Quidditative to Quinicine

(Quid"di*ta*tive) a. Quiddative.

(Quid"di*ty) n.; pl. Quiddities [LL. quidditas, fr. L. quid what, neut. of quis who, akin to E. who: cf. F. quiddité.]

1. The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity, of a thing; that which answers the question, Quid est? or, What is it? " The degree of nullity and quiddity." Bacon.

The quiddity or characteristic difference of poetry as distinguished from prose.
De Quincey.

2. A trifling nicety; a cavil; a quibble.

We laugh at the quiddities of those writers now.

(Quid"dle) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quiddled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Quiddling ] [L. quid what.] To spend time in trifling employments, or to attend to useful subjects in an indifferent or superficial manner; to dawdle.

(Quid"dle Quid"dler) n. One who wastes his energy about trifles. Emerson.

(Quid"nunc) n. [L., what now?] One who is curious to know everything that passes; one who knows, or pretends to know, all that is going on. "The idle stories of quidnuncs." Motley.

(Qui*esce") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quiesced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Quiescing ] [L. quiescere, akin to quies rest, quiet. See Quiet, a. & n.] To be silent, as a letter; to have no sound. M. Stuart.

(Qui*es"cence Qui*es"cen*cy) n. [L. quiescentia, fr. quiescens, p. pr.; cf. F. quiestence. See Quiesce.] The state or quality of being quiescent. "Quiescence, bodily and mental." H. Spencer.

Deeds will be done; — while be boasts his quiescence.
R. Browning.

(Qui*es"cent) a. [L. quiescens, -entis, p. pr. of quiescere: cf. F. quiescent. See Quiesce.]

1. Being in a state of repose; at rest; still; not moving; as, a quiescent body or fluid.

2. Not ruffed with passion; unagitated; not in action; not excited; quiet; dormant; resting.

In times of national security, the feeling of patriotism . . . is so quiescent that it seems hardly to exist.
Prof. Wilson.

3. (Gram.) Not sounded; silent; as, y is quiescent in "day" and "say."

(Qui*es"cent), n. (Gram.) A silent letter. M. Stuart.

(Qui*es"cent*ly), adv. In a quiescent manner.

(Qui"et) a. [Compar. Quieter ; superl. Quietest.] [L. quietus, p. p. pf quiescere to rest, keep quiet; akin to quies rest, and prob. to E. while, n. See While, and cf. Coy, a., Quiesce, Quietus, Quit, a., Quite, Requiem.]

1. In a state of rest or calm; without stir, motion, or agitation; still; as, a quiet sea; quiet air.

They . . . were quiet all the night, saying, In the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him.
Judg. xvi. 2.

2. Free from noise or disturbance; hushed; still.

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