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||Q is the seventeenth letter of the English Alphabet; an articulation borrowed from the oriental ...
||QUAB, n. A fish of Russian rivers, which delights in clear water.
||QUACHIL'TO, n. A Brazilian fowl of the moor-hen kind, of a fine black color variegated with white. ...
||QUACK, v.i.1. To cry like a duck or goose.2. To boast; to bounce; to talk noisily and ...
||QUACK'ENED, a. Almost choked or suffocated.
||QUACK'ERY, n. The boastful pretensions or mean practice of an ignoramus, particularly in medicine; ...
||QUACK'ISH, a. Like a quack; boasting of skill not possessed; trickish.
||QUACK'ISM, n. The practice of quackery.
||QUACK'SALVER, n.One who boasts of his skill in medicines and salves, or of the efficacy of his ...
||QUAD, a. Evil; bad. [Not used.]
||QUAD'RAGENE, n. [L. quadrageni.] A papal indulgence multiplying remissions by forties.
||QUADRAGES'IMA, n. [L. quadragesimus, fortieth, from quatuor, four.]Lent; so called because it ...
||QUADRAGES'IMAL, a. [supra.] Belonging to Lent; used in Lent.
||QUADRAGES'IMALS, n. plu. [supra.] Offerings formerly made to the mother church on mid-lent ...
||QUAD'RANGLE, n. [L. quadratus, square, from quatuor, four, and angulus, angle.]In geometry, a ...
||QUADRAN'GULAR, a. [supra.] 1. Square; having four sides and four angles.2. In botany, having ...
||QUAD'RANT, n. [L. quadrans, a fourth.]1. The fourth part; the quarter.2. In geometry, the ...
||QUADRANT'AL, a. [supra.] Pertaining to a quadrant; also, included in the fourth part of a circle; ...
||QUAD'RAT, n. [L. quadratus, squared.]1. In printing, a piece of metal used to fill the void ...
||QUAD'RATE, a.1. Square; having four equal and parallel sides.2. Divisible into four equal ...
||QUADRAT'IC, a. Square; denoting a square or pertaining to it.Quadratic equation, in algebra, an ...
||QUAD'RATRIX, n.1. A square or squared figure.2. In geometry, a mechanical line by means of which ...
||QUAD'RATURE, n. [L. quadratura.]1. The act of squaring; the reducing of a figure to a square. ...
||QUAD'REL, n. In architecture, a kind of artificial stone made of chalky earth and dried in the ...
||QUADREN'NIAL, a. [L. quadriennium; quadra or quadrans, from quatuor, four, and annus, year.]1. ...
||QUADREN'NIALLY, adv. Once in four years.
||QUAD'RIBLE, a. [L. quadro, to square.] That may be squared.
||QUADRICAP'SULAR,a. [L. quadra and capsula.]In botany, having four capsules to a flower; as a ...
||QUADRIDEC'IMAL, a. [L. quadra and decem.]In crystallography, designating a crystal whose prism or ...
||QUADRIDEN'TATE, a. [L. quadra and dentatus, toothed.]In botany, having four teeth on the edge.
||QUAD'RIFID, a. [L. quadrifidus; quadra and findo, to divide.]In botany, four-cleft, as a quadrifid ...
||QUADRIJU'GOUS, a. [L. quadra and jugum, yoke.]In botany, pinnate, with four pairs of leaflets; as ...
||QUADRILAT'ERAL, a. [L. quadra, or quatuor, four, and latus, side.] Having four sides and four ...
||QUADRILAT'ERALNESS, n. The property of having four right lined sides, forming as many right ...
||QUADRILIT'ERAL, a. [L. quadra, or quatuor, four, and litera, letter.]Consisting of four letters.
||QUADRILLE, n. quadril', or cadril'.1. A game played by four persons with 40 cards, being the ...
||QUAD'RILOBED, a. [L. quadra, or quatuor, four, and lobe, Gr.]In botany, having four lobes; as a ...
||QUADRILOC'ULAR, a. [L. quadra, quatuor, and loculus, a cell.]Having four cells; four-celled; as a ...
||QUAD'RIN, n. [L. quadrinus.] A mite; a small piece of money, in value about a farthing. [Not in ...
||QUADRINO'MIAL, a. [L. quadra, quatuor, and nomen, name.]Consisting of four denominations or terms.
||QUADRIP'ARTITE, a. [L. quadra, quatuor, and partitus, divided.]Divided into four parts, or ...
||QUADRIP'ARTITELY, adv. In four divisions; in a quadripartite distribution.
||QUADRIPARTI'TION, n. A division by four or into four parts; or the taking the fourth part of any ...
||QUADRIPH'YLLOUS, a. [L. quadra, quatuor, four, and Gr. leaf.] Having four leaves.
||QUAD'RIREME, n. [L. quadriremis; quatuor, four, and remus, oar.]A galley with four benches of oars ...
||QUADRISYL'LABLE, n. [L. quadra, quatuor, and syllable.] A word consisting of four syllables.
||QUAD'RIVALVES, n. plu. [L. quadra, quatuor, and valva, valve.] A door with four folds or leaves.
||QUADRIVALV'ULAR, a. In botany, having four valves; four-valved; as a quadrivalve pericarp.
||QUADRIV'IAL, a. [L. quadrivium; quatuor, four, and via, way.] Having four ways meeting in a ...
||QUADROON', n. [L. quadra, quatuor.] In Spanish America, the offspring of a mulatto woman by a ...
||QUAD'RUMAN, n. [L. quadra and manus, hand.]An animal having four hands or limbs that correspond to ...
||QUAD'RUMANOUS, a. Having four hands; four-handed.
||QUAD'RUNE, n. A gritstone with a calcarious cement.
||QUAD'RUPED, a. [L. quadrupes; quadra, quatuor, four, and pes, foot.] Having four legs and ...
||QUAD'RUPLE, a. [L. quadruplus; quadra, quatuor, and plico, to fold.]Fourfold; four times told; as, ...
||QUADRU'PLICATE, a. Fourfold; four times repeated; as a quadruplicate ratio or ...
||QUADRUPLICA'TION, n. The act of making fourfold and taking four times the simple sum or amount.
||QUAD'RUPLY, adv. To a fourfold quantity; as, to be quadruply recompensed.
||QUAERE, [L.] Inquire; better written query, which see.
||QUAESTOR. [See Questor.]
||QU'AFF, v.t.To drink; to swallow in large draughts.He quaffs the muscadel. They in communion sweet ...
||QU'AFFED, pp. Drank; swallowed in large draughts.
||QU'AFFER, n. One that quaffs or drinks largely.QU'AFFER, v.t. To feel out. [Not in use.]
||QU'AFFING, ppr. Drinking; swallowing draughts.
||QUAG'GY, a. [supposed to be from the root of quake.]Yielding to the feet or trembling under the ...
||QUAG'MIRE, n. [that is, quake-mire.] Soft wet land, which has a surface firm enough to bear a ...
||QUAHAUG, n. quaw'hog. In New England, the popular name of a large species of clams or bivalvular ...
||QUAID, a. or pp. [for quailed.] Crushed, subdued, or depressed. [Not used.]
||QUA'IL-PIPE, n. A pipe or call for alluring quails into a net; a kind of leathern purse in the ...
||QUAIL, v.i. [Quail, in English, signifies to sink or languish, to curdle, and to crush or ...
||QUA'ILING, ppr. Failing; languishing. Obs.QUA'ILING, n. The act of failing in spirit or ...
||QUAINT, a. [The latter word would lead us to refer quaint to the Latin accinctus, ready, but ...
||QUA'INTLY, adv.1. Nicely; exactly; with petty neatness or spruceness; as hair more quaintly ...
||QUA'INTNESS, n.1. Niceness; petty neatness or elegance.There is a majesty in simplicity, which is ...
||QUAKE, v.i.1. To shake; to tremble; to be agitated with quick but short motions continually ...
||QUA'KER, n. One that quakes; but usually, one of the religious sect called friends. This name, ...
||QUA'KERISM, n. The peculiar manners, tenets or worship of the quakers.
||QUA'KERLY, a. Resembling quakers.
||QUA'KERY, n. Quakerism.
||QUA'KING-GRASS, n. An herb.
||QUA'KING, ppr. Shaking; trembling.QUA'KING, n. A shaking; tremulous agitation; trepidation. Dan. ...
||QUAL'IFIABLE, a. [from qualify.] That may be qualified; that may be abated or modified.
||QUALIFICA'TION, n.1. Any natural endowment or any acquirement which fits a person for a place, ...
||QUAL'IFIED, pp. Fitted by accomplishments or endowments; modified.Qualified fee, in law, a base ...
||QUAL'IFIEDNESS, n. The state of being qualified or fitted.
||QUAL'IFIER, n. He or that which qualifies; that which modifies, reduces, tempers or restrains.
||QUAL'IFY, v.t. [L. qualis, such, and facio, to make.]1. To fit for any place, office, occupation ...
||QUAL'IFYING, ppr. Furnishing with the necessary qualities, properties or accomplishments for a ...
||QUAL'ITY, n. [L. qualitas, from qualis, such.]1. Property; that which belongs to a body or ...
||QU'ALM, n. quam.1. A rising in the stomach, as it is commonly called; a fit of nausea, or a ...
||QU'ALMISH, a. quamish. [supra.] Sick at the stomach; inclined to vomit; affected with nausea or ...
||QU'ALMISHNESS, n. Nausea.
||QUAM'OCLIT, n. A plant of the genus Ipomoea.
||QUAN'DARY, n. Doubt; uncertainty; a state of difficulty or perplexity.QUAN'DARY, v.t. To bring ...
||QUAN'TITATIVE, a. [See Quantity.] Estimable according to quantity.
||QUAN'TITIVE, a. [See Quantity.] Estimable according to quantity.
||QUAN'TITY, n. [L. quantitas, from quantus, how much, or as much as.]1. That property of any thing ...
||QUAN'TUM, n. [L.] The quantity; the amount.Quantum meruit, in law, an action grounded on a ...
||QUAR'ANTINE, n. [L. quartus, fourth; Eng. quart. See Quart and Square.]1. Properly, the space ...
||QUARANTINED, pp. Restrained from communication with the shore for a limited period; as a ship or ...
||QUARANTINING, ppr. Prohibiting from intercourse with the port; as a ship or its crew and ...
||QUARRE, for quarry, not in use.
||QUAR'REL, n. [L. queror, to complain, that is, to cry out with a loud voice. Hence we see the ...
||QUAR'RELER, n. One who quarrels, wrangles or fights.
||QUAR'RELING, ppr. Disputing with vehemence or loud angry words; scolding; wrangling; fighting; ...
||QUAR'RELOUS, a. Apt or disposed to quarrel; petulant; easily provoked to enmity or contention. ...
||QUAR'RELSOME, a. Apt to quarrel; given to brawls and contention; inclined to petty fighting; ...
||QUAR'RELSOMELY, adv. In a quarrelsome manner; with a quarrelsome temper; petulantly.
||QUAR'RELSOMENESS, n. Disposition to engage in contention and brawls; petulance.
||QUAR'RIED, pp. Dug from a pit or cavern.
||QUAR'RY, n.1. A square; as a quarry of glass. [Not in use.]2. An arrow with a square head. [See ...
||QUAR'RYING, ppr. Digging stones from a quarry.
||QUAR'RYMAN, n. A man who is occupied in quarrying stones.
||QUART, n. quort. [L. quartus.]1. The fourth part; a quarter. [Not in use.]2. The fourth part of ...
||QUARTAN, quort'an. [L. quartanus, the fourth.]Designating the fourth; occurring every fourth day; ...
||QUARTA'TION, n. In chimistry and metallurgy, the operation by which the quantity of one thing is ...
||QUARTER-DAY, n. The day that completes three months, the quarter of a year; the day when quarterly ...
||QUARTER, n. quort'er. [L. quartus, the fourth part.]1. The fourth part; as the quarter of an hour ...
||QUART'ERAGE, n. A quarterly allowance.
||QUART'ERED, pp. Divided into four equal parts or quarters; separated into distinct parts; lodged; ...
||QUART'ERING, ppr. Dividing into quarters or into distinct parts; stationing for ...
||QUART'ERLY, a.1. Containing or consisting of a fourth part; as quarterly seasons.2. Recurring at ...
||QUART'ERN, n. The fourth part of a pint; a gill.
||QUART'ILE, n. An aspect of the planets, when they are distant from each other a quarter of the ...
||QUART'O, n. [L. quartus.] A book of the size of the fourth of a sheet; a size made by twice ...
||QUARTZ, n. quortz. A species of silicious minerals, of various colors, white, gray, reddish, ...
||QUARTZ'Y, a. Pertaining to quartz; partaking of the nature or qualities of quartz; resembling ...
||QUAS, n. In Russia, a drink of common domestic use; being a liquor prepared from pollard, meal and ...
||QUASH, v.t. [L. quasso, quatio.]1. Properly, to beat down or beat in pieces; to crush.The whales ...
||QUASH'ED, pp. Crushed; subdued; abated.
||QUASH'ING, ppr. Crushing; subduing; abating.
||QUASSA'TION, n. [L. quassatio.] The act of shaking; concussion; the state of being shaken.
||QUAS'SIA, n. A plant, or rather a genus of plants of three species, the amara, simaruba, and ...
||QUAT, n. A pustule or pimple. [Not used.]
||QUATER-COUSINS, n. ka'ter-cuzns. [L. quatuor, four, and cousin.]Those within the first four ...
||QUAT'ERN, a. [L. quaterni, four, from quatuor, four.]Consisting of four; fourfold; growing by ...
||QUATERN'ARY, n. [L. quaternarius, from quatuor, four.]The number four.QUATERN'ARY, a. Consisting ...
||QUATERN'ION, n. [L. quaternio, from quatuor, four.]1. The number four.2. A file of four ...
||QUATERN'ITY, n. [supra.] The number four.
||QUAT'RAIN, n. [L. quatror, four.]A stanza of four lines rhyming alternately.
||QUAVE, for quaver, is not used.
||QUAVEMIRE, for quagmire, is not used.
||QUA'VER, v.i.1. To shake the voice; to utter or form sound with rapid vibrations, as in singing; ...
||QUA'VERED, a. or pp. Distributed into quavers.
||QUA'VERER, n. A warbler.
||QUA'VERING, ppr. Shaking the voice or the sound of an instrument.QUA'VERING, n. The act of ...
||QUAY, n. ke.A key; a mole or wharf, constructed in harbors for securing vessels and receiving goods ...
||QUEACH, n. A thick bushy plot. Obs.QUEACH, v.i. To stir; to move. Obs. [See Quick.]
||QUE'ACHY, a. [from queach.] 1. Shaking; moving, yielding or trembling under the feet, as moist ...
||QUEAN, n.A worthless woman; a slut; a strumpet. [Not in common use.]
||QUE'ASINESS, n. s as z. [from queasy.] Nausea; qualmishness; inclination to vomit.
||QUE'ASY, a. s as z. 1. Sick at the stomach; affected with nausea; inclined to vomit.2. ...
||QUECK, v.i.To shrink; to flinch. Obs.
||QUEE'N-APPLE, n. A kind of apple, so called.
||QUEEN-DOW'AGER, n. The window of a king.
||QUEE'N-GOLD, n. A royal duty or revenue belonging to every queen of England during her marriage to ...
||QUEEN, n.1. The consort of a king; a queen consort.2. A woman who is the sovereign of a kingdom; ...
||QUEE'NING, n. An apple.
||QUEE'NLIKE, a. Resembling a queen.
||QUEE'NLY, a. Like a queen; becoming a queen; suitable to a queen.
||QUEER, a.Odd; singular; hence, whimsical.
||QUEE'RLY, adv. In an odd or singular manner.
||QUEE'RNESS, n. Oddity; singularity; particularity. [A familiar, not an elegant word.]
||QUEEST, n. A ring dove, a species of pigeon.
||QUEINT, pret. and pp. of quench.
||QUELL, v.t.1. To crush; to subdue; to cause to cease; as, to quell an insurrection or sedition.2. ...
||QUELL'ED, pp. Crushed; subdued; quieted.
||QUELL'ER, n. One that crushes or subdues.
||QUELL'ING, ppr. Crushing; subduing; reducing to peace.
||QUELQUE-CHOSE, n. keck-shows.A trifle; a kickshaw.
||QUEME, v.t. To please. Obs.
||QUENCH, v.t.1. To extinguish; to put out; as, to quench flame.2. To still; to quiet; to repress; ...
||QUENCH'ABLE, a. That may be quenched or extinguished.
||QUENCH'ED, pp. Extinguished; allayed; repressed.
||QUENCH'ER, n. He or that which extinguishes.
||QUENCH'ING, ppr. Extinguishing; quieting; stifling; repressing.
||QUENCH'LESS, a. That cannot be quenched or repressed; inextinguishable; as quenchless fire or ...
||QUER'CITRON, n. [L. quercus, an oak.] The bark of the yellow oak, used in dyeing.
||QUER'ELE, n. [L. querla.] A complaint to a court. [Not in use.]
||QUE'RENT, n. [L. querens, queror, to complain.]The complainant; the plaintiff. [Not in ...
||QUERIMO'NIOUS, a. [L. querimonia, complaint, from queror.]Complaining; querulous; apt to complain.
||QUERIMO'NIOUSLY, adv. With complaint; querulously.
||QUERIMO'NIOUSNESS, n. Disposition to complain; a complaining temper.
||QUE'RIST, n. [from L. quaero, to inquire.] One who inquires or asks questions.
||QUERK. [See Quirk.]
||QUERK'ENED, a. Choked. [Illegitimate and obsolete.]
||QUERL, v.t. To twirl; to turn or wind round; to coil; as, to querl a cord, thread or rope. [This ...
||QUERN, n.A hand-mill for grinding grain; a mill, the stone of which was turned by hand, used before ...
||QUERP'O, n. [L. corpus.]A waistcoat or garment close to the body.
||QUER'QUEDULE, n. [L. querquedula.] An aquatic fowl, a species of teal of the genus Anas.
||QUER'RY, n. A groom. [See Equerry.]
||QUER'ULOUS, a. [L. querulus, from queror, to complain. See Quarrel.]1. Complaining or habitually ...
||QUER'ULOUSLY, adv. In a complaining manner.
||QUER'ULOUSNESS, n. Disposition to complain, or the habit or practice of murmuring.
||QUE'RY, n. [from L. quaere, imperative of quaero; perhaps Heb. to seek, to search, to inquire.]A ...
||QUEST, n. [L. quaero, quaestus. As the letter r is rarely changed into s, perhaps the L. ...
||QUEST'ANT, n. [supra.] A seeker. [Not used.]
||QUESTION, n. ques'chun. [L. quaestio. See Quest.]1. The act of asking; an interrogatory; as, to ...
||QUES'TIONABLE, a.1. That may be questioned; doubtful; uncertain; disputable. the deed is of ...
||QUES'TIONABLENESS, n. The quality or state of being doubtful, questionable or suspicious.
||QUES'TIONARY, a. Inquiring; asking questions; as questionary epistles.
||QUES'TIONED, pp.1. Interrogated; examined by questions.2. Doubted; disputed.
||QUES'TIONER, n. One that asks questions; an inquirer.
||QUES'TIONING, ppr. Interrogating; calling in question; doubting.
||QUES'TIONIST, n. A questioner; an inquirer.
||QUES'TIONLESS, adv. Beyond a question or doubt; doubtless; certainly.
||QUEST'MONGER, n. A starter of lawsuits or prosecutions. [Not used.]
||QUES'TOR, n. [L. quaestor. See Quest and Query.]In Roman antiquity, an officer who had the ...
||QUES'TORSHIP, n.1. The office of a questor or Roman treasurer.2. The term of a questor's office.
||QUES'TRIST, n. A seeker; a pursuer. [Not in use.]
||QUES'TUARY, a. Studious of profit.QUES'TUARY, n. One employed to collect profits.
||QUEUE. [See Cue.]
||QUIB, n.A sarcasm; a bitter taunt; a quip; a gibe.
||QUIB'BLE, n. 1. A start or turn from the point in question, or from plain truth; an evasion; a ...
||QUIB'BLER, n.1. One who evades plain truth by trifling artifices, play upon words, or cavils.2. A ...
||QUICK-GRASS. [See Quitch-grass.]
||QUICK-MATCH, n. [See Match.] A combustible preparation formed of cotton strands dipped in a ...
||QUICK'-SIGHTED, a. Having quick sight or acute discernment; quick to see or discern.
||QUICK, v.i.To stir; to move. [Not in use.]QUICK, a. [If q is a dialectical prefix, as I suppose, ...
||QUICK'EN-TREE, n. A tree, the wild sorb, a species of wild ash.the Sorbus aucuparia, or mountain ...
||QUICKEN, v.t. quik'n.1. Primarily, to make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from ...
||QUICK'ENED, pp.1. Made alive; revived; vivified; reinvigorated.2. Accelerated; hastened.3. ...
||QUICK'ENER, n. 1. One who revives, vivifies, or communicates life.2. That which reinvigorates.3. ...
||QUICK'ENING, ppr. Giving life; accelerating; inciting.
||QUICK'LIME, n. [See Lime.] Any calcarious substance deprived of its fixed or carbonic air, or an ...
||QUICK'LY, adv.1. Speedily; with haste or celerity.2. Soon; without delay.
||QUICK'NESS, n.1. Speed; velocity; celerity; rapidity; as the quickness of motion.2. Activity; ...
||QUICK'SAND, n. 1. Sand easily moved or readily yielding to pressure, loose sand abounding with ...
||QUICK'SCENTED, a. Having an acute perception by the nose; of an acute smell.
||QUICK'SET, n. A living plant set to grow, particularly for a hedge.QUICK'SET, v.t. To plant with ...
||QUICK'SIGHTEDNESS, n. Quickness of sight or discernment; readiness to see or discern.
||QUICK'SILVER, n. [that is, living silver, argentum vivum, so called from its fluidity.]Mercury, a ...
||QUICK'SILVERED, a. Overlaid with quicksilver.
||QUID, n. A vulgar pronunciation of cud; as a quid of tobacco.
||QUI'DAM, n. [L.] Somebody. [Not in use.]
||QUID'DANY, n. [L. cydonium.]Marmalade; a confection of quinces prepared with sugar.
||QUID'DATIVE, a. Constituting the essence of a thing.
||QUID'DIT, n. [L. quidlibet.] A subtilty; an equivocation. [Not in use.]
||QUID'DITY, n. [L. quid, what.]1. A barbarous term used in school philosophy for essence, that ...
||QUID'NUNC, n. [L. what now.] One who is curious to know every thing that passes; one who knows or ...
||QUIESCE, v.i. quiess'. [L. quiesco.] To be silent, as a letter; to have no sound.
||QUIES'CENCY, n. [L. quiescens, quiesco. See quiet.]1. Rest; repose; state of a thing without ...
||QUIES'CENT, a. [L. quiescens.]1. Resting being in a state of repose; still: not moving; as a ...
||QUI'ET, a. [L. quietus.]1. Still; being in a state of rest; now moving. Judges 16.2. Still; ...
||QUI'ETED, pp. Made still; calmed; pacified.
||QUI'ETER, n. The person or thing that quiets.
||QUI'ETING, ppr. Reducing to rest or stillness; appeasing; tranquilizing.
||QUI'ETISM, n. Peace or tranquility of mind; apathy; dispassion; indisturbance; inaction. In ...
||QUI'ETIST, n. One of a sect of mystics, originated by Molino, a Spanish priest, who maintained the ...
||QUI'ETLY, adv.1. In a quiet state; without motion; in a state of rest; as, to lie or sit ...
||QUI'ETNESS, n.1. A state of rest; stillness.2. Calm; tranquility; as the quietness of the ocean ...
||QUI'ETSOME, a. Calm; still; undisturbed. [Not in use.]
||QUI'ETUDE, n. Rest; repose; quiet; tranquility.
||QUIE'TUS, n. [L.] Rest; repose; death; hence, a final discharge or acquittance; that which ...
||QUILL, n. [L. calamus.]1. The large strong feather of a goose or other large fowl; used much for ...
||QUIL'LET, n. [L. quidlibet, what you please.]Subtilty; nicety; fraudulent distinction; petty cant. ...
||QUILT, n. [L. culcita.]A cover or garment made by putting wool, cotton or other substance between ...
||QUILT'ED, pp. Stitched together, as two pieces of cloth, with a soft substance between them.
||QUILT'ING, ppr. Stitching together, as two cloths, with some soft substance between ...
||QUI'NARY, a. [L. quinarius, from quinque, five.] Consisting of five.] Consisting of five; as a ...
||QUI'NATE, a. [from L. quinque.] In botany, a quinate leaf is a sort of digitate leaf having five ...
||QUINCE-TREE, n. The tree which produces the quince.
||QUINCE, n. quins. [L. cydonius.]The fruit of the Pyrus cydonia, so named from Cydonia, a town of ...
||QUINCH, v.i. [probably a vulgar pronunciation of wince or winch.] To stir, wince or flounce. ...
||QUINCUN'CIAL, a. [from L. quincunx.] Having the form of a quincunx.
||QUIN'CUNX, n. [L. composed of quinque, five, and uncia, ounce.]In gardening, the quincunx order is ...
||QUINDEC'AGON, n. [L. quinque, five Gr. ten, and angle.]In geometry, a plain figure with fifteen ...
||QUINDEC'EMVIR, n. [L. quinque, five, decem, ten, and vir, man.]In Roman history, one of a ...
||QUINDECEM'VIRATE, n. The body of fifteen magistrates, of their office.
||QUIN'INE, n. In pharmacy, a substance prepared from yellow bark possessing in a concentrated form, ...
||QUINQUAGES'IMA, n. [L. fifty.] Quinquagesima Sunday, so called as being about the fiftieth day ...
||QUINQUAN'GULAR, a. [L. quinque, five, and angulus, angle.] Having five angles or corners.
||QUINQUARTIC'ULAR, a. [L. quinque, five, and articulus, article.] Consisting of five articles. ...
||QUINQUECAP'SULAR, a. [L. quinque, five, and capsula, a little chest.]In botany, having five ...
||QUINQUEDEN'TATE, a. [L. quinque, five, and dentatus, toothed; dens, tooth.] In botany, ...
||QUINQUEFA'RIOUS, a. [L. quinque, five. Eng. to fare, or from the root of vary.] In botany, ...
||QUIN'QUEFID, a. [L. quinque, five, and findo, to split.]In botany, five-cleft; cut into five ...
||QUINQUEFO'LIATED, a. [L. quinque, five, and folium, leaf.] having five leaves.
||QUINQUELIT'ERAL, a. [L. quinque, five, and litera, letter.] Consisting of five letters.
||QUIN'QUELOBED, a. [L. quinque, five, and lobus, lobe.]Five-lobed; divided to the middle into five ...
||QUINQUELOC'ULAR, a. [L. quinque, five, and loculus, a cell.]Five-celled; having five cells; as a ...
||QUINQUEN'NIAL, a. [L. quinquennalis, quinquennis; quinque, five, and annus, year.] Occurring once ...
||QUINQUEP'ARTITE, a. [L. quinque, five, and partitus, divided.]1. Divided into five parts almost ...
||QUIN'QUEREME, n. [L. quinque, five, and remus, oar.]A galley having five seats or rows of oars.
||QUINQUEVALV'ULAR, a. [L. quinque, five, and valve, valves.] Having five valves, as a pericarp.
||QUIN'QUEVIR, n. [L. quinque, five, and vir, man.] One of an order of five priests in Rome.
||QUIN'SY, n. s as z.1. An inflammation of the throat; a species of angina which renders respiration ...
||QUINT, n. [from L. quintus, fifth.] A set of sequence of five; as in piquet.
||QUINT'AIN, n. A post with a turning top.
||QUINT'AL, n. [l. centum, a hundred.]A hundred pounds in weight; or a weight of that number of ...
||QUINTES'SENCE, n. [L. quinta essentia, fifth essence.]1. In alchimy, the fifth or last and ...
||QUINTESSEN'TIAL, a. Consisting of quintessence.
||QUINT'ILE, n. [L. quintus, fifth.] The aspect of planets when distant from each other the fifth ...
||QUINT'IN, n. An upright post on the top of which turned a cross piece, on one end of which was ...
||QUINT'UPLE, a. [L. quintuplus, fivefold; quintus and plico.]Fivefold; containing five times the ...
||QUIP, n. A smart sarcastic turn; a taunt; a severe retort.QUIP, v.t. To taunt; to treat with a ...
||QUIRE, n. [L. chorus; Gr.]1. A body of singers; a chorus. [See Chorus and Choir.]2. The part of ...
||QUIR'ISTER, n. One that sings in concert; more generally, the leader of a quire, particularly in ...
||QUIRITA'TION, n. [L. quirtatio, from quirito, from queror.] A crying for help. [Not used.]
||QUIRK, n. quurk.1. Literally, a turn; a starting from the point or line; hence, an artful turn for ...
||QUIRK'ISH, a. 1. Consisting of quirks, turns, quibbles or artful evasions.2. Resembling a quirk.
||QUIRP'ELE, n. The Indian ferret, an animal of the weasel kind.
||QUIT, v.t. pret. and pp. quit or quitted. [L. cedo. The sense of quit is to leave, to withdraw ...
||QUITCH'-GRASS, n. [properly quick-grass, probably from its vigorous growth, or the difficulty of ...
||QUIT'CLAIM, v.t. [quit and claim.] To release a claim by deed without covenants of warranty; to ...
||QUIT'CLAIMED, pp. Released by deed.
||QUIT'CLAIMING. pp. Conveying by deed of release.
||QUITE, adv. [from quit; that is, primarily, free or clear by complete performance.]Completely; ...
||QUITS, adv. [from quit.] An exclamation used when mutual demands are adjusted and the parties are ...
||QUIT'TAL, n. Return; repayment.
||QUIT'TANCE, n. 1. Discharge from a debt or obligation; an acquittance. [See Acquittance, which ...
||QUIT'TED, pp. Left; relinquished; acquitted.
||QUIT'TER-BONE, n. In farriery, a hard round swelling on the coronet, between the heel and the ...
||QUIT'TER. n. 1. One who quits.2. A deliverer. [Not in use.]3. Scoria of tin.
||QUIV'ER, n.A case or sheath for arrows.Take the quiver and thy bow. Gen. 27.QUIV'ER, a. Nimble; ...
||QUIV'ERED, a. [from the noun quiver.]1. Furnished with a quiver; as the quivered nymph.2. ...
||QUIV'ERING, ppr. Trembling, as with cold or fear; moving with a tremulous agitation.QUIV'ERING, n. ...
||QUIXOT'IC, a. Like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance.
||QUIX'OTISM, n. Romantic and absurd notions; schemes or actions like those of Don Quixote, the hero ...
||QUIZ, n. An enigma; a riddle or obscure question.QUIZ, v.t. To puzzle. [A popular, but not an ...
||QUOB, v.i. To move, as the fetus in utero; to throb. [Local, vulgar, and little used.]
||QUOD'LIBET, n. [L. what you please.] A nice point; a subtilty.
||QUODLIBETA'RIAN, n. One who talks and disputes on any subject at pleasure.
||QUODLIBET'ICAL, a. Not restrained to a particular subject; moved or discussed at pleasure for ...
||QUODLIBET'ICALLY, adv. At pleasure; for curiosity; so as to be debated for entertainment.
||QUOIF, n. A cap or hood. [See Coif.]QUOIF, v.t. To cover or dress with a coif. [This word may ...
||QUOIF'FURE, n. A head dress.
||QUOIL. [See Coil, the better word.]
||QUOIN, n. [See Coin.1. A corner.2. An instrument to raise any thing; a wedge employed to raise ...
||QUOIT, n. 1. A kind of horse shoe to be pitched or thrown at a fixed object in play. In common ...
||QUOLL, n. An animal of New Holland, resembling the polecat.
||QUON'DAM, used adjectively. [L.] Having been formerly; former; as a quondam king or friend.
||QUOOK, pret. of quake. Obs.
||QUO'RUM, n. [L. gen. plu. of qui, who.]1. A bench of justices, or such a number of officers or ...
||QUO'TA, n. [L. quotus.]A just part or share; or the share, part or proportion assigned to each. ...
||QUOTA'TION, n. [from quote.]1. The act of quoting or citing.2. The passage quoted or cited; the ...
||QUOTE, v.t.1. To cite, as a passage from some author; to name, repeat or adduce a passage from an ...
||QUO'TED, pp. Cited; adduced; named.
||QUO'TER, n. One that cites the words of an author or speaker.
||QUOTH, v.i. [L. inquio, contracted.]To say; to speak. This verb is defective, being used only in ...
||QUOTID'IAN, a. [L. quotidianus; quotus and dies.] Daily; occurring or returning daily; as a ...
||QUO'TIENT, n. [L. quoties, how often.]In arithmetic, the number resulting from the division of one ...
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The Poor Man's Patent is a Myth
One of the undying myths of Patent World is that there is such a thing as a Poor Man's Patent. If you've never heard of it, the poor man's patent involves writing out a description of your invention and mailing that description to yourself. The transmission of this description through the mail and the cancelling of the postage by the Post Office is supposed to establish a date of invention for you. That way if someone steals your invention or comes along and invents it independently, you have "proof" that you invented it first. The proof is in the sealed envelop and the date the postage was cancelled.You Can't Be Too Obvious
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