Definition of quad in English:


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Pronunciation: /kwɒd


  • 1 informal Short for:
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    • At the U, they make their way past the police lines towards some shrubbery on the quad.
    • She will also represent her country in the quad.
    • You have to look for ways to minimize hip action in order to focus completely on your quads.
  • 1.1A quadrangle.
  • 1.2A quadruplet (child).
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    • You'll see what it's like in one household dealing with quads plus two older children.
    • This lady needs a few of these new medals that are coming out for having two sets of quads.
    • The return yesterday of the Murphy quads to the place of their birth was a momentous occasion.
  • 1.3A quadriceps.
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    • It does a great job working your lower body, hitting the quads, glutes, abductors and adductors.
    • As you depress the pedals, you use your quads and hip flexors along with your calf muscles.
    • We recommend a stance with your heels close together to better target your outer quads.
  • 1.4A quad bike.
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    • He scoots me out the door and onto the vacant high-speed quad.
    • Everyone is looking forward to the high-speed quad, though the resort has made no promises.
    • We could not stop him riding his quad and we didn't want to.
  • 1.5Quadraphony.
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    • This means that a quadraphony transmission must be capable of reproduction through a stereo or monaural receiver.
  • 2(In telephony) a group of four insulated conductors twisted together, usually forming two circuits.
    [abbreviation of quadruplex, a telegraphic device invented by Thomas Edison, by means of which four messages could be sent simultaneously over one wire]
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    • These units can contain one, two or eight LEDs, the duals and quads available in tower versions only.
  • 3A radio aerial in the form of a square or rectangle broken in the middle of one side.
    [abbreviation of quadrilateral]
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    • The monthly electric bill to run a high-speed quad can hit $14,000.
  • 4 informal A traditional four-wheeled roller skate.
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    • I have been skating on Ice, roller, quads, blades for over 20 years.
    • Even then, quads aren't as fast as low cut inline speed skates.
    • I'm sure the people kept wondering, ‘Why struggle with those blades when the quads are so much better?’
  • 5 Printing A small metal block in various sizes, lower than type height, used in letterpress printing for filling up short lines.
    [abbreviation of the late 17th-century printing term quadrat]


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  • Quadruple or quadraphonic.
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    • Last year I landed my first quad toe loop.
    • Kurt Browning had a quad toe loop when he turned pro.
    • When I was 19 or 20, I learned the quad toe loop.

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