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Word Definition
qanat underground tunnel for carrying irrigation water
qasida Arabic or Persian elegiac poem
qat leaves chewed or brewed in tea as a stimulant
qigong system of Chinese meditational exercises
qintar Albanian unit of currency
qiviut wool of the undercoat of a musk-ox
qoph a Hebrew letter
qua in the capacity of
quab to throb; to quiver
quab something unfinished or immature; unfledged bird
quackle to choke; to suffocate
quacksalver one who falsely pretends to knowledge of medicine
quad unit of energy equal to one quadrillion British thermal units
quadra square frame; plinth
quadrable capable of being expressed in a finite number of algebraic terms
quadragenarian a person between 40 and 49 years of age
quadragesimal of, like or pertaining to Lent; lasting forty days
quadragesimarian one who observes Lent
quadragintesimal forty-fold; having forty parts
quadral in four parts
quadraphonic produced by a sound system that employs four signal sources
quadrat small square block used as a space in printing
quadrate to make square; to make to agree
quadratrix a curve by which a circle may be squared
quadratura wall or ceiling painted with arches and columns in strong perspective
quadrel square block of brick
quadrennial lasting four years; occurring once every four years
quadrennium period of four years
quadrifid split into four
quadrifoliate having four leaves
quadriga two-wheeled carriage drawn by four horses
quadrigeminal in four similar or equal parts
quadrigenarious comprising four hundred
quadrille square dance for four couples; card game for four people
quadrilocular having four compartments
quadrimium four-year-old wine; best or oldest wine
quadripole device having one pair of output terminals and one pair of input terminals
quadrireme ancient ship with four sets of oars
quadrivial leading in four directions; concerning a four-way junction
quadrivium four branches of mathematics in medieval education
quadrivoltine having four litters in a single year
quadroon old term for a person of one-quarter black ancestry
quadrumanous of the primates other than man
quadrupedation stamping with four feet
quaedam disparaging term for a woman
quaere to introduce a question or issue
quaeritur the question is asked
quaesitum something sought for; the true value
quaestionary religious pardoner
quaestor ancient magistrate; a medieval pardoner
quaestuary money-making; money-seeking; in business only for profit
quagga extinct African wild ass like the zebra
quagma hypothetical matter made up of quarks and gluons
quagswag to shake to and fro
quahog type of edible clam
quain angle; wedge-like corner
quale quality or property of something; abstract virtue or quality
qualificator one who prepares ecclesiastical cases for trial
qualimeter apparatus for measuring penetrating power of X-ray beams
qually of wine, cloudy or turbid
qualtagh first person encountered after leaving home on a special day
quamoclit tropical climbing plant with brilliant flowers
quango a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization
quangocracy rule of quasi-autonomous non-governmental organizations
quannet flat file used like a plane
quant punting or jumping pole with a flat end
quantile any of a set of equal fractions of a given population
quantimeter apparatus for measuring quantity of X-rays
quantivalence chemical valence; ability of atoms to hold other atoms in combination
quantometer instrument for measuring proportions of elements in metallic samples
quantophrenia obsessive reliance on statistics and mathematical results
quantulate to calculate the magnitude of
quantulum small quantity
quantuplicity relative magnitude of a quantity
quaquadrate a sixteenth power
quaquaversal facing or bending all ways
quarender dark red apple
quaresimal Lenten; having the meagreness of Lenten meals
quarion candle
quark soft cheese made from skim milk
quarkonium meson formed of a quark and an anti-quark
quarl large curved brick or tile used to support melting pot
quarred soured; clotted
quarrelet small square
quarrenden variety of apple
quarrion Australian parrot like the cockatiel
quartan a fever recurring every third day
quartation mixing one part gold with three parts silver prior to purifying it
quarter unit of weight equal to 28 pounds
quarterdeck part of ship's deck set aside by captain for ceremonial functions
quartering sailing nearly before the wind
quarterland ancient land division on the Isle of Man
quarterlight small triangular ventilation window in a car
quartern one quarter of various measures
quartic a curve or equation of the fourth degree
quartinvariant an invariant of the fourth degree
quartodeciman early Christian who celebrated Easter on Passover even if not a Sunday
quartziferous bearing quartz
quasi as if; seemingly; in a manner
quasquicentennial one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary
quassation act of shaking or being shaken
quassia tropical tree whose bark is used to make a bitter medicinal product
quat a pimple; an insignificant person
quatch a word; a sound
quatenus in the capacity of; in so far as
quatern arranged in fours
quaternion any set of four things; quotient of two vectors expressed quadrinomially
quaternitarian one who believes that God consists of four parts
quaternity fourness; any group of four things
quatint engraving using nitric acid
quatorzain piece of verse having fourteen lines; a sonnet
quatrain stanza of four lines of verse
quatrayle great-great-great grandfather
quatrefoil four-petalled flower; design or ornament with four flowers or leaves
quatridual lasting for four days
quattrocentism style of art of the fifteenth century in Italy
quattrocento the fifteenth century; Italian art and architecture of that period
quatuorvirate a body of four men
quaviver fish otherwise known as the sea-dragon or dragonet
quawk black-crowned night heron
queach a thicket
quean lewd woman; hussy; woman of bad character
queem protected from the wind
queenite a queen's partisan
queenright of a colony of social insects, having a queen
quelch to squelch
quelea an African weaver-bird
quellio a Spanish ruff
quena vertical bamboo flute used in the Andes
quenelle poached meat dumpling
quenouille concerning the training of trees into cone-like shape
quercetum plantation of oak trees
quercine of, like or pertaining to oak trees
quercitron yellowish pigment derived from bark of a variety of oak
querencia part of a bullfighting arena where the bull makes his stand
querent one who asks a question
querical of the nature of queries
querimonious full of complaints
querimony complaint
querist inquirer
querken to stifle; to suffocate
querl to twist; to curl
quern stone mill worked by hand
querquedule pin-tail duck; a teal
quersprung in skiing, a jump-turn at right angles
querulist one who complains
querulous complaining; peevish
quesited sought for; asked about
questmonger one whose occupation is to conduct inquests
quetsch dark-skinned oval plum; liqueur made from such plums
quetzal gold and green bird with long tail feathers
quevée in heraldry, having a tail
queyock heifer
quich to stir; to move
quicken mountain ash tree
quickhatch wolverine
quicklime calcium oxide
quickset formed of living plants arranged in place
quicksilver old name for mercury
quickstep fast march-like dance
quicquidlibet whatever one pleases; anything whatsoever
quid a cut or wad or something chewable
quidam a certain person; somebody
quiddany jelly or thick syrup made from sweetened quince juice
quidditative quirky; eccentric
quiddity unique essence; eccentricity
quiddle a fastidious person
quidnunc busybody; one keenly interested in gossip
quidsworth able to be bought for one pound
quietation the action of quieting a person or persons
quietism doctrine of enlightenment through mental tranquility
quietus discharge from life; extinction; death; silencing
quiff puff or gust of wind
quiff tuft of hair brushed away from the forehead; oiled lock of hair
quillaia South American tree whose bark is used to make soap
quillet subtle point in argument; a quibble
quilling strip or ribbon gathered into flutings
quillon arm of the cross-guard of a sword handle
quinary based on the number five
quince orange-coloured, pear-shaped fruit
quincunx five things with four at corners and one in middle
quincurion leader of five men
quindecagon plane figure having fifteen sides
quindecasyllabic having fifteen syllables
quingentenary five-hundredth anniversary
quiniferous yielding quinine
quinimetry measurement of amount of quinine in bark
quinism pathological state resulting from excessive use of quinine
quinnat the king salmon
quinnet wedge
quinology study of quinine
quinquagenarian person between the ages of 50 and 59
quinquagesimal belonging to a set of fifty
quinquefarious arranged in five rows
quinquennium period of five years
quinquiplicate to multiply by five
quinsy old disease like tonsilitis
quintain post for tilting with turning cross-piece
quintal unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
quinternion set of five sheets of paper
quintessence the most essential part or embodiment of something
quintic of the fifth order or degree
quinton five-stringed tenor viol
quintroon old term for someone who is of 1/16 black descent
quipu knotted cords used as Inca mnemonic device
quire unit of 24 sheets of paper
quire twenty-four sheets of paper of the same size and quality
quirister a chorister
quiritary in accordance with Roman civil law
quiritian a Roman citizen
quirt short-handled riding whip
quisby an idler; suspicious or odd
quisling one who aids the enemy; a puppet leader supported by foreign power
quisquilious made of rubbish
quitch a kind of wild grass
quitclaim deed relinquishing a claim, such as a mining title
quiteron superconducting device similar to a transistor
quitrent small nominal rent paid to commute feudal service
quittance release from a debt or obligation; a document expressing such a release
quitter pus; suppurating discharge
quixotic extravagantly and romantically chivalrous; idealistic
quoad with respect to; as regards
quod prison
quoddamodotative existing in a certain manner
quodlibet philosophical argument of disputation; humorous medley
quodlibetificate to quibble with
quoin a wedge; salient angle of a building; cornerstone
quoit heavy flat ring thrown over pin in a game like horseshoes
quokka short-tailed wallaby
quoll native cat-like marsupial of Australia
quomodocunquize to make money in any way possible
quondam former; sometime; formerly
quorate having or being a quorum
quotatious tending to quote; given to quoting
quotennial yearly
quotha expression of surprise or contempt
quotidian everyday; commonplace
quotiety number; numerical relationship
quotition a division regarded as a repeated subtraction
quotum a number considered in its proportion to a larger number
quotuple what multiple
quoz absurd person or thing

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