Definitions for: Quality


[n]
[n] a degree or grade of excellence or worth; "the quality of students has risen"; "an executive of low caliber"
[n] the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
[n] a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something; "each town has a quality all its own"; "the radical character of our demands"
[n] high social status; "a man of quality"
[adj] of high social status; "people of quality"; "a quality family"
[adj] of superior grade; "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches"



Webster (1913) Definition: Qual"i*ty, n.; pl. Qualities. [F. qualit['e], L.
qualitas, fr. qualis how constituted, as; akin to E. which.
See Which.]
1. 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.

We lived most joyful, obtaining acquaintance with
many of the city not of the meanest quality. --Bacon

2. Special or temporary character; profession; occupation;
assumed or asserted rank, part, or position.

I made that inquiry in quality of an antiquary.
--Gray.

3. 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.

Note: Qualities, in metaphysics, are primary or secondary.
Primary are those essential to the existence, and even
the conception, of the thing, as of matter or spirit
Secondary are those not essential to such a conception.

4. An acquired trait; accomplishment; acquisition.

He had those qualities of horsemanship, dancing, and
fencing which accompany a good breeding.
--Clarendon.

5. Superior birth or station; high rank; elevated character.
``Persons of quality.'' --Bacon.

Quality binding, a kind of worsted tape used in Scotland
for binding carpets, and the like.

The quality, those of high rank or station, as
distinguished from the masses, or common people; the
nobility; the gentry.

I shall appear at the masquerade dressed up in my
feathers, that the quality may see how pretty they
will look in their traveling habits. --Addison.

Syn: Property; attribute; nature; peculiarity; character;
sort; rank; disposition; temper.

Synonyms: caliber, calibre, character, choice, lineament, prime(a), prize, select, superior, timber, timbre, tone, upper-class

See Also: air, appearance, atmosphere, attraction, attractiveness, attribute, attribute, aura, believability, certainty, changeability, changeableness, changelessness, characteristic, clarity, clearness, color, coloration, colour, colouration, complexity, complexness, corporeality, counterfactuality, credibility, credibleness, curiousness, degree, difference, difficultness, difficulty, dimension, ease, easiness, ethnicity, excellence, extraordinariness, factuality, factualness, foreignness, fullness, generality, grade, harshness, high quality, humanity, humanness, illogic, illogicality, illogicalness, immateriality, immobility, incorporeality, incredibility, incredibleness, ineptness, inferiority, irregularity, level, logicality, logicalness, low quality, materiality, mellowness, mobility, morbidity, morbidness, nasality, nativeness, naturalness, nature, opacity, opaqueness, ordinariness, particularity, physicalness, plangency, pleasantness, probability, property, rank, register, regularity, resonance, reverberance, richness, ringing, roughness, sameness, satisfactoriness, shrillness, simpleness, simplicity, social rank, social station, social status, sonority, sonorousness, sound property, strangeness, stridence, stridency, suitability, suitableness, superiority, sure thing, sweetness, texture, uncertainness, uncertainty, unchangeability, unchangeableness, unchangingness, uncloudedness, unnaturalness, unpleasantness, unregularity, unsatisfactoriness, unsuitability, unsuitableness, unwholesomeness, vertu, vibrancy, virtu, visual aspect, wholesomeness

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Famous Quotes Containing Quality:


In celebration of this Earth Day, I encourage all Members of the House to support legislation aimed at investing in the improvement of water quality in our Nation's lakes, rivers, streams and estuaries.

-- Jerry Costello (American Politician)

The Broad research center represents the highest quality model of what Proposition 71 should be funding.

-- Robert Klein (American Comedian)

The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.

-- Richard Rogers (British Architect)

I think the quality of something like the Beveridge, for instance, will have a life of its own.

-- Neville Marriner (English Musician)

A quality is something capable of being completely embodied. A law never can be embodied in its character as a law except by determining a habit. A quality is how something may or might have been. A law is how an endless future must continue to be.

-- Charles Sanders Peirce ( -)

If I had learned more about business ahead of time, I would have been shaped into believing that it was only about finances and quality management.

-- Anita Roddick (English Businessman)

The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.

-- Audre Lorde (American Poet)

Our assessment of socio-economic worth is largely a sham. We scientists should not lend ourselves to it - though we routinely do. We should, instead, insist on applying the criterion of quality.

-- John Charles Polanyi (Canadian Scientist)

Because the quality of living with nature and allowing it to manifest itself is different than the quality of living in a city, especially a dense city.

-- Lawrence Halprin (American Architect)

You know, I always do my best, no matter the quality of the film.

-- Herbert Lom (Czech Actor)

My top three priorities for my first term in Congress are growing our economy; providing for quality, affordable health care; and keeping our nation and communities safe.

-- Cathy McMorris (American Politician)

There were only two other Chinese families in this town of 25,000, but to our parents, the determining factor was the quality of the public school system.

-- Steven Chu (American Scientist)

Character... is a habit, the daily choice of right over wrong; it is a moral quality which grows to maturity in peace and is not suddenly developed on the outbreak of war.

-- Charles Wilson (British Public Servant)

A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today - and in fact we have forgotten.

-- John F. Kennedy (American President)

Indeed every monad must be different from every other. For there are never in nature two beings, which are precisely alike, and in which it is not possible to find some difference which is internal, or based on some intrinsic quality.

-- Gottfried Leibniz (German Philosopher)

Amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it. It has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides.

-- Victor Hugo (French Author)

The quality of what is said inevitably influences the way in which it is said, however inexperienced the writer.

-- Robertson Davies (Canadian Novelist)

As a person who is not confrontational by disposition I tend to see that the quality of being confrontational is a positive attribute.

-- John Hall ( -)

I had a feeling about directing Cocoon II: The Return. At first I wasn't too interested because it was a sequel. Then I read the script and was excited by the relationships and its mystic quality.

-- Daniel Petrie (Canadian Director)

If you're in a forest, the quality of the echo is very strange because echoes back off so many surfaces of all those trees that you get this strange, itchy ricochet effect.

-- Brian Eno (British Musician)

Modesty is my best quality.

-- Jack Benny (American Comedian)

There are countless studies on the negative spillover of job pressures on family life, but few on how job satisfaction enhances the quality of family life.

-- Albert Bandura (Canadian Psychologist)

I'd say that what we hear is the quality of our listening.

-- Robert Fripp (English Musician)

There is a lot of good quality music being made and from this tour and the touring we've been doing over the 10 years there has definitely been a big pickup in people showing up, especially in girls 18-24.

-- John Campbell ( -)

We say we want to create beauty, identity, quality, singularity. And yet, maybe in truth these cities that we have are desired. Maybe their very characterlessness provides the best context for living.

-- Rem Koolhaas (Dutch Architect)

What makes a book great, a so-called classic, it its quality of always being modern, of its author, though he be long dead, continuing to speak to each new generation.

-- Lawrence Clark Powell ( -)

Mysteriously and in ways that are totally remote from natural experience, the gray drizzle of horror induced by depression takes on the quality of physical pain.

-- William Styron (American Novelist)

The first requisite of a sound monetary system is that it put the least possible power over the quantity or quality of money in the hands of the politicians.

-- Henry Hazlitt (American Philosopher)

Strong line quality, composition and form are more crucial although even this is loosely done.

-- Frank Bruno (British Athlete)

Education is the process in which we discover that learning adds quality to our lives. Learning must be experienced.

-- William Glasser (American Psychologist)

The quality of his being one with the people, of having no artificial or natural barriers between him and them, made it possible for him to be a leader without ever being or thinking of being a dictator.

-- Frances Perkins (American Politician)

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.

-- Walter Anderson (German Writer)

All Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care.

-- Christopher Dodd (American Politician)

Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it.

-- William James (American Philosopher)

There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served.

-- Jane Jacobs (American Sociologist)


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