What does quality mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term quality:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. quality(noun)

    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

    "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare

  2. quality, caliber, calibre(noun)

    a degree or grade of excellence or worth

    "the quality of students has risen"; "an executive of low caliber"

  3. quality, character, lineament(noun)

    a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something

    "each town has a quality all its own"; "the radical character of our demands"

  4. timbre, timber, quality, tone(noun)

    (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)

    "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"

  5. quality(adj)

    high social status

    "a man of quality"

  6. choice, prime(a), prize, quality, select(adj)

    of superior grade

    "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches"

  7. quality(adj)

    of high social status

    "people of quality"; "a quality family"

Wiktionary

  1. quality(Noun)

    Level of excellence

  2. quality(Noun)

    The third step in OPQRST where the responder investigates what the NOI/MOI feels like.

    To identify quality try asking, "what does it feel like?".

  3. quality(Noun)

    A property or an attribute that differentiates a thing or person.

  4. quality(Noun)

    In a two-phase liquid-vapor mixture, the ratio of the mass of vapor present to the total mass of the mixture.

  5. quality(Noun)

    High social position. (See also the quality.)

  6. quality(Noun)

    The degree to which a man-made object or system is free from bugs and flaws, as opposed to scope of functions or quantity of items.

  7. quality(Adjective)

    Being of good worth, well made, fit for purpose.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quality(noun)

    the condition of being of such and such a sort as distinguished from others; nature or character relatively considered, as of goods; character; sort; rank

  2. Quality(noun)

    special or temporary character; profession; occupation; assumed or asserted rank, part, or position

  3. Quality(noun)

    that which makes, or helps to make, anything such as it is; anything belonging to a subject, or predicable of it; distinguishing property, characteristic, or attribute; peculiar power, capacity, or virtue; distinctive trait; as, the tones of a flute differ from those of a violin in quality; the great quality of a statesman

  4. Quality(noun)

    an acquired trait; accomplishment; acquisition

  5. Quality(noun)

    superior birth or station; high rank; elevated character

Freebase

  1. Quality

    Quality in business, engineering and manufacturing has a pragmatic interpretation as the non-inferiority or superiority of something; it is also defined as fitness for purpose. Quality is a perceptual, conditional and somewhat subjective attribute and may be understood differently by different people. Consumers may focus on the specification quality of a product/service, or how it compares to competitors in the marketplace. Producers might measure the conformance quality, or degree to which the product/service was produced correctly. Support personnel may measure quality in the degree that a product is reliable, maintainable, or sustainable. Simply put, a quality item has the ability to perform satisfactorily in service and is suitable for its intended purpose. There are five aspects of quality in a business context: ⁕Producing - providing something. ⁕Checking - confirming that something has been done correctly. ⁕Quality Control - controlling a process to ensure that the outcomes are predictable. ⁕Quality Management – directing an organisation so that it optimises its performance through analysis and improvement. ⁕Quality Assurance – obtaining confidence that a product or service will be satisfactory.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quality

    kwol′i-ti, n. that which makes a thing what it is: property: peculiar power: acquisition: character: rank: superior birth or character: (logic) the character of a proposition as affirmative or negative: (Shak.) character in respect to dryness or moisture, heat or cold: (Shak.) cause, occasion.—adj. Qual′itātive, relating to quality: (chem.) determining the nature of components.—adv. Qual′itātively.—adj. Qual′itied, furnished with qualities.—Accidental quality, a quality whose removal would not impair the identity of its subject, as opposed to an Essential quality; The quality, persons of high rank, collectively. [Fr.,—L. qualitas, qualitatis.]

Editors Contribution

  1. quality

    An element of a person's natural soul.

    They girl had beautiful qualities in her soul and her future husband.

  2. quality

    The element or nature of an animal, human being or thing.

    Animals, human beings and things have different qualities.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quality' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #585

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quality' in Written Corpus Frequency: #820

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'quality' in Nouns Frequency: #201

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quality in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6



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