quality


quality
quality [kwôl′ə tē, kwäl′ə tē]
n.
pl. qualities [ME qualite < OFr < L qualitas < qualis, of what kind: see QUALE]
1. any of the features that make something what it is; characteristic element; attribute
2. basic nature; character; kind
3. the degree of excellence which a thing possesses
4. excellence; superiority
5. Now Rare position, capacity, or role
6.
a) Now Rare high social position
b) Now Chiefly Dial. people of high social position
7. Acoustics the property of a tone determined by its overtones; timbre
8. Logic that characteristic of a proposition according to which it is classified as affirmative or negative
9. Phonet. the distinctive character of a vowel sound as determined by the resonance of the vocal cords and the shape of the air passage above the larynx when the sound is produced
adj.
of high quality [quality goods]
SYN.- QUALITY, the broadest in scope of these terms, refers to a characteristic (physical or nonphysical, individual or typical) that constitutes the basic nature of a thing or is one of its distinguishing features [the quality of mercy ]; PROPERTY applies to any quality that belongs to a thing by reason of the essential nature of the thing [elasticity is a property of rubber ]; CHARACTER is the scientific or formal term for a distinctive or peculiar quality of an individual or of a class, species, etc. [a hereditary character]; an ATTRIBUTE is a quality assigned to a thing, esp. one that may reasonably be deduced as appropriate to it [omnipotence is an attribute of God ]; TRAIT specif. applies to a distinguishing quality of a personality [enthusiasm is one of his outstanding traits]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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