• "'The question is, where did you get the dog?'"
    "'The question is, where did you get the dog?'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj questioning showing curiosity "if someone saw a man climbing a light post they might get inquisitive","raised a speculative eyebrow"
    • adj questioning perplexed (as if being expected to know something that you do not know) "he had a quizzical expression"
    • adj questioning marked by or given to doubt "a skeptical attitude","a skeptical listener"
    • n questioning a request for information
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Question, asking. Neapolitan Question, asking. Neapolitan
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
The herd questions the father about his daughter The herd questions the father about his daughter
King Loc questions Abeille King Loc questions Abeille

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day
    • n questioning The act of interrogating; a query.
    • n questioning Doubt; suspicion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • 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'?
    • Questioning a query, doubt, suspicion
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  • Anthony Jay
    Anthony Jay
    “The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.”
  • Naguib Mahfouz
    Naguib Mahfouz
    “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”
  • Steve Miller
    Steve Miller
    “The question to everyone's answer is usually asked from within.”
  • Hans J. Morgenthau
    Hans J. Morgenthau
    “Man will not live without answers to his questions.”
  • Engineer's Motto
    Engineer's Motto
    “Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.”
  • Anthony Robbins
    “Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”


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.
Burning question - A burning question is something we all want to know about.
No question - This idiom means that something is certain or definite.
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.
Pop the question - When someone pops the question, they ask someone to marry them.
Question of time - If something's a question of time, it's certain to happen, though we don't know exactly when.
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.
Sixty-four-thousand-dollar-question - The sixty-four-thousand-dollar-question is the most important question that can be asked about something.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. quæstion-emquærĕre, quæsitum, to seek.


In literature:

Roger; but I don't know that you have any right to ask me these questions.
"The Way We Live Now" by Anthony Trollope
It's the question of all questions, it seems to me.
"The Inside of the Cup, Complete" by Winston Churchill
It should be borne in mind that the proposition is to submit to men the question whether woman shall vote.
"Debate On Woman Suffrage In The Senate Of The United States," by Henry W. Blair, J.E. Brown, J.N. Dolph, G.G. Vest, Geo. F. Hoar.
Will you do me the favor to settle this question?
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The money was paid and the degree was taken: and there arose the question as to what was to be done.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
Perhaps he had been too busy to question the pleasantness of these things.
"Fenton's Quest" by M. E. Braddon
How to do all this was the puzzling question.
"Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897" by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Next morning my father sat by my bed and questioned mo again.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
None doubted his sincerity or questioned his resolution, but few had penetrated his reserve.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
When, therefore, he was asked the question he could only hold his tongue.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
What was the great question settled by this war?
"A Short History of the United States" by Edward Channing
The question remained, what was to be done?
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
The questions of a good teacher should result in students asking questions both of people and of books.
"How to Teach" by George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
Then question after question pealed in her ears.
"Evelyn Innes" by George Moore
That is the question.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
It was not advisable that they should be alone with the landlord and have an opportunity of asking him questions.
"The Light That Lures" by Percy Brebner
Nor is this question (or series of questions) by any means only of speculative or theoretical importance.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
It is difficult to apply a statistical table to the study of the question of conversions.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
If she asked questions he did not see why he might not.
"A Gamble with Life" by Silas K. Hocking
In the night, Terence Mann had felt he was not asking himself the right questions.
"The Trial of Callista Blake" by Edgar Pangborn

In poetry:

She questions all the winds that blow,
And every fog-wreath dim,
And bids the sea-birds flying north
Bear messages to him.
"Amy Wentworth" by John Greenleaf Whittier
You had come for cherries; these
Dreamily I climbed for while
You still questioned with a smile,
And still tried to tease.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
My boy beside me tripped, so slim
And graceful in his rustic dress!
And, as we talked, I questioned him,
In very idleness.
"Anecdote For Fathers" by William Wordsworth
Now what, I question'd still, can bring
The old look back again,
And place as in a fairy ring
This spot, and still my pain.
"The Bridge" by Alexander Anderson
Stay with me, don't leave me,
my life is so empty
that only you can help me, proudly humble,
from asking further questions.
"Stay" by Vladimir Holan
But the question lies unanswered
In our little Jamie's mind,
Why she should go to our mother,
And leave her children behind;
"Truth" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

In news:

Some look fairly useful, others may be questionable.
Getting acquainted with 25 questions.
I often receive questions regarding my definition of a good supervisor.
A Murky 'Mother' Leaves Many Unanswered Questions.
How many patients one nurse can care for is a difficult question to answer with certainty.
Businesses are given tailor-made advertising plans based on a series of questions such as the target audience and the social media platforms businesses want to advertise across.
Be brief and factual in your answers to the adjuster 's questions.
The death of a Virginia first grader has raised questions about how schools should handle severe allergies.
Questions Raised Over Allotment of Wyclef Jean's Haiti Fund.
Got a question about a TV, print or online ad you've seen or about an ad campaign.
Soledad O'Brien's latest CNN special report in her Black in America series, " Almighty Debt," is certainly her most practical yet in that it addresses the timely question of how to manage your money during these trying financial times.
Author David Wroblewski answers your questions.
That's the question I asked myself in college while at UC Berkeley.
Currently, the organ donor question is optional on state department of motor vehicles forms, but this bill would require drivers to answer the question.
Your question prompts a few questions of my own.

In science:

EMPIRICAL EVALUATION This empirical study aims to answer two questions: The first question is “to what extent is (ε, δ )-reconstruction-privacy violated assuming that ma jor privacy definitions are satisfied?”.
Randomization Resilient To Sensitive Reconstruction
A solution of the conjecture would reduce many questions about locally definable abelian connected groups to similar questions about definable groups, even without assuming that the group is definably generated.
Discrete subgroups of locally definable groups
Wh- question type Like English, wh- type of questions can be framed in Manipuri but it uses reduplication MWEs.
Reduplicated MWE (RMWE) helps in improving the CRF based Manipuri POS Tagger
The question of whether two independent Poisson processes on R are roughly isometric for fixed (M , D , C ) was the main open question of .
Lipschitz embeddings of random sequences
This is strongly related to the following question (which is Question 2.12 in ) .
Borel equivalence relations and Lascar strong types
If the answer to the above question is negative, than the previous equivalence is true, so the conclusion of Fact 4.2 implies the assumption (i) (under the hypothesis described before Question 4.6).
Borel equivalence relations and Lascar strong types
This CLT helps us to transfer the question of positivity of the second component to the same question for the limiting process (that is, Brownian motion and its integrated counterpart), where the question of positivity is easily solved.
Persistence probabilities for an integrated random walk bridge
At this time, we cannot answer the first question, and we can only give a conjecture for the second question.
Cell decomposition and definable functions for weak p-adic structures
In the context of analytic questions like the ergodic theorem, matters of computability are mostly questions of continuity and uniformity: the computability of a given property usually turns on whether it depends in an appropriately uniform way on the inputs.
Randomness and Non-ergodic Systems
Then a natural question arises, considering the correlated features, which feature poses greater importance to the output labels for a given ˜α? To address this question, we first offer the definitions of Support Features and Affiliated Features.
Discovering Support and Affiliated Features from Very High Dimensions
The question now is: what is the new horizon mass M ′h? To answer that question is rather simple.
Energy on black hole spacetimes
The question of singular metric demands separate consideration. I hope to look into some of this questions in the subsequent publications.
Particle Production in the Field Theories with Symmetry
He suggested that people are continually asking themselves the question, “What’s going on here?” (Though not necessarily consciously.) The answer to that question then controls (again, not necessarily consciously) what behaviors the individual activates.
The role of context and culture in teaching physics: The implication of disciplinary differences
As mentioned in the introduction, the problem considered here is motivated by the questions in , Question 3.1.
On the space of Kahler potentials
The first question asks whether there is global survival, that is, with positive probability at any time there is someone alive somewhere ); while the second question deals with local survival, that is, whether with positive probability the process returns infinitely many times to some fixed site.
Strong local survival of branching random walks is not monotone