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.Coleridge.
(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
(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. Free from noise or disturbance; hushed; still.