quest

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v quest express the need or desire for; ask for "She requested an extra bed in her room","She called for room service"
    • v quest seek alms, as for religious purposes
    • v quest bark with prolonged noises, of dogs
    • v quest search the trail of (game) "The dog went off and quested"
    • v quest make a search (for) "Things that die with their eyes open and questing","The animal came questing through the forest"
    • n quest the act of searching for something "a quest for diamonds"
    • n quest a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria "the pursuit of love","life is more than the pursuance of fame","a quest for wealth"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quest Inquest; jury of inquest. "What lawful quest have given their verdict ?"
    • Quest Request; desire; solicitation. "Gad not abroad at every quest and call
      Of an untrained hope or passion."
    • Quest The act of seeking, or looking after anything; attempt to find or obtain; search; pursuit; as, to rove in quest of game, of a lost child, of property, etc. "Upon an hard adventure yet in quest .""Cease your quest of love.""There ended was his quest , there ceased his care."
    • Quest Those who make search or inquiry, taken collectively. "The senate hath sent about three several quests to search you out."
    • v. i Quest To go on a quest; to make a search; to go in pursuit; to beg. "If his questing had been unsuccessful, he appeased the rage of hunger with some scraps of broken meat."
    • v. t Quest To search for; to examine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quest The act of seeking; search; pursuit; suit.
    • n quest An act of searching or seeking, as for a particular object: as, the quest of the holy grail.
    • n quest A body of searchers collectively; a searching party.
    • n quest Inquiry; examination.
    • n quest Request; desire; solicitation; prayer; demand.
    • n quest A jury of inquest; a sworn body of examiners; also, an inquest.
    • quest To go in search; make search or inquiry; pursue.
    • quest To go begging.
    • quest To give tongue, as a dog on the scent of game.
    • quest To search or seek for; inquire into or examine.
    • quest To announce by giving tongue, as a dog.
    • n quest Same as queest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Quest kwest the act of seeking: search: pursuit: a searching party: a jury of inquest: inquiry, investigation: request or desire
    • v.i Quest to go in search of, to go begging: to give tongue, as a dog after game
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Quotations

  • Helen Rowland
    Helen%20Rowland
    “Love, the quest; marriage, the conquest; divorce, the inquest.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
    Johann%20Kaspar%20Lavater
    “Let none turn over books, or roam the stars in quest of God, who sees him not in man.”
  • Eugene S. Wilson
    Eugene S. Wilson
    “Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.”
  • Norman Cousins
    Norman%20Cousins
    “The eternal quest of the human being is to shatter his loneliness.”
  • Mychal Wynn
    Mychal Wynn
    “The greatest quest in life is to reach one's potential.”
  • Dag Hammarskjold
    Dag%20Hammarskjold
    “The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, Who has started upon his quest for the source of his being.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. queste, F. quête, fr. L. quaerere, quaesitum, to seek for, to ask. Cf. Query Question

Usage

In literature:

Interpret his search for her as an allegory of the young man's quest after his ideal.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
And now, Monsieur Jean Castel, I leave you here, wishing you success in your quest, success in every respect.
"The Hosts of the Air" by Joseph A. Altsheler
We sailed once more in quest of fame.
"The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African" by Olaudah Equiano
Once on a time, while out in quest of deer, the king became weak with exertion and thirst.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
It was called 'Questing Cells' and father got it.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
As they sat at the banquet, the Earl asked Prince Geraint what quest he followed.
"Stories from Le Morte D'Arthur and the Mabinogion" by Beatrice Clay
She sent Agias on his way, then hurried off in her litter in quest of Caius Marcellus, the consul.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
Imbued with the spirit of the quest, yet averse by temperament to ploughing the lonely furrow.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
At Spires, in quest of manuscripts, he went with a friend to the cathedral library.
"The Age of Erasmus" by P. S. Allen
Finally, when made to understand, he was very kind and very sympathetic, but his answer merely sent her on another quest.
"The Little Colonel's Chum: Mary Ware" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Well, any quest that led to an inn like this, he felt, must in itself be preposterous.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
But in the end the quest had to be relinquished.
"Jan" by A. J. Dawson
The quest is not for me.
"The Story of the Other Wise Man" by Henry Van Dyke
Anna Belle chooses The Quest Flower; because she loves flowers so and she can't imagine what that means.
"Jewel's Story Book" by Clara Louise Burnham
The Roman residence was broken by Bernardo's journey to Urbino in quest of the appointment he expected from Duke Guidubaldo.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
All these tribes live in villages, and raise corn; but during the intervals of culture rove in the plains in quest of buffaloe.
"History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Vol. I." by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
Would that I could help thee in that quest!
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
But the young Salarik swung around to face the steward his eyes wide, his nose questing.
"Plague Ship" by Andre Norton
Here we come in quest.
"The Fifth Wheel" by Olive Higgins Prouty
The quest is not for me.
"The Story of the Other Wise Man" by Henry Van Dyke
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In poetry:

I know the strange tale of the Slug;
The Early Sin--the Fall--
The Sleep--the Vision--and the Vow--
The Quest--the Crown--the Call.
"The Oneness Of The Philosopher With Nature" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Oh, early lost, my son, my son
He strayed afar, in quest of pleasure;
But found, ere he his quest had won,
The serpent sting for promised treasure.
"The Black Snakes" by Janet Hamilton
When my time is come to die,
I would shun the decent gloom,
Whispered word and weeping eye,
Fitful hum of knowing fly
Questing through the darkened room.
"When my time is come" by John Le Gay Brereton
'And wherefore, damsel? tell me all ye know.
You cannot scare me; nor rough face, or voice,
Brute bulk of limb, or boundless savagery
Appal me from the quest.'
"Gareth And Lynette" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
And in my wanderings I did meet
Another searching too:
The dawning hope, the shared quest
Our thoughts together drew;
Fearless she laid her band in mine
Because her heart was true.
"The Hills" by George MacDonald
Yet there? Oh, I forget,
He cannot be there still. He is waiting for me
Most certainly below there by the cloister.
'Twas so, I think, we had agreed, Forgive,
I go in quest of him.
"Nathan The Wise - Act III" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

The Azamara Quest was left adrift 200 miles off Indonesia after an engine fire.
The adventures of an amateur naturalist on a quest to connect with nature in her urban neighborhood.
The good news is that I've lost 5 pounds since I started my quest four weeks ago to get in shape and lose 34 pounds.
The weekend before starting my quest for fitness, I prepared lunches for the entire week that included lots of lean means and green veggies.
Your chosen victors continue on their quest for internet domination more.
Here's the video that served as Sen Mike Gianaris' response at last night's LCA show, in which he and his fellow reform-minded Democrats poked fun at their quixotic quest for an independent redistricting process.
The Syracuse University Men's lacrosse team may be out of the NCAA Tournament, but Gary Gait 's women's team continues the quest for their third Final Four in four years this weekend.
How many times in your hasty quest to shop on the "cheap" have you driven past the Montcalm.
(New York, NY – January 18, 2012) – THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD is Zora Neale Hurston's story of Janie Crawford's quest for her own identity.
Quest's new Torrent: A Good Value Bow.
Quest Bowhunting doesn't necessarily generate as much buzz as some of the more glamorous bow makers, but the company (a division of G5 Outdoors) makes very solid, reliable bows at prices that compare quite favorably to the competition.
The end of the quest for the Higgs boson marks the beginning of a new adventure in physics.
The object of my quest.
Summer of '73: Remembering hammerin ' Hank Aaron's quest for 715, plus other Kansas City Times clips from KC's last All-Star summer.
Summer of '73: Remembering hammerin' Hank Aaron 's quest for 715, plus other Kansas City Times clips from KC's last All-Star summer.
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In science:

The quest for quantum algorithms is exactly to explore this added power.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
We start our quest for new simple Lie superalgebras with an algebra related to g(2)3, the latter being of interest lately for physical applications [AW].
Simple Lie superalgebras and nonintegrable distributions in characteristic p
In the struggle to understand high-Tc superconductivity, the quest for better materials to study remains key.
Tl2Ba2CuO6+d Brings Spectroscopic Probes Deep Into the Overdoped Regime of the High-Tc Cuprates
The quest now is for a realistic particle physics model of inflation, and a better understanding of the inflationary dynamics.
Warm inflation dynamics in the low temperature regime
We note that LOQC approaches would be unsuitable in this quest as the larger the required number of particles in the entangled state the lower is the success probability .
A Bootstrapping Approach for Generating Maximally Path-Entangled Photon States
This approach was motivated by its authors, Zlosnik, Ferreira, and Starkman (ZFS, for short) by the quest of a modified Newtonian gravity at galactic scales, as an alternative to dark matter.
Vector field theories in cosmology
The ground f ield K is algebraically closed of characteristic p > 0. (Algebraic closedness of K is only needed in the quest for parametric families.) The term “Cartan matrix” will often be abbreviated to CM.
Classification of Finite Dimensional Modular Lie Superalgebras with Indecomposable Cartan Matrix
So to classify them is vital, for example, in the quest for simple vectorial Lie (super)algebras. 3.
Classification of Finite Dimensional Modular Lie Superalgebras with Indecomposable Cartan Matrix
On a quest for parametric families Even for 2 × 2 Cartan matrices we could have proceeded by “enlarging” but to be on the safe side we performed the selection independently.
Classification of Finite Dimensional Modular Lie Superalgebras with Indecomposable Cartan Matrix
We emphasize that an important and intriguing challenge in wormhole physics is the quest to find a realistic matter source that will support these exotic spacetimes.
General class of wormhole geometries in conformal Weyl gravity
Indeed the new fad at the moment is the quest for the ‘super-massive black-holes’ at the centre of galaxies.
A fresh look at some questions surrounding black holes
Before discussing this quest, let us consider next the distribution function of the increments of a FRW.
Fractional derivatives of random walks: Time series with long-time memory
Hofkirchner, W. (Ed.) (1999) The Quest for a Unified Theory of Information. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Foundations of Information Science, Gordon and Breach Publ. 49.
Foundations of Information Theory
In both cases, the quest is to prove these results for ever simpler Hamiltonians.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
A general quest in the computational study of randomness is the search for simple primitives that manipulate random variables to convert their randomness into more useful forms.
Extensions to the Method of Multiplicities, with applications to Kakeya Sets and Mergers
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