There are 2 main definitions of EQ in English:

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EQ 1

noun

The levels of frequency response of an audio signal, or controls which allow their adjustment: judicious use of EQ helps me create a space for each sound [as modifier]: you can save your own EQ settings
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  • Even a dummy can hear how excellent this EQ sounds.
  • On well-produced material, the EQ was fine, but on some older recordings, we found ourselves having to tweak the Windows Media Player EQ to get the best sound.
  • If you're mixing a track and boost the EQ, does the result sound better or worse?

Origin

1970s: short for equalization or equalizer.

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Syllabification: EQ

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There are 2 main definitions of EQ in English:

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EQ 2

noun

Short for emotional intelligence or emotional quotient. EQ enables us to use feelings to boost and complement our IQ he had a high IQ but a low EQ
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  • Teachers should consider both the IQ (intelligence quotient) and the EQ (emotional quotient) of the child's development.
  • In Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman argues for an increased awareness of the relationship between IQ and EQ: "In a sense we have two brains, two minds and two different kinds of intelligence: rational and emotional."
  • His work has recently focused on developing EQ "profiles," which reveal the specific competencies that characterize high performers in a range of professions.

Origin

1940s: on the pattern of IQ.

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Syllabification: EQ

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