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:


Without greater support for childcare, parents of young children may be forced to choose cheaper, poor quality care for their children or fail to provide it entirely.

-- Tim Johnson (American Politician)

There is one Quality, which has somewhat so heavenly in it; that by so much the more we are possess'd of it, by so much the more we draw nearer to the Great Author of Nature.

-- Eliza Haywood (British Novelist)

We can close the gap and improve what happens in the classroom by using educational technology that is the same high quality everywhere.

-- Major Owens (American Politician)

Whatever I do, I hope it's quality, I hope it's something that's class.

-- Garth Brooks (American Musician)

I've always done food that can work in a set time frame. The message I'm trying to get across is, it doesn't have to take three days to do this. With planning, you can do a lot and really have quality food every day.

-- Emeril Lagasse (American Celebrity)

The CARE bill is an important piece of patient-care legislation. It will improve the quality of radiologic procedures performed throughout the United States as well as assist in reducing the cost incurred by the Federal government for these procedures.

-- Charles W. Pickering (American Judge)

I believe that every role that I have done this far has had quality and content. My roles have been very demanding and every role has been a challenge and a learning experience that has helped me mature as an actress.

-- Natasha Henstridge (Canadian Actress)

Modesty is my best quality.

-- Jack Benny (American Comedian)

The scary thing is when I did my set in Texas everyone was excited. The show was great. I was done and the next DJ put something on vinyl and the difference! The quality!!

-- Peter Hook (English Musician)

I'd like to have the first restaurant that can deliver incredible quality food to your table at your house at any time-right where you live.

-- Paul Prudhomme (American Celebrity)

The quality of life is more important than life itself.

-- Alexis Carrel (French Scientist)

A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.

-- Virginia Woolf (British Author)

The most effective instruments do have a vocal quality.

-- Robert Wyatt (English Musician)

Quality in a classical Greek sense is how to live with grace and intelligence, with bravery and mercy.

-- Theodore White (American Journalist)

By giving every American access to quality, affordable health care, they will create a more competitive, a stronger and more secure America!

-- Tom Allen (American Politician)

Central banks don't have divine wisdom. They try to do the best analysis they can and must be prepared to stand or fall by the quality of that analysis.

-- Mary Kay Ash (American Businessman)

In some industry markets, high quality can be tied to making more money, but I am sure by now all of us know the computer industry is not like that.

-- Theo de Raadt (South African Scientist)

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)

The Brown decision promised that every child, regardless of the color of his or her skin, would have unequivocal access to quality education and an equal opportunity to pursue his/her dreams.

-- Ed Markey (American Politician)

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.

-- Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish Writer)

It has always seemed strange to me... the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.

-- John Steinbeck (American Author)

The major economic policy challenges facing the nation today - pick your favorites among the usual suspects of low public and household savings, concerns about educational quality and achievement, high and rising income inequality, the large imbalances between our social insurance commitments and resources - are not about monetary policy.

-- Timothy Geithner (American Public Servant)

As we get closer to the end of this Congress, we should be addressing the urgent needs of the American people - the war in Iraq, affordable health care, a sensible energy policy, quality education for our children, retirement security, and a sound and fair fiscal policy.

-- Chris Van Hollen (American Politician)

Writing fiction is... an endless and always defeated effort to capture some quality of life without killing it.

-- Rose Wilder Lane (American Journalist)

There's some quality you get when you're not totally comfortable. When you're not doing what you're used to, you could completely fall on your face. You could completely blow it.

-- Beck (American Musician)

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.

-- Aristotle (Greek Philosopher)

It's almost like, it's often the bad recording quality of things which makes them interesting.

-- Danielle Dax (English Musician)

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.

-- Steve Jobs (American Businessman)

Quality, affordable housing is a key element of a strong and secure Iowa.

-- Thomas Vilsack (American Politician)

The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.

-- Andre Maurois (French Writer)

Yeah, I think we have to. If we want our shows to be - if we want the quality of the shows to be good, and we want the energy to be high, and if we want to be in good enough physical shape to do them, and not exhaust ourselves on the road, and not get stale, we have to pace.

-- Jerry Garcia (American Musician)

Quality child care, health insurance coverage, and training make it possible for former welfare recipients to get, and keep, jobs.

-- Mel Carnahan (American Politician)

The hearing aids are very helpful for speech reading. Without the hearing aids, my voice becomes very loud, and I cannot control the quality of my voice.

-- Marlee Matlin (American Actress)

Time control directly influences the quality of play.

-- Boris Spassky (Russian Celebrity)

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)


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