quality[kwôl′ə tē, kwäl′-]
- The definition of a quality is a distinctive characteristic or trait.
An example of quality is kindness.
- Quality is a judgment of how excellent something or someone is.
- An example of quality is a product that won't break easily.
- An example of quality is a well-made product.
- any of the features that make something what it is; characteristic element; attribute
- basic nature; character; kind
- the degree of excellence which a thing possesses
- excellence; superiority
- Now Rare position, capacity, or role
- Now Rare high social position
- Now Chiefly Dial. people of high social position
- Acoustics the property of a tone determined by its overtones; timbre
- Logic that characteristic of a proposition according to which it is classified as affirmative or negative
- Phonet. the distinctive character of a vowel sound as determined by the resonance of the vocal cords and the shape of the air passage above the larynx when the sound is produced
Origin of qualityMiddle English qualite ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin qualitas ; from qualis, of what kind: see quale
- a. An inherent or distinguishing characteristic; a property: the medicinal qualities of a plant.b. A personal trait, especially a character trait: “The most vital quality a soldier can possess is self-confidence” (George S. Patton).
- Essential character; nature: “The quality of mercy is not strain'd” (Shakespeare).
- a. Superiority of kind: an intellect of unquestioned quality.b. Degree or grade of excellence: yard goods of low quality.
- Investments that have a low risk of loss or default: the flight to quality.
- a. High social position: people of quality.b. Those in a high social position: likes to associate with quality.
- Music Timbre, as determined by harmonics: a voice with a distinctive metallic quality.
- Linguistics The character of a vowel sound determined by the size and shape of the oral cavity and the amount of resonance with which the sound is produced.
- Logic The positive or negative character of a proposition.
Origin of qualityMiddle English qualite, from Old French, from Latin quālitās, quālitāt-, from quālis, of what kind; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural qualities)
- (uncountable) Level of excellence
- This school is well-known for having teachers of high quality.
- Quality of life is usually determined by health, education, and income.
- (countable) A property or an attribute that differentiates a thing or person.
- One of the qualities of pure iron is that it does not rust easily.
- While being impulsive can be great for artists, it is not a desirable quality for engineers.
- Security, stability, and efficiency are good qualities of an operating system.
- (archaic) High social position. (See also the quality.)
- A peasant is not allowed to fall in love with a lady of quality.
- Membership of this golf club is limited to those of quality and wealth.
- (uncountable) The degree to which a man-made object or system is free from bugs and flaws, as opposed to scope of functions or quantity of items.
- (thermodynamics) In a two-phase liquid–vapor mixture, the ratio of the mass of vapor present to the total mass of the mixture.
- (emergency medicine, countable) The third step in OPQRST where the responder investigates what the NOI/MOI feels like.
- To identify quality try asking, "what does it feel like?".
- Adjectives often applied to "quality": high, good, excellent, exceptional, great, outstanding, satisfactory, acceptable, sufficient, adequate, poor, low, bad, inferior, dubious, environmental, visual, optical, industrial, total, artistic, educational, physical, musical, chemical, spiritual, intellectual, architectural, mechanical.
(comparative more quality, superlative most quality)
From Middle English, from Old French qualité, from Latin qualitatem, accusative of qualitas, from qualis (“of what kind”), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷo- (“who, how”). Cicero coined qualitas as a calque to translate the Ancient Greek word ποιότης (poiótes, “quality”), coined by Plato from ποῖος (poios, “of what nature, of what kind”).