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query (KWIR ee) (noun)
A question, an inquiry, or a doubt: Janine said she had a query for the politician about the claims that he just made in his speech.
query (KWIR ee) (verb)
To ask questions or to seek authoritative information: James wanted to query his astronomy professor about the phases of the moon.
question (KWES chuhn) (verb)
1. To examine or to interrogate in an intensive manner: Jennifer was afraid the school principal will want to question her about the broken window.
2. To examine or to analyze: The lab technician was determined to question every aspect of the experiment before writing her report.
question (KWES chuhn) (noun)
1. A request or order to bring a matter under discussion to a vote in a meeting: At the union meeting, the president called the question before everyone had an opportunity to speak.
3. Opportunity for a doubt or an objection: There is no question that he is a fine doctor and surgeon.
4. The act or instance of asking for information: In the morning, Tony will pose a question to his daughter about the film she went to see.
quest (KWEST) (verb)
To search or to ask for: Lorna plans to quest at the baking supply store about where to buy the best chocolate.
quest (KWEST) (noun)
1. An investigation or search: The police were on a quest to find the source of leaked information.
2. A chivalrous undertaking typically involving an adventurous trip or journey often associated with medieval literature: The knight went on a quest to find the beautiful girl of his dreams.
inquiry (in KWIGHR ee, IN kwighr" ee) (noun)
1. A well-organized and systematic investigation, often into a matter of public interest: After the scandal broke, the prime minister ordered an inquiry into the misspent funds.
2. An appeal or request for information: Stanley will make an inquiry at the library information desk about the film he wants to borrow.

In its quest to understand the difficult issues facing the hospital, the board members demanded an inquiry be undertaken to answer the question: What happened to the significant donations received last year?

This was the query of Ms. Jones who wished to make a donation but wanted an accounting of all previous gifts and donations.

question (s) (noun), questions (pl)
1. Inquiring for information or for a reply: When people ask questions, they usually end it with a question mark, if written; or with a rising intonation of their voices, when they speak.
2. A doubt or uncertainty about someone or something: There was some question about whether Jane actually accomplished all of the things that she listed during her presentation.
3. A matter that is the subject of discussion, debate, or negotiation: At the end of his lecture, Professor Younge answered questions from his students.
4. A problem to be discussed or solved in an examination: The lawyer, Mr. Evans, presented several questions to the witness in court about her claims of being abused by her husband.
(euphemisms, question-begging, declarifications, and cloudy vagueness sometimes designed to make lies sound truthful)
Word Entries containing the term: “question
May I ask you a question?
Wouldn't it be better to say: "May I ask you something?"
-From an anonymous contributer.
This entry is located in the following unit: Pleonasms or Tautological Redundancies (page 13)
rhetorical question (s) (noun), rhetorical questions (pl)
A question that is asked for effect rather than for an answer: Thomas asked, "Do you people want to lose the shirt off your backs and end up in the poorhouse?"

Such a rhetorical question suggests that the speaker is about to offer his listeners a plan that will enable them to avoid this disastrous condition.

This entry is located in the following unit: rhetor- (page 1)
Word Entries at Get Words containing the term: “question
Question Mark
The question mark unit of punctuation marks.
This entry is located in the following unit: Index of Punctuation Marks (page 1)
question mark (s) (noun), question marks (pl)
This ? is used at the end of a sentence to indicate a question.
This entry is located in the following unit: Punctuation Marks with Symbols, Explanations, and Examples (page 1)
The Question Mark ?

This punctuation mark is well known and like the period, it means that a thought has been completely expressed, but it also tells the reader that the writer has not expressed the sentence or thought as an assertion but is asking something.

"Jim fell down." "Jim fell down?" The first sentence means one thing; the second means something quite different.

Since the initial capital letters and the three-worded thoughts are exactly the same in both sentences, the differences in meanings are communicated only by the different punctuation marks at the ends of the two sentences and these differences can be communicated in no other way known to writing and printing.


Why is a question mark?
What can it be?
Already you've two of them. How about three?
It looks like an acrobat perched on a ball
Who has to be nimble or else he will fall.
His legs come down straight,
But his back is a curve,
And keeping his balance
Takes talent
And Nerve.
Or is it like smoke that comes lazily curling
From a blaze underneath in a ball that is twirling?
Or a hook used for hanging?
Or maybe a genie
Coming out of a bottle?
(The bottle is teeny.)

Whatever it looks like (have you a suggestion?),
The question mark raises (and lowers) a question.
No reason to scorn it or ever to doubt it.
This mark's made its mark.
Any question about it?

—This poem is compiled from On Your Marks, A Package of Punctuation
by Richard Armour; McGraw-Hill Book Company; New York; 1969; pages 20-21.
This entry is located in the following unit: Questions Mark Punctuation (page 1)