What does query mean?

Definitions for query
ˈkwɪər i, ˈkwɛr ique·ry

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word query.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. question, inquiry, enquiry, query, interrogationverb

    an instance of questioning

    "there was a question about my training"; "we made inquiries of all those who were present"

  2. question, queryverb

    pose a question


  1. querynoun

    A question or inquiry.

    The teacher answered the student's query concerning biosynthesis.

  2. querynoun

    A question mark.

  3. querynoun

    A set of instructions passed to a database.

    The database admin switched on query logging for debugging purposes.

  4. queryverb

    To ask, inquire.

  5. queryverb

    To ask a question.

  6. queryverb

    To question or call into doubt.

  7. queryverb

    To pass a query to a database to retrieve information.

  8. Etymology: An anglicisation of quere, an obsolete variant form of quaere, second-person singular present active imperative of quaero. Compare question.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Querynoun

    A question; an enquiry to be resolved.

    Etymology: from quære, Lat.

    I shall conclude, with proposing only some queries, in order to a farther search to be made by others. Newton.

    This shews the folly of this query, that might always be demanded, that would impiously and absurdly attempt to tie the arm of omnipotence from doing any thing at all, because it can never do its utmost. Richard Bentley.

  2. To Queryverb

    To ask questions.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Three Cambridge sophs
    Each prompt to query, answer and debate. Alexander Pope.


  1. query

    A query refers to a request for specific information from a database or system. In the context of computing, it is a method used to retrieve or manipulate data from a structured database system using a specific language, such as SQL. It can also generally refer to any question or inquiry made to gather information, clarify a point or fact, or for solving a problem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Querynoun

    a question; an inquiry to be answered or solved

  2. Querynoun

    a question in the mind; a doubt; as, I have a query about his sincerity

  3. Querynoun

    an interrogation point [?] as the sign of a question or a doubt

  4. Queryverb

    to ask questions; to make inquiry

  5. Queryverb

    to have a doubt; as, I query if he is right

  6. Queryverb

    to put questions about; to elicit by questioning; to inquire into; as, to query the items or the amount; to query the motive or the fact

  7. Queryverb

    to address questions to; to examine by questions

  8. Queryverb

    to doubt of; to regard with incredulity

  9. Queryverb

    to write " query" (qu., qy., or ?) against, as a doubtful spelling, or sense, in a proof. See Quaere

  10. Etymology: [L. quaere, imperative sing. of quaerere, quaesitum to seek or search for, to ask, inquire. Cf. Acquire, Conquer, Exquisite, Quest, Require.]


  1. Query

    Quakers use the term Query to refer to a question or series of questions used for reflection and in spiritual exercises. Friends have used Queries as tools for offering spiritual challenges to the community for much of their history. Queries often take the form of a collection of themed questions that are read at the beginning of a time of worship or reflection. Many yearly meetings maintain a set of basic queries in their books of Faith and Practice to provide guidance on certain issues over time. Individuals often offer queries from time to time to provide a spiritual challenge to their local community of Friends.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Query

    kwē′ri, n. an inquiry: the mark of interrogation.—v.t. to inquire into: to question: to doubt of: to mark with a query.—v.i. to question:—pa.t. and pa.p. quē′ried.adj. Ques′itive, interrogatory. [L. quære, imper. of quærĕre, quæsitum, to inquire.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. QUERY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Query is ranked #24201 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Query surname appeared 1,038 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Query.

    93.5% or 971 total occurrences were White.
    2.9% or 31 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 22 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'query' in Nouns Frequency: #2838

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of query in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of query in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of query in a Sentence

  1. Robert Francis:

    The same query, over and over.

  2. Daniel Russel:

    Nobody in their right mind is going to try to stop the U.S. Navy from operating - that would not be a good bet, but it’s not enough that a U.S. military plane can overfly international waters, even if there is challenge or hailing query ... We believe that every country and all civilian actors should have unfettered access to international waters and international airspace.

  3. President Nicolas Maduro:

    I heard something about a query, I don’t know what it is for, i have listened, but very vague. Almost nothing.

  4. Margrethe Vestager:

    However, dominant companies have a responsibility not to abuse their market position either in the market where they are dominant or in neighboring markets, this is about consumers getting the best possible results of their query.

  5. Javed Hamim Kakar:

    If you send them a query they respond very fast, but accuracy is always a question. Propaganda is part of fighting, the Taliban are very good at it.

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