• Q quartered it. R ran for it. S stole it
    Q quartered it. R ran for it. S stole it
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Q the 17th letter of the Roman alphabet
    • n q the 17th letter of the Roman alphabet
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A dog jumps through a hoop and forms a letter Q A dog jumps through a hoop and forms a letter Q
His Excellency Q. Fabius offering Peace or War to the Carthaginian Senate His Excellency Q. Fabius offering Peace or War to the Carthaginian Senate

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 1920's, Q-Tips were invented by Leo Gerstenzang who got the idea after watching his wife clean their baby's ears with cotton stuck onto a toothpick.
    • Q the seventeenth letter of the English alphabet, has but one sound (that of k), and is always followed by u, the two letters together being sounded like kw, except in some words in which the u is silent. See Guide to Pronunciation, § 249. Q is not found in Anglo-Saxon, cw being used instead of qu; as in cwic, quick; cwen, queen. The name (kū) is from the French ku, which is from the Latin name of the same letter; its form is from the Latin, which derived it, through a Greek alphabet, from the Phœnician, the ultimate origin being Egyptian.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Q-Tip Cotton Swabs were originally called Baby Gays
    • q The seventeenth letter and thirteenth consonant in the English alphabet. It had a corresponding position in the early Greek and in the Latin alphabet, as also in the Phenician, where it was the nineteenth character. Its value in Phenician was that of a deeper or more guttural k; and a like distinction of two k's, less and more guttural (kaf and qof), is still made in the Semitic languages generally. But in Greek and Latin there was no such distinction to be maintained; hence the sign was abandoned in Greek (being retained only as an episemon, or sign of number, in its old place between π and ρ, and called koppa); while in Latin, on the other hand, it was kept, though without a value different from that of k, in the combination qu, equivalent to our kw; and so we have it also in English as a superfluous letter, simply because it existed in Phenician with a real office. The comparative table of early forms (as given for the other letters: see especially A) is as follows:
    • q As a medieval Roman numeral, 500.
    • q An abbreviation: [lowercase] of quadrans (a farthing)
    • q [lowercase] of query
    • q [lowercase] of question
    • q of queen
    • q [lowercase] in a ship's logbook, of squalls
    • q in Rom. lit. and inscriptions, of Quintus.
    • q A half-farthing: same as cue, 2 .
    • n q An abbreviation of Queen's Bench.
    • n q An abbreviation: of Queen's Council or Queen's Counsel
    • n q of Queen's College.
    • n q or.
    • n q or.
    • n q An abbreviation of quartermaster.
    • n q An abbreviation of quarter-sessions.
    • n q or.
    • n q of the Latin phrase quantum sufficit.
    • n q An abbreviation of the Latin phrase quantum vis, ‘as much as you will’
    • n q of quod vide, ‘which see.’
    • q An abbreviation in electrotechnics, of quantity;
    • q [lowercase] of quasi;
    • q [lowercase] of quintal;
    • q of the Latin Quirites.
    • q Same as cue, 3 : as, to give or take the Q.
    • q In psychophysics, the symbol for the Fechnerian space-error.
    • q An abbreviation of the Latin quasi dictum, as if said;
    • q of the Latin quasi dixisset, as if he had said.
    • q An abbreviation in psychophysics, of quotient limen;
    • q [lowercase] of the Latin quantum libet, as much as is required.
    • q Abbreviations of the Latin quantum placeat, as much as seems good.
    • q A contraction of quiet.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Q is the only letter that does not appear in the names of any state of the Unites States.
    • Q the seventeenth letter of our alphabet—absent from the Anglo-Saxon alphabet, in which the sound was expressed by cw; in Scotland replacing hw, now always followed by u: Roman numeral=500.
    • ***


John Q Public - (USA) John Q Public is the typical, average person.
Keep it on the Q T - If you keep something on the Q T, you keep it quiet or secret.('Q-T' is also used.)
Mind Your P's and Q's - If you are careful about the way you behave and are polite, you mind Your P's and Q's.


In literature:

I can hear the voice of Jeune, Q.C., which gladdens my heart amid these sepulchral surroundings, but I see him not.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
THE "Q" boat, or mystery ship, has been surrounded by so much secrecy that to most people its very being is an unknown quantity.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
Runyon Q. Sampson has took it all in and now he lets out a beller and leaps from the car.
"Alex the Great" by H. C. Witwer
So it was with the spectacles of Olivia Q. Fleabody.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
In the Cavendish line the 1st earl of Devonshire was William (d. 1626), second son of Sir William Cavendish (q.v.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3" by Various
The one shaped like the letter Q with an offset tail?
"The Foreign Hand Tie" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Q, Q, The left pulmonary vein.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
In the month of February 1918, Aurelle was ordered by the French mission at British G.H.Q.
"General Bramble" by André Maurois
MR. LYTE, "N. & Q.," Vol.
"Notes and Queries, Number 233, April 15, 1854" by Various
Now count from P to Q and mark.
"Philippine Mats" by Hugo H. Miller

In poetry:

Q. How can he answer ev'ry case
And help in ev'ry thrall?
A. Because he is the Lord of grace,
Jehovah all in all.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
Q. But is there any help for one
That utterly is lost?
A. Christ saves from sin, and he alone,
Even to the uttermost.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
Q. But how will God with sinful me
Again be reconcil'd?
A. In Christ, in whom his grace to thee
And favour is reveal'd.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
Q. Ah! where's my title, right, or claim
To that eternal bliss?
A. In Christ alone, that glorious name,
The Lord our Righteousness.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
Q. Thou didst a promise by thy sponsors make,
That thou wou'dst God's commandments keep with care;
Come, tell me then, for thy Redeemer's sake,
How many, if thou knowest them, they are?
"The Creed" by Rees Prichard
Q. Tell me, what dost thou chiefly gather hence?
What do the laws, thou hast rehears'd, express?
Give me their plainest and their truest sense,
In as few words as thou thy thoughts canst dress.
"The Ten Commandments " by Rees Prichard

In news:

Q&A with CAIR 's Rashid Ahmad.
Q&A: The former CEO of Caldera and architect of its SCO acquisition disagrees with the company's legal campaign against Linux vendors—but he still thinks SCO has a case against IBM.
Q&A: Matt Ritter, author of "A Californian 's Guide to the Trees Among Us".
Calle 13 Q&A World Music at Global Rhythm.
Calle 13 Q&A By Phil Freeman.
Q&A: Dave Scott, founder and CEO, Marketfish.
Q&A: Neil Capel , cofounder and CEO, Sailthru.
Q As I enter Livermore coming over the Altamont Pass from Tracy on Interstate 580 and continuing west into Dublin, there appears to be space for a carpool lane.
CM4 Q Card Case for iPhone 4/4S.
Q I have two horses I bought from Tech that have always lived outside.
Q&A with Christa Carone , CMO of Xerox Corp. DreamWorking a marketing mix.
Travel Q&A: Pointers for staying safe in Colombia's Cartagena .
When you hear the Q-2-CALL, be the 25th nationwide caller to 1-877-854-9467 and win that day's cash prize.
Q&A: Jean Ritala of Mystic Lake Casino Hotel on ITIL.
Q 70 year-old with chest pain What is your diagnosis.

In science:

D± = (Ω ± k · q/m)2 − q 4/(2m)2 ∓ ∆0 q 2/m, Qk (q , Ω) = QR k (q , Ω) + QI k (q , Ω), and ˜Qk (q , Ω) = ˜QR k (q , Ω) + ˜QI k (q , Ω).
Influence of gauge fluctuations on fermion pairing order parameter
If ρ(x, y ) ≤ δ then |Φ(x) − Φ(y )| ≤ |Q∗ε ϕ(x) − Q∗ε ϕ(y )| + |Q∗ε,δ ϕ(x) − Q∗ε,δ ϕ(y )| |qε (x, xi ) − qε (y , xi )| Z∆i |ϕ| ≤ Z |qε (x, z ) − qε (y , z )| · |ϕ(z )| dz + Xi ≤ M ε−d−1ρ(x, y )|ϕ|∞ + M ε−d−1ρ(x, y ) · |ϕ|∞ = 2M ε−d−1δ1−αρα (x, y ) · |ϕ|∞ .
Perron-Frobenius spectrum for random maps and its approximation
First, we consider the case when ρ(x, y ) ≤ δα : |Φ(x) − Φ(y )| ≤ |Q∗ε ϕ(x) − Q∗ε ϕ(y )| + |Q∗εΠ∗δ ϕ(x) − Q∗εΠ∗δ ϕ(y )| ≤ Z |qε (x, z ) − qε (y , z )| · |ϕ|∞ dz + Z |qε (x, z ) − qε (y , z )| · ≤ 2M ε−d−1ρ(x, y )|ϕ|∞ ≤ 2M ε−d−1δα(1−α) |ϕ|∞ ρα (x, y ).
Perron-Frobenius spectrum for random maps and its approximation
To build A, we need an additional set of complementary states Q such that there is a unique state ¯q ∈ Q for each q ∈ Q, where ¯q 6∈ Q, ¯q 6∈ Σ.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
Since dVη (q) = 0, ηQ (q) is a relative equilibrium by Proposition 3.3, that is, XH (αq ) = ηT ∗Q (αq ), where αq = FL(ηQ (q)).
Symmetry breaking for toral actions in simple mechanical systems