Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Questionless adjective Unquestioning; incurious. [ R.]
Questionless adverb Beyond a question or doubt; doubtless; certainly.
[ R.] South.
What it was in the apostles' time, that, questionless , it must be still. Milton.
; plural -naires
(F. ...). [ French] = Questionary , above.
; plural Questmen One legally empowered to make quest of certain matters, esp. of abuses of weights and measures.
Specifically: (a) A churchwarden's assistant; a sidesman. Blount.
[ Obsolete] (b) A collector of parish rents. Blount.
Questmonger noun One who lays informations, and encourages petty lawsuits. [ Obsolete] Bacon.
Questor noun [ Latin quaestor , contr. from quaesitor , from quaerere , quaesitum , to seek for, ask: confer French questeur .] (Rom. Antiq.) An officer who had the management of the public treasure; a receiver of taxes, tribute, etc.; treasurer of state. [ Written also quæstor .] » At an early period there were also public accusers styled questors , but the office was soon abolished.
Questorship noun The office, or the term of office, of a questor.
[ See Quest
.] A seeker; a pursuer.
[ Obsolete] "Hot questrists
after him." Shak.
Questuary adjective [ Latin quaestuarius , from quaestus gain, profit, quaerere , quaesitum , to seek for, earn.] Studious of profit. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Questuary noun One employed to collect profits. [ R.] "The pope's questuaries ." Jer. Taylor.
Quet noun (Zoology) The common guillemot. [ Prov. Eng.]
[ French See Cue
.] (a) A tail-like appendage of hair; a pigtail. (b) A line of persons waiting anywhere.
Queue transitive verb To fasten, as hair, in a queue.
Quey noun [ Confer Danish qvie .] A heifer. [ Scot.]
Qui vive (ke` vev"). [ French, from qui who + vive , present subjunctive of vivre to live.] The challenge of a French sentinel, or patrol; -- used like the English challenge: "Who comes there?" To be on the qui vive , to be on guard; to be watchful and alert, like a sentinel.
[ Confer Quip
.] A quip; a gibe.
[ Probably from quib
, but influenced by quillet
, or quiddity
.] 1. A shift or turn from the point in question; a trifling or evasive distinction; an evasion; a cavil.
Quibbles have no place in the search after truth. I. Watts. 2. A pun; a low conceit.
Quibble intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Quibbled
; present participle & verbal noun Quibbling
.] 1. To evade the point in question by artifice, play upon words, caviling, or by raising any insignificant or impertinent question or point; to trifle in argument or discourse; to equivocate. 2. To pun; to practice punning. Cudworth. Syn.
-- To cavil; shuffle; equivocate; trifle.
Quibbler noun One who quibbles; a caviler; also, a punster.
Quibblingly adverb Triflingly; evasively.
Quica noun [ From the native Brazilian name.] (Zoology) A small South American opossum ( Didelphys quica ), native of Guiana and Brazil. It feeds upon insects, small birds, and fruit.
Quice noun (Zoology) See Queest .
Quich intransitive verb
[ Confer Quinch
.] To stir.
He could not move nor quich at all. Spenser.
Quichuan adjective Designating, or pertaining to, a linguistic stock of South American Indians, including the majority of the civilized tribes of the ancient Peruvian Empire with some wild tribes never subjugated by the Incas. Most of these Indians are short, but heavy and strong. They are brachycephalic and of remarkably low cranial capacity. Nevertheless, they represent one of the highest of native American civilizations, characterized by agricultural, military, and administrative skill rather than by science or literature, although they were adept potters, weavers, and goldsmiths, and preserved by the aid of the mnemonic quipu a body of legendary lore in part written down since the introduction of writing.
[ Compar. Quicker
; superl. Quickest
.] [ As. cwic
, living; akin to Old Saxon quik
, Dutch kwik
, Old High German quec
, German keck
bold, lively, Icelandic kvikr
living, Goth. qius
, Lithuanian qȳvas
, Russian zhivoi
, Latin vivus
to live, Greek bi`os
life, Sanskrit jīva
to live. Confer Biography
, Quitch grass
.] 1. Alive; living; animate; -- opposed to dead or inanimate .
Not fully quyke , ne fully dead they were. Chaucer.
The Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom. 2 Tim. iv. 1.
Man is no star, but a quick coal Herbert.
Of mortal fire.
» In this sense the word is nearly obsolete, except in some compounds, or in particular phrases. 2. Characterized by life or liveliness; animated; sprightly; agile; brisk; ready.
" A quick
wit." Shak. 3. Speedy; hasty; swift; not slow; as, be quick .
Oft he her his charge of quick return Milton. 4. Impatient; passionate; hasty; eager; eager; sharp; unceremonious; as, a quick temper.
The bishop was somewhat quick with them, and signified that he was much offended. Latimer. 5. Fresh; bracing; sharp; keen.
The air is quick there, Shak. 6. Sensitive; perceptive in a high degree; ready; as, a quick ear.
And it pierces and sharpens the stomach.
"To have an open ear, a quick
They say that women are so quick . Tennyson. 7. Pregnant; with child. Shak. Quick grass
. (Botany) See Quitch grass .
-- Quick match
. See under Match .
-- Quick vein (Mining)
, a vein of ore which is productive, not barren.
-- Quick vinegar
, vinegar made by allowing a weak solution of alcohol to trickle slowly over shavings or other porous material.
-- Quick water
, quicksilver water.
-- Quick with child
, pregnant with a living child. Syn.
-- Speedy; expeditious; swift; rapid; hasty; prompt; ready; active; brisk; nimble; fleet; alert; agile; lively; sprightly.
Quick adverb In a quick manner; quickly; promptly; rapidly; with haste; speedily; without delay; as, run quick ; get back quick .
If we consider how very quick the actions of the mind are performed. Locke.
Quick noun 1. That which is quick, or alive; a living animal or plant; especially, the hawthorn, or other plants used in making a living hedge.
The works . . . are curiously hedged with quick . Evelyn. 2. The life; the mortal point; a vital part; a part susceptible of serious injury or keen feeling; the sensitive living flesh; the part of a finger or toe to which the nail is attached; the tender emotions; as, to cut a finger nail to the quick ; to thrust a sword to the quick , to taunt one to the quick ; -- used figuratively.
This test nippeth, . . . this toucheth the quick . Latimer.
How feebly and unlike themselves they reason when they come to the quick of the difference ! Fuller. 3. (Botany) Quitch grass. Tennyson.
Quick transitive verb & i.
[ See Quicken
.] To revive; to quicken; to be or become alive.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Quick-scented adjective Acute of smell.
Quick-sighted adjective Having quick sight or acute discernment; quick to see or to discern. Locke. -- Quick"-sight`ed*ness , noun
Quick-witted adjective Having ready wit Shak.
Quick-wittedness noun Readiness of wit. "Celtic quick-wittedness ." M. Arnold.
Quicken transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle quickened
; present participle & verbal noun Quickening
.] [ Anglo-Saxon cwician
. See Quick
] 1. To make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state; hence, to excite; to, stimulate; to incite.
The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead. Shak.
Like a fruitful garden without an hedge, that quickens the appetite to enjoy so tempting a prize. South. 2. To make lively, active, or sprightly; to impart additional energy to; to stimulate; to make quick or rapid; to hasten; to accelerate; as, to quicken one's steps or thoughts; to quicken one's departure or speed. 3. (Shipbuilding) To shorten the radius of (a curve); to make (a curve) sharper; as, to quicken the sheer, that is, to make its curve more pronounced. Syn.
-- To revive; resuscitate; animate; reinvigorate; vivify; refresh; stimulate; sharpen; incite; hasten; accelerate; expedite; dispatch; speed.
Quicken intransitive verb 1. To come to life; to become alive; to become vivified or enlivened; hence, to exhibit signs of life; to move, as the fetus in the womb.
The heart is the first part that quickens , and the last that dies. Ray.
And keener lightnings quicken in her eye. Pope.
When the pale and bloodless east began Tennyson. 2. To move with rapidity or activity; to become accelerated; as, his pulse quickened .
To quicken to the sun.
[ Probably from quick
, and first applied to the aspen or some tree with quivering leaves; confer German quickenbaum
. Confer Quitch grass
.] (Botany) The European rowan tree; -- called also quickbeam , and quickenbeam . See Rowan tree .
Quickener noun One who, or that which, quickens.
1. The act or process of making or of becoming quick. 2. (Physiol.) The first motion of the fetus in the womb felt by the mother, occurring usually about the middle of the term of pregnancy. It has been popularly supposed to be due to the fetus becoming possessed of independent life.
Quickens noun (Botany) Quitch grass.
Quickhatch noun [ From the American Indian name.] (Zoology) The wolverine.
[ See Quick
] (Chemistry) Calcium oxide; unslacked lime; -- so called because when wet it develops great heat. See 4th Lime , 2.
Quickly adverb Speedily; with haste or celerity; soon; without delay; quick.
Quickness noun 1. The condition or quality of being quick or living; life.
Touch it with thy celestial quickness . Herbert. 2. Activity; briskness; especially, rapidity of motion; speed; celerity; as, quickness of wit.
This deed . . . must send thee hence Shak.
With fiery quickness .
His mind had, indeed, great quickness and vigor. Macaulay. 3. Acuteness of perception; keen sensibility.
Would not quickness of sensation be an inconvenience to an animal that must lie still ? Locke 4. Sharpness; pungency of taste. Mortimer. Syn.
-- Velocity; celerity; rapidity; speed; haste; expedition; promptness; dispatch; swiftness; nimbleness; fleetness; agility; briskness; liveliness; readiness; sagacity; shrewdness; shrewdness; sharpness; keenness.
Quicksand noun Sand easily moved or readily yielding to pressure; especially, a deep mass of loose or moving sand mixed with water, sometimes found at the mouth of a river or along some coasts, and very dangerous, from the difficulty of extricating a person who begins sinking into it.
Life hath quicksands , -- Life hath snares! Longfellow.
Quickset noun A living plant set to grow, esp. when set for a hedge; specifically, the hawthorn.
Quickset adjective Made of quickset.
Dates and pomegranates on the quickset hedges. Walpole.
Quickset transitive verb To plant with living shrubs or trees for a hedge; as, to quickset a ditch. Mortimer.
living + silver
; -- so called from its fluidity; confer German quecksilber
, Latin argentum vivum
. See Quick
] (Chemistry) The metal mercury; -- so called from its resemblance to liquid silver. Quicksilver horizon
, a mercurial artificial horizon. See under Horizon .
-- Quicksilver water
, a solution of mercury nitrate used in artificial silvering; quick water.
Quicksilvered adjective Overlaid with quicksilver, or with an amalgam of quicksilver and tinfoil.
Quicksilvering noun The mercury and foil on the back of a looking-glass.
Quickstep noun (Mus.) A lively, spirited march; also, a lively style of dancing.