Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Quench transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Quenched
; present participle & verbal noun Quenching
.] [ Middle English quenchen
, Anglo-Saxon cwencan
, to extinguish utterly, causative of cwincan
, to decrease, disappear; confer Anglo-Saxon cwīnan
, to waste or dwindle away.] 1. To extinguish; to overwhelm; to make an end of; -- said of flame and fire, of things burning, and figuratively of sensations and emotions; as, to quench flame; to quench a candle; to quench thirst, love, hate, etc.
Ere our blood shall quench that fire. Shak.
The supposition of the lady's death Shak. 2. To cool suddenly, as heated steel, in tempering. Syn.
Will quench the wonder of her infamy.
-- To extinguish; still; stifle; allay; cool; check.
Quench intransitive verb To become extinguished; to go out; to become calm or cool.
Dost thou think in time Shak.
She will not quench !
Quenchable adjective Capable of being quenched.
Quencher noun One who, or that which, quenches. Hammond.
Quenchless adjective Incapable of being quenched; inextinguishable; as, quenchless fire or fury. "Once kindled, quenchless evermore." Byron. Syn. -- Inextinguishable; unquenchable. -- Quench"less*ly , adverb -- Quench"less*ness , noun
Quenelle noun [ French] (Cookery) A kind of delicate forcemeat, commonly poached and used as a dish by itself or for garnishing.
Quenouille training [ French quenouille distaff.] (Hort.) A method of training trees or shrubs in the shape of a cone or distaff by tying down the branches and pruning.
Quercitannic adjective [ Latin quercus an oak + English tannic .] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or designating, a tannic acid found in oak bark and extracted as a yellowish brown amorphous substance.
Quercite noun (Chemistry) A white crystalline substance, C 6 H 7 (OH) 5 , found in acorns, the fruit of the oak ( Quercus ). It has a sweet taste, and is regarded as a pentacid alcohol.
Quercitin noun (Chemistry) A yellow crystalline substance, occurring quite widely distributed in the vegetable kingdom, as is apple-tree bark, horse- chestnut leaves, etc., but originally obtained by the decomposition of quercitrin. Called also meletin .
[ Confer French quercitrin
. See Quercitron
.] (Chemistry) A glucoside extracted from the bark of the oak ( Quercus ) as a bitter citron-yellow crystalline substance, used as a pigment and called quercitron .
[ French quercitron
, the name of the name of tree; Latin quercus
an oak + citrus
the citron tree
.] 1. 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. 2. Quercitrin, used as a pigment. See Quercitrin .
[ Latin , an oak.] (Botany) A genus of trees constituted by the oak. See Oak .
[ See 2d Quarrel
.] (O. Eng. Law) A complaint to a court. See Audita Querela .
[ Obsolete] Ayliffe.
Querent noun [ Latin querens , present participle of queri to complain.] (O. Eng. Law) A complainant; a plaintiff.
Querent noun [ Latin quaerens , present participle of quaerere to search for, to inquire.] An inquirer. [ Obsolete] Aubrey.
[ Latin querimonia
a complaint, from queri
to complain. See Querulous
.] Complaining; querulous; apt to complain.
Querimony noun [ Latin querimonia .] A complaint or complaining. [ Obsolete] E. Hall.
[ See Query
.] One who inquires, or asks questions. Swift.
Querken transitive verb [ Icelandic kverk throat. ....] To stifle or choke. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
Querl transitive verb
[ German querlen
, to twirl, to turn round, from querl
, a twirling stick. Confer Twirl
.] To twirl; to turn or wind round; to coil; as, to querl a cord, thread, or rope.
[ Local, U.S.]
Querl noun A coil; a twirl; as, the qwerl of hair on the fore leg of a blooded horse. [ Local, U. S.]
[ Anglo-Saxon cweorn
; akin to Dutch kweern
, Old High German quirn
, Icelandic kvern
, Swedish qvarn
, Danish quærn
, Goth. qairnus
), Lithuanian qìrnos
, and perhaps English corn
.] A mill for grinding grain, the upper stone of which was turned by hand; -- used before the invention of windmills and watermills. Shak.
They made him at the querne grind. Chaucer.
Querpo noun The inner or body garments taken together. See Cuerpo . Dryden.
Querquedule noun [ Latin querquedula .] (Zool.) (a) A teal. (b) The pintail duck.
Querry noun A groom; an equerry. [ Obsolete]
Querulential adjective Querulous. [ R.]
[ Latin querulus
, from queri
to complain. Confer Cry
a brawl, Quarrelous
.] 1. Given to quarreling; quarrelsome.
[ Obsolete] land. 2. Apt to find fault; habitually complaining; disposed to murmur; as, a querulous man or people.
Enmity can hardly be more annoying that querulous , jealous, exacting fondness. Macaulay. 3. Expressing complaint; fretful; whining; as, a querulous tone of voice. Syn.
-- Complaining; bewailing; lamenting; whining; mourning; murmuring; discontented; dissatisfied. -- Quer"u*lous*ly
; plural Queries
. [ Latin quaere
, imperative sing. of quaerere
to seek or search for, to ask, inquire. Confer Acquire
.] 1. A question; an inquiry to be answered or solved.
I shall conclude with proposing only some queries , in order to a . . . search to be made by others. Sir I. Newton. 2. A question in the mind; a doubt; as, I have a query about his sincerity. 3. An interrogation point [ ?] as the sign of a question or a doubt.
Query intransitive verb 1. To ask questions; to make inquiry.
Each prompt to query , answer, and debate. Pope. 2. To have a doubt; as, I query if he is right.
Query transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Queried
; present participle & verbal noun Querying
.] 1. To put questions about; to elicit by questioning; to inquire into; as, to query the items or the amount; to query the motive or the fact. 2. To address questions to; to examine by questions. 3. To doubt of; to regard with incredulity. 4. To write " query" (qu., qy., or ?) against, as a doubtful spelling, or sense, in a proof. See Quære .
Quesal noun (Zoology) The long-tailed, or resplendent, trogon ( Pharomachus mocinno , formerly Trogon resplendens ), native of Southern Mexico and Central America. Called also quetzal , and golden trogon . » The male is remarkable for the brilliant metallic green and gold colors of his plumage, and for his extremely long plumes, which often exceed three feet in length.
[ Old French queste
, French quête
, from Latin quaerere
, to seek for, to ask. Confer Query
.] 1. 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.
Upon an hard adventure yet in quest . Spenser.
Cease your quest of love. Shak.
There ended was his quest , there ceased his care. Milton. 2. Request; desire; solicitation.
Gad not abroad at every quest and call Herbert. 3. Those who make search or inquiry, taken collectively.
Of an untrained hope or passion.
The senate hath sent about three several quests to search you out. Shak. 4. Inquest; jury of inquest.
What lawful quest have given their verdict ? Shak.
Quest transitive verb
[ Confer Old French quester
, French quêter
. See Quest
] To search for; to examine.
[ R.] Sir T. Herbert.
Quest intransitive verb To go on a quest; to make a search; to go in pursuit; to beg.
If his questing had been unsuccessful, he appeased the rage of hunger with some scraps of broken meat. Macaulay.
Questant noun [ Old French questant , French quêtant , present participle] One who undertakes a quest; a seeker. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Quester noun One who seeks; a seeker. [ Obsolete]
[ French, from Latin quaestio
, from quaerere
, to seek for, ask, inquire. See Quest
] 1. The act of asking; interrogation; inquiry; as, to examine by question and answer. 2. Discussion; debate; hence, objection; dispute; doubt; as, the story is true beyond question ; he obeyed without question .
There arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. John iii. 25.
It is to be to question , whether it be lawful for Christian princes to make an invasive war simply for the propagation of the faith. Bacon. 3. Examination with reference to a decisive result; investigation; specifically, a judicial or official investigation; also, examination under torture. Blackstone.
He that was in question for the robbery. Shak . Macaulay. 4. That which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query.
The Scottish privy council had power to put state prisoners to the question .
But this question asked Milton. 5. Hence, a subject of investigation, examination, or debate; theme of inquiry; matter to be inquired into; as, a delicate or doubtful question . 6. Talk; conversation; speech; speech.
Puts me in doubt. Lives there who loves his pain ?
[ Obsolete] Shak. In question
, in debate; in the course of examination or discussion; as, the matter or point in question .
-- Leading question
. See under Leading .
-- Out of question
" Out of question
, 't is Maria's hand." Shak.
-- Out of the question
. See under Out .
-- Past question
, beyond question; certainly; undoubtedly; unquestionably.
-- Previous question
, a question put to a parliamentary assembly upon the motion of a member, in order to ascertain whether it is the will of the body to vote at once, without further debate, on the subject under consideration.
The form of the question is: "Shall the main question be now put?" If the vote is in the affirmative, the matter before the body must be voted upon as it then stands, without further general debate or the submission of new amendments. In the House of Representatives of the United States, and generally in America, a negative decision operates to keep the business before the body as if the motion had not been made; but in the English Parliament, it operates to postpone consideration for the day, and until the subject may be again introduced. In American practice, the object of the motion is to hasten action, and it is made by a friend of the measure. In English practice, the object is to get rid of the subject for the time being, and the motion is made with a purpose of voting against it. Cushing.
-- To beg the question
. See under Beg .
-- To the question
, to the point in dispute; to the real matter under debate. Syn.
-- Point; topic; subject.
Question intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Questioned
; present participle & verbal noun Questioning
.] [ Confer French questionner
. See Question
] 1. To ask questions; to inquire.
He that questioneth much shall learn much. Bacon. 2. To argue; to converse; to dispute.
I pray you, think you question with the Jew. Shak.
Question transitive verb 1. To inquire of by asking questions; to examine by interrogatories; as, to question a witness. 2. To doubt of; to be uncertain of; to query.
And most we question what we most desire. Prior. 3. To raise a question about; to call in question; to make objection to.
"But have power and right to question
thy bold entrance on this place." Milton. 4. To talk to; to converse with.
With many holiday and lady terms he questioned me. Shak. Syn.
-- To ask; interrogate; catechise; doubt; controvert; dispute. -- Question, Inquire, Interrogate. To inquire
is merely to ask for information, and implies no authority in the one who asks. To interrogate
is to put repeated questions in a formal or systematic fashion to elicit some particular fact or facts. To question
has a wider sense than to interrogate
, and often implies an attitude of distrust or opposition on the part of the questioner.
Questionability noun The state or condition of being questionable. Stallo.
Questionable adjective 1. Admitting of being questioned; inviting, or seeming to invite, inquiry.
Thou com'st in such a questionable shape Shak. 2. Liable to question; subject to be doubted or called in question; problematical; doubtful; suspicious.
That I will speak to thee.
It is questionable whether Galen ever saw the dissection of a human body. T . Baker. Syn.
-- Disputable; debatable; uncertain; doubtful; problematical; suspicious.
Questionableness noun The quality or state of being questionable, doubtful, or suspicious.
Questionably adverb In a questionable manner.
Questionary adjective Inquiring; asking questions; testing. " Questionary epistles." Pope.
Questionary noun One who makes it his business to seek after relics and carry them about for sale.
Questionary noun A set of questions for submission to a group of persons for the purpose of bringing out their resemblances and differences in the matter considered. The questionary method is a recognized form of psychological investigation.
Questioner noun One who asks questions; an inquirer. "Little time for idle questioners ." Tennyson.
1. A questioner; an inquirer. [ Obsolete] 2. (Eng. Univ.) A candidate for honors or degrees who is near the time of his examination.