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[kwod]Printing.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for quadded

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
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Word Origin and History for quadded

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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