[kwid-i-tee] /ˈkwɪd ɪ ti/
noun, plural quiddities.
the quality that makes a thing what it is; the essential nature of a thing.
a trifling nicety of subtle distinction, as in argument.
noun (pl) -ties
(philosophy) the essential nature of something Compare haecceity
a petty or trifling distinction; quibble
a subtlety or quibbling point; triviality
Latin quid ‘something’ + -ity
“a trifling nicety in argument, a quibble,” 1530s, from Medieval Latin quidditas “the essence of things,” in Scholastic philosophy, “that which distinguishes a thing from other things,” literally “whatness,” from Latin quid “what,” neuter of indefinite pronoun quis “somebody, someone or other” (see who). Sense developed from scholastic disputes over the nature of things. Original classical meaning “real essence or nature of a thing” is attested in English from late 14c.
[kwid-nuhngk] /ˈkwɪdˌnʌŋk/ noun 1. a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody. /ˈkwɪdˌnʌŋk/ noun 1. a person eager to learn news and scandal; gossipmonger n. “gossip-monger,” 1709, formed from Latin quid “what?” (neuter of interrogative pronoun quis “who?;” see who) and nunc “now” (see now), to describe […]
[kwid proh kwoh] /ˈkwɪd proʊ ˈkwoʊ/ noun, plural quid pro quos, quids pro quo for 2. 1. (italics) Latin. one thing in return for another. 2. something that is given or taken in return for something else; substitute. /ˈkwɪd prəʊ ˈkwəʊ/ noun (pl) quid pro quos 1. a reciprocal exchange 2. something given in compensation, […]
v. 1821, from Latin quiescere (see quiescent). networking To render quiescent, i.e. temporarily inactive or disabled. For example to quiesce a device (such as a digital modem). It is also a system command in MAX TNT software which is used to “Temporarily disable a modem or DS0 channel”. Also used as an adjective, in the […]
[kwee-es-uh nt, kwahy-] /kwiˈɛs ənt, kwaɪ-/ adjective 1. being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless: a quiescent mind. /kwɪˈɛsənt/ adjective 1. quiet, inactive, or dormant n. 1630s, from Latin quiescentia, from quiescere (see quiescent). adj. c.1600, from Latin quiescentem (nominative quiescens), present participle of quiescere, inchoative verb formed from quies “rest, quiet” (see quiet […]