Definitions for: Quality
[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.
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.
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.
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:
What does immortality mean to me? That we all want more time; and we want it to be quality time.-- Joan D. Vinge (American Author)
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)
There are some people who have the quality of richness and joy in them and they communicate it to everything they touch. It is first of all a physical quality; then it is a quality of the spirit.-- Tom Wolfe (American Journalist)
I consider it top priority to improve water quality and increase water quantity in my community.-- Joe Baca (American Politician)
One must strike the right balance between speed and quality. -- Clare Short (British Politician)
Hollywood has lost an enormous amount of quality. -- Claire Trevor (American Actress)
The best actors, I think, have a childlike quality. They have a sort of an ability to lose themselves. There's still some silliness.-- Kenneth Branagh (Irish Actor)
The roles for South Asians may have increased by a decent number but there has been a negligible change in the quality of these roles. We still have to fight stereotypes. Fortunately, I've had the priviledge of working with people who look beyond the color of your skin.-- Lavrenti Lopes ( Actor)
We've established a Washington State Academy of Sciences that will enable us to make decisions based on science about what is right for our state, meaning the quality of our lives will get better.-- Christine Gregoire (American Politician)
I'd say that what we hear is the quality of our listening.-- Robert Fripp (English Musician)
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)
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)
Hawthorne has given us a tradition that some people refer to as Yankee Magic Realism, and I do think there is a certain quality to the landscape that definitely leads into the dark woods.-- Alice Hoffman (American Author)
My main aim has always been to do good quality films with roles that have some substance. With Power and Beauty there were loads of things that I liked about the movie, which made me opt for it.-- Natasha Henstridge (Canadian Actress)
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)
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)
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)
I think the quality of something like the Beveridge, for instance, will have a life of its own.-- Neville Marriner (English Musician)
The other thing is quality of life; if you have a place where you can go and have a picnic with your family, it doesn't matter if it's a recession or not, you can include that in your quality of life.-- Jim Fowler (American Scientist)
In all the music that deals with experimental repetition, drum and bass, dub, various kinds of house music, there's always been a quality of atmosphere and ambience.-- Bill Laswell (American Musician)
Many French directors, having now realised there was no more real criticism, that the standards of the past have gone, are very offended about the quality of film criticism.-- Wim Wenders (German Director)
Whatever it takes to get the image to reach that level is what that photographer needs to do. And for me, I just have such a love of the tactile and sensuous quality of a black and white silver gelatin print.-- John Sexton (American Educator)
To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions.-- Marcus Aurelius (Roman Soldier)
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)
Ensuring quality higher education is one of the most important things we can do for future generations.-- Ron Lewis (American Politician)
Quality survives.-- Leonard Maltin (American Critic)
With more than 67 percent of the Nation's freight moving on highways, economists believe that our ability to compete internationally is tied to the quality of our infrastructure.-- Dennis Hastert (American Politician)
The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.-- Richard Rogers (British Architect)
Genius of a kind has always been with me; an empty heart that has taken on a certain wooden quality; an excellent, strong woman's body and a pitiably starved soul.-- Mary MacLane (Canadian Writer)
Playing along with records is key. And as far as equipment goes it has gotten so much more affordable and the drum sets are of great quality. I play Pearl; their Export Series is great for a beginner.-- Chad Smith (American Musician)
When you work on a text of a lesser quality, as the interpreter or the delivery person, you are obliged to try to fill it out as you see so many people do in lesser work.-- Mandy Patinkin (American Actor)
Therefore, vegetarianism alone can give us the quality of com-passion, which distinguishes man from the rest of the animal world.-- Morarji Desai (Indian 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)
Of course the other and more serious way in which it all happens is that one finds in poems and language some quality one appropriates for oneself and wishes to reproduce.-- Robert Fitzgerald (American Author)
Every child in America deserves high-quality health care.-- Nancy L. Johnson (American Politician)
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