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quack |kwæk| — an untrained person who pretends to be a physician and who dispenses medical advice
quack-quack |ˈkwæk kwæk| — child's word for a duck
quackery |ˈkwækərɪ| — medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings
quackish — Like a quack (fraudulent doct), or characteristic of quackery.
quackle |ˈkwækl| — (intransitive, archaic) To make a quacking sound.
quacksalver |ˈkwækˌsælvʌr| — (archaic) One falsely claiming to possess medical or other skills, especially one who dispenses potions, ointments, etc. supposedly having curative powers.
quacky — (of a voice or sound) That resembles the quack of a duck.
quad |kwɑːd| — one of four children born at the same time from the same pregnancy
quadragenarian |ˌkwɑːdrədʒɪˈneriːən| — between the ages of 40 and 49; in one's fifth decade
Quadragesima |kwɑːdrəˈdʒesəmə| — the first Sunday in Lent
quadragesimal |ˌkwɑːdrəˈdʒesɪməl| — Belonging to Lent; used in Lent; Lenten.
quadrangle |ˈkwɑːdræŋɡl| — a four-sided polygon
quadrangular |kwɑːˈdræŋɡjələr| — of or relating to or shaped like a quadrangle
quadrant |ˈkwɑːdrənt| — a quarter of the circumference of a circle
quadrat |ˈkwɑːdrət| — (sciences) An area of land, marked for studying its plants, animals, soil, natural processes, etc. While originally rectangular, modern quadrats can be rectangular, circular, irregular, etc. (e.g.: Krebs, C.J., 1999. Ecological Methodology. Addison-Welsey
quadrate |ˈkwɑːdreɪt| — a cubelike object
quadratic |kwɑːˈdrætɪk| — an equation in which the highest power of an unknown quantity is a square
quadrature |ˈkwɑːdrətʃər| — the construction of a square having the same area as some other figure
quadrennial |kwaˈdrenɪəl| — Happening every four years.
quadriceps |ˈkwɑːdrɪseps| — a muscle of the thigh that extends the leg
quadriga |kwɑːˈdraɪɡə| — (historical) A Roman racing chariot drawn by four horses abreast.
quadrigae |kwəˈdriːɡiː| — plural form of quadriga
quadrilateral |ˌkwɑːdrɪˈlætərəl| — a four-sided polygon
quadrille |kwəˈdrɪl| — music for dancing the quadrille
quadrillion |kwɑːˈdrɪljən| — the number that is represented as a one followed by 24 zeros
quadripartite |kwɑːdrəˈpɑːrtaɪt| — involving four parties
quadripole |ˈkwɒdrɪpəʊl| — An electrical circuit that has two pairs of external terminals
quadrisyllabic — Having four syllables.
quadrisyllable |ˈkwɑːdrɪˌsɪləbəl| — A word of four syllables.
quadrivalent |ˌkwɑːdriːˈveɪlənt| — (chemistry) Having a valence of four.
quadroon |kwɑːˈdruːn| — an offspring of a mulatto and a white parent; a person who is one-quarter black
quadrumanous |kwɒˈdruːmənəs| — Having four feet whose first digits are opposable; applies to all non-human primates.
quadruped |ˈkwɑːdrʊped| — an animal especially a mammal having four limbs specialized for walking
quadrupedal |kwɑːˈdruːpɪdl| — having four feet
quadruple |kwɑːˈdruːpl| — a set of four similar things considered as a unit
quadruplet |ˈkwɑːdrʊplət| — the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one
quadruplets |ˈkwɒdruːpləts| — plural form of quadruplet
quadruplicate |kwɒˈdruːplɪkeɪt| — any four copies; any of four things that correspond to one another exactly
quads |ˈkwɑːdz| — plural form of quad
quaere |ˈkwɪərɪ| — (archaic) To ask or query; used imperatively to introduce a question or signify doubt.
quaestor |ˈkwestər| — any of several public officials of ancient Rome (usually in charge of finance and administration)
quaff |kwæf| — a hearty draft
quag |kwaɡ| — a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
quaggy |ˈkwæɡiː| — (of soil) soft and watery
quagmire |ˈkwæɡmaɪər| — a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
quail |kweɪl| — flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised
quail-pipe |ˈkweɪlpaɪp| — Of or relating to a quail pipe.
quaint |kweɪnt| — strange in an interesting or pleasing way
quaintness |ˈkweɪntnəs| — the quality of being quaint and old-fashioned
quake |kweɪk| — shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane or from volcanic activity
Quaker |ˈkweɪkər| — a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)
quaker-gun |ˈkweɪkəˈɡʌn| — Alternative form of Quaker gun.
Quakeress |ˈkweɪkərɪs| — (dated) A female Quaker.
Quakerish |ˈkweɪkərɪʃ| — (dated) Suggesting or pertaining to the Quakers.
Quakerism |ˈkweɪkərɪzm| — the theological doctrine of the Society of Friends characterized by opposition to war and rejection of ritual and a formal creed and an ordained ministry
quaking |ˈkweɪkɪŋ| — The action of the verb to quake.
quaky |ˈkweɪkiː| — Inclined to quake; tremulous.
qualification |ˌkwɑːlɪfɪˈkeɪʃn| — an attribute that must be met or complied with and that fits a person for something
qualificatory |ˈkwɑːləfəkeɪtəriː| — That serves as qualification
qualified |ˈkwɑːlɪfaɪd| — holding appropriate documentation and officially on record as qualified to perform a specified function or practice a specified skill
qualifier |ˈkwɑːlɪfaɪər| — a contestant who meets certain requirements and so qualifies to take part in the next stage of competition
qualify |ˈkwɑːlɪfaɪ| — prove capable or fit; meet requirements
qualifying |ˈkwɑːləˌfaɪɪŋ| — the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies the meaning of the phrase
qualitative |ˈkwɑːləteɪtətɪv| — involving distinctions based on qualities
qualitatively |ˌkwɑːləˈteɪtɪvlɪ| — in a qualitative manner
quality |ˈkwɑːlətɪ| — an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
quality-of-life — The general well-being of individuals and societies, including not only wealth and employment, but also the built environment, physical and mental health, education, recreation and leisure time, and social belonging.
qualm |kwɑːm| — uneasiness about the fitness of an action
qualmish |ˈkwɑːmɪʃ| — Affected with qualms; queasy, nauseous. [from 16th c.]
qualmishness |ˈkwɑːmɪʃnes| — The quality of being qualmish.
quandary |ˈkwɑːndərɪ| — a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one
quant |ˈkwænt| — (finance) A quantitative analyst.
quanta |ˈkwɑːntə| — plural form of quantum
quantifiable |ˌkwɑːntəˈfaɪəbel| — capable of being quantified
quantification |ˌkwɑːntəfəˈkeɪʃən| — a limitation imposed on the variables of a proposition (as by the quantifiers `some' or `all' or `no')
quantify |ˈkwɑːntɪfaɪ| — use as a quantifier
quantitative |ˈkwɑːntəteɪtɪv| — expressible as a quantity or relating to or susceptible of measurement
quantitatively |ˌkwɑːntəˈteɪtəvlɪ| — in a quantitative manner
quantity |ˈkwɑːntətɪ| — how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
quantum |ˈkwɑːntəm| — a discrete amount of something that is analogous to the quantities in quantum theory
quarantine |ˈkwɔːrəntiːn| — enforced isolation of patients suffering from a contagious disease in order to prevent the spread of disease
quark |kwɑːrk| — (physics) hypothetical truly fundamental particle in mesons and baryons; there are supposed to be six flavors of quarks (and their antiquarks), which come in pairs; each has an electric charge of +2/3 or -1/3
quarrel |ˈkwɔːrəl| — an angry dispute
quarreling |ˈkwɑːrəlɪŋ| — Present participle of quarrel.
quarrelling |ˈkwɒrəlɪŋ| — Present participle of quarrel.
quarrelsome |ˈkwɔːrəlsəm| — given to quarreling
quarry |ˈkwɔːrɪ| — a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence
quart |kwɔːrt| — a United States liquid unit equal to 32 fluid ounces; four quarts equal one gallon
quartan |ˈkwɔːrtn| — a malarial fever that recurs every fourth day
quarter |ˈkwɔːrtər| — one of four equal parts
quarter-century — a period of 25 years
quarter-day |ˈkwɔːrtər deɪ| — Each of the four days customarily regarded as starting a new quarter year.
quarter-deck |ˈkwɔːrtər dek| — Alternative spelling of quarterdeck.
quarterage |ˈkwɔːrtərɪdʒ| — a quarterly payment or allowance, tax, pension, or wage paid or received
quarterback |ˈkwɔːrtərbæk| — (football) the person who plays quarterback
quarterdeck |ˈkwɔːrtərdek| — the stern area of a ship's upper deck
quartering |ˈkwɔːrtərɪŋ| — a coat of arms that occupies one quarter of an escutcheon; combining four coats of arms on one shield usually represented intermarriages
quarterly |ˈkwɔːrtərlɪ| — a periodical that is published every quarter (or four issues per year)
quartermaster |ˈkwɔːrtərmæstər| — an army officer who provides clothing and subsistence for troops
quartern |kwɔːrtən| — one of four equal parts
quarters |ˈkwɔːrtərz| — housing available for people to live in
quartet |kwɔːrˈtet| — the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one
quartette |kwɔːrˈtet| — four performers or singers who perform together
quartile |ˈkwɔːrtaɪl| — (statistics) any of three points that divide an ordered distribution into four parts each containing one quarter of the scores
quarto |ˈkwɔːrtəʊ| — the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper twice to form four leaves
quartz |kwɔːrts| — colorless glass made of almost pure silica
quartzose — relating to or made of quartz
quasar |ˈkweɪzɑːr| — a starlike object that may send out radio waves and other forms of energy; many have large red shifts
quash |kwɔːʃ| — put down by force or intimidation
quasi |ˈkwɑːsɪ| — having some resemblance
Quasimodo |kæzɪˈmɒdəʊ| — The first Sunday after Easter
quassia |ˈkwɑːʃɪə| — a bitter compound used as an insecticide and tonic and vermifuge; extracted from the wood and bark of trees of the genera Quassia and Picrasma
quaternary |ˈkwɑːtərˌnerɪ| — last 2 million years
quaternion |kwəˈtɜːrniːən| — the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one
quatrain |ˈkwɑːtreɪn| — a stanza of four lines
quattrocento |ˌkwætrəʊˈtʃentəʊ| — the 15th century in Italian art and literature
quaver |ˈkweɪvər| — a tremulous sound
quavering |ˈkweɪvərɪŋ| — (of the voice) quivering as from weakness or fear
quavery |ˈkweɪvəriː| — Apt to quaver.
quay |kiː| — wharf usually built parallel to the shoreline
quayage |ˈkiːɪdʒ| — a fee charged for the use of a wharf or quay
quayside |ˈkiːsaɪd| — An area alongside a quay
qubit — (computing) A quantum bit; the unit of quantum information; a bit in a quantum computer capable of being in a state of superposition.
quean |kwiːn| — A woman, now especially an impudent or disreputable woman; a prostitute. [from 10th c.]
queasily |ˈkwiːzɪlɪ| — in a queasy manner
queasiness |ˈkwiːzɪnəs| — a mild state of nausea
queasy |ˈkwiːzɪ| — causing or able to cause nausea
quebracho |kəˈbrɑːtʃəʊ| — (botany) A Chilean apocynaceous tree, Aspidosperma quebracho
queen |kwiːn| — the only fertile female in a colony of social insects such as bees and ants and termites; its function is to lay eggs
queenhood |ˈkwiːnˌhʊd| — The state, rank, or status of a queen.
queening |ˈkwiːnɪŋ| — Present participle of queen.
queenlike — having the rank of or resembling or befitting a queen
queenliness — The state of being queenly.
queenly |ˈkwiːnlɪ| — having the rank of or resembling or befitting a queen
queer |kwɪr| — offensive term for a homosexual man
queerly |ˈkwɪəlɪ| — in a strange manner
queerness |ˈkwɪənəs| — a strange attitude or habit
quell |kwel| — suppress or crush completely
quench |kwentʃ| — satisfy (thirst)
quencher |ˈkwentʃər| — Something that quenches (thirst, fire, etc.)
quenching |ˈkwentʃɪŋ| — the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning
quenchless |ˈkwentʃləs| — impossible to quench
quenelle |kəˈnel| — A light dumpling made of lightly spiced minced meat or fish bound with egg and poached.
quercitron |ˈkwɜːrˌsɪtrən| — a yellow dye made from the bark of the quercitron oak tree
querist |ˈkwɪrəst| — A person who asks questions
quern |kwɜːrn| — a primitive stone mill for grinding corn by hand
querulous |ˈkwerələs| — habitually complaining
query |ˈkwɪrɪ| — an instance of questioning
quest |kwest| — a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria
question |ˈkwestʃən| — an instance of questioning
question-mark |ˈkwestʃənˈmɑːrk| — The punctuation mark “?", used at the end of a sentence to indicate a question.
questionable |ˈkwestʃənəbl| — able to be refuted
questionably |ˈkwestʃənəblɪ| — in a questionable and dubious manner
questionary |ˈkwestʃ(ə)n(ə)rɪ| — A questionnaire.
questioner |ˈkwestʃənər| — someone who asks a question
questioning |ˈkwestʃənɪŋ| — a request for information
questionless |ˈkwestʃənlɪs| — (rare) Certain; indubitable; unquestionable; not admitting of question or doubt.
questionnaire |ˌkwestʃəˈner| — a form containing a set of questions; submitted to people to gain statistical information
questor — Alternative spelling of quaestor.
quetzal |ˈketsɑːl| — the basic unit of money in Guatemala; equal to 100 centavos
queue |kjuː| — a line of people or vehicles waiting for something
quibble |ˈkwɪbl| — an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
quibbler |ˈkwɪblər| — a disputant who quibbles; someone who raises annoying petty objections
quibbling |ˈkwɪbəlɪŋ| — Present participle of quibble.
quick |kwɪk| — any area of the body that is highly sensitive to pain (as the flesh underneath the skin or a fingernail or toenail)
quick-change |kwɪk ˈtʃeɪndʒ| — adept at changing from one thing to another especially changing costumes
quick-freeze |kwiːk ˈfriːz| — freeze rapidly so as to preserve the natural juices and flavors
quick-sighted |kwɪk ˈsaɪtɪd| — having very keen vision
quick-witted |ˈˌkwɪk ˈˌwɪdɪd| — mentally nimble and resourceful
quicken |ˈkwɪkən| — move faster
quicker |ˈkwɪkər| — more quickly
quickest |ˈkwɪkəst| — most quickly
quickie |ˈkwɪkɪ| — hurried repair
quicklime |ˈkwɪklaɪm| — a white crystalline oxide used in the production of calcium hydroxide
quickly |ˈkwɪklɪ| — with speed
quickness |ˈkwɪknəs| — skillful performance or ability without difficulty
quicksand |ˈkwɪksænd| — a treacherous situation that tends to entrap and destroy
quickset |ˈkwɪkset| — cuttings of plants set in the ground to grow as hawthorn for hedges or vines
quicksilver |ˈkwɪksɪlvər| — a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures
quicksilvering — Present participle of quicksilver.
quid |kwɪd| — the basic unit of money in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; equal to 100 pence
quiddity |ˈkwɪdɪtɪ| — an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
quidnunc |ˈkwɪdnʌŋk| — a person who meddles in the affairs of others
quiescence |kwaɪˈesns| — a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction
quiescency |kwaɪˈesnsɪ| — a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction
quiescent |kwɪˈesnt| — not active or activated
quiet |ˈkwaɪət| — a period of calm weather
quieten |ˈkwaɪətn| — become quiet or quieter
quietism |ˈkwaɪətɪzəm| — a form of religious mysticism requiring withdrawal from all human effort and passive contemplation of God
quietly |ˈkwaɪətlɪ| — with low volume
quietness |ˈkwaɪətnəs| — the property of making no sound
quietude |ˈkwaɪətuːd| — a state of peace and quiet
quietus |kwaɪˈiːtəs| — euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb)
quiff |kwɪf| — a prominent forelock (especially one brushed upward from the forehead)
quill |kwɪl| — pen made from a bird's feather
quilled — having quills or similar structures
quillet |ˈkwɪlɪt| — A quibble, an evasive distinction.
quilling |ˈkwɪlɪŋ| — the art of creating decorative designs from thin strips of curled paper
quilt |kwɪlt| — bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
quilted |ˈkwɪltəd| — made of layers of fabric held together by patterned stitching
quilting |ˈkwɪltɪŋ| — stitching through layers of fabric and a filling so as to create a design
quinary |ˈkwaɪnəriː| — Of fifth rank or order.
quince |kwɪns| — small Asian tree with pinkish flowers and pear-shaped fruit; widely cultivated
quincentenary |ˌkwɪnsenˈtenerɪ| — the 500th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
quincunx |ˈkwɪŋkəŋks| — An arrangement of five units in a pattern corresponding to the five-spot on dice, playing cards, or dominoes.
quinine |kwɪˈniːn| — a bitter alkaloid extracted from chinchona bark; used in malaria therapy
quininize |ˈkwɪniːnaɪz| — (obsolete) To treat with quinine.
quinism |ˈkwɪnɪzm| — cinchonism
quinoa |ˈkiːnwɑː| — A goosefoot, Chenopodium quinoa, native to the Andes and cultivated for its edible seeds.
quinquagenarian |kwɪŋkwədʒɪˈneriːən| — One who is between the age of 50 and 59, inclusive.
quinquangular — Having five angles or corners.
quinquennia |kwɪŋˈkwenɪə| — plural form of quinquennium
quinquennial |kwɪnˈkweniːəl| — that happens every five years
quinquennium |kwɪnˈkweniːəm| — a period of five years
quinquina |kwɪŋˈkwaɪnə| — (archaic) Jesuit's bark
quinquivalent |ˌkwɪŋkwəˈveɪlənt| — (chemistry) Having a valence of five.
quinsy |ˈkwɪnzɪ| — a painful pus filled inflammation of the tonsils and surrounding tissues; usually a complication of tonsillitis
quint |kwɪnt| — the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
quintain |ˈkwɪntn| — (now historical) An object (generally a post or plank on a support) set up as a target to be tilted at in jousting, or otherwise used as target practice. [from 15th c.]
quintal |ˈkwɪn(t)l| — a unit of weight equal to 100 kilograms
quintan |ˈkwɪntn| — (of a fever) recurring after four days (every five days)
quintessence |kwɪnˈtesns| — the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies
quintessential |ˌkwɪntɪˈsenʃl| — representing the perfect example of a class or quality
quintet |kwɪnˈtet| — a musical composition for five performers
quintette |kwɪnˈtet| — five performers or singers who perform together
quintuple |ˈkwɪntjʊpl| — a set of five similar things considered as a unit
quintuplet |ˈkwɪntʊplət| — the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one
quip |kwɪp| — a witty saying
quire |ˈkwaɪər| — a quantity of paper; 24 or 25 sheets
quirk |kwɜːrk| — a strange attitude or habit
quirky |ˈkwɜːrkɪ| — (informal) strikingly unconventional
quirt |kwərt| — whip with a leather thong at the end
quisle |ˈkwɪzəl| — to be a quisling
quisling |ˈkwɪzlɪŋ| — someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force
quit |kwɪt| — put an end to a state or an activity
quitch |kwɪtʃ| — (intransitive, now UK, regional) To stir; to move. [from 13th c.]
quitclaim |ˈkwɪtkleɪm| — document transferring title or right or claim to another
quite |kwaɪt| — to a degree (not used with a negative)
quitrent — A rent reserved in grants of land, by the payment of which the tenant is quit (absolved) from other service.
quits |kwɪts| — on equal terms by payment or requital
quittance |ˈkwɪtns| — a document or receipt certifying release from an obligation or debt
quitter |ˈkwɪtər| — a person who gives up too easily
quitting |ˈkwɪtɪŋ| — Present participle of quit.
quiver |ˈkwɪvər| — an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
quiverful |ˈkwɪvəˌfʊl| — The amount held by a quiver
quivering |ˈkwɪvərɪŋ| — a shaky motion
quixotic |kwɪkˈsɑːtɪk| — not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic
quixotism |ˈkwɪksəˌtɪzəm| — quixotic (romantic and impractical) behavior
quixotry |ˈkwɪksətrɪ| — A wild, visionary idea, an eccentric notion or act; a quixotism.
quiz |kwɪz| — an examination consisting of a few short questions
quizzee |kwɪˈziː| — (archaic) One who is quizzed or teased.
quizzical |ˈkwɪzɪkl| — playfully vexing (especially by ridicule)
quizzically |ˈkwɪzɪkəlɪ| — in a quizzical and questioning manner
quizzing-glass |ˈkwɪzɪŋɡlɑːs| — (dated) A monocle.
quoad |ˈkwəʊæd| — (archaic) With respect to.
quod |kwɑːd| — (countable) A quadrangle or court, as of a prison; a prison.
quoin |k(w)ɔɪn| — expandable metal or wooden wedge used by printers to lock up a form within a chase
quoit |kɔɪt| — game equipment consisting of a ring of iron or circle of rope used in playing the game of quoits
quoits |kɔɪts| — a game in which iron rings (or open iron rings) are thrown at a stake in the ground in the hope of encircling it
quondam |ˈkwɑːndæm| — belonging to some prior time
quorum |ˈkwɔːrəm| — a gathering of the minimal number of members of an organization to conduct business
quota |ˈkwəʊtə| — a prescribed number
quotable |ˈkwəʊtəbl| — suitable for or worthy of quotation
quotation |kwəʊˈteɪʃn| — a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
quotation-marks |kwəʊˈteɪʃənˈmɑːks| — Symbols used to denote a quotation in writing, written at the beginning and end of the quotation. The symbols vary across languages, and slightly different marks may sometimes be used at the beginning and end of the quotation. See below and quotation mark
quote |kwəʊt| — a punctuation mark used to attribute the enclosed text to someone else
quoted |ˈkwəʊtɪd| — simple past tense and past participle of quote
quotes |kwəʊts| — plural form of quote
quoth |kwəʊθ| — (archaic or literary) Simple past tense of quethe.; said
quotha |ˈkwəʊθə| — (archaic) Indeed; forsooth.
quotidian |kwəʊˈtɪdɪən| — found in the ordinary course of events
quotient |ˈkwəʊʃnt| — the ratio of two quantities to be divided
quotum |ˈkwəʊtəm| — A part or proportion; a fraction; quota.
Quran — the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina