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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Qual·i·ty n.; pl. Qualities
 1. 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 quality.   --Bacon
 2. Special or temporary character; profession; occupation; assumed or asserted rank, part, or position.
    I made that inquiry in quality of an antiquary.   --Gray.
 3. 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 quality of a statesman.
 Note: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.
 4. An acquired trait; accomplishment; acquisition.
    He had those qualities of horsemanship, dancing, and fencing which accompany a good breeding.   --Clarendon.
 5. Superior birth or station; high rank; elevated character. “Persons of quality.”
 Quality binding, a kind of worsted tape used in Scotland for binding carpets, and the like.
 The quality, 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 quality may see how pretty they will look in their traveling habits.   --Addison.
 Syn: -- Property; attribute; nature; peculiarity; character; sort; rank; disposition; temper.