Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Quickwork noun (Nautical) A term somewhat loosely used to denote: (a) All the submerged section of a vessel's planking. (b) The planking between the spirketing and the clamps. (c) The short planks between the portholes.

Quid noun [ See Cud .] A portion suitable to be chewed; a cud; as, a quid of tobacco.

Quid transitive verb (Man.) To drop from the mouth, as food when partially chewed; -- said of horses. Youatt.

Quid noun [ Etym. uncertain.] An English coin, a sovereign. [ Slang, Eng.]

They invited him to come to-morrow, . . . and bring half a quid with him.
Charles Reade.

Quidam noun [ Latin ] Somebody; one unknown. Spenser.

Quiddany noun [ Latin cydoneum quince juice, quince wine. See Quince .] A confection of quinces, in consistency between a sirup and marmalade.

Quiddative adjective [ See Quiddity .] Constituting, or containing, the essence of a thing; quidditative.

Quiddit noun [ Confer Quiddity , Quillet , and Quibble .] A subtilty; an equivocation. [ Obsolete] Shak.

By some strange quiddit or some wrested clause.
Drayton.

Quidditative adjective Quiddative.

Quiddity noun ; plural Quiddities . [ Late Latin quidditas , from Latin quid what, neut. of quis who, akin to English who : confer French quiddité .]
1. The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity, of a thing; that which answers the question, Quid est ? or, What is it? " The degree of nullity and quiddity ." Bacon.

The quiddity or characteristic difference of poetry as distinguished from prose.
De Quincey.

2. A trifling nicety; a cavil; a quibble.

We laugh at the quiddities of those writers now.
Coleridge.

Quiddle intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Quiddled ; present participle & verbal noun Quiddling .] [ Latin quid what.] To spend time in trifling employments, or to attend to useful subjects in an indifferent or superficial manner; to dawdle.

Quiddle, Quiddler noun One who wastes his energy about trifles. Emerson.

Quidnunc noun [ Latin , what now?] One who is curious to know everything that passes; one who knows, or pretends to know, all that is going on. "The idle stories of quidnuncs ." Motley.

Quiesce intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Quiesced ; present participle & verbal noun Quiescing .] [ Latin quiescere , akin to quies rest, quiet. See Quiet , adjective & noun ] To be silent, as a letter; to have no sound. M. Stuart.

Quiescence, Quiescency noun [ Latin quiescentia , from quiescens , present participle; confer French quiestence . See Quiesce .] The state or quality of being quiescent. " Quiescence , bodily and mental." H. Spencer.

Deeds will be done; -- while be boasts his quiescence .
R. Browning.

Quiescent adjective [ Latin quiescens , -entis , present participle of quiescere : confer French quiescent . See Quiesce .]
1. Being in a state of repose; at rest; still; not moving; as, a quiescent body or fluid.

2. Not ruffed with passion; unagitated; not in action; not excited; quiet; dormant; resting.

In times of national security, the feeling of patriotism . . . is so quiescent that it seems hardly to exist.
Prof. Wilson.

3. (Gram.) Not sounded; silent; as, y is quiescent in " day " and " say ."

Quiescent noun (Gram.) A silent letter. M. Stuart.

Quiescently adverb In a quiescent manner.

Quiet adjective [ Compar. Quieter ; superl. Quietest .] [ Latin quietus , past participle pf quiescere to rest, keep quiet; akin to quies rest, and probably to English while , noun See While , and confer Coy , adjective , Quiesce , Quietus , Quit , adjective , Quite , Requiem .]
1. In a state of rest or calm; without stir, motion, or agitation; still; as, a quiet sea; quiet air.

They . . . were quiet all the night, saying, In the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him.
Judg. xvi. 2.

2. Free from noise or disturbance; hushed; still.

3. Not excited or anxious; calm; peaceful; placid; settled; as, a quiet life; a quiet conscience. " So quiet and so sweet a style." Shak.

That son, who on the quiet state of man
Such trouble brought.
Milton.

4. Not giving offense; not exciting disorder or trouble; not turbulent; gentle; mild; meek; contented.

The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit.
1 Pet. iii. 4.

I will sit as quiet as a lamb.
Shak.

5. Not showy; not such as to attract attention; undemonstrative; as, a quiet dress; quiet colors; a quiet movement.

Syn. -- Still; tranquil; calm; unruffled; smooth; unmolested; undisturbed; placid; peaceful; mild; peaceable; meek; contented.

Quiet noun [ Latin quies , - etis . See Quiet , adjective ]


1. The quality or state of being quiet, or in repose; as an hour or a time of quiet .

2. Freedom from disturbance, noise, or alarm; stillness; tranquillity; peace; security.

And join with thee, calm Peace and Quiet .
Milton.

At quiet , still; peaceful. -- In quiet , quietly. " I will depart in quiet ." Shak. -- Out of quiet , disturbed; restless. [ Obsolete] "She is much out of quiet ." Shak.

Quiet transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Quieted ; present participle & verbal noun Quieting .]
1. To stop motion in; to still; to reduce to a state of rest, or of silence.

2. To calm; to appease; to pacify; to lull; to allay; to tranquillize; as, to quiet the passions; to quiet clamors or disorders; to quiet pain or grief.

Quiet yourselves, I pray, and be at peace.
Shak.

Quiet intransitive verb To become still, silent, or calm; -- often with down ; as, be soon quieted down.

Quietage noun Quietness. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Quieter noun One who, or that which, quiets.

Quietism noun [ Confer French quiétisme .]
1. Peace or tranquillity of mind; calmness; indifference; apathy; dispassion; indisturbance; inaction.

2. (Eccl. Hist.) 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 noun [ Confer French quiétiste .] (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect of mystics originated in the seventeenth century by Molinos, a Spanish priest living in Rome. See Quietism .

Quietistic adjective Of or pertaining to the Quietists, or to Quietism.

Quietly adverb
1. In a quiet state or manner; without motion; in a state of rest; as, to lie or sit quietly .

2. Without tumult, alarm, dispute, or disturbance; peaceably; as, to live quietly ; to sleep quietly .

3. Calmly, without agitation or violent emotion; patiently; as, to submit quietly to unavoidable evils.

4. Noiselessly; silently; without remark or violent movement; in a manner to attract little or no observation; as, he quietly left the room.

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

I would have peace and quietness .
Shak.

Quietsome adjective Calm; still. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Quietude noun [ Latin quietudo : confer French quiétude .] Rest; repose; quiet; tranquillity. Shelley.

Quietus noun [ Late Latin quietus quit, discharged, Latin , at rest, quiet, dead. See Quiet , adjective , and confer Quit , adjective ] Final discharge or acquittance, as from debt or obligation; that which silences claims; (Fig.) rest; death.

When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin.
Shak.

Quill noun [ Perhaps from French quille ninepin (see Kayless ); but confer also German kiel a quill. Middle High German kil , and Ir. cuille a quill.]
1. 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.

2. 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 . Sir H. Wotton.

3. (Zoology) (a) A spine of the hedgehog or porcupine. (b) The pen of a squid. See Pen .

4. (Mus.) (a) The plectrum with which musicians strike the strings of certain instruments. (b) The tube of a musical instrument.

He touched the tender stops of various quills .
Milton.

5. Something having the form of a quill ; as: (a) The fold or plain of a ruff. (b) (Weaving) A spindle, or spool, as of reed or wood, upon which the thread for the woof is wound in a shuttle. (c) (Machinery) A hollow spindle.

Quill bit , a bit for boring resembling the half of a reed split lengthways and having its end sharpened like a gouge. -- Quill driver , one who works with a pen; a writer; a clerk. [ Jocose] -- Quill nib , a small quill pen made to be used with a holder. Simmonds.

Quill transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Quilled ; present participle & verbal noun Quilling .]
1. To plaint in small cylindrical ridges, called quillings; as, to quill a ruffle.

His cravat seemed quilled into a ruff.
Goldsmith.

2. To wind on a quill, as thread or yarn. Judd.

Quill noun (Pharm.) A roll of dried bark; as, a quill of cinnamon or of cinchona.

Quillaia bark (Botany) The bark of a rosaceous tree ( Quillaja Saponaria ), native of Chili. The bark is finely laminated, and very heavy with alkaline substances, and is used commonly by the Chilians instead of soap. Also called soap bark .

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

Quilled adjective Furnished with quills; also, shaped like quills. "A sharp- quilled porcupine." Shak.

Quilled suture (Surg.) , a variety of stitch in which the threads after being passed deeply through the edges of a wound are secured about two quills or bodies of similar shape, in order to produce a suitable degree of pressure.

Quillet noun [ Latin quidlibet what you please. Confer Quiddit , and Quibble .] Subtilty; nicety; quibble. "Nice, sharp quillets of the law." Shak.

Quilling noun (a) A band of linen, muslin, or the like, fluted, folded, or plaited so as somewhat to resemble a row of quills. (b) One of the rounded plaits or flutings of such a band.

Quillwort noun (Botany) 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 noun [ Middle English quilte , Old French cuilte , Latin culcita ... bed, cushion, mattress. Confer 2d Counterpoint , Cushion .] 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.

The beds were covered with magnificent quilts .
Arbuthnot.

Quilt transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Quilted ; present participle & verbal noun Quilting .]
1. To stitch or sew together at frequent intervals, in order to confine in place the several layers of cloth and wadding of which a garment, comforter, etc., may be made; as, to quilt a coat. Dryden.

2. To wad, as a garment, with warm soft material.

3. To stitch or sew in lines or patterns.

Quilter noun One who, or that which, quilts.

Quilting noun
1. The act of stitching or running in patterns, as in making a quilt.

2. A quilting bee. See Bee , 2.

3. The material used for making quilts.

4. (Nautical) A coating of strands of rope for a water vessel.

Quin noun (Zoology) A European scallop ( Pecten opercularis ), used as food. [ Prov. Eng.]

Quinaldine noun [ Quin oline + alde hyde + anil ine .] (Chemistry) A colorless liquid of a slightly pungent odor, C 9 H 6 N.CH 3 , first obtained as a condensation product of aldehyde and aniline, and regarded as a derivative of quinoline; -- called also methyl quinoline . [ Written also chinaldine .]

Quinary adjective [ Latin quinarius , from quini five each, akin to quinque five: confer French quinaire . See Five .] Consisting of five; arranged by fives. Boyle.

Quinary system (Zoology) , a fanciful classification based on the hypothesis that each group contains five types.

Quinate adjective [ Latin quini five each.] (Botany) Growing in sets of five; -- said especially of leaves composed of five leaflets set at the end of a common petiole.

Quinate noun (Chemistry) A salt of quinic acid. [ Written also kinate .]