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qual·i·ty

 (kwŏl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. qual·i·ties
1.
a. An inherent or distinguishing characteristic; a property: the medicinal qualities of a plant.
b. A personal trait, especially a character trait: "The most vital quality a soldier can possess is self-confidence" (George S. Patton).
2. Essential character; nature: "The quality of mercy is not strain'd" (Shakespeare).
3.
a. Superiority of kind: an intellect of unquestioned quality.
b. Degree or grade of excellence: yard goods of low quality.
4. Investments that have a low risk of loss or default: the flight to quality.
5.
a. High social position: people of quality.
b. Those in a high social position: likes to associate with quality.
6. Music Timbre, as determined by harmonics: a voice with a distinctive metallic quality.
7. Linguistics The character of a vowel sound determined by the size and shape of the oral cavity and the amount of resonance with which the sound is produced.
8. Logic The positive or negative character of a proposition.
adj.
Having a high degree of excellence: the importance of quality health care.

[Middle English qualite, from Old French, from Latin quālitās, quālitāt-, from quālis, of what kind; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: quality, attribute, character, property, trait
These nouns signify a feature that distinguishes or identifies someone or something: explained the qualities of noble gases; knew the attributes of a fine wine; liked the rural character of the ranch; tested the resilient property of rubber; had positive traits such as kindness and generosity.

quality

(ˈkwɒlɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. a distinguishing characteristic, property, or attribute
2. the basic character or nature of something
3. a trait or feature of personality
4. degree or standard of excellence, esp a high standard
5. (formerly) high social status or the distinction associated with it
6. (Music, other) musical tone colour; timbre
7. (Logic) logic the characteristic of a proposition that is dependent on whether it is affirmative or negative
8. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics the distinctive character of a vowel, determined by the configuration of the mouth, tongue, etc, when it is articulated and distinguished from the pitch and stress with which it is uttered
9. (modifier) having or showing excellence or superiority: a quality product.
[C13: from Old French qualité, from Latin quālitās state, nature, from quālis of what sort]

qual•i•ty

(ˈkwɒl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties,
adj. n.
1. an essential characteristic, property, or attribute: the qualities found in great writing.
2. character or nature, as belonging to or distinguishing a thing: the quality of a color.
3. character with respect to grade of excellence or fineness: materials of poor quality.
4. superiority; excellence: a reputation for quality.
5. a personality or character trait: Generosity is one of her many good qualities.
6. an accomplishment or attainment.
7. high social position: a man of quality.
9. the tonal color, or timbre, that characterizes a particular vowel sound.
10. Logic. the character of a proposition as affirmative or negative.
11. social status or position.
12. a person or persons of high social position.
adj.
13. of or having superior quality: quality paper.
14. producing or providing products or services of high quality: a quality publisher.
[1250–1300; Middle English qualite < Old French < Latin quālitās=quāl(is) of what sort + -itās -ity]
syn: quality, attribute, property refer to a distinguishing feature or characteristic of a person, thing, or group. A quality is an innate or acquired characteristic that, in some particular, determines the nature and behavior of a person or thing: the qualities of patience and perseverance. An attribute is a quality that we assign or ascribe to a person or to something personified; it may also mean a fundamental or innate characteristic: an attribute of God; attributes of a logical mind. property is applied only to a thing; it refers to a principal characteristic that is part of the constitution of a thing and serves to define or describe it: the physical properties of limestone.

Quality

 people of good social position, 1693; actors as a body, 1603.

quality

When you are talking about things that have been made or produced, you can use quality to say how good or bad they are.

The quality of the photograph was poor.
Over the years they have received many awards for the high quality of their products.

You can say that something is of good quality or of poor quality.

The treatment and care provided were also of poor quality.
Television ensures that films of high quality are shown to large audiences.

You can also use expressions such as good quality and high quality in front of nouns.

I've got some good quality paper.
Teaching is backed up by the highest quality research.

You can also use quality on its own in front of a noun. When you do this, you are showing that something is of a high standard.

They publish quality fiction.
The employers don't want quality work any more.

quality

The qualities describe behaviors associated with certain zodiac signs. There are three qualities: cardinal, fixed and mutable.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someonequality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
attribute - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
attractiveness, attraction - the quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts; "her personality held a strange attraction for him"
uncloudedness, clarity, clearness - the quality of clear water; "when she awoke the clarity was back in her eyes"
opaqueness, opacity - the quality of being opaque to a degree; the degree to which something reduces the passage of light
divisibility - the quality of being divisible; the capacity to be divided into parts or divided among a number of persons
ease, easiness, simpleness, simplicity - freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort; "he rose through the ranks with apparent ease"; "they put it into containers for ease of transportation"; "the very easiness of the deed held her back"
difficultness, difficulty - the quality of being difficult; "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"
burnability, combustibility, combustibleness - the quality of being capable of igniting and burning
suitability, suitableness - the quality of having the properties that are right for a specific purpose; "an important requirement is suitability for long trips"
arability - the quality of land that is appropriate for cultivation
impressiveness - the quality of making a strong or vivid impression on the mind
navigability - the quality of being suitable for the passage of a ship or aircraft
neediness - the quality of needing attention and affection and reassurance to a marked degree; "he recognized her neediness but had no time to respond to it"
distressingness, painfulness - the quality of being painful; "she feared the painfulness of childbirth"
piquance, piquancy, piquantness - the quality of being agreeably stimulating or mentally exciting
publicity - the quality of being open to public view; "the publicity of the court room"
spinnability - the quality of being suitable for spinning or the capability of being spun (used of textile fibers)
unsuitability, unsuitableness, ineptness - the quality of having the wrong properties for a specific purpose
protectiveness - the quality of providing protection; "statistical evidence for the protectiveness of vaccination"
nature - the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized; "it is the nature of fire to burn"; "the true nature of jealousy"
humanness, manhood, humanity - the quality of being human; "he feared the speedy decline of all manhood"
air, aura, atmosphere - a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing; "an air of mystery"; "the house had a neglected air"; "an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters"; "the place had an aura of romance"
excellence - the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree
ultimate - the finest or most superior quality of its kind; "the ultimate in luxury"
characteristic - a distinguishing quality
salability, salableness - the quality of being salable or marketable
changeability, changeableness - the quality of being changeable; having a marked tendency to change; "the changeableness of the weather"
unchangeability, unchangeableness, unchangingness, changelessness - the quality of being unchangeable; having a marked tendency to remain unchanged
sameness - the quality of being alike; "sameness of purpose kept them together"
difference - the quality of being unlike or dissimilar; "there are many differences between jazz and rock"
sure thing, certainty, foregone conclusion - something that is certain; "his victory is a certainty"
probability - the quality of being probable; a probable event or the most probable event; "for a while mutiny seemed a probability"; "going by past experience there was a high probability that the visitors were lost"
uncertainness, uncertainty, precariousness - being unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance; "the uncertainty of the outcome"; "the precariousness of his income"
factuality, factualness - the quality of being actual or based on fact; "the realm of factuality must be distinguished from the realm of imagination"
counterfactuality - the quality of being contrary to fact
corporality, corporeality, physicalness, materiality - the quality of being physical; consisting of matter
incorporeality, immateriality - the quality of not being physical; not consisting of matter
2.quality - a degree or grade of excellence or worth; "the quality of students has risen"; "an executive of low caliber"
high quality, superiority - the quality of being superior
low quality, inferiority - an inferior quality
degree, level, grade - a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality; "a moderate grade of intelligence"; "a high level of care is required"; "it is all a matter of degree"
3.quality - a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something; "each town has a quality all its own"; "the radical character of our demands"
attribute, dimension, property - a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished; "self-confidence is not an endearing property"
texture - the essential quality of something; "the texture of Neapolitan life"
4.quality - (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)quality - (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
sound property - an attribute of sound
harmonic - any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental
resonance - the quality imparted to voiced speech sounds by the action of the resonating chambers of the throat and mouth and nasal cavities
coloration, colouration, color, colour - the timbre of a musical sound; "the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music"
nasality - a quality of the voice that is produced by nasal resonators
plangency, reverberance, sonority, sonorousness, vibrancy, ringing, resonance - having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant
stridence, stridency, shrillness - having the timbre of a loud high-pitched sound
register - (music) the timbre that is characteristic of a certain range and manner of production of the human voice or of different pipe organ stops or of different musical instruments
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
5.quality - high social status; "a man of quality"
social rank, social station, social status, rank - position in a social hierarchy; "the British are more aware of social status than Americans are"
Adj.1.quality - of superior gradequality - of superior grade; "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches"
superior - of high or superior quality or performance; "superior wisdom derived from experience"; "superior math students"
2.quality - of high social status; "people of quality"; "a quality family"
upper-class - occupying the highest socioeconomic position in a society

quality

noun
1. standard, standing, class, condition, value, rank, grade, merit, classification, calibre high quality paper and plywood
3. characteristic, feature, attribute, point, side, mark, property, aspect, streak, trait, facet, quirk, peculiarity, idiosyncrasy He wanted to introduce mature people with leadership qualities.
4. nature, character, constitution, make, sort, kind, worth, description, essence The pretentious quality of the poetry.

quality

noun
2. A level of superiority that is usually high:
3. High style in quality, manner, or dress:
Informal: class.
4. Degree of excellence:
adjective
Translations
جَوْدَةصِفَة مُمَيِّزَه، خاصَّهنَوْعِيَّه، جَوْدَه
jakostkvalitavlastnost
kvalitetkvalitets-egenskab
ecokvalito
laatuominaisuushyvälaatuinenlaadukas
kvaliteta
minőségsajátságtulajdonság
eiginleikigæîi
品質品質の良い性質良質な
품질
kokybiškas
īpašībakvalitātelabums
calitate
akosťakostný
kakovostlastnost
kvalitetkvalité
คุณภาพ
chất lượng

quality

[ˈkwɒlɪtɪ]
A. N
1. (= standard, high standard) → calidad f
of good/high qualityde buena/alta calidad
of poor/low qualityde mala/baja calidad
a top-quality hotelun hotel de primera calidad
the quality of lifela calidad de vida
he has real qualitytiene verdadera calidad
a product of qualityun producto de calidad
quality is more important than quantityla calidad es más importante que la cantidad, lo que importa es la calidad, no la cantidad
2. (= personal attribute) → cualidad f
one of his good qualitiesuna de sus buenas cualidades
one of his bad qualitiesuno de sus defectos
leadership qualitiescualidades fpl de líder
3. (= physical property) → propiedad f
the nutritional qualities of fruitlas propiedades nutritivas de la fruta
4. (= nature, character) → cualidad f
a childlike qualityuna cualidad infantil
5. (= tone) [of sound, voice] → timbre m, tono m
6. the qualities (Brit) (Press) → la prensa seria, los periódicos serios
B. CPD [product, work] → de calidad; [newspaper] → serio
a quality carpetuna alfombra de calidad
quality control Ncontrol m de calidad
the quality papers NPLlos periódicos serios
the quality press Nla prensa seria TABLOIDS AND BROADSHEETS quality time N tiempo dedicado a la familia y a los amigos
I need to spend some quality time with my childrennecesito pasar tiempo disfrutando con mis hijos
if you don't spend quality time studying you won't learn very muchsi no dedicas tiempo en serio a estudiar no aprenderás mucho

quality

[ˈkwɒlɪti]
n
(= standard) → qualité f
a good quality of life → une bonne qualité de vie
of good quality → de bonne qualité
of poor quality → de mauvaise qualité
(= high standard) → qualité f
In our work, quality is paramount → Dans notre travail, la qualité est primordiale.
(= attribute) → qualité f
She's got lots of good qualities → Elle a beaucoup de qualités.
one of the qualities of cork
BUT l'une des caractéristiques du liège.
leadership qualities → qualités fpl de chef
modif [car, fabrics, film, book, home, work, service, wine] → de qualité
good-quality ingredients → des ingrédients de bonne qualité quality newspaperquality control ncontrôle m de qualitéquality controller ncontrôleur/euse m/f de la qualitéquality newspaper quality paper njournal m sérieuxquality press n (British) the quality press → les journaux sérieuxquality time n
to spend quality time with sb → profiter le plus possible des moments passés avec qn
We don't see each other often, but we spend quality time together → Nous ne nous voyons pas souvent, mais nous profitons le plus possible de ces moments.

quality

n
(= degree of goodness)Qualität f; (Comm, categorized) → Güteklasse f, → Qualität f; (of justice, education etc)(hoher) Stand; of the best qualityvon bester Qualität; of good/poor qualityvon guter/schlechter Qualität, qualitativ gut/schlecht; quality matters more than quantityQualität geht vor Quantität; they vary in qualitysie sind qualitativ verschieden; the excellent quality of her mindihr hervorragender Verstand; quality of lifeLebensqualität f; quality! (Brit inf: = great) → super gemacht! (inf)
(= characteristics: of person, thing) → Eigenschaft f; he has the quality of great patienceer hat viel or große Geduld, er ist sehr geduldig
(= nature)Art f; because of the unique quality of the relationshipda es eine einzigartige Beziehung war
(of voice, sound)Klangfarbe f; (Ling) → Qualität f; (of colour)Farbqualität f
(old, hum, = high rank) → vornehmer Stand; the qualitydie Oberschicht, die vornehme Welt; people of qualityLeute plvon Rang und Namen; a lady of qualityeine vornehme Dame
the qualities (Brit: = newspapers) → die seriösen Zeitungen pl
attr
Qualitäts-; quality goodsQualitätsware f; quality markGütezeichen nt
(inf: = good) → erstklassig (inf); newspaperangesehen, seriös; the quality press (Brit) → die seriöse Presse

quality

:
quality control
quality controller
n (Ind) → Qualitätskontrolleur(in) m(f)
quality management
n (Econ) → Qualitätsmanagement nt
quality time
nintensiv genutzte Zeit; today I spent some quality with my childrenheute habe ich mich einige Zeit den Kindern gewidmet

quality

[ˈkwɒlɪtɪ]
1. nqualità f inv
of good quality → di buona qualità
of poor quality → scadente
2. adjdi qualità

quality

(ˈkwoləti) plural ˈqualities noun
1. the extent to which something has features which are good or bad etc, especially features which are good. We produce several different qualities of paper; In this firm, we look for quality rather than quantity; (also adjective) quality goods.
2. some (usually good) feature which makes a person or thing special or noticeable. Kindness is a human quality which everyone admires.

quality

جَوْدَة kvalita kvalitet Qualität ποιότητα calidad laatu qualité kvaliteta qualità 품질 kwaliteit kvalitet jakość qualidade качество kvalitet คุณภาพ kalite chất lượng 质量

qua·li·ty

n. cualidad, propiedad;
___ of life___ de vida.

quality

n (pl -ties) calidad f; — of life calidad de vida
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she said, airing her French, which had improved in quantity, if not in quality, since she came abroad.
They talked to her of passion and there was a strained eager quality in their voices and in their eyes when they looked at her.
She looked at her round arms as she held them straight up and rubbed them one after the other, observing closely, as if it were something she saw for the first time, the fine, firm quality and texture of her flesh.
and they know our number and quality too well to give up the chase so soon.
There were two new hotels-- one a "Temperance House," whose ascetic quality was confined only to the abnegation of whiskey--a rival stage office, and a small one-storied building, from which the "Sierran Banner" fluttered weekly, for "ten dollars a year, in advance.
It was a curious, and, as some people thought, an ominous fact, that, very soon after the workmen began their operations, the spring of water, above mentioned, entirely lost the deliciousness of its pristine quality.
A child's shoe; the doll, seated in her little wicker carriage; the hobby-horse -- whatever, in a word, has been used or played with during the day is now invested with a quality of strangeness and remoteness, though still almost as vividly present as by daylight.
I reflected acutely that the sense of such differences, such superiorities of quality, always, on the part of the majority--which could include even stupid, sordid headmasters-- turn infallibly to the vindictive.
The more so, I say, because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast.
Yet are there those who will still do it; notwithstanding the fact that the oil obtained from such subjects is of a very inferior quality, and by no means of the nature of attar-of-rose.
Done," said the salesman; "and you may depend upon it there's a monstrous deal of quality in that horse, and if you want him for cab work he's a bargain.
He would agree to serve a certain quality at a certain price, and when the time came you and your friends would be drinking some horrible poison that could not be described.

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