- quadriceps muscles.
Origin of quads
- a quadrangle, as on a college campus.
Origin of quad1
- 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.
- to space out (matter) by means of quads.
Origin of quad2
- a quadruplet.
Origin of quad3
- quadraphonic sound, or an electronic system for reproducing it: The recording sounded best in quad.
Origin of quad4
- designating or comprising four persons or things: rates for quad occupancy; a quad-level house.
- Informal. quadruple occupancy: Rates are based on quad.
Origin of quad5
- quadriplegic: a special ward for quads.
Origin of quad6
Examples from the Web for quads
Step-ups not only strengthen your quads and glutes, but also improve range of motion.
Step-Ups Skiing and snowboarding are both “leg sports,” so strengthening the quads is hugely important, Morin says.
The Governator recently became a symbol of excess again for reasons unrelated to the size of his quads.Invasion of the Bodybuilders
June 6, 2011
For ordinary measures a line of perfect 12-point quads will be a good gage.
It was always too much or too little ink; quads were not even and a sufficient number of leads were seldom inserted.
Presses and iron of all kind had gone to pieces, but some of the larger lead types and quads still were recognizable.Darkness and Dawn
George Allan England
For very short measures, as in tabular column heads, 6-point quads should be used.
Here are the same courts, or closes, called courts at Cambridge, and quads at Oxford.
- short for quadrangle (def. 2)
- printing a block of type metal used for spacing
- a variant spelling of quod
- short for quadruplet (def. 1)
- short for quadraphonic or quadraphonicsSee quadraphonic
- anatomy short for quadriceps
Word Origin and History for quads
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.