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Words starting with q

Word Definition
Q 1. the seventeenth letter of the English alphabet, has but one sound (that of k), and is always followed by u, the two letters together being sounded like kw, except in some words in which the u is silent. See Guide to Pronunciation, / 249. Q is not found in Anglo-Saxon, cw being used instead of qu; as in cwic, quick; cwen, queen. The name (k/) is from the French ku, which is from the Latin name of the same letter; its form is from the Latin, which derived it, through a Greek alphabet, from the Ph/nician, the ultimate origin being Egyptian.
2. (n.) the 17th letter of the Roman alphabet
Q fever 1. (n.) an acute disease resembling influenza
qabala 1. (n.) an esoteric or occult matter resembling the Kabbalah that is traditionally secret
qabalah 1. (n.) an esoteric or occult matter resembling the Kabbalah that is traditionally secret
qabalistic 1. (adj.) having a secret or hidden meaning
Qabbala 1. (n.) an esoteric theosophy of rabbinical origin based on the Hebrew scriptures and developed between the 7th and 18th centuries
Qabbalah 1. (n.) an esoteric theosophy of rabbinical origin based on the Hebrew scriptures and developed between the 7th and 18th centuries
Qaddafi 1. (n.) Libyan leader who seized power in a military coup d'etat in 1969; deposed the Libyan monarchy and imposed socialism and Islamic orthodoxy on the country (born in 1942)
Qadhafi 1. (n.) Libyan leader who seized power in a military coup d'etat in 1969; deposed the Libyan monarchy and imposed socialism and Islamic orthodoxy on the country (born in 1942)
qadi 1. (n.) an Islamic judge
Qaeda 1. (n.) a terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; has cells in more than 50 countries
Qandahar 1. (n.) a city in southern Afghanistan; an important trading center
Qara Qum 1. (n.) a desert in Turkmenistan to the south of the Aral Sea
Qassam Brigades 1. (n.) the military arm of Hamas responsible for suicide bombings and other attacks on Israel
qat 1. (n.) the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant
Qatar 1. (n.) a peninsula extending northward from the Arabian mainland into the Persian Gulf
2. (n.) an Arab country on the peninsula of Qatar; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1971; the economy is dominated by oil
Qatar Peninsula 1. (n.) a peninsula extending northward from the Arabian mainland into the Persian Gulf
Qatari 1. (adj.) of or concerning Qatar or its inhabitants
2. (n.) a native or inhabitant of Qatar
Qatari dirham 1. (n.) 100 dirhams equal 1 riyal in Qatar
Qatari monetary unit 1. (n.) monetary unit in Qatar
Qatari riyal 1. (n.) the basic unit of money in Qatar
QCD 1. (n.) a theory of strong interactions between elementary particles (including the interaction that binds protons and neutrons in the nucleus); it assumes that strongly interacting particles (hadrons) are made of quarks and that gluons bind the quarks together
QED 1. (n.) a relativistic quantum theory of the electromagnetic interactions of photons and electrons and muons
qepiq 1. (n.) 100 qepiq equal 1 manat in Azerbaijan
qi 1. (n.) the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health
Qiang 1. (n.) the Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Sichuan
Qiangic 1. (n.) the Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Sichuan
qibla 1. (n.) a small terrorist group of Muslims in South Africa formed in the 1980s; was inspired by Ayatollah Khomeini to create an Islamic state in South Africa
2. (n.) the direction of the Kaaba toward which Muslims turn for their daily prayers
Qin 1. (n.) the Chinese dynasty (from 246 BC to 206 BC) that established the first centralized imperial government and built much of the Great Wall
Qin dynasty 1. (n.) the Chinese dynasty (from 246 BC to 206 BC) that established the first centralized imperial government and built much of the Great Wall