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quad1

[kwod]
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noun Informal.
  1. a quadrangle, as on a college campus.

Origin of quad1

First recorded in 1810–20; shortened form

quad2

[kwod]Printing.
noun
  1. Also called quadrat. a piece of type metal of less height than the lettered types, serving to cause a blank in printed matter, used for spacing.
verb (used with object), quad·ded, quad·ding.
  1. to space out (matter) by means of quads.

Origin of quad2

First recorded in 1875–80; short for quadrat
Related formsun·quad·ded, adjective

quad3

[kwod]
noun Informal.
  1. a quadruplet.

Origin of quad3

First recorded in 1895–1900; shortened form

quad4

[kwod]Informal.
adjective
  1. quadraphonic.
noun
  1. quadraphonic sound, or an electronic system for reproducing it: The recording sounded best in quad.

Origin of quad4

by shortening

quad5

[kwod]
adjective
  1. designating or comprising four persons or things: rates for quad occupancy; a quad-level house.
noun
  1. Informal. quadruple occupancy: Rates are based on quad.

Origin of quad5

shortening of quadruple or words formed with quadri-

quad6

[kwod]
noun Informal.
  1. quadriplegic: a special ward for quads.

Origin of quad6

by shortening

quads

[kwodz]
plural noun Informal.
  1. quadriceps muscles.

Origin of quads

by shortening

quad.

  1. quadrangle.
  2. quadrant.
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Examples from the Web for quad

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Historical Examples

  • Shut up, and hold your row, unless you want to be chucked out of the Quad.

    Follow My leader

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • I bolted lunch with Pellams at his house and came back to the Quad.

    Stanford Stories

    Charles K. Field

  • "The men are making a terrible riot in quad," he said, answering the other's remark.

    The Mark Of Cain

    Andrew Lang

  • A 2-em quad is two "ems" in width, and a 3-em quad three "ems" in width.

    The Boy Craftsman

    A. Neely Hall

  • He lounged around the quad till the doors of the hall were opened.

    Blood Royal

    Grant Allen


British Dictionary definitions for quad

quad1

noun
  1. short for quadrangle (def. 2)

quad2

noun
  1. printing a block of type metal used for spacing

quad3

noun
  1. a variant spelling of quod

quad4

noun
  1. short for quadruplet (def. 1)

quad5

adjective, noun
  1. short for quadraphonic or quadraphonicsSee quadraphonic
noun
  1. anatomy short for quadriceps

quad.

abbreviation for
  1. quadrangle
  2. quadrilateral
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Word Origin and History for quad

1820 as a shortening of quadrangle (n.) in the building sense (in this case "quadrangle of a college," Oxford student slang); 1880 as short for quadrat (n.); 1896 as quadruplet (n.), originally "bicycle for four riders;" later "one of four young at a single birth" (1951, of armadillos); 1970 as quadraphonic (adj.). Related: Quads.

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