quad
Pronunciation Noun

quad (plural quads)

  1. Four shots of espresso.
  2. (chess) A kind of round-robin tournament between four players, where each participant plays every other participant once.
  3. (Mormonism) The Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price bound in a single volume.
  4. A poster, measuring forty by thirty inches, advertising a cinematic film release.
Adjective

quad (not comparable)

  1. Having four shots of espresso.
Noun

quad (plural quads)

  1. (informal) A quadrangle courtyard.
    • 2014, Walker Orenstein, for Norwest Asian Weekly, Cherry trees from Japan to grace UW campus ↗:
      Every spring, the quad on the University of Washington (UW) campus transforms from a peaceful green space to a bustling habitat for hundreds of shuttering cameras, families, and onlookers.
  2. (informal) A quadruplet infant.
  3. (informal, computer graphics) A quadrilateral.
    • 2010, Tony Mullen, Claudio Andaur, Blender Studio Projects: Digital Movie-Making (page 91)
      Tris and quads have different areas of functionality. In real-time graphics, tris are the norm because they provide the most basic geometric representations of planes.
  4. (informal) The quadriceps muscle.
  5. (informal) A quadriplegic person.
  6. (informal) A quadrupel beer.
  7. (informal) A quadcopter.
Adjective

quad (not comparable)

  1. (poker slang) Of or relating to quads#Noun|quads.
Noun

quad (plural quads)

  1. A quad bike from quadricycle
  2. Abbreviation of quadrillion#English|quadrillion BTU#English|BTU. 1015 BTU
Verb

quad (quads, present participle quadding; past and past participle quadded)

  1. to ride a quad bike
1785 Quads. pl, 1847 quads, verb 1876. From the abbreviation quad., for obsolete quadrat. Noun

quad (plural quads)

  1. (metal type) A blank metal block used to fill short lines of type.
    • 1853, Charles Dickens, “Household Words”, n 160 (April 16), [http://books.google.com/books?id=axAHAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA147&vq=quads&cad=1_1#PPA148,M1 p 148]:
       “Quadrats, sir. We call 'em quads.” . . . Quads are the spaces left between the paragraphs that come white on the paper. If you look here, at this page that is set-up, you will see that they are deeper than the spaces left between the words and letters—regular little trenches.
    • 1979, Marshall Lee, Bookmaking, p 110 ↗:
      Horizontal spacing is further divided into multiples and fractions of the em. The multiples are called quads. The fractions are called spaces.
    • 2005, Phil Baines and Andrew Haslam, Type & Typography, 2nd ed, p 91 ↗:
      Other larger spaces – known as quads – were used to space out lines.
  2. (printing slang) A joke used to fill long days of setting type.
  3. (typography, phototypesetting and digital typesetting) A keyboard command which aligns text with the left or right margin, or centred between them. In combination, as quad left, quad right or quad centre.
Synonyms Verb

quad (quads, present participle quadding; past and past participle quadded)

  1. (metal type, transitive, intransitive) To fill spaces in a line of type with quads. Also quad out.
  2. (typography, phototypesetting and digital typesetting, transitive, intransitive) To align text with the left or right margin, or centre it.



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