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EQ 1

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noun

[mass 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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  • The volume goes high enough to keep those who like loud music happy and with 4 preset EQ settings you can also have limited control of the sound.
  • There was also a very nice array of reverb, dynamic, EQ and other signal processing available.
  • Even a dummy can hear how excellent this EQ sounds.

Origin

1970s: short for equalization or equalizer.

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EQ 2 Line breaks: EQ

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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  • We have all heard of IQ, and most of us by now have heard of EQ.
  • His work has recently focused on developing EQ "profiles," which reveal the specific competencies that characterize high performers in a range of professions.
  • I would add that from what I have read on EQ, or Emotional Intelligence, people skills matter even more.

Origin

1940s: on the pattern of IQ.

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