1. (a) A flattened ring-shaped piece of iron, to be pitched at a fixed object in play; hence, any heavy flat
missile used for the same purpose, as a stone, piece of iron, etc. (b) pl. A game played with quoits.
2. The discus of the ancients. See Discus.
3. A cromlech. [Prov. Eng.] J. Morley.
(Quoit), v. i. To throw quoits; to play at quoits.
To quoit, to run, and steeds and chariots drive.Dryden.
(Quoit), v. t. To throw; to pitch. [Obs. or R.] Shak.
(Quoke) obs. imp. of Quake. Chaucer.
(Quoll) n. (Zoöl.) A marsupial of Australia (Dasyurus macrurus), about the size of a cat.
(Quon"dam) a. [L., formerly.] Having been formerly; former; sometime. "This is the quondam
(Quon"dam), n. A person dismissed or ejected from a position. [R.] "Make them quondams; .
. . cast them out of their office." Latimer.
(Quook) imp. of Quake. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Quop) v. i. See Quob.
(Quo"rum) n. [L., of whom, gen. pl. of qui who, akin to E. who. See the Note below.] Such
a number of the officers or members of any body as is competent by law or constitution to transact business; as,
a quorum of the House of Representatives; a constitutional quorum was not present.
The term arose from the Latin words, Quorum aliquem vestrum . . . unum esse volumus (of whom
we wish some one of you to be one), which were used in the commission formerly issued to justices of
the peace in England, by which commission it was directed that no business of certain kinds should be
done without the presence of one or more of certain justices specially designated. Justice of the peace
and of the quorum designates a class of justices of the peace in some of the United States.
(Quo"ta) n. [LL., fr. L. quota fr. quotus which or what in number, of what number, how many,
fr. quot how many, akin to quis, qui, who: cf. It. quota a share. See Who.] A proportional part or
share; the share or proportion assigned to each in a division. "Quota of troops and money." Motley.
(Quot"a*ble) a. Capable or worthy of being quoted; as, a quotable writer; a quotable sentence.
Quot`a*bil"i*ty n. Poe.