Webster 1913 Edition
qualishow constituted, as; akin to E.
The condition of being of such and such a sort as distinguished from others; nature or character relatively considered, as of goods; character; sort; rank.
We lived most joyful, obtaining acquaintance with many of the city not of the meanest
Special or temporary character; profession; occupation; assumed or asserted rank, part, or position.
I made that inquiry in
qualityof an antiquary.
That which makes, or helps to make, anything such as it is; anything belonging to a subject, or predicable of it; distinguishing property, characteristic, or attribute; peculiar power, capacity, or virtue; distinctive trait;
as, the tones of a flute differ from those of a violin in
quality; the great
qualityof a statesman.
☞ Qualities, in metaphysics, are primary or secondary. Primary are those essential to the existence, and even the conception, of the thing, as of matter or spirit Secondary are those not essential to such a conception.
An acquired trait; accomplishment; acquisition.
He had those
qualitiesof horsemanship, dancing, and fencing which accompany a good breeding.
Superior birth or station; high rank; elevated character.“Persons of quality.”
a kind of worsted tape used in Scotland for binding carpets, and the like.–
those of high rank or station, as distinguished from
the masses, or common people; the nobility; the gentry.
I shall appear at the masquerade dressed up in my feathers, that
the qualitymay see how pretty they will look in their traveling habits.
Syn. – Property; attribute; nature; peculiarity; character; sort; rank; disposition; temper.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Property; that which belongs to a body or substance, or can be predicated of it. Qualities are natural or accidental. thus whiteness is a natural quality of snow; softness is a natural quality of wool and fur; hardness is a natural quality of metals and wood; figure and dimension are the natural qualities of solids; but a particular figure, as a cube, a square or a sphere, is an accidental or adventitious quality. The fluidity of metals is an accidental quality. Essential qualities are such as are necessary to constitute a thing what it is. Sensible qualities are such as are perceptible to the senses, as the light of the sun, the color of cloth, the taste of salt or sugar, &c.
2.Nature, relatively considered; as the quality of an action, in regard to right and wrong.
Other creatures have not judgment to examine the quality of that which is done by them.
3.Virtue or particular power of producing certain effects; as the qualities of plants or medicines.
Tonight we'll wander through the streets, and note the qualities of people.
5.Virtue or vice; as good qualities, or bad qualities.
6.Acquirement; accomplishment; as the qualities of horsemanship, dancing and fencing.
The attorney partakes of both qualities, that of a judge of the court, and that of attorney general.
8.Comparative rank; condition in relation to others; as people of every quality.
We obtained acquaintance with many citizens, not of the meanest quality.
9.Superior rank; superiority of birth or station; as persons of quality; ladies of quality.
10.Persons of high rank, collectively.
I shall appear at the masquerade dressed up in my feathers, that the quality may see how pretty they will look in their traveling habits.