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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Inquiry  \In*quir"y\,  n.;  pl  {Inquiries}.  [See  {Inquire}.] 
  [Written  also  {enquiry}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  inquiring;  a  seeking  for  information  by  asking 
  questions;  interrogation;  a  question  or  questioning. 
 
  He  could  no  path  nor  track  of  foot  descry,  Nor  by 
  inquiry  learn,  nor  guess  by  aim  --Spenser. 
 
  The  men  which  were  sent  from  Cornelius  had  made 
  inquiry  for  Simon's  house,  and  stood  before  the 
  gate.  --Acts  x.  17. 
 
  2.  Search  for  truth,  information,  or  knoledge;  examination 
  into  facts  or  principles;  research;  invextigation;  as 
  physical  inquiries. 
 
  All  that  is  wanting  to  the  perfection  of  this  art 
  will  undoubtedly  be  found  if  able  men  .  .  .  will 
  make  inquiry  into  it  --Dryden. 
 
  {Court  of  inquiry}.  See  under  {Court}. 
 
  {Writ  of  inquiry},  a  writ  issued  in  certain  actions  at  law, 
  where  the  defendant  has  suffered  judgment  to  pass  against 
  him  by  default,  in  order  to  ascertain  and  assess  the 
  plaintiff's  damages,  where  they  can  not  readily  be 
  ascertained  by  mere  calculation.  --Burrill. 
 
  Syn:  Interrogation;  interrogatory;  question;  query;  scrutiny; 
  investigation;  research;  examination. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  inquiry 
  n  1:  a  search  for  knowledge;  "their  pottery  deserves  more 
  research  than  it  has  received"  [syn:  {enquiry},  {research}] 
  2:  an  instance  of  questioning;  "there  was  a  question  about  my 
  training";  "we  made  inquiries  of  all  those  who  were 
  present"  [syn:  {question},  {enquiry},  {query}]  [ant:  {answer}] 
  3:  a  systematic  investigation  of  a  matter  of  public  interest 
  [syn:  {enquiry}] 




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