nounplural noun Qs, plural noun Q's
1The seventeenth letter of the alphabet.‘I encountered some difficulty when required to pronounce the letter Q.’
- ‘The Q virus infects the letter Q on your machine, causing potential damage to any document with a Q in it.’
- ‘The glossy alabaster white embossment was the silhouette of a horse with the letter Q on its flanks.’
- 1.1Denoting the next after P in a set of items, categories, etc.‘Each element of the set Q occurs exactly once in each row and each column of the table.’
- ‘All of the currently considered stocks in group q remain in the portfolio.’
1Quarter (used to refer to a specified quarter of the financial year)
- ‘we expect to have an exceptional Q4’
2Queen (used especially in describing card games and recording moves in chess)
- ‘17 Qb4’
- ‘Q: What's the problem? A: I don't feel well’
Denoting the hypothetical source of the passages shared by the gospels of Matthew and Luke, but not found in Mark.
Probably from German Quelle ‘source’.
Mid 19th century initial letter of quantity.