# quadral

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## English[edit]

### Etymology[edit]

From New Latin *quadralis*, from *quadru-* (“four-”) + *-alis*

### Pronunciation[edit]

### Noun[edit]

**quadral** (*countable and uncountable*, *plural* **quadrals**)

- (grammar) A grammatical number referring to four (or more) things.
**2000**, Greville G. Corbett,*Number*, page 30:- These are the three best claims for
**quadrals**. There are several false trails in the literature, that is, suggestions of other Austronesian languages with**quadrals**, which turn out in fact to have four number values not five.

- These are the three best claims for
**2008**, Martin Haspelmath,*Language typology and language universals: an international handbook*, volume 1, page 819:- There is a question as to whether there are also languages with
**quadrals**(for reference to four entities). However, having raised the issue of paucals, we shall first continue the analysis of these, and only then return to the question […]

- There is a question as to whether there are also languages with
**2008**, Martin Haspelmath, “IX. Typology of morphological and morphosyntactic categories”, in Language typology and language universals: an international handbook, volume 1, page 820:- The
**quadral**, as we have noted, is primarily used in hortatory discourse and with dyad terms; but otherwise it is used with larger groups, of four or more (an appropriate gloss would be 'several').

**2009**, Michael Cysouw,*The Paradigmatic Structure of Person Marking*, page 203:- Another point is that, judging from the existing descriptions, true trials are extremely rare and true
**quadrals**do not exist.

- Another point is that, judging from the existing descriptions, true trials are extremely rare and true

- (mathematics) A set of points with all the combinatorial properties of a quadric (a quadric being the set of points of PG(
*n*,*q*) whose coordinates satisfy a quadratic equation).**1952**, American Mathematical Society, “Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society”, in Journal of the American Mathematical Society^{[1]}, page 184:- "A polynomial P(x
_{1}, ..., x_{n}is calledif it splits into a product of quadratic (or linear) functions in the complex field of coefficients."**quadral**

**1984**, E. C. Pielou,*The interpretation of ecological data: a primer*, page 20:- If we wished to divide the
**quadrals**into classes, there are obviously several ways in which it could be done, all of them arbitrary. The arbitrariness arises because the points exhibit no natural clustering.

- If we wished to divide the

- (rhetoric) A set of four phrases, separated by pauses when speaking or commas when writing.
**1925**, John Hubert Scott,*Rhythmic prose*- The first instinctive step in revising written matter looks to an effecting of
**quadrals**; any later revision aims at a perfecting of the rhythma.

- The first instinctive step in revising written matter looks to an effecting of
**1932**, John Hubert Scott, Zilpha Emma Chandler,*Phrasal patterns in English prose*, page 268:- thanks to the rhythma,
*in dividing correctly**many simple***quadrals**,*in more involved sentences*- our arrangement shows regularly
- these simple
**quadrals** - expanding into "periods,"

- A foursome.
**1998**, Godfrey T Barrett-Lennard, Carl Rogers' Helping System: Journey & Substance, →ISBN, page 162:- I like to call 4-person interactions and relational systems '
**quadrals'**(845—846). Their potentially visible occurrence in encounter type groups probably varies widely, and is not often discriminated unless in groups literally composed of couples.

### Adjective[edit]

**quadral** (*not comparable*)

- (grammar) Referring to four (or more) things; of, in or relating to the quadral grammatical number.
- (mathematics) Of or relating to quadral polynomials.

#### Usage notes[edit]

- No instance of this grammatical phenomenon has been attested in human languages. See also Grammatical number.