Definitions for: Quotation

[n] the practice of quoting from books or plays etc.; "since he lacks originality he must rely on quotation"
[n] a passage or expression that is quoted or cited
[n] a statement of the current market price of a security or commodity
[n] a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage; "the student's essay failed to list several important citations"; "the acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book"; "the article includes mention of similar clinical cases"

Webster (1913) Definition: Quo*ta"tion, n. [From Quote.]
1. The act of quoting or citing.

2. That which is quoted or cited; a part of a book or writing
named, repeated, or adduced as evidence or illustration.

3. (Com.) The naming or publishing of the current price of
stocks, bonds, or any commodity; also the price named.

4. Quota; share. [Obs.]

5. (print.) A piece of hollow type metal, lower than type,
and measuring two or more pica ems in length and breadth,
used in the blank spaces at the beginning and end of
chapters, etc.

Quotation marks (Print.), two inverted commas placed at the
beginning, and two apostrophes at the end, of a passage
quoted from an author in his own words.

Synonyms: acknowledgment, citation, credit, mention, quote, reference

See Also: annotation, cross-index, cross-reference, epigraph, excerpt, extract, mimesis, misquotation, notation, note, pattern, photo credit, practice, selection, statement

Famous Quotes Containing Quotation:

A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority.

-- Brendan Francis ( Playwright)

We are cooling. We are not warming. The warming you see out there, the supposed warming, and I use my finger quotation marks here, is part of the cooling process.

-- Michael Steele (American Politician)

Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.

-- Ambrose Bierce (American Journalist)

When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.

-- James A. Baldwin (American Author)

An apt quotation is like a lamp which flings its light over the whole sentence.

-- Letitia Landon ( -)

In the dying world I come from, quotation is a national vice.

-- Evelyn Waugh (English Author)

It is an old error of man to forget to put quotation marks where he borrows from a woman's brain!

-- Anna Garlin Spencer ( -)

The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.

-- Isaac D'Israeli (British Writer)

To be amused at what you read - that is the great spring of quotation.

-- Charles Edward Montague (English Journalist)

Fidelity to the subject's thought and to his characteristic way of expressing himself is the sine qua non of journalistic quotation.

-- Janet Malcolm (American Writer)

In the theater, while you recognized that you were looking at a house, it was a house in quotation marks. On screen, the quotation marks tend to be blotted out by the camera.

-- Arthur Miller (American Playwright)

I caution against beginning or ending a quotation with ellipses.

-- Bill Walsh (American Editor)

A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool.

-- Joseph Roux (French Clergyman)

Life itself is a quotation.

-- Jorge Luis Borges (Argentinian Poet)

I always have a quotation for everything - it saves original thinking.

-- Dorothy L. Sayers (British Author)

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.

-- W. Somerset Maugham (British Playwright)

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