quad

2
[ 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.

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

to space out (matter) by means of quads.

Origin of quad

2
First recorded in 1875–80; short for quadrat
Related formsun·quad·ded, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quadded (1 of 5)

quad

1
/ (kwɒd) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for quadded (2 of 5)

quad

2
/ (kwɒd) /

noun

printing a block of type metal used for spacing

British Dictionary definitions for quadded (3 of 5)

quad

3
/ (kwɒd) /

noun

a variant spelling of quod

British Dictionary definitions for quadded (4 of 5)

quad

4
/ (kwɒd) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for quadded (5 of 5)

quad

5
/ (kwɒd) /

adjective, noun

short for quadraphonic or quadraphonicsSee quadraphonic

noun

anatomy short for quadriceps
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Word Origin and History for quadded

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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