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:


Quality has to be caused, not controlled.

-- Phil Crosby (American Author)

But the further step, by means of which a civilization is given its quality or culture, is only attained by a process of cellular division, in the course of which the individual is differentiated, made distinct from and independent of the parent group.

-- Herbert Read (English Poet)

We do have serious energy needs for the country, we are aware that natural gas is especially in demand because of its air quality benefits: 90 percent of new power plants have been natural gas-powered.

-- Gale Norton (American Public Servant)

Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and infinite in quantity.

-- Horace Mann (American Educator)

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)

While advances in scientific research have led to some new and exciting treatments that have enlarged and enhanced the quality and length of human life, we must not lose sight as to what we are trying to accomplish.

-- Nathan Deal (American Politician)

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)

Intellectual honesty is the quality that the public in free countries always has expected of historians; much more than that it does not expect, nor often get.

-- Samuel E. Morison (American Historian)

Organizations endure, however, in proportion to the breadth of the morality by which they are governed. Thus the endurance of organization depends upon the quality of leadership; and that quality derives from the breadth of the morality upon which it rests.

-- Chester Irving Barnard (American Businessman)

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)

In fact, in some ways, I actually feel much more confident about the quality of Carousel than I do about The Cottage Builder's Letter: probably because of its cohesive nature.

-- George Murray (Canadian Poet)

The quality of ownership is not what it was in yesteryear.

-- Art Modell (American Businessman)

If there is a single quality that is shared by all great men, it is vanity.

-- Yousuf Karsh (Canadian Photographer)

Now my way of doing it is I always get disappointed, but there's always a level of high quality.

-- Andrea Martin (Canadian Actor)

The disparity between a restaurant's price and food quality rises in direct proportion to the size of the pepper mill.

-- Bryan Miller ( -)

As you look around the country there are still a significant number of states where their whole school debate is over school funding and we've been focused on the quality debate for most of the '90s.

-- John Engler (American Politician)

Originality is, for me, the most important quality in a script.

-- Douglas Wood (Australian Celebrity)

I hope we're all kind of influencing each other now to keep the quality up on those things. They seem to be getting better and better and better as there's not only sort of a film geek audience, there's also a general interest in the overall film consuming population.

-- Jay Roach (American Director)

What I find very attractive, what I find sexual, are people who are unapologetic for who they are and comfortable with themselves. And I think with those two things sexual energy does come out because you're not hovering or censoring yourself, you're just being who you are. And being who you are is a very attractive quality in a person.

-- Katherine Moennig (American Actress)

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

-- Theodore Roosevelt (American President)

We were also able to do a great deal of work to improve highways, airports and airways, waterways, and railways, all of which are important and have provided a better quality of life and economic development opportunities for my constituents.

-- Nick Lampson (American Politician)

Comparisons are really no good in sport, especially if it is a comparison between different eras and generations, for there are so many variables that come into play, starting from the quality of the opposition to playing conditions.

-- Sunil Gavaskar (Indian Athlete)

In recent years, research into the prevention and treatment of arthritis has led to measures that successfully reduce pain and improve the quality of life for millions.

-- Charles W. Pickering (American Judge)

Quality afterschool programs provide safe, engaging and fun learning experiences to help children and youth develop their social, emotional, physical, cultural and academic skills.

-- Debbie Stabenow (American Politician)

We are pushing hard to find quality advertising clients.

-- Ben Nicholson (British Artist)

My favourite quality workout is 6 X 5 minutes with 1 minute rest between each.

-- Jonathan Brown ( Athlete)

Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions.

-- Robert M. Pirsig (American Philosopher)

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)

As a former professional patient advocate, I believe prescription drugs are an essential part of high-quality medical treatment, and I supported enactment of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act.

-- Sue Kelly (American Politician)

Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts.

-- James Russell Lowell (American Poet)

The most important thing for the IETF to do is to continue to organise and manage itself to develop the highest quality technical work and to do so in an efficient and open way that is inviting to new people.

-- Steve Crocker (American Businesman)

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

-- Aristotle (Greek Philosopher)

Beauty is no quality in things themselves. It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.

-- David Hume (Scottish Philosopher)

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities - because it is the quality which guarantees all others.

-- Joseph Chamberlain (British Politician)

The first truth for special operations is that quality is more important than quantity.

-- Hugh Shelton (American Soldier)


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