query

query

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English

Alternative forms

  • quæry (archaic)

Etymology

An anglicisation of quere, an obsolete variant form of Latin quaere, second-person singular present active imperative of quaerō (seek, look for; ask). Cognate with French quérir, Italian chiedere, Portuguese querer, Romanian cere, and Spanish querer. Compare question.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkwɪə.ɹi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkwɪ.ɹi/, /ˈkwɛ.ɹi/
  • Rhymes: -ɪəɹi, -ɛɹi

Noun

query (plural queries)

  1. A question, an inquiry (US), an enquiry (UK).
  2. A question mark.
    • Oliver Sacks, Awakenings
      She had written in her diary: "I don't think I am in a concentration-camp??????", the queries growing larger and more numerous till they covered the entire page []
    • 2006, "Pip", Re: Royal Enfield motorbike - why would anyone buy one? (on newsgroup rec.motorcycles)
      I refer you to your line above, where you use a query and a bang together.
  3. (computing, databases) A set of instructions passed to a database.

Hyponyms

  • subquery

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References

  • Query on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Verb

query (third-person singular simple present queries, present participle querying, simple past and past participle queried)

  1. (intransitive) To ask a question.
  2. (transitive) To ask, inquire.
  3. (transitive) To question or call into doubt.
  4. (computing, databases) To pass a query to a database to retrieve information.
  5. (transitive, Internet) To send a private message to (a user on IRC).
    • 2000, "Phantom", Re: Uhm.. hi... I guess... (on newsgroup alt.support.boy-lovers)
      He parted the channel saying "SHUTUP!"... so I queried him, asking if there was something I could do.. maybe talk...
    • 2000, "Robert Erdec", Re: Help; mIRC32; unable to resolve server arnes.si (on newsgroup alt.irc.mirc)
      if you know someone who is in the channel, you can query them and ask for the key.

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