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quadrille Tweet Definition of quadrille Like Definition of quadrille on Facebook
noun
  1. A dance originating from the mid 1700s with four dancers forming a square, rather much like the modern square dance.
1891The movements of the other women were more or less similar to Tess's, the whole bevy of them drawing together like dancers in a at the completion of a sheaf by each, every one placing her sheaf on end against those of the rest, till a shock, or 'stitch' as it was here called, of ten or a dozen was formed. " Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=344004731&tag=Hardy,+Thomas:+Tess+of+the+d'Urbervilles,+1891&query=quadrille&id=HarTess? Part 2.
  1. A card game from the 1700s.
1812It now first struck her that she was selected from among her sisters as worthy of being the mistress of Hunsford Parsonage, and of assisting to form a table at Rosings, in the absence of more eligible visitors. " Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=80823677&tag=Austen,+Jane:+Pride+and+Prejudice,+1796-1812&query=quadrille&id=AusPrid Chapter 17
  1. Quadrille ruled graph paper, quad paper.
quadruple Tweet Definition of quadruple Like Definition of quadruple on Facebook
verb
  1. To multiply something by four times.
Our profits quadrupled when we made the improvements.
adjective
  1. Being four times as long, as big or as many of something.
He's quite an athlete and can do quadruple jumps with ease.
quadruplet Tweet Definition of quadruplet Like Definition of quadruplet on Facebook
noun
  1. One of a group of four babies born from the same mother during the same birth, (i.e. one of four twins).
quantity Tweet Definition of quantity Like Definition of quantity on Facebook
noun (quantities)
  1. A fundamental, generic term used when referring to the measurement (count, amount) of a scalar, vector, number of items or to some other way of denominating the value of a collection or group of items.
You have to choose between and quality.
  1. An indefinite amount of something
Some soap making oils are best as base oils, used in larger quantities in the soap, while other oils are best added in small quantities.
Olive oil can be used practically in any .
  1. A specific measured amount
This bag would normally costs $497.50 for a of 250, at a price of $1.99 per piece.
Generally it should not be used in quantities larger than 15 percent.
  1. A considerable measure or amount
The Boeing P-26A was the first all-metal monoplane fighter produced in for the U.S. Army Air Corps.
quickstep Tweet Definition of quickstep Like Definition of quickstep on Facebook
noun
  1. A fast foxtrot.
verb (quicksteps, quickstepping, quickstepped)
  1. To dance the quickstep.
quill Tweet Definition of quill Like Definition of quill on Facebook
noun
  1. The main shaft of a feather
  2. A pen made from a feather
  3. Figuratively, any pen.
He picked up his quill and wrote a poem.
  1. A sharp pointed, barbed and easily detached needle-like structure that grows on the skin of a porcupine as a defense against predators.
quint Tweet Definition of quint Like Definition of quint on Facebook
noun
  1. (music) an interval of one fifth
  2. (in piquet) a sequence of five playing cards of the same suit; equivalent to a straight flush in poker
    1. a quin or quintuplet
    2. quinte; In fencing, the fifth fencer in parrying or attacking position.
quintuple Tweet Definition of quintuple Like Definition of quintuple on Facebook
noun
  1. a fivefold amount
verb (quintupl, ing) (transitive or intransitive)
  1. to multiple something (or be multiplied) by five
adjective
  1. having five parts or members
  2. five times as much
quintuplet Tweet Definition of quintuplet Like Definition of quintuplet on Facebook
noun
  1. One of a group of five babies born from the same mother during the same birth, (i.e. one of five twins).

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