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quadra
n. - plinth; square frame.
 
quadragintesimal
adj. - in forty parts; forty-fold.
 
quadral
adj. - in four parts.
 
quadrant
n. - quarter of circumference of circle; instrument for measuring altitudes. quadrantal, adj.
 
quadrat
n. - small square area or block, especially used as space in printing (abbr. quad).
 
quadrate
v. - square; agree; make to agree; n. & a., square; oblong; Astronomy, distant 90 from each other. quadratic, adj. square; applied to algebraic expression containing square but no higher power of unknown quantity; n. such equation. quadratics, n. algebra dealing with quadratic equations. quadrature, n. problem or act of finding square with area equal of another known figure; act of determining areas; Astronomy, relation of quadrate heavenly bodies.
 
quadrel
n. - small block (of stone, wood etc.).
 
quadrennial
adj. - lasting four years; occurring every fourth year; n. fourth anniversary. quadrennium, n. (pl. -nia) period of four years.
 
quadrimum
n. - best or oldest wine. quadrimum merum, four- year-old wine.
 
quadripartite
adj. - pertaining to or for four parts or parties. quadripartition, n.
 
quadrisect
v. - divide into four equal parts. quadrisection, n.
 
quadrivial
adj. - leading in four directions; pertaining to meeting of four ways.
 
quadrivium
n. - (pl. -ia) higher division of seven liberal arts studied in Middle Ages: arithmetic, music, astronomy, geometry.
 
quadrivoltine
adj. - having four broods in one year; n. such creature.
 
quadrual
adj.,n. - (number) denoting four.
 
quadrumanous
adj. - (of apes, etc.) with all four feet adapted for use as hands.
 
quaestor
n. - ancient Roman public treasurer or assistant military commander. quaestorial, adj.
 
quaestuary
adj.,n. - archaic, (person) in business for profit, or having profit as sole aim.
 
quaintise
n. - ingenuity, cunning; a trick or stratagem
 
quale
n. - (pl. -lia) thing having quality; sensation considered in virtue of its own quality alone; quality having independent existence.
 
quant
n. - punting pole; v.t. propel with quant.
 
quantulum
n. - small quantity.
 
quaquaversal
adj. - dipping in all directions; dome-like.
 
quarender, quarenden
n. - kind of dark red apple.
 
quartan
adj. - (fever) recurring after approximately seventy-two hours.
 
quarto
n. - book size made by folding sheet into four leaves: foolscap quarto, 81/2 x 63/4 in; crown quarto, 10 x 71/2 in; demy quarto, 111/4 x 83/4 in; royal quarto, 121/2 x 10 in; imperial quarto, 15 x 11 in (abbr. 4to).
 
quatercentenary
n. - four-hundredth anniversary.
 
quatrefoil
n. - any figure like leaf or flower with four leaflets. quatrefoliated, adj.
 
quattrocento
n. - 15th century.
 
quebracho
n. - several tropical American trees and their timber or bark.
 
qued
adj. - evil, bad
 
quenelle
n. - fish or meat forcemeat ball.
 
quenouille
adj. - applied to training of trees, etc., into cone-like outline.
 
quercetum
n. - oak plantation.
 
querimony
n. - a complaint
 
quern
n. - hand-power grinding mill.
 
querulent
adj.,n. - habitually and abnormally suspicious (person). querulous, adj. peevish; fretful; complaining.
 
question extraordinaire
n. - n. final or severest torture.
 
qui vive
n. - 'who goes there?' on the qui vive, on the alert.
 
quidam
n. - obscure, unknown person
 
quiddity
n. - the essence or nature of a thing
 
quidnunc
n. - gossiper; inquisitive person.
 
quiescent
adj. - resting; dormant. quiescence, quiescency, n.
 
quietism
n. - kind of mysticism in which indifference to world is obtained by passive contemplation of divinity; passivity. quietist, n.
 
quietus
n. - receipt; release; act of dispatching or disposing of; knockout or fatal blow; death.
 
quillet
n. - archaic, quibble; small tube.
 
quinary
adj. - pertaining to or comprising five; in fives; Mathematics, having five as base.
 
quincentenary
n. - (pertaining to) five hundredth anniversary.
 
quincunx
n. - four corners and centre of rectangle; arrangement of five things in those positions. quincuncial, adj.
 
quindecagon
n. - 15-sided plane figure. quindecasyllabic, adj. having 15 syllables. quindecennial, adj. pertaining to 15 years.
 
quinquagenarian
adj.,n. - (person) in from fiftieth to sixtieth year. quinquagenary,, adj. fifty-year-old; n. 50th anniversary.
 
Quinquagesima
n. - Sunday before Lent. Quinquagesimal, adj. pertaining to fifty days.
 
quinquennial
adj. - lasting five years; occurring every fifth year. quinquennium, n. (pl. -nia) period of five years.
 
quinsy
n. - severe inflammation of tonsils and throat.
 
quintain
n. - object, or target, tilted at; tilting at quintain.
 
quintal
n. - hundredweight; 100 lb; metric unit of 100 kg.
 
quintan
adj. - (fever) recurring after five days (i.e. every fourth day).
 
quintant
n. - instrument having arc of fifth part of circumference of circle for taking altitudes.
 
quintic
adj. - Mathematics, of or pertaining to fifth degree.
 
quipu
n. - device of knotted cords, used by Incas of Peru to calculate or order information.
 
quire
n. - two dozen sheets of paper.
 
quirt
n. - a riding crop or whip
 
quisguous
adj. - perplexing
 
quisling
n. - traitor collaborating with enemy occupiers of his or her country.
 
quisquillian
adj. - trashy
 
quitrent
n. - small nominal rent commuting feudal services.
 
quo vadis
phr. - 'whither goest thou?'
 
quod erat demonstrandum
phr. - 'which was to be demonstrated' (abbr. Q.E.D.). quod erat faciendum, 'which was to be done' (abbr. Q.E.F.).
 
quodlibet
n. - 'what you like'; moot or subtle point; fruitless or pedantic argument.
 
quoin
n. - angle; wedge; cornerstone.
 
quondam
adj. - 'formerly'; a. former.
 

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