quality

quality

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English

Etymology

From Middle English, from Old French qualité, from Latin qualitatem, accusative of qualitas, from qualis (of what kind), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷo- (who, how). Cicero coined qualitas as a calque to translate the Ancient Greek word ποιότης (poiótēs, quality), coined by Plato from ποῖος (poîos, of what nature, of what kind).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkwɒlɪti/
  • (UK, obsolete) IPA(key): /ˈkwælɪti/, /ˈkwælɪtɪ/
  • (US, father-bother merger, weak vowel merger) IPA(key): /ˈkwɑləti/, [ˈkʰwɑɫəɾi]

Noun

quality (countable and uncountable, plural qualities)

  1. (uncountable) Level of excellence.
    • 2019, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      He called for China’s cooperation in efforts to improve air quality.
  2. (countable) A property or an attribute that differentiates a thing or person.
  3. (archaic) High social position. (See also the quality.)
  4. (uncountable) The degree to which a man-made object or system is free from bugs and flaws, as opposed to scope of functions or quantity of items.
  5. (thermodynamics) In a two-phase liquid–vapor mixture, the ratio of the mass of vapor present to the total mass of the mixture.
  6. (emergency medicine, countable) The third step in OPQRST where the responder investigates what the NOI/MOI feels like.

Usage notes

  • Adjectives often applied to "quality": high, good, excellent, exceptional, great, outstanding, satisfactory, acceptable, sufficient, adequate, poor, low, bad, inferior, dubious, environmental, visual, optical, industrial, total, artistic, educational, physical, musical, chemical, spiritual, intellectual, architectural, mechanical.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:characteristic

Hyponyms

  • human quality
  • industrial quality

Coordinate terms

  • (a property that differentiates): quiddity

Derived terms

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Translations

Adjective

quality (comparative more quality, superlative most quality)

  1. Being of good worth, well made, fit for purpose.

Derived terms

  • qualityness

Related terms

  • qualia
  • qualitative

Translations

References

  • Quality (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Further reading

  • quality in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • quality in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • quality at OneLook Dictionary Search

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