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Meaning of QUALITY

Pronunciation:  'kwâlitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  
  2. [n]  a degree or grade of excellence or worth; "the quality of students has risen"; "an executive of low caliber"
  3. [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"
  4. [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"
  5. [n]  high social status; "a man of quality"
  6. [adj]  of high social status; "people of quality"; "a quality family"
  7. [adj]  of superior grade; "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches"

QUALITY is a 7 letter word that starts with Q.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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.

Computing Dictionary

The totality of features and characteristics of a product or service that bear on its ability to satisfy stated or implied needs. Not to be mistaken for "degree of excellence" or "fitness for use" which meet only part of the definition.