quad

1
[ kwod ]
/ kwɒd /

noun Informal.

a quadrangle as on a college campus: The downpour started before we were halfway across the quad.

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Origin of quad

1
First recorded in 1810–20; by shortening

Definition for quad (2 of 9)

quad2
[ kwod ]
/ kwɒd /
Printing.

noun

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: a wooden box of assorted quads.

verb (used with object), quad·ded, quad·ding.

to space out (matter) by means of quads: You'll need to quad this column tightly—the editor's letter is running a little long.

Origin of quad

2
First recorded in 1875–80; shortening of quadrat

OTHER WORDS FROM quad

un·quad·ded, adjective

Definition for quad (3 of 9)

quad3
[ kwod ]
/ kwɒd /

noun Informal.

a quadruplet: Can you believe how tiny those quads are?

Origin of quad

3
First recorded in 1895–1900; by shortening

Definition for quad (4 of 9)

quad4
[ kwod ]
/ kwɒd /
Informal.

adjective

quadraphonic: I remember when my quad turntable was the hottest new thing in record players.

noun

quadraphonic sound, or an electronic system for reproducing it: The recording sounded best in quad.

Origin of quad

4
First recorded in 1970–75; by shortening

Definition for quad (5 of 9)

quad5
[ kwod ]
/ kwɒd /

adjective

designating or comprising four persons or things: rates for quad occupancy; a quad-level house.

noun

Informal. quadruple occupancy: Rates are based on quad.

Origin of quad

5
First recorded in 1880–85; shortening of quadruple or words formed with quadri-

Definition for quad (6 of 9)

quad6
[ kwod ]
/ kwɒd /

noun Informal.

quadriplegic: a special ward for quads.

Origin of quad

6
First recorded in 1970–75; by shortening

Definition for quad (7 of 9)

quad7

noun Informal.

quadricep: Flex the right quad and push your weight toward the right heel.

Origin of quad

7
First recorded in 1955–60; by shortening

Definition for quad (8 of 9)

quad8

noun Informal.

quadcopter: These affordable quads are a boon to both amateur and professional photographers.

Origin of quad

8
First recorded in 2010–15; by shortening

Definition for quad (9 of 9)

quad.

quadrangle.
quadrant.
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British Dictionary definitions for quad (1 of 6)

quad1
/ (kwɒd) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for quad (2 of 6)

quad2
/ (kwɒd) /

noun

printing a block of type metal used for spacing

British Dictionary definitions for quad (3 of 6)

quad3
/ (kwɒd) /

noun

a variant spelling of quod

British Dictionary definitions for quad (4 of 6)

quad4
/ (kwɒd) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for quad (5 of 6)

quad5
/ (kwɒd) /

adjective, noun

short for quadraphonic or quadraphonicsSee quadraphonic

noun

anatomy short for quadriceps

British Dictionary definitions for quad (6 of 6)

quad.

abbreviation for

quadrangle
quadrilateral
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