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quad1

[kwod]
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noun Informal.
  1. a quadrangle, as on a college campus.
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Origin of quad1

First recorded in 1810–20; shortened form

quad2

[kwod]Printing.
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.
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verb (used with object), quad·ded, quad·ding.
  1. to space out (matter) by means of quads.
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Origin of quad2

First recorded in 1875–80; short for quadrat
Related formsun·quad·ded, adjective

quad3

[kwod]
noun Informal.
  1. a quadruplet.
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Origin of quad3

First recorded in 1895–1900; shortened form

quad4

[kwod]Informal.
adjective
  1. quadraphonic.
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noun
  1. quadraphonic sound, or an electronic system for reproducing it: The recording sounded best in quad.
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Origin of quad4

by shortening

quad5

[kwod]
adjective
  1. designating or comprising four persons or things: rates for quad occupancy; a quad-level house.
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noun
  1. Informal. quadruple occupancy: Rates are based on quad.
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Origin of quad5

shortening of quadruple or words formed with quadri-

quad6

[kwod]
noun Informal.
  1. quadriplegic: a special ward for quads.
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Origin of quad6

by shortening

quads

[kwodz]
plural noun Informal.
  1. quadriceps muscles.
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Origin of quads

by shortening

quad.

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Examples from the Web for quad

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Historical Examples

  • Shut up, and hold your row, unless you want to be chucked out of the Quad.

    Follow My leader

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • I bolted lunch with Pellams at his house and came back to the Quad.

    Stanford Stories

    Charles K. Field

  • "The men are making a terrible riot in quad," he said, answering the other's remark.

    The Mark Of Cain

    Andrew Lang

  • A 2-em quad is two "ems" in width, and a 3-em quad three "ems" in width.

    The Boy Craftsman

    A. Neely Hall

  • He lounged around the quad till the doors of the hall were opened.

    Blood Royal

    Grant Allen


British Dictionary definitions for quad

quad1

noun
  1. short for quadrangle (def. 2)
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quad2

noun
  1. printing a block of type metal used for spacing
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quad3

noun
  1. a variant spelling of quod
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quad4

noun
  1. short for quadruplet (def. 1)
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quad5

adjective, noun
  1. short for quadraphonic or quadraphonicsSee quadraphonic
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noun
  1. anatomy short for quadriceps
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quad.

abbreviation for
  1. quadrangle
  2. quadrilateral
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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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