40 SAT words Beginning with “Q” – 40 Words


the harsh sound of a duck

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

a four-sided polygon

It is quadrilateral in shape, consisting of four unequal sides flanked by towers and built round a courtyard.Various

an animal especially a mammal having four limbs

In a moment they were on all fours, hopping about like so many quadrupeds.Patchin, Frank Gee

swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught

Gareth gave it to him, and quaffed deeply of the refreshing draught, for he was burning with thirst.Morris, Charles

a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

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)

attractively old-fashioned

She lives in a quaint old-fashioned house with casement windows and deep window seats, old oak staircase and panelled rooms.Strang, Mrs. Herbert

meeting the proper standards and requirements for a task

All schools need administrators who are highly qualified, dedicated to the profession and not hired due to political connections.Washington Post (Aug 22, 2011)

prove capable or fit; meet requirements

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)

involving distinguishing attributes

Qualitative research can help entrepreneurs to understand their customers’ or clients’ feelings, values, and perceptions of a particular product or service.

uneasiness about the fitness of an action

Kenneth had no qualms about asking a neighboring table at the country club to stop cussing with his daughters in earshot.

a situation from which extrication is difficult

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)

expressible as an amount that can be measured

Agencies have not traditionally hired for skills like “number crunching, data visualization, quantitative analysis,” Mr. Neumann said.New York Times (Oct 30, 2011)

how much there is or how many there are of something

Producing big quantities in America has become harder, as the authorities have cracked down on bulk purchases of the ingredients.

the smallest discrete quantity of some physical property

Physicists have used all manner of quantum objects to store qubits—electrons, atomic nuclei, photons and so on.Scientific American (Apr 11, 2012)

isolation to prevent the spread of infectious disease

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

an angry dispute

The slightest quarrel, the most commonplace street brawl are pretexts for rival factions to come out in battle array.Bastide, Charles

a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate

But what about quarries from which are taken building stone, salt, kaolin or clay?Hoskin, Arthur J.

put down by force or intimidation

More than 500 people are thought to have been killed since mid-March as the security forces try to quash dissent.

wharf usually built parallel to the shoreline

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

feeling nausea

The ground still shook under his feet, and his insides were producing the queasy symptoms of motion sickness.Goodwin, Harold L. (Harold Leland)

suppress or crush completely

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.

put out, as of fires, flames, or lights

No fire was visible anywhere; every bit had been quenched by the flood which came in after Lutchi propped up the sky.Curtin, Jeremiah

habitually complaining

In the first place, she is not rich; I could tell that by the querulous complaints of her middle‑class mother.Du Maurier, George

pose a question

“How can such things be?” queried Reuben, stroking his beard in perplexity.Johnston, Annie F. (Annie Fellows)

the act of searching for something

In the never-ending quest to cut costs and increase money paid out of pocket by customers, airline perks have been disappearing for years.

form a line or stand in line

Voters queued up in orderly lines in Taipei and other cities islandwide after polls opened at 8 a.m.

argue over petty things

Philosophy, Sports People often dismiss philosophical disputes as mere quibbles about words. New York Times (Mar 16, 2012)

being quiet or still or inactive

Under normal conditions, only a fraction of these blood-forming stem cells are active; the rest are deeply quiescent – asleep.

a state of peace and quiet

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

the most typical example or representative of a type

This composition, in many ways the most wonderful single piece we have from Chopin, is the quintessence of his genius.Spalding, Walter Raymond

witty remark

When Turkle said she had been at funerals where people checked their iPhones, Colbert quipped: “We all say goodbye in our own way.”

a strange attitude or habit

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)

strikingly unconventional

Quirky experiences abound: A vintage clothing store in a double-decker bus!

someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force

Naturally enough, the attitude taken up by the Christians earned them fresh attacks from the Quisling followers.Snoek, Johan Martinus

shake with fast, tremulous movements

His last words had scarcely rung out when my horse began to quiver under me and sway backward and forward.Weyman, Stanley John

not sensible about practical matters

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.

playfully vexing, especially by ridicule

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)

a gathering of the minimal number of members of a group

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)

a passage or expression that is cited

“Better fifty years of Europe Than a cycle of Cathay,” murmured Dick, yielding once more to his chronic habit of quotation.Duffield, J. W.

found in the ordinary course of events

More seriously, plenty of quotidian consumer staples, such as children’s clothes, come from China.

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