quality

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 /ˈkwɒlɪtɪ/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
qual•i•ty /ˈkwɑlɪti/USA pronunciation   n., pl. -ties, adj. 

n. 
  • [countable] an essential or basic characteristic or feature that belongs to something:What are some of the qualities found in great writing?
  • [uncountable] character or nature, as belonging to or distinguishing a thing:the quality of a color.
  • [uncountable] character with respect to how excellent or good something is:Those materials are of poor quality.
  • [uncountable] superiority; excellence:The company has a reputation for quality.
  • [countable] a character trait;
    something typical of one's personality or character:Generosity is one of her many good qualities.

  • adj. [before a noun]
  • of or having superior quality:quality paper; a quality publisher.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    qual•i•ty  (kwoli tē), 
    n., pl. -ties, adj. 

    n. 
  • an essential or distinctive characteristic, property, or attribute:the chemical qualities of alcohol.
  • character or nature, as belonging to or distinguishing a thing:the quality of a sound.
  • character with respect to fineness, or grade of excellence:food of poor quality; silks of fine quality.
  • high grade;
    superiority;
    excellence:wood grain of quality.
  • a personality or character trait:kindness is one of her many good qualities.
  • native excellence or superiority.
  • an accomplishment or attainment.
  • good or high social position:a man of quality.
  • the superiority or distinction associated with high social position.
  • Physics[Acoustics.]the texture of a tone, dependent on its overtone content, that distinguishes it from others of the same pitch and loudness.
  • Phonetics[Phonet.]the tonal color, or timbre, that characterizes a particular vowel sound.
  • Philosophy[Logic.]the character of a proposition as affirmative or negative.
  • Thermodynamics[Thermodynam.]the proportion or percentage of vapor in a mixture of liquid and vapor, as wet steam.
  • social status or position.
  • a person of high social position:He's quality, that one is.

  • adj. 
  • of or having superior quality:quality paper.
  • producing or providing products or services of high quality or merit:a quality publisher.
  • of or occupying high social status:a quality family.
  • marked by a concentrated expenditure of involvement, concern, or commitment:Counselors are urging that working parents try to spend more quality time with their children.
  • Etymology:
    • Latin quālitās, equivalent. to quāl(is) of what sort + -itās -ity
    • Old French
    • Middle English qualite 1250–1300
    quali•ty•less, adj. 
    1 . trait, character, feature. Quality, attribute, property agree in meaning a particular characteristic (of a person or thing). A quality is a characteristic, innate or acquired, that, in some particular, determines the nature and behavior of a person or thing:naturalness as a quality; the quality of meat.An attribute was originally a quality attributed, usually to a person or something personified;
    more recently it has meant a fundamental or innate characteristic:an attribute of God; attributes of a logical mind.Property applies only to things;
    it means a characteristic belonging specifically in the constitution of, or found (invariably) in, the behavior of a thing:physical properties of uranium or of limestone.3 . nature, kind, grade, sort, condition.


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    quality /ˈkwɒlɪtɪ/ n ( pl -ties)
    1. a distinguishing characteristic, property, or attribute
    2. the basic character or nature of something
    3. a trait or feature of personality
    4. degree or standard of excellence, esp a high standard
    5. (formerly) high social status or the distinction associated with it
    6. musical tone colour; timbre
    7. the characteristic of a proposition that is dependent on whether it is affirmative or negative
    8. the distinctive character of a vowel, determined by the configuration of the mouth, tongue, etc, when it is articulated and distinguished from the pitch and stress with which it is uttered
    9. (modifier) having or showing excellence or superiority: a quality product
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French qualité, from Latin quālitās state, nature, from quālis of what sort



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