ETYM French demande, from demander. Related to Demand.
1. An urgent or peremptory request.
2. The ability and desire to purchase goods and services.
3. The act of demanding.
In economics, the quantity of a product or service that customers want to buy at any given price. Also, the desire for a commodity, together with ability to pay for it.
interrogative / ɪntərɒɡətɪv /
In grammar, a word or sentence expressed as a question. In English, a question normally has inverted word order (verb before subject: “Is that so?”) and may contain an interrogative pronoun (who, whom, which, what) or adverb (where, when, how, why). An interrogative sentence should end with a question mark.
Some sentences may sound interrogative but their meaning is exclamatory (“Was I upset!” “Do you mind!”). Some sentences are interrogative though they appear to be in the form of a statement rather than a question (“These gentlemen are the visitors?”).
ETYM Old Eng. matere, French matičre, from Latin materia; perh. akin to Latin mater mother. Related to Mother, Madeira, Material.
In physics, anything that has mass and can be detected and measured. All matter is made up of atoms, which in turn are made up of elementary particles; it exists ordinarily as a solid, liquid, or gas. The history of science and philosophy is largely taken up with accounts of theories of matter, ranging from the hard “atoms” of Democritus to the “waves” of modern quantum theory.
1. Substance; material.
2. Importance; significance.
3. The subject at hand; a topic.
4. A vaguely specified concern; SYN. affair, thing.
5. A problem.
6. Written material (especially in books or magazines); SYN. material.
7. (Used with negation) Having consequence.
ETYM French point, and probably also pointe, Latin punctum, puncta, from pungere, punctum, to prick. Related to Pungent, Puncto, Puncture.
1. (British) A wall socket; SYN. power point.
2. A V shape; SYN. tip, peak.
3. A V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; SYN. head.
4. A brief version of the essential meaning of something.
5. A distinguishing or individuating characteristic.
6. A geometric element that has position but no extension.
7. A linear unit used to measure the size of type; approximately 1/72 inch.
8. A promontory extending out into a large body of water.
9. A style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect.
10. A very short period of time; SYN. point in time.
11. A very small circular shape; SYN. dot.
12. An outstanding characteristic; SYN. spot.
13. Sharp end.
14. The muzzle's direction; SYN. gunpoint.
15. The object of an activity.
16. The precise location of something; a spatially limited location.
17. The property of a shape that tapers to a sharp point; SYN. pointedness.
18. The unit of counting in scoring a game or contest.
ETYM French problčme, Latin problema, from Greek problema anything thrown forward, a question proposed for solution, from pro before, forward + ballein to throw. Related to Parable.
1. A question raised for consideration or solution.
2. A state of difficulty that needs to be resolved; SYN. job.
qu / kuː /
query / kwiːri /
ETYM Latin quaere, imperative sing. of quaerere, quaesitum to seek or search for, to ask, inquire. Related to Acquire, Conquer, Exquisite, Quest, Require.
1. A question; an inquiry to be answered or solved.
2. A question in the mind; a doubt.
ETYM French, from Latin quaestio, from quaerere, quaesitum, to seek for, ask, inquire. Related to Quest.
1. A sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply; SYN. interrogation, interrogative, interrogative sentence.
2. An instance of questioning; SYN. inquiry, enquiry, query.
3. The subject matter at issue; SYN. head.
4. An informal reference to a marriage proposal.