• "'The question is, where did you get the dog?'"
    "'The question is, where did you get the dog?'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n questioner someone who asks a question
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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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day
    • n Questioner One who asks questions; an inquirer. "Little time for idle questioners ."
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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 questioner One who asks questions; an inquirer.
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  • Voltaire
    “When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.”
  • Jim Rohn
    “To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask?”
  • Walter Bagehot
    “When great questions end, little parties begin.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “Never answer a question from a farmer.”
  • Oscar Levant
    “There are two sides to every question: my side and the wrong side.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.”


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.


In literature:

Plain questions, questions that any man can answer; questions that go to the root of the whole matter.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
Indeed in those days no question of amalgamation was ever mooted.
"The History of the Fabian Society" by Edward R. Pease
The same questions recur at this new period of Japan's national life.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
To-night one of the windows in question was occupied by a small group of talkers isolated from the rest.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
But you noticed that your friend had not only to state the question definitely, but to explain what the terms of the proposition meant.
"Elements of Debating" by Leverett S. Lyon
It was almost a question of life and death to me: a leap in the dark that must be taken.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
Go back to the nullification question, at the bottom of which lay this same slavery question.
"Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865" by Abraham Lincoln
In Ireland the land question was the whole question from the first.
"The Framework of Home Rule" by Erskine Childers
But after all, you didn't question a thing that wasn't questionable.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
It is a question of no ordinary importance.
"American Eloquence, Volume II. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1896)" by Various

In poetry:

No more deep-browed philosophy
Questions the world, content
To read its secret in your smile,
The secret that God meant.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
Tonight as I was riding on a wave
Of triumph and of glory,
A Question suddenly, as from the grave,
Rose in me, culpatory.
"The Strong Man To His Sires" by Cale Young Rice
Silence reigned in Jerusalem,
Men became bothered in mind,
Questions were asked about Jesus,
To answer wise men declined.
"The Easter Man" by Frank Barbour Coffin
My books unopened long have lain;
In class I am all astray:
The questions growing in my brain,
Demand and have their way.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
It will sing us songs of rapture,
Though silent each may be;
It will help to solve the questions
Of life's great mystery.
"Heartstrings" by Jared Barhite
If we ask ourselves the question,
"Why crucify one so dear?"
Our hearts will respond full sadly,
"The answer is not here."
"The Easter Man" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

As we come to the end of another administrative year for the national organization, we still have many unanswered questions.
From his office here, a doctor asks a woman on the computer screen before him one final question: Are you ready to take your pill.
Questions raised after health assistant resigns.
After his last race he was interviewed about his sporting idols, with this question he explained that he looked up to Michael Jordan essentially because he was the best ever in his sport.
How many times has someone asked that question.
Appeals court judges reviewing the conviction of former lobbyist Kevin Ring in the Abramoff scandal are questioning whether evidence of campaign contributions should have been allowed at his trial.
I like to answer interesting questions by writing and programming.
Ask yourself these 10 questions and choose an ad agency that meets your business's needs.
With 45% of precincts reporting, 54% affirmed Question 1 and 46% rejected it.
Unsure how to proceed NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained Notary Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions.
We asked them this question.
Utah governor faced few questions during hearing.
There was never really any question about the questionables.
There is little question about the technical ability of America to make good on its debts — but there are grave questions about the political system's ability to resolve our nation's financial problems.
Marshall Eisenberg, director of product marketing for Foundry Networks, answers that question with a question: "How much do you like waiting".

In science:

Immediately after the proof appeared, among many questions raised is the question whether the same result holds for unital simple locally AH-algebras (see the definition 3.5 below) with no dimension growth.
On Local AH algebras
At the end of this section, we describe a relation of Theorem 2.3 with the question raised by Minsky in [9, Question 5.4].
Simple loops on 2-bridge spheres in 2-bridge link complements
Two questions can be asked: (1) When ξ < ∞, how many particles ever get infected? (2) When ξ = ∞ how long does the process take to complete? We address both of these questions by reducing the dynamics of the process to what we term an interaction graph.
Viral Processes by Random Walks on Random Regular Graphs
From an algorithmic perspective, the relevant question is: how long does it take to compute xopt ? The answer to this question is that is takes O(mn2 ) time .
Randomized algorithms for matrices and data
In mathematical terms, the question that we want to tackle is: what is the relation between the simple deterministic one dimensional dynamics ˙ψ = −V ′ (ψ) (Isolated Deterministic System: IDS) and the behavior of the associated N dimensional diffusion, for N large? The question is actually twofold.
Transitions in active rotator systems: invariant hyperbolic manifold approach