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See also: Qual, QUAL, quál, and qual'


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qual (plural quals)

  1. (usually in the plural) Qualifying exam. An exam taken by someone (usually a grad student or prospective grad student) to measure their mastery in something, usually an academic field.
    • 2000, Stephen Cannell, The Devil's Workshop: A Novel, HarperCollins (2000), page 12,
      He'd refused to say anything more, because he didn't want to distract her with his problems on the eve of the Quals.
    • 2004, Emanuel Derman, My Life as a Quant: Reflections on Physics and Finance, John Wiley & Sons (2004), page 30.
      To be a theorist, you also had to pass a special theory section on the quals.


For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:qual.



From Latin quālis.


qual (relative, plural quals)

  1. which
    És un cop del qual no es va recuperar.
    It's a blow from which he is not going to recover.)



qual (not comparable)

  1. what (such)



  1. (relative) which
    Le doctrina de Jamblicho super le anima es sin dubita inspirate per le Timeo de Platon, in qual texto le autor depinge le anima como le mediation inter lo intelligibile indivisibile – le idea – e lo sensibile divisibile e multiple.[1]
    Iamblichus' doctrine about the soul is without a doubt inspired by Plato's Timaeus, in which text the author depicts the soul as the mediation between the indivisible intelligible — the idea — and the divisible and multiple sensory.



  1. (interrogative) what
    Qual es le instrumento del anima per rationalisar lo sensibile, multiple e cambiante? [2]
    What is the soul's instrument to perceive by reason the sensory, multiple, and variable?
  2. (relative) which
    Secundo Jamblicho, le mathematica es le medio per qual le anima da unitate a lo diverse e es capabile de rationalisar le ordine de lo sensibile. [3]
    According to Iamblichus, mathematics is the medium by which the soul gives unity to the diverse and is capable of perceiving by reason the order of the sensory.



qual m and f

  1. apocopic form of quale
    • Dante Alighieri, Inferno, Canto I:
      Ahi quanto a dir qual era è cosa dura
      esta selva selvaggia e aspra e forte
      che nel pensier rinova la paura!
      Ah, how rueful to say what sort it was
      this wilderness wild and harsh and daunting
      that in my thoughts makes my fright alive again



From Old Portuguese qual, from Latin quālis(what).



qual (plural quais)

  1. which (what one)
    Qual é maior?
    Which is bigger?


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qual (relative, plural quales)

  1. Obsolete spelling of cual