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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Question  \Ques"tion\,  n.  [F.,  fr  L.  quaestio  fr  quaerere 
  quaesitum  to  seek  for  ask  inquire.  See  {Quest},  n.] 
  1.  The  act  of  asking;  interrogation;  inquiry;  as  to  examine 
  by  question  and  answer. 
  2.  Discussion;  debate;  hence  objection;  dispute;  doubt;  as 
  the  story  is  true  beyond  question;  he  obeyed  without 
  There  arose  a  question  between  some  of  John's 
  disciples  and  the  Jews  about  purifying.  --  John  iii. 
  It  is  to  be  to  question,  whether  it  be  lawful  for 
  Christian  princes  to  make  an  invasive  war  simply  for 
  the  propagation  of  the  faith.  --  Bacon. 
  3.  Examination  with  reference  to  a  decisive  result; 
  investigation;  specifically,  a  judicial  or  official 
  investigation;  also  examination  under  torture. 
  He  that  was  in  question  for  the  robbery.  Shak.  The 
  Scottish  privy  council  had  power  to  put  state 
  prisoners  to  the  question.  --Macaulay. 
  4.  That  which  is  asked;  inquiry;  interrogatory;  query. 
  But  this  question  asked  Puts  me  in  doubt.  Lives 
  there  who  loves  his  pain  ?  --Milton. 
  5.  Hence  a  subject  of  investigation,  examination,  or  debate; 
  theme  of  inquiry;  matter  to  be  inquired  into  as  a 
  delicate  or  doubtful  question. 
  6.  Talk;  conversation;  speech;  speech.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
  {In  question},  in  debate;  in  the  course  of  examination  or 
  discussion;  as  the  matter  or  point  in  question. 
  {Leading  question}.  See  under  {Leading}. 
  {Out  of  question},  unquestionably.  ``Out  of  question,  't  is 
  Maria's  hand.''  --Shak. 
  {Out  of  the  question}.  See  under  {Out}. 
  {Past  question},  beyond  question;  certainly;  undoubtedly; 
  {Previous  question},  a  question  put  to  a  parliamentary 
  assembly  upon  the  motion  of  a  member,  in  order  to 
  ascertain  whether  it  is  the  will  of  the  body  to  vote  at 
  once,  without  further  debate,  on  the  subject  under 
  Note:  The  form  of  the  question  is:  ``Shall  the  main  question 
  be  now  put?''  If  the  vote  is  in  the  affirmative,  the 
  matter  before  the  body  must  be  voted  upon  as  it  then 
  stands,  without  further  general  debate  or  the 
  submission  of  new  amendments.  In  the  House  of 
  Representatives  of  the  United  States,  and  generally  in 
  America,  a  negative  decision  operates  to  keep  the 
  business  before  the  body  as  if  the  motion  had  not  been 
  made  but  in  the  English  Parliament,  it  operates  to 
  postpone  consideration  for  the  day  and  until  the 
  subject  may  be  again  introduced.  In  American  practice, 
  the  object  of  the  motion  is  to  hasten  action  and  it  is 
  made  by  a  friend  of  the  measure.  In  English  practice, 
  the  object  is  to  get  rid  of  the  subject  for  the  time 
  being  and  the  motion  is  made  with  a  purpose  of  voting 
  against  it  --Cushing. 
  {To  beg  the  question}.  See  under  {Beg}. 
  {To  the  question},  to  the  point  in  dispute;  to  the  real 
  matter  under  debate. 
  Syn:  Point;  topic;  subject. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Question  \Ques"tion\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Questioned};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Questioning}.]  [Cf.  F.  questionner.  See  {Question}, 
  1.  To  ask  questions;  to  inquire. 
  He  that  questioneth  much  shall  learn  much  --Bacon. 
  2.  To  argue;  to  converse;  to  dispute.  [Obs.] 
  I  pray  you  think  you  question  with  the  Jew.  --Shak. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Question  \Ques"tion\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  inquire  of  by  asking  questions;  to  examine  by 
  interrogatories;  as  to  question  a  witness. 
  2.  To  doubt  of  to  be  uncertain  of  to  query. 
  And  most  we  question  what  we  most  desire.  --Prior. 
  3.  To  raise  a  question  about  to  call  in  question;  to  make 
  objection  to  ``But  have  power  and  right  to  question  thy 
  bold  entrance  on  this  place.''  --Milton. 
  4.  To  talk  to  to  converse  with 
  With  many  holiday  and  lady  terms  he  questioned  me 
  --  Shak. 
  Syn:  To  ask  interrogate;  catechise;  doubt;  controvert; 
  Usage:  Question,  Inquire,  Interrogate.  To  inquire  is  merely 
  to  ask  for  information,  and  implies  no  authority  in 
  the  one  who  asks.  To  interrogate  is  to  put  repeated 
  questions  in  a  formal  or  systematic  fashion  to  elicit 
  some  particular  fact  or  facts.  To  question  has  a  wider 
  sense  than  to  interrogate,  and  often  implies  an 
  attitude  of  distrust  or  opposition  on  the  part  of  the 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  an  instance  of  questioning;  "there  was  a  question  about  my 
  training";  "we  made  inquiries  of  all  those  who  were 
  present"  [syn:  {inquiry},  {enquiry},  {query}]  [ant:  {answer}] 
  2:  the  subject  matter  at  issue;  "the  question  of  disease  merits 
  serious  discussion";  "under  the  head  of  minor  Roman  poets" 
  [syn:  {head}] 
  3:  a  sentence  of  inquiry  that  asks  for  a  reply;  "he  asked  a 
  direct  question";  "he  had  trouble  phrasing  his 
  interrogations"  [syn:  {interrogation},  {interrogative},  {interrogative 
  4:  uncertainty  about  the  truth  or  factuality  of  existence  of 
  something  "the  dubiousness  of  his  claim";  "there  is  no 
  question  about  the  validity  of  the  enterprise"  [syn:  {doubt}, 
  {dubiousness},  {doubtfulness}] 
  5:  a  formal  proposal  for  action  made  to  a  deliberative  assembly 
  for  discussion  and  vote;  "he  made  a  motion  to  adjourn"; 
  "she  called  for  the  question"  [syn:  {motion}] 
  6:  an  informal  reference  to  a  marriage  proposal;  "he  was  ready 
  to  pop  the  question" 
  v  1:  call  into  question;  challenge  the  accuracy,  probity,  or 
  propriety  of  "We  must  question  your  judgment  in  this 
  matter"  [syn:  {oppugn}] 
  2:  pose  a  series  of  questions  to  "The  suspect  was  questioned 
  by  the  police";  "We  questioned  the  survivor  about  the 
  details  of  the  explosion"  [syn:  {interrogate}] 
  3:  pose  a  question  [syn:  {query}] 
  4:  conduct  an  interview  in  television,  newspaper,  and  radio 
  reporting  [syn:  {interview}] 
  5:  place  in  doubt  or  express  doubtful  speculation;  "I  wonder 
  whether  this  was  the  right  thing  to  do";  "she  wondered 
  whether  it  would  snow  tonight"  [syn:  {wonder}] 

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