- something that is quoted; a passage quoted from a book, speech, etc.: a speech full of quotations from Lincoln's letters.
- the act or practice of quoting.
- the statement of the current or market price of a commodity or security.
- the price so stated.
Origin of quotation
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Examples from the Web for quotation
My family still calls me Joe," he says, "but when my mother's mad, she'll call me Nathan in quotation marks.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’
April 6, 2014
I saw it in "Quotation", a group show at the Confederation Center of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.Reflecting on Genius
October 18, 2013
The Rubio camp quickly distanced the lawmaker—who did not participate in the story—from the quotation.GOP in the Lions’ Den: Why Do Republicans Talk to Liberal Media?
June 18, 2013
The endless succession of quotation marks is its own contrivance, a scrim between Shields and the world.Is Fiction Worthless? David Shields Think So
February 8, 2013
Since Andrew does a point-by-point rebuttal, it's difficult to format a quotation from his piece.Don't Legalize Marijuana: The Case for More Paternalism in America
January 10, 2013
And that was the nearest the little adventuress ever came to making a Biblical quotation.Within the Law
But I can't go on with the quotation unless I turn it into 'You're slave to thousands.'It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
It is sometimes an epigram, and at worst it is never a quotation.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
In June, 1795, the quotation of the assignat oscillated violently.The Paper Moneys of Europe
Francis W. Hirst
The minister had said "unattached," but Captain Obed did not offer to correct the quotation.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
- a phrase or passage from a book, poem, play, etc, remembered and spoken, esp to illustrate succinctly or support a point or an argument
- the act or habit of quoting from books, plays, poems, etc
- commerce a statement of the current market price of a security or commodity
- an estimate of costs submitted by a contractor to a prospective client; tender
- stock exchange registration granted to a company or governmental body, enabling the shares and other securities of the company or body to be officially listed and traded
- printing a large block of type metal that is less than type-high and is used to fill up spaces in type pages
Word Origin and History for quotation
mid-15c., "numbering," later (1530s) "marginal notation," noun of action from quote (v.) or else from Medieval Latin quotationem (nominative quotatio), noun of action from past participle stem of quotare "to number." Meaning "an act of quoting" is from 1640s; that of "passage quoted" is from 1680s. Quotation marks attested by 1777.