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Definitions

  • Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it attested that the goods were of an approved quality and length or amount
    Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it attested that the goods were of an approved quality and length or amount
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj quality of high social status "people of quality","a quality family"
    • adj quality of superior grade "choice wines","prime beef","prize carnations","quality paper","select peaches"
    • n quality an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare"
    • n quality a degree or grade of excellence or worth "the quality of students has risen","an executive of low caliber"
    • n quality (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound) "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely","the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
    • n quality a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something "each town has a quality all its own","the radical character of our demands"
    • n quality high social status "a man of quality"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Quality standards for pasta were set in the 13th century by the Pope
    • Quality An acquired trait; accomplishment; acquisition. "He had those qualities of horsemanship, dancing, and fencing which accompany a good breeding."
    • Quality Special or temporary character; profession; occupation; assumed or asserted rank, part, or position. "I made that inquiry in quality of an antiquary."
    • Quality Superior birth or station; high rank; elevated character. "Persons of quality .""I shall appear at the masquerade dressed up in my feathers, that the quality may see how pretty they will look in their traveling habits."
    • Quality That which makes, or helps to make, anything such as it is; anything belonging to a subject, or predicable of it; distinguishing property, characteristic, or attribute; peculiar power, capacity, or virtue; distinctive trait; as, the tones of a flute differ from those of a violin in quality; the great quality of a statesman.
    • Quality The condition of being of such and such a sort as distinguished from others; nature or character relatively considered, as of goods; character; sort; rank. "We lived most joyful, obtaining acquaintance with many of the city not of the meanest quality ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Better wine can be produced by the soil being of poor quality. This is because the vines have to "work" harder
    • n quality That from which anything can be said to be such or such; a character expressible by an adjective admitting degrees of comparison, but not explicitly relative nor quantitative: thus, blueness, hardness, agility, and mirthfulness are qualities. The precise meaning of the word is governed by its prominence in Aristotelian philosophy, which formed part of a liberal education till near the end of the seventeenth century, though the modified doctrine of Ramus was taught at Cambridge. Aristotle makes quality one of his categories, or highest genera, and thereby distinguishes it absolutely from substance, quantity, and relation, as well as from place, time, action, passion, habit, and posture. A quality is further said by Aristotle to be something which has a contrary, which admits of degree, and which is a respect in which things agree and also differ. But no writers, not even Aristotle himself, have strictly observed these distinctions; and Cicero, much followed by the Ramists, uses the word quite loosely. Quality has, however, always been opposed to quantity; and few writers call the universal attributes of matter or those of mind qualities.
    • n quality One of those characters of a person or thing which make it good or bad; a moral disposition or habit. This use of the word, which comes from Aristotle, was much more common and varied down to the end of the eighteenth century than now. Good characters were called qualities more often than bad ones.
    • n quality A distinguished and characteristic excellence or superiority: as, this wine has quality.
    • n quality Degree of excellence or fineness; grade: as, the food was of inferior quality; the finest quality of cloth.
    • n quality A title, or designation of rank, profession, or the like.
    • n quality Rank; profession; occupation; function; character sustained.
    • n quality Persons of the same calling or fraternity.
    • n quality Nobility or gentry, either abstractly (as, persons of quality) or concretely (as, the quality). But the former is obsolescent, the latter obsolete or now vulgar.
    • n quality Character in respect to dryness or moisture, heat or cold, these being the elemental qualities from which it was supposed other properties, especially those of drugs and the temperaments, were compounded.
    • n quality Cause; occasion: an incorrect use.
    • n quality In logic: The character of a proposition as affirmative or negative.
    • n quality The character of apprehension as clear and distinct or obscure and confused.
    • n quality A quality really existing in a body, and not imputed.
    • n quality A derivative quality.
    • n quality A patible quality.
    • n quality Synonyms and Quality, Property, Attribute, Accident, Characteristic, Character, Affection, Predicate, Mark, Difference, Diathesis, Determination. Quality is that which makes or helps to make a person or thing such as he or it is. It is not universal, and in one popular sense it implies an excellence or a defect. In popular speech a quality is intellectual or moral; in metaphysics it may be also physical. A property is that which is viewed as peculiarly one's own, a peculiar quality. An attribute is a high and lofty character: the attributes of Cod are natural, as omniscience, omnipotence, etc., and moral, as holiness, justice, mercy, etc. “Accident is an abbreviated expression for accidental or contingent quality.” (Sir W. Hamilton, Metaph., vi.) Characteristic is not a term of logic or philosophy; it stands for a personal, peculiar, or distinguishing quality: as, yellow in skin, horn, milk, etc., is a characteristic of Guernsey cattle. Characteristics may be mental, moral, or physical. Character is the most general of these words; a character is anything which is true of a subject. In another sense character (as a collective term) is the sum of the characteristics of a person or thing, especially the moral characteristics. The word always views them as making a unit or whole, and has lower and higher uses. The other words are somewhat technical. Affection is used in various senses. Predicate and mark are very general words in logic. Difference is a character distinguishing one class of objects from others. Diathesis, the corresponding Greek form, is applied in medicine to peculiarities of constitution. Determination is a more recent philosophical term denoting a character in general.
    • n quality Specifically, in acoustics, that in a particular sound or tone which distinguishes it from other sounds or tones of the same pitch and loudness; timbre; tone-color: as, the quality of a violin tone. See timbre.
    • n quality In the fine arts, especially painting, often used to designate body, richness, and depth of color, or similar attributes of style in modelling or of relief in architectural detail.
    • n quality In psychophysics, one of the constituent attributes of the elementary mental process, sensation, or affection; that attribute which individualizes the element and from which it receives its name.
    • quality To supply with qualities or a quality.
    • quality To estimate at a certain value.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 13th century, quality standards for paste were assigned by the Pope
    • n Quality kwol′i-ti that which makes a thing what it is: property: peculiar power: acquisition: character: rank: superior birth or character: : :
    • n Quality kwol′i-ti (logic) the character of a proposition as affirmative or negative
    • n Quality kwol′i-ti (Shak.) character in respect to dryness or moisture, heat or cold
    • n Quality kwol′i-ti (Shak.) cause, occasion
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Quotations

  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “Sure of their qualities and demanding praise, more go to ruined fortunes than are raised.”
  • Steven J. Ross
    Steven J. Ross
    “Quality, service, cleanliness, and value.”
  • Lyman Abbott
    Lyman Abbott
    “The highest qualities of character must be earned.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    Henri%20Frederic%20Amiel
    “Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.”
  • W. Edwards Deming
    W. Edwards Deming
    “Quality is everyone's responsibility.”
  • Anthony Robbins
    Anthony%20Robbins
    “Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. qualité, L. qualitas, fr. qualis, how constituted, as; akin to E. which,. See Which
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. qualitas, qualitatis.

Usage

In literature:

Each one covers a wide range of tone qualities.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
Upon the form given to them, and the manner of cutting them, largely depend the volume and quality of tone.
"The Violin" by George Hart
The first quality is what may be called the dramatic quality.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
If you wish to be sure of nuts of a certain quality for home use, buy grafted trees of that quality.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
The percentage weight of the steam in a mixture of steam and water is called the quality of the steam.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
The nuts were only of medium size but very well filled and of good quality.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
A union and harmony of all good qualities must be secured, so far as possible.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
The =quality=, or timbre, of the voice reveals the speaker's emotions, their character, number, and intensity.
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
Not many men are born with this combination of qualities.
"The Book of Business Etiquette" by Nella Henney
We are bound to say that Mr. Van Laun's work is of very poor quality.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
But these are questions of quality; and the moment we pass from quantity to quality we leave Science behind.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
The proportions of manure and peat should vary somewhat according to their quality and characters.
"Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel" by Samuel William Johnson
The house had certain unique and attractive qualities.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
In the second, neither quality nor quantity of the effect varies with quality and quantity of the cause: the effect is invariable.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
Slavery, which threw a deep discredit on industry and on the qualities it fosters, has passed away.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
He is a bundle of strange qualities, all good.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
He will then be able to produce work of a quality which would surprise him now.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
These qualities were not, I think, conspicuous in me.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
There was something about her, about the quality of their meeting.
"The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
So, you see, in general Abstraction we form two classes: (1) the unlike and not-general qualities; and (2) the like or common qualities.
"Thought-Culture" by William Walker Atkinson
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In poetry:

By all the air; air, glass is not;
So is their fleeting enmity
Like a hard mirror crashed by what
The quality of air must be.
"The Paradigm" by Allen Tate
Then the devil
invaded those that were his own,
they that in the bodies of these women
had struck down the noblest qualities.
"O Ecclesia" by Hildegard von Bingen
May heav'n direct thee to the best,
And be thou in a Consort blest,
With each good quality endow'd,
Belov'd by man, approv'd by God!
"Advice To A Young Man, Before He Goes A Courting" by Rees Prichard
But let us do thee justice here,
Tho' distant from thy native shore,
For all thy faults repress the sneer,
And thy great qualities explore.
"Robert Burns" by Thomas Frederick Young
I have been young, and now am not too old;
And I have seen the righteous forsaken,
His health, his honour and his quality taken.
This is not what we were formerly told.
"Report on Experience" by Edmund Blunden
But various curds must be combined
And each factory their curd must grind,
To blend harmonious in one
This great cheese of mighty span,
And uniform in quality
A glorious reality.
"Prophecy of a Ten Ton Cheese" by James McIntyre

In news:

CD-quality performance from a iTunes streaming solution.
Each type of reverb has its own sound quality, and neither one is "wrong" unless it doesn't sound right in the context of your music.
ANN COOPER has made a career out of hammering on the poor quality of public school food.
If your clients are looking for an all-inclusive vacation experience in the Caribbean, and service, quality, and relaxation is what they seek, Riu Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana definitely delivers on its all-inclusive program.
Beyond bragging rights, State Fair folksiness and tradition honed in 106 previous meetings, the AT&T Red River Rivalry adds another quality this season: Survival instinct.
Most engineers can relate to the challenge of designing and building quality software in a reasonable amount of time, whether they're in industry or business.
As machining technology has advanced, expectations for product quality have increased as well.
Site of a proposed development that seeks to irrigate treated sewage in the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone, adjacent to city-owned lands acquired for water quality protection.
Use attributes to attach a quality or a value to a block insertion.
Quality whites from steep sites.
SAN ANTONIO – Jim Warren and Phoebe Bitler are the winners of the 2010 Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award sponsored by Safeway's Rancher's Reserve® beef, Cargill, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) and The Beef Checkoff.
Two producer-panelists speaking at the recent BEEF Quality Summit shared their perspective on what it means to manage costs and product quality for profit.
Bring distributed quality intelligence data from the shop floor to your quality management system.
At a time when the healthcare industry is focused on evaluating doctors on meaningful quality metrics—the latest CMS physician quality reporting system rules are final as of Wednesday—whatever were these Alvarado physicians thinking.
They are family owned and provide the highest quality work with the highest quality materials.
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In science:

Other authors have used non-uniform ECA 5,8,9, where they have found that the quality of the latter PRNGs was better than the quality of Wolfram’s system.
Improvement and analysis of a pseudo random bit generator by means of cellular automata
Randomness extraction is the process of constructing a source of randomness of high quality from one or several sources of randomness of lower quality.
Possibilities and impossibilities in Kolmogorov complexity extraction
The problem can be modeled using probability distributions and min-entropy to measure their quality and also by using individual strings and Kolmogorov complexity to measure their quality.
Possibilities and impossibilities in Kolmogorov complexity extraction
Call quality may be expressed in terms of subjective and objective quality measures.
Lost Audio Packets Steganography: The First Practical Evaluation
Several difficulties including that stars are faint and often in very crowded fields mean that long time series of high quality CCD images an d photometry of exceptional high quality are required.
The unusually large population of Blazhko variables in the globular cluster NGC 5024 (M53)
Presumably due to the poor sample quality especially the surface quality, what has missed in that work is the well-defined dip appearing at thinner Bi film thicknesses as clearly seen in Fig. 3(b) in our single crystalline films by molecular beam epitaxy.
Bi(111) thin film with insulating interior but metallic surfaces
Since the fluid velocities applied on the camera frame boundaries are those computed in the absence of particle, their quality as approximations is all the more better than they are taken far from the particle, so the camera frame size plays a role on that quality.
The camera method, or how to track numerically a deformable particle moving in a fluid network
WASP-16, despite the relatively poor quality of the RM data that we obtained, can be more strongly considered aligned than WASP-31 with its high quality data.
Rossiter-McLaughlin Effect Measurements for WASP-16, WASP-25 and WASP-31
Metrics at each stage has its own significance to increase the quality of the milestones and hence the quality of end product.
Significance of Quality Metrics in Software Development Process
Further increase the quality of full paper presentations at the conference, by improving the quality of reviewing and providing more visibility to top contributions at the conference.
A Revised Publication Model for ECML PKDD
Further increase the quality of journals, by evaluating a new model for journal reviewing that combines quality with speed.
A Revised Publication Model for ECML PKDD
Papers that are not of journal quality, but of good conference quality, will be considered for inclusion in the proceedings even if submitted to the journal.
A Revised Publication Model for ECML PKDD
Divergence from a Random Baseline Many measures of cluster quality can give high quality scores for particular clustering solutions that are not of high quality by changing the number of clusters or number of documents in each cluster.
Document Clustering Evaluation: Divergence from a Random Baseline
An alternative formal view of divergence from a random baseline can be de fined by a quality function, m : PP(Z × Z) → R, that takes a set of clusters as a set of set of (document, category label) pairs, s, and returns a real number indicating the quality of the clustering.
Document Clustering Evaluation: Divergence from a Random Baseline
At the sides of the Coulomb peak, the lack of nonlinearity of the current with gate voltage prevents the measurement of the mechanical motion through a change in current, and consequently a determination of the quality factor. A fit with the following Lorentzian function is performed to extract the quality factor.
Probing the charge of a quantum dot with a nanomechanical resonator
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