noun (plural qualities)
- 1 [mass noun] The standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something: an improvement in product quality [count noun]: people today enjoy a better quality of lifeMore example sentences
- As no standard accepted instrument measures sleep quality, we used effect sizes of the change in scores.
- Since degree results are now a measure of teaching quality, there's an incentive to give better scores.
- A number of questions about the clinical utility of quality of life measures remain unanswered.
- 1.1General excellence of standard or level: a masterpiece for connoisseurs of qualityMore example sentences
- The design community should push the boundaries and bring the standard of quality to a higher level.
- Poor general quality and finishing are the usual indicators of fake toys and parents are advised to buy from recognised retailers.
- Most significant is the fact that Shanghai Automobile Industrial Company gained this level of quality through co-operation.
- 1.2 (usually qualities) British short for quality paper.More example sentences
- The middle grouping make up the majority readership of these scandal sheets, but they are also much less likely to read the qualities.
- A few of my favourite things - sweet peas, long walks, and tea in bed reading the qualities on a Sunday.
- The ‘qualities’ usually have in-depth news items, backed up by articles written by staff writers or outsiders interpreting the news.
- 1.3 • archaic High social standing: commanding the admiration of people of qualityMore example sentences
- Thus, we find descriptions of the professional nurses as “women of quality, sensible, kindly, home-makers, endowed with sympathy, brains, and tact.”
- Tague shows how this rhetoric, although often seen as representing the rise of middle class ideology, was in fact adopted and exploited by wealthy, fashionable ‘women of quality’.
- Women were starting to make their voices heard and one of them, Mary Cowper De Grey, recounts the story of a group of ladies of quality who are determined to make Shakespeare fashionable.
- 1.4 [treated as plural] • archaic People of high social standing: he’s dazed at being called on to speak before qualityMore example sentences
- "But he does want it all the same, very bad - don't you, Jem? - only, you see, he's dazed at being called on to speak before quality."
- ‘Aren't you ashamed to expose yourself before quality in that way?” said his wife, in an angry tone.
- 2A distinctive attribute or characteristic possessed by someone or something: he shows strong leadership qualities the plant’s aphrodisiac qualitiesMore example sentences
- Lack of charisma, timidity and humility seem to be the criteria that negate strong leadership qualities.
- Reputed to have aphrodisiac qualities, the plant resembles fennel, and used to be collected for sale at London markets.
- It's a triangular route, taking in the raised ground at the join of two valleys, and each side has distinctive qualities.
- 2.1 Phonetics The distinguishing characteristic or characteristics of a speech sound.More example sentences
- The writing system doesn't separate the quality of the vowel from its nasalization.
- Coco has alliterative and assonantal qualities that also make it memorable from an aural standpoint.
- The categorical versus the gradient quality of nasalization in Sundanese versus English indicated that nasalization is indeed phonological in Sundanese and phonetic in English.
- 2.2 Astrology Any of three properties (cardinal, fixed, or mutable), representing types of movement, that a zodiacal sign can possess.More example sentences
- In vedic astrology, Virgo has some qualities of air, because mercury is considered an airy planet for them.
- Each and every sign of the zodiac is associated with both an element and a quality.
- Those influenced by a mutable quality in their horoscope also enjoy learning, play fair and are diplomatic and well-liked by others.
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- Of good quality; excellent: he’s a quality playerMore example sentences
- But all three sides have excellent managers, quality players and this time around they know what they are up against.
- It's wonderful to work with real quality players but it's just as satisfying to see the younger players develop and learn.
- We have all seen that Clarke is a wonderful player of quality spin bowling.
Middle English (in the senses 'character, disposition' and 'particular property or feature'): from Old French qualite, from Latin qualitas (translating Greek poiotēs), from qualis 'of what kind, of such a kind'.