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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Quality  \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. 
  --Gray. 
 
  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. 
  --Clarendon. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  quality 
  adj  1:  of  superior  grade;  "choice  wines";  "fine  wines"  "prime 
  beef";  "prize  carnations";  "quality  paper";  "select 
  peaches"  [syn:  {choice},  {fine},  {prime(a)},  {prize}, 
  {select}] 
  2:  of  high  social  status;  "people  of  quality";  "a  quality 
  family" 
  n  1:  an  essential  and  distinguishing  attribute  of  something  or 
  someone  "the  quality  of  mercy  is  not 
  strained"--Shakespeare 
  2:  a  degree  or  grade  of  excellence  or  worth:  "the  quality  of 
  students  has  risen";  "an  executive  of  low  caliber"  [syn:  {caliber}, 
  {calibre}] 
  3:  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"  [syn: 
  {character},  {lineament}] 
  4:  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"  [syn:  {timbre},  {timber},  {tone}] 
  5:  high  social  status;  "a  man  of  quality" 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Quality,  KY 
  Zip  code(s):  42268 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  quality 
 
  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. 
 
  [{ISO8402}]. 
 
  (1995-11-10) 
 
 




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