plural noun Informal.
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verb (used with object), quad·ded, quad·ding.
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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.
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.
A good plan is to put a slip of paper at one end of the line of quads or letters (See A, Fig. 5), and to push up the knee firmly.
Low Spaces and Quads—Those used for ordinary composition, about seven-eighths of the length of the type.Type|A. A. Stewart
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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.