query
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkwɪə.ɹi/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈkwɪ.ɹi/, /ˈkwɛ.ɹi/
Noun

query (plural queries)

  1. A question#Noun|question, an inquiry (US), an enquiry (UK).
    The teacher answered the student’s query concerning biosynthesis.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, “The Gateway, and Some Who Passed”, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 29 ↗:
      Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the nature of their errand and their own relations.
  2. A question mark.
    • 1973, Oliver Sacks, Awakenings
      She had written in her diary: "I don't think I am in a concentration-camp??????", the queries growing larger and more numerous till they covered the entire page […]
    • 2006, "Pip", Re: Royal Enfield motorbike - why would anyone buy one? (on newsgroup rec.motorcycles)
      I refer you to your line above, where you use a query and a bang together.
  3. (computing, databases) A set of instructions passed to a database.
    The database admin switched on query logging for debugging purposes.
Translations Translations Verb

query (queries, present participle querying; past and past participle queried)

  1. (intransitive) To ask a question.
  2. (transitive) To ask, inquire.
  3. (transitive) To question or call into doubt.
  4. (computing, databases) To pass a query to a database to retrieve information.
  5. (transitive, internet) To send a private message to (a user on IRC).
    • 2000, "Phantom", Re: Uhm.. hi... I guess... (on newsgroup alt.support.boy-lovers)
      He parted the channel saying "SHUTUP!"... so I queried him, asking if there was something I could do.. maybe talk...
    • 2000, "Robert Erdec", Re: Help; mIRC32; unable to resolve server arnes.si (on newsgroup alt.irc.mirc)
      if you know someone who is in the channel, you can query them and ask for the key.
Translations
  • Portuguese: perguntar
  • Russian: спра́шивать
Translations Translations
  • German: in Frage stellen
  • Portuguese: questionar
  • Russian: подверга́ть сомнение
  • Spanish: cuestionar
Translations
Query
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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