A family of ducks were slowly paddling about in front of me, making little furrows in the quiet water and giving an occasional placid quack.Arnim, Elizabeth von
It is quadrilateral in shape, consisting of four unequal sides flanked by towers and built round a courtyard.Various
In a moment they were on all fours, hopping about like so many quadrupeds.Patchin, Frank Gee
Gareth gave it to him, and quaffed deeply of the refreshing draught, for he was burning with thirst.Morris, Charles
The heavy rain had reduced this low-lying ground to a veritable quagmire, making progress very difficult even for one as unburdened as he was.Putnam Weale, B. L. (Bertram Lenox)
She lives in a quaint old-fashioned house with casement windows and deep window seats, old oak staircase and panelled rooms.Strang, Mrs. Herbert
All schools need administrators who are highly qualified, dedicated to the profession and not hired due to political connections.Washington Post (Aug 22, 2011)
The housing bust wiped away $7 trillion in household equity, leaving many homeowners with too much debt to qualify for new loans.Wall Street Journal (May 9, 2012)
Qualitative research can help entrepreneurs to understand their customers’ or clients’ feelings, values, and perceptions of a particular product or service.
Kenneth had no qualms about asking a neighboring table at the country club to stop cussing with his daughters in earshot.
Colleges and universities are in a quandary: Spending cuts, combined with a freeze on tuition, mean fewer teachers and the closing of certain programs.New York Times (Feb 20, 2012)
Agencies have not traditionally hired for skills like “number crunching, data visualization, quantitative analysis,” Mr. Neumann said.New York Times (Oct 30, 2011)
Producing big quantities in America has become harder, as the authorities have cracked down on bulk purchases of the ingredients.
Physicists have used all manner of quantum objects to store qubits—electrons, atomic nuclei, photons and so on.Scientific American (Apr 11, 2012)
The exact time when it is safe for a person to come out of quarantine and resume ordinary life varies in different diseases.Cross, American Red
The slightest quarrel, the most commonplace street brawl are pretexts for rival factions to come out in battle array.Bastide, Charles
But what about quarries from which are taken building stone, salt, kaolin or clay?Hoskin, Arthur J.
More than 500 people are thought to have been killed since mid-March as the security forces try to quash dissent.
The harbour accommodation is extensive and excellent, large new docks and quays having been recently built, and other works being under construction or contemplated.Various
The ground still shook under his feet, and his insides were producing the queasy symptoms of motion sickness.Goodwin, Harold L. (Harold Leland)
Burned cars and tires littered a street as police used tear gas to quell demonstrators who threw rocks and small explosives, local TV footage showed.
No fire was visible anywhere; every bit had been quenched by the flood which came in after Lutchi propped up the sky.Curtin, Jeremiah
In the first place, she is not rich; I could tell that by the querulous complaints of her middle‑class mother.Du Maurier, George
“How can such things be?” queried Reuben, stroking his beard in perplexity.Johnston, Annie F. (Annie Fellows)
In the never-ending quest to cut costs and increase money paid out of pocket by customers, airline perks have been disappearing for years.
Voters queued up in orderly lines in Taipei and other cities islandwide after polls opened at 8 a.m.
Philosophy, Sports People often dismiss philosophical disputes as mere quibbles about words. New York Times (Mar 16, 2012)
Under normal conditions, only a fraction of these blood-forming stem cells are active; the rest are deeply quiescent – asleep.
She took the vacant seat with a sort of frozen quietude, and her limbs seemed to settle themselves rigidly into positions where they remained immovable.Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt
This composition, in many ways the most wonderful single piece we have from Chopin, is the quintessence of his genius.Spalding, Walter Raymond
When Turkle said she had been at funerals where people checked their iPhones, Colbert quipped: “We all say goodbye in our own way.”
There are a few annoying quirks: For example, the PlayBook took a long time when scrolling through long documents or Web pages.Seattle Times (Apr 16, 2011)
Quirky experiences abound: A vintage clothing store in a double-decker bus!
Naturally enough, the attitude taken up by the Christians earned them fresh attacks from the Quisling followers.Snoek, Johan Martinus
His last words had scarcely rung out when my horse began to quiver under me and sway backward and forward.Weyman, Stanley John
Granted, Latin American integration is an elusive if not quixotic goal: the region stretches farther than Africa, and its nations’ interests are just as balkanized.
Not too long ago, wearing Chicago Blackhawks gear would earn you quizzical looks or jokes about being the last of the team’s fans.Seattle Times (Jun 1, 2010)
Without a quorum of four, the commission was unable to do even basic things such as approving public funding for presidential candidates.Slate (Jan 25, 2011)
“Better fifty years of Europe Than a cycle of Cathay,” murmured Dick, yielding once more to his chronic habit of quotation.Duffield, J. W.
More seriously, plenty of quotidian consumer staples, such as children’s clothes, come from China.