited march; also, a lively style of dancing.

Quick-wittedness (n.) Readiness of wit.

Quickwork (n.) All the submerged section of a vessel's planking.

Quickwork (n.) The planking between the spirketing and the clamps.

Quickwork (n.) The short planks between the portholes.

Quid (n.) A portion suitable to be chewed; a cud; as, a quid of tobacco.

Quidam (n.) Somebody; one unknown.

Quiddany (n.) A confection of quinces, in consistency between a sirup and marmalade.

Quiddit (n.) A subtilty; an equivocation.

Quiddity (n.) The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity, of a thing; that which answers the question, Quid est? or, What is it?

Quiddity (n.) A trifling nicety; a cavil; a quibble.

Quiddle (n.) Alt. of Quiddler

Quiddler (n.) One who wastes his energy about trifles.

Quidnunc (n.) One who is curious to know everything that passes; one who knows, or pretends to know, all that is going on.

Quiescence (n.) Alt. of Quiescency

Quiescency (n.) The state or quality of being quiescent.

Quiescent (n.) A silent letter.

Quietage (n.) Quietness.

Quieter (n.) One who, or that which, quiets.

Quietism (n.) Peace or tranquillity of mind; calmness; indifference; apathy; dispassion; indisturbance; inaction.

Quietism (n.) The system of the Quietists, who maintained that religion consists in the withdrawal of the mind from worldly interests and anxieties and its constant employment in the passive contemplation of God and his attributes.

Quietist (n.) One of a sect of mystics originated in the seventeenth century by Molinos, a Spanish priest living in Rome. See Quietism.

Quietness (n.) The quality or state of being quiet; freedom from noise, agitation, disturbance, or excitement; stillness; tranquillity; calmness.

Quietude (n.) Rest; repose; quiet; tranquillity.

Quill (n.) One of the large feathers of a bird's wing, or one of the rectrices of the tail; also, the stock of such a feather.

Quill (n.) A pen for writing made by sharpening and splitting the point or nib of the stock of a feather; as, history is the proper subject of his quill.

Quill (n.) A spine of the hedgehog or porcupine.

Quill (n.) The pen of a squid. See Pen.

Quill (n.) The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings of certain instruments.

Quill (n.) The tube of a musical instrument.

Quill (n.) Something having the form of a quill

Quill (n.) The fold or plain of a ruff.

Quill (n.) A spindle, or spool, as of reed or wood, upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a shuttle.

Quill (n.) A hollow spindle.

Quillback (n.) An American fresh-water fish (Ictiobus, / Carpiodes, cyprinus); -- called also carp sucker, sailfish, spearfish, and skimback.

Quillet (n.) Subtilty; nicety; quibble.

Quilling (n.) A band of

Quilling (n.) One of the rounded plaits or flutings of such a band.

Quillwort (n.) Any plant or species of the genus Isoetes, cryptogamous plants with a cluster of elongated four-tubed rushlike leaves, rising from a corm, and containing spores in their enlarged and excavated bases. There are about seventeen American species, usually growing in the mud under still, shallow water. So called from the shape of the shape of the leaves.

Quilt (n.) Anything that is quilted; esp., a quilted bed cover, or a skirt worn by women; any cover or garment made by putting wool, cotton, etc., between two cloths and stitching them together; also, any outer bed cover.

Quilter (n.) One who, or that which, quilts.

Quilting (n.) The act of stitching or running in patterns, as in making a quilt.

Quilting (n.) A quilting bee. See Bee, 2.

Quilting (n.) The material used for making quilts.

Quilting (n.) A coating of strands of rope for a water vessel.

Quin (n.) A European scallop (Pecten opercularis), used as food.

Quinaldine (n.) A colorless liquid of a slightly pungent odor, C9H6N.CH3, first obtained as a condensation product of aldehyde and ani

Quinate (n.) A salt of quinic acid.

Quinazol (n.) A complex nitrogenous base related to cinno

Quince (n.) The fruit of a shrub (Cydonia vulgaris) belonging to the same tribe as the apple. It somewhat resembles an apple, but differs in having many seeds in each carpel. It has hard flesh of high flavor, but very acid, and is largely used for marmalade, jelly, and preserves.

Quince (n.) a quince tree or shrub.

Quincewort (n.) The squinancy. Called also quinsywort.

Quincunx (n.) An arrangement of things by fives in a square or a rectangle, one being placed at each corner and one in the middle; especially, such an arrangement of trees repeated indefinitely, so as to form a regular group with rows running in various directions.

Quincunx (n.) The position of planets when distant from each other five signs, or 150!.

Quincunx (n.) A quincuncial arrangement, as of the parts of a flower in aestivation. See Quincuncial, 2.

Quindecagon (n.) A plane figure with fifteen angles, and consequently fifteen sides.

Quindecemvir (n.) One of a sacerdotal college of fifteen men whose chief duty was to take care of the Sibyl

Quindecemvirate (n.) The body or office of the quindecemviri.

Quindecone (n.) An unsaturated hydrocarbon, C15H26, of the valylene series, produced artificially as an oily liquid.

Quindecylic (n.) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid of the fatty acid series, containing fifteen atoms of carbon; called also pentadecylic acid.

Quindem (n.) A fifteenth part.

Quindism (n.) A fifteenth.

Quinhydrone (n.) A green crystal

Quinia (n.) Quinine.

Quinible (n.) An interval of a fifth; also, a part sung with such intervals.

Quinicine (n.) An uncrystallizable alkaloid obtained by the action of heat from quinine, with which it is isomeric.

Quinidine (n.) An alkaloid isomeric with, and resembling, quinine, found in certain species of cinchona, from which it is extracted as a bitter white crystal

Quinine (n.) An alkaloid extracted from the bark of several species of cinchona (esp. Cinchona Calisaya) as a bitter white crystal

Quininism (n.) Alt. of Quinism

Quinism (n.) See Cinchonism.

Quinizine (n.) any one of a series of nitrogenous bases, certain of which are used as antipyretics.

Quinnat (n.) The California salmon (Oncorhynchus choicha); -- called also chouicha, king salmon, chinnook salmon, and Sacramento salmon. It is of great commercial importance.

Quinoa (n.) The seeds of a kind of goosewort (Chenopodium Quinoa), used in Chili and Peru for making porridge or cakes; also, food thus made.

Quinogen (n.) A hypothetical radical of quinine and related alkaloids.

Quinoidine (n.) A brownish resinous substance obtained as a by-product in the treatment of cinchona bark. It consists of a mixture of several alkaloids.


Quinologist (n.) One who is versed in quinology.

Quinology (n.) The science which treats of the cultivation of the cinchona, and of its use in medicine.

Quinone (n.) A crystal

Quinovin (n.) An amorphous bitter glucoside derived from cinchona and other barks. Called also quinova bitter, and quinova.


Quinoxyl (n.) The hypothetical radical of certain quinone derivatives related to rhodizonic acid.

Quinoyl (n.) A radical of which quinone is the hydride, analogous to phenyl.

Quinquennium (n.) Space of five years.

Quinquereme (n.) A galley having five benches or banks of oars; as, an Athenian quinquereme.

Quinquesyllable (n.) A word of five syllables.

Quinquevir (n.) One of five commissioners appointed for some special object.

Quinquina (n.) Peruvian bark.

Quinsy (n.) An inflammation of the throat, or parts adjacent, especially of the fauces or tonsils, attended by considerable swelling, painful and impeded deglutition, and accompanied by inflammatory fever. It sometimes creates danger of suffocation; -- called also squinancy, and squinzey.

Quint (n.) A set or sequence of five, as in piquet.

Quint (n.) The interval of a fifth.

Quintain (n.) An object to be tilted at; -- called also quintel.

Quintal (n.) A hundredweight, either 112 or 100 pounds, according to the scale used. Cf. Cental.

Quintal (n.) A metric measure of weight, being 100,000 grams, or 100 kilograms, equal to 220.46 pounds avoirdupois.

Quintan (n.) An intermittent fever which returns every fifth day, reckoning inclusively, or in which the intermission lasts three days.

Quintel (n.) See Quintain.

Quintessence (n.) The fifth or last and highest essence or power in a natural body. See Ferment oils, under Ferment.

Quintessence (n.) Hence: An extract from anything, containing its rarest virtue, or most subtle and essential constituent in a small quantity; pure or concentrated essence.

Quintet (n.) Alt. of Quintette

Quintette (n.) A composition for five voices or instruments; also, the set of five persons who sing or play five-part music.

Quintic (n.) A quantic of the fifth degree. See Quantic.

Quintile (n.) The aspect of planets when separated the fifth part of the zodiac, or 72!.

Quintilllion (n.) According to the French notation, which is used on the Continent and in America, the cube of a million, or a unit with eighteen ciphers annexed; according to the English notation, a number produced by involving a million to the fifth power, or a unit with thirty ciphers annexed. See the Note under Numeration.

Quintin (n.) See Quintain.

Quintine (n.) The embryonic sac of an ovule, sometimes regarded as an innermost fifth integument. Cf. Quartine, and Tercine.

Quintole (n.) A group of five notes to be played or sung in the time of four of the same species.

Quinzaine (n.) The fifteenth day after a feast day, including both in the reckoning.

Quinze (n.) A game at cards in which the object is to make fifteen points.

Quip (n.) A smart, sarcastic turn or jest; a taunt; a severe retort; a gibe.

Quipo (n.) Same as Quipu.

Quipu (n.) A contrivance employed by the ancient Peruvians, Mexicans, etc., as a substitute for writing and figures, consisting of a main cord, from which hung at certain distances smaller cords of various colors, each having a special meaning, as silver, gold, corn, soldiers. etc. Single, double, and triple knots were tied in the smaller cords, representing definite numbers. It was chiefly used for arithmetical purposes, and to register important facts and events.

Quirboilly (n.) Leather softened by boiling so as to take any required shape. Upon drying, it becomes exceedingly hard, and hence was formerly used for armor.

Quire (n.) See Choir.

Quire (n.) A collection of twenty-four sheets of paper of the same size and quality, unfolded or having a single fold; one twentieth of a ream.

Quirister (n.) A chorister. See Chorister.

Quiritation (n.) A crying for help.

Quirite (n.) One of the Quirites.

Quirk (n.) A sudden turn; a starting from the point or

Quirk (n.) A fit or turn; a short paroxysm; a caprice.

Quirk (n.) A smart retort; a quibble; a shallow conceit.

Quirk (n.) An irregular air; as, light quirks of music.

Quirk (n.) A piece of ground taken out of any regular ground plot or floor, so as to make a court, yard, etc.; -- sometimes written quink.

Quirk (n.) A small channel, deeply recessed in proportion to its width, used to insulate and give relief to a convex rounded molding.

Quirpele (n.) The Indian ferret.

Quirt (n.) A rawhide whip plaited with two thongs of buffalo hide.

Quish (n.) See Cuish.

Quit (n.) Any one of numerous species of small passerine birds native of tropical America. See Banana quit, under Banana, and Guitguit.

Quitch (n.) Same as Quitch grass.

Quitch (n.) Figuratively: A vice; a taint; an evil.

Quitclaim (n.) A release or relinquishment of a claim; a deed of release; an instrument by which some right, title, interest, or claim, which one person has, or is supposed to have, in or to an estate held by himself or another, is released or relinquished, the grantor generally covenanting only against persons who claim under himself.

Quitrent (n.) A rent reserved in grants of land, by the payment of which the tenant is quit from other service.

Quittal (n.) Return; requital; quittance.

Quitter (n.) One who quits.

Quitter (n.) A deliverer.

Quittor (n.) A chronic abscess, or fistula of the coronet, in a horse's foot, resulting from inflammation of the tissues investing the coffin bone.

Quitture (n.) A discharge; an issue.

Quiver (n.) The act or state of quivering; a tremor.

Quiver (n.) A case or sheath for arrows to be carried on the person.

Quixotism (n.) That form of delusion which leads to extravagant and absurd undertakings or sacrifices in obedience to a morbidly romantic ideal of duty or honor, as illustrated by the exploits of Don Quixote in knight-errantry.

Quixotry (n.) Quixotism; visionary schemes.

Quiz (n.) A riddle or obscure question; an enigma; a ridiculous hoax.

Quiz (n.) One who quizzes others; as, he is a great quiz.

Quiz (n.) An odd or absurd fellow.

Quiz (n.) An exercise, or a course of exercises, conducted as a coaching or as an examination.

Quizzer (n.) One who quizzes; a quiz.

Quizzism (n.) The act or habit of quizzing.

Quod (n.) A quadrangle or court, as of a prison; hence, a prison.

Quodlibet (n.) A nice point; a subtilty; a debatable point.

Quodlibet (n.) A medley improvised by several performers.

Quodlibetarian (n.) One who discusses any subject at pleasure.

Quoifffure (n.) See Coiffure.

Quoil (n.) See Coil.

Quoin (n.) Originally, a solid exterior angle, as of a building; now, commonly, one of the selected pieces of material by which the corner is marked.

Quoin (n.) A wedgelike piece of stone, wood metal, or other material, used for various purposes

Quoin (n.) to support and steady a stone.

Quoin (n.) To support the breech of a cannon.

Quoin (n.) To wedge or lock up a form within a chase.

Quoin (n.) To prevent casks from rolling.

Quoit (n.) A flattened ring-shaped piece of iron, to be pitched at a fixed object in play; hence, any heavy flat missile used for the same purpose, as a stone, piece of iron, etc.

Quoit (n.) A game played with quoits.

Quoit (n.) The discus of the ancients. See Discus.

Quoit (n.) A cromlech.

Quoll (n.) A marsupial of Australia (Dasyurus macrurus), about the size of a cat.

Quondam (n.) A person dismissed or ejected from a position.

Quorum (n.) Such a number of the officers or members of any body as is competent by law or constitution to transact business; as, a quorum of the House of Representatives; a constitutional quorum was not present.

Quota (n.) A proportional part or share; the share or proportion assigned to each in a division.

Quotation (n.) The act of quoting or citing.

Quotation (n.) That which is quoted or cited; a part of a book or writing named, repeated, or adduced as evidence or illustration.

Quotation (n.) The naming or publishing of the current price of stocks, bonds, or any commodity; also the price named.

Quotation (n.) Quota; share.

Quotation (n.) A piece of hollow type metal, lower than type, and measuring two or more pica ems in length and breadth, used in the blank spaces at the beginning and end of chapters, etc.

Quotationist (n.) One who makes, or is given to making, quotations.

Quote (n.) A note upon an author.

Quoter (n.) One who quotes the words of another.

Quotidian (n.) Anything returning daily; especially (Med.), an intermittent fever or ague which returns every day.

Quotient (n.) The number resulting from the division of one number by another, and showing how often a less number is contained in a greater; thus, the quotient of twelve divided by four is three.

Quotient (n.) The result of any process inverse to multiplication. See the Note under Multiplication.

Quotiety (n.) The relation of an object to number.

Quotum (n.) Part or proportion; quota.

Quran (n.) See Koran.

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