Q to Quarter
Q Q in a corner. Something not seen at first, but subsequently brought to notice. The thong to which
seals are attached in legal documents is in French called the queue; thus we have lettres scellées sur
simple queue or sur double queue, according to whether they bear one or two seals. In documents
where the seal is attached to the deed itself, the corner where the seal is placed is called the queue,
and when the document is sworn-to the finger is laid on the queue.
Q.E.D Quod erat demonstrandum. Three letters appended to the theorems of Euclid, meaning: Thus have we proved the proposition stated above, as we were required to do.
Q.E.F Quod erat faciendum. Three letters appended to the problems of Euclid, meaning: Thus have we done or drawn the figure required by the proposition.
Q.P Quantum placet. Two letters used in prescriptions, meaning the quantity may be as little or much as you like. Thus, in a cup of tea we might say Milk and suger q.p.
Q.S Quantum sufficit. Two letters appended to prescriptions, and meaning as much as is required to make the pills up. Thus, after giving the drugs in minute proportions, the apothecary is told to mix these articles in liquorice q.s
Q.V (Latin, quantum vis). As much as you like, or quantum valeat, as much as is proper.
Quack or Quack Doctor; once called quack-salver. A puffer of salves. (Swedish, qvak-salfearë; Norwegian,
qvak-salver; German, quacksalber.)
Saltimbancoes, quacksalvers, and charlatans deceive the vulgar.- Sir Thomas Browne.Quacks Queen Anne's quack oculists were William Read (tailor), who was knighted, and Dr. Grant (tinker).
Quad To be in quad. To be confined to your college-grounds or quadrangle; to be in prison.
Quadra The border round a bas-relief.
Quadragesima Sunday The Sunday immediately preceding Lent; so called because it is, in round numbers, the fortieth day before Easter.
Quadragesimals The farthings or payments made in commutation of a personal visit to the mother- church on Mid-Lent Sunday; also called Whitsun farthings.
Quadrilateral The four fortresses of Peschiera and Mantua on the Mincio, with Verona and Legnago on
the Adigë. Now demolished.
Quadrille (2 syl., French) means a small square; a dance in which the persons place themselves in a
square. Introduced into England in 1813 by the Duke of Devonshire. (Latin, quadrum, a square.)
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