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quad1

[kwod] /kwɒd/
noun, Informal.
1.
a quadrangle, as on a college campus.
Origin of quad1
1810-1820
1810-20; shortened form

quad2

[kwod] /kwɒd/ Printing.
noun
1.
Also called quadrat. a piece of type metal of less height than the lettered types, serving to cause a blank in printed matter, used for spacing.
verb (used with object), quadded, quadding.
2.
to space out (matter) by means of quads.
Origin
1875-80; short for quadrat
Related forms
unquadded, adjective

quad3

[kwod] /kwɒd/
noun, Informal.
1.
a quadruplet.
Origin
1895-1900; shortened form

quad4

[kwod] /kwɒd/ Informal.
adjective
noun
2.
quadraphonic sound, or an electronic system for reproducing it:
The recording sounded best in quad.
Origin
by shortening

quad5

[kwod] /kwɒd/
adjective
1.
designating or comprising four persons or things:
rates for quad occupancy; a quad-level house.
noun
2.
Informal. quadruple occupancy:
Rates are based on quad.
Origin
shortening of quadruple or words formed with quadri-

quad6

[kwod] /kwɒd/
noun, Informal.
1.
quadriplegic:
a special ward for quads.
Origin
by shortening

quad.

quads

[kwodz] /kwɒdz/
plural noun, Informal.
1.
quadriceps muscles.
Origin
by shortening
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Examples from the Web for quad
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  • I realize now that I may have been falling into the trap of solipsism, “who watches the quad,” et cetera, type of thing.

    On Handling the Data M. I. Mayfield
  • I bolted lunch with Pellams at his house and came back to the quad.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • Somehow more windows looking upon the quad were populated with flickering watchful faces.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • "The men are making a terrible riot in quad," he said, answering the other's remark.

    The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang
  • I drew a prize in the shape of the common side of the first Boston quad.

    Danger Signals John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
British Dictionary definitions for quad

quad1

/kwɒd/
noun
1.
short for quadrangle (sense 2)

quad2

/kwɒd/
noun
1.
(printing) a block of type metal used for spacing

quad3

/kwɒd/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of quod

quad4

/kwɒd/
noun
1.
short for quadruplet (sense 1)

quad5

/kwɒd/
adjective, noun
1.
short for quadraphonic or quadraphonics See quadraphonic
noun
2.
(anatomy) short for quadriceps

quad.

abbreviation
1.
quadrangle
2.
quadrilateral
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Contemporary definitions for quad
noun

See quad bike

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Word Origin and History for quad

1820 as a shortening of quadrangle (n.) in the building sense (in this case "quadrangle of a college," Oxford student slang); 1880 as short for quadrat (n.); 1896 as quadruplet (n.), originally "bicycle for four riders;" later "one of four young at a single birth" (1951, of armadillos); 1970 as quadraphonic (adj.). Related: Quads.

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Slang definitions & phrases for quad

quad

noun

  1. Any architectural quadrangle, esp one at a college or university (1820+)
  2. quod (1804+)
  3. A car having four headlights (1950s+ Hot rodders)
  4. An idiot; fool; spaz, tard: I feel like such a quad, falling on my face while skating with those cute boys (1990s+ Canadian students)

[said to be a shortening of quadrilateral, ''square'']

quads

noun

A set of four headlights on a car (1950s+ Hot rodders)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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quad in Technology

character
The rectangle or box glyph used in the APL language for various arcane purposes mostly related to I/O.
[Jargon File]
(2007-05-31)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for quad

quad

1.
quadraphonic
2.
quadriceps (thigh muscle)
3.
quadruplet

Quad

quadrangle

quad.

1.
quadrangle
2.
quadrant
3.
quadrilateral
4.
quadrillion

quads

quadriceps (thigh muscles)
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