7 letter word starting with qu

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quackle verb i. & t. To suffocate; to choke.
quadrae plural of Quadra
quadrat noun A block of type metal lower than the letters, — used in spacing and in blank lines., An old instrument used for taking altitudes; — called also geometrical square, and line of shadows.
quadrel noun A square piece of turf or peat., A square brick, tile, or the like.
quadri- A combining form meaning four, four times, fourfold; as, quadricapsular, having four capsules.
quadric adjective Of or pertaining to the second degree., A quantic of the second degree. See Quantic., A surface whose equation in three variables is of the second degree. Spheres, spheroids, ellipsoids, paraboloids, hyperboloids, also cones and cylinders with circular bases, are quadrics.
quadrin noun A small piece of money, in value about a farthing, or a half cent.
quaffed imp. & past participle of Quaff
quaffer noun One who quaffs, or drinks largely.
quahaug noun An American market clam (Venus mercenaria). It is sold in large quantities, and is highly valued as food. Called also round clam, and hard clam.
qualled imp. & past participle of Quail
quaking present participle & vb. noun of Quake, a. & n. from Quake, v.
quakery noun Quakerism.
qualify verb t. To make such as is required; to give added or requisite qualities to; to fit, as for a place, office, occupation, or character; to furnish with the knowledge, skill, or other accomplishment necessary for a purpose; to make capable, as of an employment or privilege; to supply with legal power or capacity., To give individual quality to; to modulate; to vary; to regulate., To reduce from a general, undefined, or comprehensive form, to particular or restricted form; to modify; to limit; to restrict; to restrain; as, to qualify a statement, claim, or proposition., Hence, to soften; to abate; to diminish; to assuage; to reduce the strength of, as liquors., To soothe; to cure; — said of persons., To be or become qualified; to be fit, as for an office or employment., To obtain legal power or capacity by taking the oath, or complying with the forms required, on assuming an office.
quality noun The condition of being of such and such a sort as distinguished from others; nature or character relatively considered, as of goods; character; sort; rank., Special or temporary character; profession; occupation; assumed or asserted rank, part, or position., That which makes, or helps to make, anything such as it is; anything belonging to a subject, or predicable of it; distinguishing property, characteristic, or attribute; peculiar power, capacity, or virtue; distinctive trait; as, the tones of a flute differ from those of a violin in quality; the great quality of a statesman., An acquired trait; accomplishment; acquisition., Superior birth or station; high rank; elevated character.
quamash noun See Camass.
quannet noun A flat file having the handle at one side, so as to be used like a plane.
quantic noun A homogeneous algebraic function of two or more variables, in general containing only positive integral powers of the variables, and called quadric, cubic, quartic, etc., according as it is of the second, third, fourth, fifth, or a higher degree. These are further called binary, ternary, quaternary, etc., according as they contain two, three, four, or more variables; thus, the quantic / is a binary cubic.
quantum noun Quantity; amount., A definite portion of a manifoldness, limited by a mark or by a boundary.
quarrel noun An arrow for a crossbow; — so named because it commonly had a square head., Any small square or quadrangular member, A square of glass, esp. when set diagonally., A small opening in window tracery, of which the cusps, etc., make the form nearly square., A square or lozenge-shaped paving tile., A glazier’s diamond., A four-sided cutting tool or chisel having a diamond-shaped end., A breach of concord, amity, or obligation; a falling out; a difference; a disagreement; an antagonism in opinion, feeling, or conduct; esp., an angry dispute, contest, or strife; a brawl; an altercation; as, he had a quarrel with his father about expenses., Ground of objection, dislike, difference, or hostility; cause of dispute or contest; occasion of altercation., Earnest desire or longing., To violate concord or agreement; to have a difference; to fall out; to be or become antagonistic., To dispute angrily, or violently; to wrangle; to scold; to altercate; to contend; to fight., To find fault; to cavil; as, to quarrel with one’s lot., To quarrel with., To compel by a quarrel; as, to quarrel a man out of his estate or rights., One who quarrels or wrangles; one who is quarrelsome.
quartan adjective Of or pertaining to the fourth; occurring every fourth day, reckoning inclusively; as, a quartan ague, or fever., An intermittent fever which returns every fourth day, reckoning inclusively, that is, one in which the interval between paroxysms is two days., A measure, the fourth part of some other measure.
quarter noun One of four equal parts into which anything is divided, or is regarded as divided; a fourth part or portion; as, a quarter of a dollar, of a pound, of a yard, of an hour, etc., The fourth of a hundred-weight, being 25 or 28 pounds, according as the hundredweight is reckoned at 100 or 112 pounds., The fourth of a ton in weight, or eight bushels of grain; as, a quarter of wheat; also, the fourth part of a chaldron of coal., The fourth part of the moon’s period, or monthly revolution; as, the first quarter after the change or full., One limb of a quadruped with the adjacent parts; one fourth part of the carcass of a slaughtered animal, including a leg; as, the fore quarters; the hind quarters., That part of a boot or shoe which forms the side, from the heel to the vamp., That part on either side of a horse’s hoof between the toe and heel, being the side of the coffin., A term of study in a seminary, college, etc, etc.; properly, a fourth part of the year, but often longer or shorter., The encampment on one of the principal passages round a place besieged, to prevent relief and intercept convoys., The after-part of a vessel’s side, generally corresponding in extent with the quarter-deck; also, the part of the yardarm outside of the slings., One of the divisions of an escutcheon when it is divided into four portions by a horizontal and a perpendicular line meeting in the fess point., A division of a town, city, or county; a particular district; a locality; as, the Latin quarter in Paris., A small upright timber post, used in partitions; — in the United States more commonly called stud., The fourth part of the distance from one point of the compass to another, being the fourth part of 11¡ 15′, that is, about 2¡ 49′; — called also quarter point., Proper station; specific place; assigned position; special location., A station at which officers and men are posted in battle; — usually in the plural., Place of lodging or temporary residence; shelter; entertainment; — usually in the plural., A station or encampment occupied by troops; a place of lodging for soldiers or officers; as, winter quarters., Treatment shown by an enemy; mercy; especially, the act of sparing the life a conquered enemy; a refraining from pushing one’s advantage to extremes., Friendship; amity; concord., To lodge; to have a temporary residence., To drive a carriage so as to prevent the wheels from going into the ruts, or so that a rut shall be between the wheels.
quartet noun Alt. of Quartette
quartic adjective Of the fourth degree., A quantic of the fourth degree. See Quantic., A curve or surface whose equation is of the fourth degree in the variables.
quartos plural of Quarto
quartzy adjective Quartzose.
quaschi noun Alt. of Quasje
quashed imp. & past participle of Quash
quashee noun A negro of the West Indies.
quassia noun The wood of several tropical American trees of the order Simarubeae, as Quassia amara, Picraena excelsa, and Simaruba amara. It is intensely bitter, and is used in medicine and sometimes as a substitute for hops in making beer.
quassin noun The bitter principle of quassia, extracted as a white crystalline substance; — formerly called quassite.
quatuor noun A quartet; — applied chiefly to instrumental compositions.
quayage noun Wharfage.
queachy adjective Yielding or trembling under the feet, as moist or boggy ground; shaking; moving., Like a queach; thick; bushy.
queened imp. & past participle of Queen
queenly adjective Like, becoming, or suitable to, a queen.
queerly adverb In a queer or odd manner.
quelled imp. & past participle of Quell
queller noun A killer; as, Jack the Giant Queller., One who quells; one who overpowers or subdues.
quellio noun A ruff for the neck.
quercus noun A genus of trees constituted by the oak. See Oak.
querele noun A complaint to a court. See Audita Querela.
querent noun A complainant; a plaintiff., An inquirer.
querist noun One who inquires, or asks questions.
querken verb t. To stifle or choke.
queries plural of Query
queried imp. & past participle of Query
quester noun One who seeks; a seeker.
questor noun An officer who had the management of the public treasure; a receiver of taxes, tribute, etc.; treasurer of state.
quibble noun A shift or turn from the point in question; a trifling or evasive distinction; an evasion; a cavil., A pun; a low conceit., 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., To pun; to practice punning.
quicken adjective To make alive; to vivify; to revive or resuscitate, as from death or an inanimate state; hence, to excite; to, stimulate; to incite., 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., 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., 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., To move with rapidity or activity; to become accelerated; as, his pulse quickened.
quickly adverb Speedily; with haste or celerity; soon; without delay; quick.
quiddit noun A subtilty; an equivocation.
quiddle verb i. To spend time in trifling employments, or to attend to useful subjects in an indifferent or superficial manner; to dawdle., Alt. of Quiddler
quiesce adjective & noun To be silent, as a letter; to have no sound.
quieted imp. & past participle of Quiet
quieter noun One who, or that which, quiets.
quietly adverb In a quiet state or manner; without motion; in a state of rest; as, to lie or sit quietly., Without tumult, alarm, dispute, or disturbance; peaceably; as, to live quietly; to sleep quietly., Calmly, without agitation or violent emotion; patiently; as, to submit quietly to unavoidable evils., Noiselessly; silently; without remark or violent movement; in a manner to attract little or no observation; as, he quietly left the room.
quietus adjective Final discharge or acquittance, as from debt or obligation; that which silences claims; (Fig.) rest; death.
quilled imp. & past participle of Quill, Furnished with quills; also, shaped like quills.
quillet noun Subtilty; nicety; quibble.
quilted imp. & past participle of Quilt
quilter noun One who, or that which, quilts.
quinary adjective Consisting of five; arranged by fives.
quiname adjective Growing in sets of five; — said especially of leaves composed of five leaflets set at the end of a common petiole.
quinate noun A salt of quinic acid.
quindem noun A fifteenth part.
quinine noun An alkaloid extracted from the bark of several species of cinchona (esp. Cinchona Calisaya) as a bitter white crystalline substance, C20H24N2O2. Hence, by extension (Med.), any of the salts of this alkaloid, as the acetate, chloride, sulphate, etc., employed as a febrifuge or antiperiodic. Called also quinia, quinina, etc.
quinism noun See Cinchonism.
quinnat noun The California salmon (Oncorhynchus choicha); — called also chouicha, king salmon, chinnook salmon, and Sacramento salmon. It is of great commercial importance.
quinone noun A crystalline substance, C6H4O2 (called also benzoketone), first obtained by the oxidation of quinic acid and regarded as a double ketone; also, by extension, any one of the series of which quinone proper is the type.
quinoyl noun A radical of which quinone is the hydride, analogous to phenyl.
quintal noun A hundredweight, either 112 or 100 pounds, according to the scale used. Cf. Cental., A metric measure of weight, being 100,000 grams, or 100 kilograms, equal to 220.46 pounds avoirdupois.
quintan adjective Occurring as the fifth, after four others also, occurring every fifth day, reckoning inclusively; as, a quintan fever., An intermittent fever which returns every fifth day, reckoning inclusively, or in which the intermission lasts three days.
quintel noun See Quintain.
quintet noun Alt. of Quintette
quintic adjective Of the fifth degree or order., A quantic of the fifth degree. See Quantic.
quintin noun See Quintain.
quipped imp. & past participle of Quip
quirite noun One of the Quirites.
quirked adjective Having, or formed with, a quirk or quirks.
quitted of Quit
quittal noun Return; requital; quittance.
quitter noun One who quits., A deliverer.
quittor noun A chronic abscess, or fistula of the coronet, in a horse’s foot, resulting from inflammation of the tissues investing the coffin bone.
quizzed imp. & past participle of Quiz
quizzer noun One who quizzes; a quiz.
quondam adjective Having been formerly; former; sometime., A person dismissed or ejected from a position.
quoting present participle & vb. noun of Quote