(Quin"tu*ple), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quintupled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Quintupling.] [Cf. F. quintupler.]
To make fivefold, or five times as much or many.
(Quit"tu*ple-nerved` Quin"tu*ple-ribbed`) a. (Bot.) The same as Quinquenerved.
(Quin"zaine) n. [F., from quinze fifteen, L. quindecim. See Fifteen.] The fifteenth day after
a feast day, including both in the reckoning. [Written also quinzain.]
(Quinze) n. [F.] A game at cards in which the object is to make fifteen points.
(Quip) n. [Cf. W. chwip a quick flirt or turn, chwipio to whip, to move briskly, and E. whip. Cf.
Quib, Quibble.] A smart, sarcastic turn or jest; a taunt; a severe retort; a gibe.
Quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles.Milton.
He was full of joke and jest,Tennyson.
But all his merry quips are o'er.
(Quip), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quipped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Quipping ] To taunt; to treat with quips.
The more he laughs, and does her closely quip.Spenser.
(Quip), v. i. To scoff; to use taunts. Sir H. Sidney.
(Qui"po) n. Same as Quipu.
(||Qui"pu) n.; pl. Quipus [Peruv. quipu a knot.] A contrivance employed by the ancient Peruvians,
Mexicans, etc., as a substitute for writing and figures, consisting of a main cord, from which hung at
certain distances smaller cords of various colors, each having a special meaning, as silver, gold, corn,
soldiers. etc. Single, double, and triple knots were tied in the smaller cords, representing definite numbers.
It was chiefly used for arithmetical purposes, and to register important facts and events. [Written also
The mysterious science of the quipus . . . supplied the Peruvians with the means of communicating
their ideas to one another, and of transmitting them to future generations.Prescott.
(Quir"boil*ly`) n. [OE. cuir bouilli.] Leather softened by boiling so as to take any required
shape. Upon drying, it becomes exceedingly hard, and hence was formerly used for armor. [Obs.] "His
jambeux were of quyrboilly." Chaucer.
(Quire) n. See Choir. [Obs.] Spenser.
A quire of such enticing birds.Shak.
(Quire), v. i. To sing in concert. [R.] Shak.
(Quire) n. [OE. quaer, quair, OF. quayer, cayer, caïer, F. cahier, a book of loose sheets, a
quarter of a quire, LL. quaternus, quaternum, sheets of paper packed together, properly, four together,
fr. L. quaterni four each, by fours, quattuor four. See Four, and cf. Cahier.] A collection of twenty-
four sheets of paper of the same size and quality, unfolded or having a single fold; one twentieth of a
(Quir"is*ter) n. [See Quire, Chorister.] A chorister. See Chorister. [R.] Thomson.