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:


It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters.

-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Roman Statesman)

The way to know about championship quality is to learn from champions, and that I did; studying them with professional purpose during my time in the ring and from habitual interest afterward.

-- Gene Tunney (American Athlete)

An act has no ethical quality whatever unless it be chosen out of several all equally possible.

-- William James (American Philosopher)

Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers.

-- Jimmy Breslin (American Entertainer)

The measure of your quality as a public person, as a citizen, is the gap between what you do and what you say.

-- Ramsey Clark (American Public Servant)

I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.

-- Theodore Roosevelt (American President)

Safin, in his way, is very talented. It is a joy to watch them play; it is tennis of a very high quality.

-- Richard Krajicek (Dutch Athlete)

It should strengthen investors' confidence. This is done through transparency, high quality financial reports, and a standardized economic market. This is not just for China, but also for the world market as a whole.

-- Richard Grasso (American Businessman)

Better understanding of the natural world not only enhances all of us as human beings, but can also be harnessed for the better good, leading to improved health and quality of life.

-- Paul Nurse (British Scientist)

Intuition is truly a feminine quality, but women should not mistake rash conclusions for this gift.

-- Minna Antrim (American Writer)

I believe it is an important project, it makes the cost of doing business lower and they will make us more competitive at the same time, it will also provide some satisfaction to the people who demand services for them of the quality they want and also quickly.

-- Abdullah Ahmad Badawi ( Politician)

It's kind of not about the quality of the art, as much as this is what I love doing and I'd have a worse time doing anything else. That's kind of as far as I think in terms of philosophy.

-- Jonny Greenwood (English Musician)

But the Wisdom of God, which is His only-begotten Son, being in all respects incapable of change or alteration, and every good quality in Him being essential, and such as cannot be changed and converted, His glory is therefore declared to be pure and sincere.

-- Origen ( Theologian)

If an apprentice does not hear what a master hears, is then that quality not present in the music? Yes and no. In the world in which the apprentice lives no.

-- Robert Fripp (English Musician)

A review of summit day photographs will show that I was clothed in the latest, highest quality, high altitude gear, comparable, if not better, than that worn by the other members of our expedition.

-- Anatoli Boukreev (Russian Athlete)

Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility... in the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have... is the ability to take on responsibility.

-- Michael Korda (English Novelist)

There is a lovable quality about the actual tools. One feels so kindly to the thing that enables the hand to obey the brain. Moreover, one feels a good deal of respect for it; without it the brain and the hand would be helpless.

-- Gertrude Jekyll (British Celebrity)

Over the next two years UNICEF will focus on improving access to and the quality of education to provide children who have dropped out of school or who work during school hours the opportunity to gain a formal education!

-- Roger Moore (English Actor)

There is a lot of use of ProTools in professional studios, but this is mostly for the special effects it allows, not for sound quality. These special effects soon fall out of fashion, and I don't think this trend will define studios permanently.

-- Steve Albini (American Musician)

Economic prosperity and quality education for our children are inexorably linked.

-- Jon Huntsman, Jr. (American Politician)

I think the long-term effect of video on cinema is good in that what we are now getting up there on the screen is of superior quality. Videos are just so much more sensitive to the world.

-- Ann Macbeth (English Author)

In 1975 Australia was producing things like Picnic at Hanging Rock, in other words films that I would consider still some of the finest products to come out of Australia. I think that our quality now is less than it was then.

-- Ann Macbeth (English Author)

Wonder, connected with a principle of rational curiosity, is the source of all knowledge and discover, and it is a principle even of piety; but wonder which ends in wonder, and is satisfied with wonder, is the quality of an idiot.

-- Samuel Horsley (English Clergyman)

Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more and more people move from rural to urban sites, but that has created enormous problems with respect to environmental pollution and the general quality of life.

-- Alan Dundes (American Educator)

The quicker we humans learn that saving open space and wildlife is critical to our welfare and quality of life, maybe we'll start thinking of doing something about it.

-- Jim Fowler (American Scientist)

I am pleased that the President has signed an Executive Order this week requiring federal agencies to disclose information about prices and quality of healthcare services.

-- Timothy Murphy (American Soldier)

And preserving our open spaces or having them there for recreational purposes is one of the things that contributes to the high level of quality of life that we offer in Pennsylvania, and that also translates into economic benefits.

-- Ed Rendell (American Politician)

A carefree quality is a whole aspect of life that I will never understand. I don't think I have ever been carefree and can't see the pleasure of it.

-- Carter Burwell (American Composer)

The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language.

-- J. Michael Straczynski (American Producer)

Where the private sector, or anyone else, has skills, knowledge and resources that can help to deliver a high quality of education and to raise standards, we should use them.

-- Estelle Morris (English Politician)

There is, indeed, no single quality of the cat that man could not emulate to his advantage.

-- Carl Van Vechten (American Writer)

The best proof of the high quality of American beef is the continued negative BSE findings supported by the highest surveillance possible. The administration should be working to increase our surveillance of BSE, not scaling it back.

-- Rosa DeLauro (American Politician)

Patience is the most necessary quality for business, many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request.

-- Lord Chesterfield (British Statesman)

Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.

-- Karl Von Clausewitz ( Soldier)

The tears of the world are a constant quality. For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.

-- Samuel Beckett (Irish Playwright)


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