Confusing Words Clarified: Group Q, Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "Q" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
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2. An individual who pretends to be a medical doctor; someone whose medical practice is suspect or not authorized; a charlatan: Mildred always joked that she was going to see her quack about her arthritis.
That quack almost killed Marvin's brother by prescribing the wrong medication.
The quack doctor had a signature laugh which sounded just like the quack of a duck.
Peter was determined that he would not quail in the face of danger.
The quail is a timid bird; if it hears a loud sound, it will quail and huddle close to the ground so it won't be seen.
2. To shake violently: The explosion made the whole house quake.
Ryan's first reaction to the earth quake was to quake in his boots and run out of the house into the open area.
A statistical arbitrage quant works on finding patterns in data to suggest automated trades.
Mary Quant was a British designer during the 1960s. It was said that her models were often photographed sitting in a boat using a quant to propel it across the lake.
Rumor had it that given her financial success, Mary Quant hired a professional quant to promote her stock in the financial markets.
2. A diamond shaped piece of glass or tile: Over the front door was a decorative pane of glass comprised of blue and red quarry.
While pursuing Victor's quarry, he found himself on the precipice of the abandoned stone quarry.
2. British units of liquid measurements equal to two British pints or 1.14 liters each: The hostess served her guests two quarts of liquid refreshments.
Helena was an avid collector of pieces of quartz from all around the world and she had several quarts of quartz pieces exhibited on the mantle in her living room.
2. To examine or to analyze: The lab technician was determined to question every aspect of the experiment before writing her report.
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.
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.
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.
Jane said, "Hey, Dale, you will have to be quick if you want to get tickets for the concert tomorrow."
2. Alive; living; animate; as opposed to dead or inanimate: An archaic term, quick is known mostly from the Bible (the quick and the dead).
Leonard's quick response to Fay's query cut her to the quick. She only wanted to know if the wonderful character in his novel was quick or dead by the end of the novel.
2. Wholly, completely, entirely, or truly: Rodney's statement about the weather is quite true.
Tamika told the repairman that she was quite capable of fixing this part herself.
Consuelo noticed that it was quite quiet in the library this evening.
2. A spindle upon which to wind yarn: Before Nell could start to use her loom, she needed to wind the yarn on the quill.
The native artist used the quill from the porcupine to create elaborate designs on the cloak of the chief.2. A pen used for writing that is made from the hollow stem or barrel of a feather: Marvin's mother used a quill in order to print carefully on the paper.
Adam's cousin, who had an avid interest in fishing, learned to be very creative. When she needed a new quill for her fishing line, she would use a quill or two from a porcupine that were fastened to her fishing line.
Mollie liked to be old-fashioned and used a quill pen to write directions on how to use a quill to make a quill to use for fishing.
Goldie felt a quiver of anticipation as she came closer to the completion of her project.2. The case for holding and carrying arrows or the arrows so carried: The artist used the quill from the porcupine to decorate the quiver for the arrows which the hunter would use.
Rosetta was excited about the archery competition, but she was afraid that her hand might quiver and it would be difficult for her to get an arrow from the quiver on her back quickly enough to win the archery competition.