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question

Definitions

  • "'The question is, where did you get the dog?'"
    "'The question is, where did you get the dog?'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v question pose a question
    • v question pose a series of questions to "The suspect was questioned by the police","We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion"
    • v question conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
    • v question challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of "We must question your judgment in this matter"
    • v question place in doubt or express doubtful speculation "I wonder whether this was the right thing to do","she wondered whether it would snow tonight"
    • n question uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something "the dubiousness of his claim","there is no question about the validity of the enterprise"
    • n question the subject matter at issue "the question of disease merits serious discussion","under the head of minor Roman poets"
    • n question an informal reference to a marriage proposal "he was ready to pop the question"
    • n question a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote "he made a motion to adjourn","she called for the question"
    • n question an instance of questioning "there was a question about my training","we made inquiries of all those who were present"
    • n question a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply "he asked a direct question","he had trouble phrasing his interrogations"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Question. Apache Question. Apache
Question, ans'd by tribal sign for Pani Question, ans'd by tribal sign for Pani
Settling the Irish Question 115 Settling the Irish Question 115
"I CALLED HER AND PUT THE QUESTION." "I CALLED HER AND PUT THE QUESTION."
The herd questions the father about his daughter The herd questions the father about his daughter
King Loc questions Abeille King Loc questions Abeille
A GRAVE QUESTION A GRAVE QUESTION

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day
    • Question Discussion; debate; hence, objection; dispute; doubt; as, the story is true beyond question; he obeyed without question. "There arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.""It is to be to question, whether it be lawful for Christian princes to make an invasive war simply for the propagation of the faith."
    • Question Examination with reference to a decisive result; investigation; specifically, a judicial or official investigation; also, examination under torture. "He that was in question for the robbery. Shak .
      The Scottish privy council had power to put state prisoners to the question ."
    • Question Hence, a subject of investigation, examination, or debate; theme of inquiry; matter to be inquired into; as, a delicate or doubtful question .
    • Question Talk; conversation; speech; speech.
    • Question That which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query. "But this question asked
      Puts me in doubt. Lives there who loves his pain ?"
    • Question The act of asking; interrogation; inquiry; as, to examine by question and answer.
    • Question To argue; to converse; to dispute. "I pray you, think you question with the Jew."
    • Question To ask questions; to inquire. "He that questioneth much shall learn much."
    • Question To doubt of; to be uncertain of; to query. "And most we question what we most desire."
    • Question To inquire of by asking questions; to examine by interrogatories; as, to question a witness.
    • Question To raise a question about; to call in question; to make objection to. "But have power and right to question thy bold entrance on this place."
    • Question To talk to; to converse with. "With many holiday and lady terms he questioned me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Have you ever questioned your sanity? You have good reason to. Did you know that one out of every four people has some sort of pychological 'problem'?
    • n question The act of interrogation; the putting of inquiries: as, to examine by question and answer.
    • n question That which is asked; an inquiry; a query; the expression of a desire to know something indicated more or less definitely. ; In grammar, questions are classed as direct (independent): as, John is here? is John here? who is that?
    • n question Inquiry; disquisition; discussion.
    • n question The subject or matter of examination or investigation; the theme of inquiry; a matter discussed or made the subject of disquisition.
    • n question Dispute or subject of debate; a point of doubt or difficulty.
    • n question Doubt; controversy; dispute: as, the story is true beyond all question.
    • n question Judicial trial or inquiry; trial; examination.
    • n question Examination by torture, or the application of torture to prisoners under criminal accusation in order to extort confession.
    • n question Conversation; speech; talk.
    • n question In logic, a proposition, or that which is to be established as a conclusion, stated by way of interrogation.
    • n question In parliamentary usage: The point under discussion by the house; the measure to be voted on: as, to speak to the question.
    • n question The putting of the matter discussed to a vote: as, are you ready for the question?
    • n question To subject to judicial interrogation.
    • n question Proposition, motion, topic, point.
    • question To ask a question or questions; inquire or seek to know; examine.
    • question To debate; reason; consider.
    • question To dispute; doubt.
    • question To talk; converse.
    • question To inquire of by asking questions; examine by interrogatories: as, to question a witness.
    • question To doubt of; be uncertain of; mention or treat as doubtful or not to be trusted.
    • question To call in question; challenge; take exception to: as, to question an exercise of prerogative.
    • question Synonyms Ask, Inquire of, Interrogate, etc. (see ask), catechize.
    • question To controvert, dispute.
    • n question plural The smaller catechism. Also called question-book.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To avoid long encounters with the press, President Ronald Reagan often took reporters' questions with his helicopter roaring in the background.
    • n Question kwest′yun a seeking: an inquiry: an examination, esp. by torture: an investigation: dispute: doubt: a subject of discussion, esp. the particular point actually before the house, the measure to be voted upon:
    • v.t Question to ask questions of: to examine by questions: to inquire of: to regard as doubtful: to challenge, take exception to: to have no confidence in
    • v.i Question to ask questions: to inquire: to debate, consider, to converse
    • n Question one who hawks about for sale indulgences or relics
    • n Question kwest′yun (Shak.) conversation
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Quotations

  • King Jr. Martin Luther
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    “The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Better to ask a question than to remain ignorant.”
  • Publilius Syrus
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    “It is not every question that deserves an answer.”
  • Samuel Butler
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    “Is life worth living? This is a question for an embryo not for a man.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.”
  • Oscar Levant
    Oscar%20Levant
    “There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side.”

Idioms

Beg the question - In philosophy "to beg the question" is to assume something to be true that has not yet been proved. I have seen the idiom also to mean that a question is crying out to be asked.
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Burning question - A burning question is something we all want to know about.
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No question - This idiom means that something is certain or definite.
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No questions asked - If something is to be done and no questions asked, then it doesn't matter what methods are used or what rules are broken to ensure that it gets done.
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Pop the question - When someone pops the question, they ask someone to marry them.
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Question of time - If something's a question of time, it's certain to happen, though we don't know exactly when.
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Searching question - A searching question goes straight to the heart of the subject matter, possibly requiring an answer with a degree of honesty that the other person finds uncomfortable.
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Sixty-four-thousand-dollar-question - The sixty-four-thousand-dollar-question is the most important question that can be asked about something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. quaestio, fr. quaerere, quaesitum, to seek for, ask, inquire. See Quest (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. quæstion-emquærĕre, quæsitum, to seek.

Usage

In literature:

His father watched him with troubled eyes and many fears, but did not dare ask a question.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Mary began her story instantly, before a question could be asked.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
The psychological question is for most disputants the only question.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
And for yourselves, it seems to me, the question becomes not less grave, in these curt limits.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
He had lost the spot on his lesson leaf where he had read the last question, and he was all at sea.
"The Chautauqua Girls At Home" by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
Lowndes was daily questioned about the author, but was himself as much in the dark as any of the questioners.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
This is the question, and by its relevancy to this question the rhetoric of Mr. Sumner must be tried.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
The question seemed to be how to while away that hour.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
And he found all these questions utterly unanswerable.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
The question of the relative importance of a language as a literary medium is a question of how many people want to read it.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The question whether the family is the basis of the State cannot be made an abstract question of political philosophy.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
The question of making a living, however, became pressing.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
It was a question of deep interest to Virginia, whose western boundary at that time was the Mississippi.
"James Madison" by Sydney Howard Gay
She questioned him, and her voice was trembling.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
Anne hesitatingly voiced the question.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
The question may be either a "fact" question or a "thought" question.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
The question remained unanswered.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
She seemed wonderfully interested in you, Fillmore, especially after your brilliant reply to her series of apparently unanswerable questions.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
He turned as if to ask another question, but he was too late.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
Whether the laws now in question were constitutionally enacted, I repeat once more, is a separate question.
"Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F.A. Sandford" by Benjamin C. Howard
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In poetry:

When Birtha did the question hear,
She sigh'd, but could not speak:
And many a soft and tender tear
Stray'd down her damask cheek.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
ESCARPIN.
Oh! how soon they 'd have an answer
If they asked of me these questions.
I know how to treat such tattle:
Leave them, sir, to me.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Go question the gay-humming bee
Why from blossom to blossom it ranges ;
Go ask it why faithless like me,
With the swift passing moment it changes.
"The Inconstant" by Laura Sophia Temple
Hush! O my heart! act well thy part,
Nor question a Father's kindness,
And strive not to see the thing hid from thee
By a veil of earthly blindness.
"Slain" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
No victory comes of all our strife,--
From all we grasp the meaning slips;
The Sphinx sits at the gate of life,
With the old question on her awful lips.
"The Shadow And The Light" by John Greenleaf Whittier
My boys that came with flying feet to meet me,
And questions wondrous wise,
And bits of news which they had brought to greet me,
And see my glad surprise
"Lamentation" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

If the question is injuries and the question has been posed to Broncos coach John Fox, the answer will be three words.
Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Friday October 19, 2012.
Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, reads a questions asked by audience members to Gov Rick Snyder on Friday at Montcalm Community College during a town hall-style question and answer forum.
My first question was…where did he get the stool….my next question was…who taught him to pee standing up.
Each day we will ask a new question to start a community conversation ultimately leading up to the most important question: What can we do to make a difference today.
I've now read about a hundred blog posts claiming that the question of whether the individual mandate is a tax or a penalty is "just a question of semantics ".
Therefore, he regularly engaged his pupils in dialogues by responding to their questions with questions, instead of answers.
That's a good question, a tough question, and a question that will be around for a while.
In nearly every question and answer session following a wine appreciation class, questions like ""What makes those old red wines so great?
There's no question that the East Side will be getting shafted—it's just a question of where and for how long.
We had no questions come in this week, so I'll give my answer to a question I posed to the audience at the ABBY Awards last week.
Companies pay the center to answer market research questions using academic methods, providing the SOM faculty with engaging real-world research questions and the funds to pursue them.
A question of fairness was debated amongst the Lincoln City Council members Nov 13 when a councilman questioned why the city is changing the compensation package for the bargaining unit representing police and fire mid-management.
If politicians had their way, they might just write their own questions for the press, but, of course, politicians can't write all the questions.
Welcome to the Monday Terps Mailbag, the second edition of a new weekly installment where you ask questions and I write down answers to those questions.
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In science:

In this paper we concentrate on the first question since it would be useless to treat the backreaction question if no well-motivated example where the spectrum is modified can be found.
Trans-Planckian Physics and the Spectrum of Fluctuations in a Bouncing Universe
However, a question arises: how does one determine physical ly realistic initial data—data which is truly representative of binary black holes in circular orbits? The answer to this question has a long and interesting history—one which we briefly recount.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Most questions about GC quotients can be easily reduced to questions about GC subspaces by means of the following result.
Submanifolds of generalized complex manifolds
All of these question deal purely with the classical theory, but there are questions regarding the quantum theory as well.
Dynamics in Stationary, Non-Globally Hyperbolic Spacetimes
One of the main question in the sub ject is the classification of Artin groups up to isomorphism (see, Question 2.14).
Artin groups of spherical type up to isomorphism
Generalising the BCP-Theorem to multiprocessor scheduling should also be doable. A mathematical analysis seems to be the only way to answer some of the questions our numerical approach has left open, like the question of the precise size of the neighbourhood in which energy levels are uncorrelated.
Number partitioning as random energy model
Some time ago the author became interested in the following question: what is a random metric space, and what can it look like if this question makes any sense.
Random Metric Spaces and Universality
This is why free probability could be well suited to solve important questions in von Neumann algebras, such as the question of isomorphism between free group factors.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
Then the next question appears: is the effective conductivity of the continuous self-dual systems universal and always belongs to the EMA class or there are SD systems with other functional forms of σe ? The answer on this question will be obtained in the subsequent sections.
On universality of conductivity of planar random self-dual systems
A natural question now is, given the symplectic triple systems in Theorem 2.21, what do the simple Lie algebras g(T ) look like? In order to answer this question, and for future use, we will first consider different constructions of symplectic triple systems.
New simple Lie superalgebras in characteristic 3
Also, for many problems we can reduce the question to a 2-dimensional one, that is, a question about the mapping class group.
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds
As we will see, the answer to the first question is easy (Section 6.8), and it is the second question that requires more work.
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds
In particular, we do not know the answer to the following question, even experimentally: 9.2 Question Let M be obtained from a random Heegaard splitting of genus g.
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds
Is it true that there are only finitely many ribbon categories of a given finite rank? This question is a special case of question in .
Pre-modular categories of rank 3
The question remains: Why does it work? The purpose of this paper is to clarify these issues: we show that these questions are related to the topology of self avoidance.
DNA Elasticity : Topology of Self-Avoidance
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