- a question; an inquiry.
- mental reservation; doubt.
- Printing. a question mark (?), especially as added on a manuscript, proof sheet, or the like, indicating doubt as to some point in the text.
- an inquiry from a writer to an editor of a magazine, newspaper, etc., regarding the acceptability of or interest in an idea for an article, news story, or the like: usually presented in the form of a letter that outlines or describes the projected piece.
- to ask or inquire about: No one queried his presence.
- to question as doubtful or obscure: to query a statement.
- Printing. to mark (a manuscript, proof sheet, etc.) with a query.
- to ask questions of.
Origin of query
Examples from the Web for querying
What else could be shown, I rebuked my nerves by querying of them; and turned the key.The Thing from the Lake
Eleanor M. Ingram
Jack was querying, as he and old Fairfax sipped their five-o'clock "Manhattan."The Golden House
Charles Dudley Warner
Clara, too; she was querying how much she should tell Thurstane; all of a sudden she was dreaming.Overland
John William De Forest
He looked at her on a level, spiritually, querying as to who she might be.The Precipice
Elia Wilkinson Peattie
Miss Munch was querying as Claire stepped into the dressing-room.The Blood Red Dawn
Charles Caldwell Dobie
- a question, esp one expressing doubt, uncertainty, or an objection
- a less common name for question mark
- to express uncertainty, doubt, or an objection concerning (something)
- to express as a query"What's up now?" she queried
- US to put a question to (a person); ask
Word Origin and History for querying
1530s, quaere "a question," from Latin quaere "ask," imperative of quaerere "to seek, look for; strive, endeavor, strive to gain; ask, require, demand;" figuratively "seek mentally, seek to learn, make inquiry," probably ultimately from PIE *kwo-, root forming the stem of relative and interrogative pronouns (see who). Spelling Englished or altered c.1600 by influence of inquiry.
"to question," 1650s, from query (n.). Related: Queried; querying.