- the 17th letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
- any spoken sound represented by the letter Q or q, as in quick, acquit, or Iraq.
- something having the shape of a Q.
- a written or printed representation of the letter Q or q.
- a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter Q or q.
- the 17th in order or in a series, or, when I is omitted, the 16th.
- (sometimes lowercase) the medieval Roman numeral for 500.Compare Roman numerals.
- Biochemistry. glutamine.
- Physics. heat.
- Thermodynamics. a unit of heat energy, equal to 1018 British thermal units (1.055 × 1021 joules).
- Also called Q-factor. Electronics. the ratio of the reactance to the resistance of an electric circuit or component.
- Biblical Criticism. the symbol for material common to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke that was not derived from the Gospel of Mark.
Origin of q.1
- An·son [an-suh n] /ˈæn sən/, 1798–1858, president of the Republic of Texas.
- Ca·sey [key-see] /ˈkeɪ si/, John Luther Jones, 1864–1900, U.S. locomotive engineer: folk hero of ballads, stories, and plays.
- ChuckCharles Martin Jones, 1912–2002, U.S. film animator.
- Daniel,1881–1967, English phonetician.
- Ernest,1879–1958, Welsh psychoanalyst.
- (Everett) Le·Roi [luh-roi, lee-roi] /ləˈrɔɪ, ˈli rɔɪ/, original name of Imamu Amiri Baraka.
- Henry Arthur,1851–1929, English dramatist.
- Howard Mum·ford [muhm-ferd] /ˈmʌm fərd/, 1892–1980, U.S. educator and critic.
- In·i·go [in-i-goh] /ˈɪn ɪˌgoʊ/, 1573–1652, English architect.
- John LutherCasey, 1864–1900, legendary U.S. locomotive engineer, raised in Cayce, Ky.
- John PaulJohn Paul, 1747–92, American naval commander in the Revolutionary War, born in Scotland.
- John Win·ston [win-stuh n] /ˈwɪn stən/, 1791–1848, U.S. politician: Speaker of the House 1843–45.
- Mary HarrisMother Jones, 1830–1930, U.S. labor leader, born in Ireland.
- Quincy (Delight)Q, born 1933, U.S. jazz musician, film composer and producer.
- Robert Edmond,1887–1954, U.S. set designer.
- Robert Tyre [tahyuh r] /taɪər/Bobby, 1902–71, U.S. golfer.
- Rufus Matthew,1863–1948, U.S. Quaker, teacher, author, and humanitarian.
- Sir William,1746–94, English jurist, linguist, and Sanskrit scholar.
- Sir Arthur ThomasQ, 1863–1944, English novelist and critic.
Examples from the Web for q
Contemporary Examples of q
Q: What was your sensation when they were pouring water... what did you physically feel?The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
In the Q and A that followed, I was asked about the source of a quote.Kerouac Biographer Gets Back on the Road
October 2, 2014
Q: That's not a lot of money to suffer from serious complications if the vaccine has flaws.
Q: So there's no side effects like uncontrollable diarrhea or bleeding profusely through your eyes?
Q: What were some of the possible side effects the doctors warned you about?
Historical Examples of q
Q——would break her poor little heart if he were to quit her.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
There were, however, some very large and elaborately fitted "Q" boats.Submarine Warfare of To-day
Charles W. Domville-Fife
Q——, whom I did not expect to find too hard on me, after what she had said.
Q—-reproached her for having made my dress too tight in the neck.
The Q—— is sending what she calls her Commissioners to Milan.Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)
Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
- the 17th letter and 13th consonant of the modern English alphabet
- a speech sound represented by this letter, in English usually a voiceless velar stop, as in unique and quick
- chess queen
- physics heat
- text messaging queue
- Daniel. 1881–1967, British phonetician
- Daniel. 1912–93, Welsh composer. He wrote nine symphonies and much chamber music
- David. 1895–1974, British artist and writer: his literary works, which combine poetry and prose, include In Parenthesis (1937), an account of World War I, and The Anathemata (1952)
- Digby (Marritt). Baron. born 1956, British businessman and politician; director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (2000–06); Minister of State for Trade and Investment (2007–08)
- Inigo (ˈɪnɪɡəʊ). 1573–1652, English architect and theatrical designer, who introduced Palladianism to England. His buildings include the Banqueting Hall of Whitehall. He also designed the settings for court masques, being the first to use the proscenium arch and movable scenery in England
- John Paul, original name John Paul. 1747–92, US naval commander, born in Scotland: noted for his part in the War of American Independence
- (Everett) Le Roi (ˈliːrɔɪ), Muslim name Imanu Amìri Baraka . born 1934, US Black poet, dramatist, and political figure
- Quincy. born 1933, US composer, arranger, conductor, record producer, and trumpeter, noted esp for his film scores and his collaborations in the recording studio with Michael Jackson
- Robert Tyre, known as Bobby Jones. 1902–71, US golfer: won a unique 'grand slam' in 1930 of US Open, US Amateur, British Open, and British Amateur championships
- Also: q plural Qq or qq quarto
- Sir Arthur (Thomas), known as Q . 1863–1944, British critic and novelist, who edited the Oxford Book of English Verse (1900)
Word Origin and History for q
16th letter of the classical Roman alphabet, from the Phoenician equivalent of Hebrew koph, qoph, which was used for the more guttural of the two "k" sounds in Semitic.
The letter existed in Greek, but was little used and not alphabetized; the stereotypical connection with -u- began in Latin. Anglo-Saxon scribes adopted the habit at first, but later used spellings with cw- or cu-. The qu- pattern returned to English with the Norman Conquest and had displaced cw- by c.1300. In some spelling variants of late Middle English, quh- also took work from wh-, especially in Scottish and northern dialects, e.g. Gavin Douglas, Provost of St. Giles, in his vernacular "Aeneid" of 1513:
Lyk as the rois in June with hir sueit smell
The marygulde or dasy doith excell.
Quhy suld I than, with dull forhede and vane,
With ruide engine and barrand emptive brane,
With bad harsk speche and lewit barbour tong,
Presume to write quhar thi sueit bell is rong,
Or contirfait sa precious wourdis deir?
Scholars use -q- alone to transliterate Semitic koph (e.g. Quran, Qatar, Iraq ). In Christian theology, Q has been used since 1901 to signify the hypothetical source of passages shared by Matthew and Luke, but not in Mark; in this sense probably it is an abbreviation of German Quelle "source."
surname, literally "John's (child);" see John. Phrase keep up with the Joneses (1913, American English) is from the title of a comic strip by Arthur R. Momand. The slang sense "intense desire, addiction" (1968) probably arose from earlier use of Jones as a synonym for "heroin," presumably from the proper name, but the connection, if any, is obscure. Related: Jonesing.
Idioms and Phrases with q
see mind one's p's and q's.
see Davy Jones's locker; keep up (with the Joneses).