Q, q


noun, plural Q's or Qs, q's or qs.

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.



(in prescriptions) as much as is sufficient; enough.

Origin of q.s.

From the Latin word quantum sufficit



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Contemporary Examples of qs

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Historical Examples of qs

British Dictionary definitions for qs


abbreviation for

(in prescriptions) quantum sufficit
quarter section (of land)

Word Origin for qs

(sense 1) Latin: as much as will suffice


abbreviation for

quarter sessions
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qs in Medicine



quantum satis (as much as is enough)
quantum sufficiat (as much as shall suffice)
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