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:


We are fortunate to live an area that is blessed with outstanding schools and educators. We are proud of the quality of education that they provide to local students.

-- Kenny Marchant (American Politician)

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

-- Christopher Dodd (American Politician)

The character I play in Star Quality says acting is the be-all and end-all of her life. I'm not like that. I do enjoy working and I give every job my best shot but I never feel, What on Earth am I going to do now?

-- Penelope Keith (British Actress)

Our soldiers and their families are benefiting. They deserve good, quality housing and they need it.

-- Jim Walsh (Irish Politician)

We are pushing hard to find quality advertising clients.

-- Ben Nicholson (British Artist)

High-quality food is better for your health.

-- Michael Pollan (American Educator)

Quality is the result of a carefully constructed cultural environment. It has to be the fabric of the organization, not part of the fabric.

-- Phil Crosby (American Author)

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

-- Art Modell (American Businessman)

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)

The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.

-- Sun Tzu (Chinese Philosopher)

Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.

-- Tom Peters (American Businessman)

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

-- George Washington (American President)

I don't think I'm very ambitious at all. But I seem to play people who have that quality.

-- Catherine Keener (American Actress)

Over-reliance on strictly economic justifications has already begun to hurt the quality and range of education at every level of American life.

-- Charles Vest (American Educator)

I think I'm maintaining the quality, but internally I'm paying for it.

-- Gary Larson (American Cartoonist)

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)

We do not want to be giving quality sides such as Southampton, Palace, Norwich and the rest eight or nine points start and expect to get back up with them.

-- Paul Ince (English Athlete)

We're going to create a portable handheld environment, and you should expect the same things you've always expected from Playstation - a great quality product, versatility, great value to the consumer.

-- Ian Jackson (English Scientist)

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)

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

-- Minna Antrim (American Writer)

I am a total believer of making the process a good time - make it memorable, have some fun, try to shoot high in your quality and then don't get crazy, see what happens.

-- Garry Marshall (American Actor)

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)

Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.

-- Richard Brinsley Sheridan (Irish Playwright)

Ensuring that high quality water is provided to all Arizona's citizens is the responsibility of elected officials at all levels and I am happy to do all I can to assist the city's efforts.

-- J. D. Hayworth (American Politician)

It's a necessary quality of a diplomat or a politician that he will compromise. Uncompromising politicians or diplomats get you into the most terrible trouble.

-- John Keegan (English Historian)

Nothing defines the quality of life in a community more clearly than people who regard themselves, or whom the consensus chooses to regard, as mentally unwell.

-- Renata Adler (Italian Journalist)

When The Muppet Show ended, we all sat around and said, what kind of television show would we like to do. We felt the need these days are for some quality children's programming.

-- Jim Henson (American Entertainer)

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

-- Frank Bruno (British Athlete)

The public impression is that the government, industry or the highest bidder can buy a scientist to add credibility to any message. That crucial quality of impartiality is being lost.

-- Johnny Ball (British Entertainer)

If I had one quality that really ruined me and at the same time helped me, it was the fact that I never stopped looking, and by that time I was really working at it.

-- Gil Kane (American Artist)

The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.

-- Kenneth H. Cooper (American Soldier)

Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

-- Booker T. Washington (American Educator)

Many seventh graders I know in Illinois, as well as around the Nation, are studying the Constitution. I was pretty impressed with the quality of education our children are receiving because they had not expected me to ask them about it.

-- Melissa Bean (American Politician)

For example, I spent a lot of time with Reagan, both before he ran for governor and when he was running for president. As a print reporter without the cameras, I was able to really test the quality of their minds and their knowledge base.

-- Robert Scheer (American Journalist)

What I learned was the quality of continual reinvention.

-- Merrie Spaeth (American Writer)


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