Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An expression of inquiry that invites or calls for a reply.
  • n. An interrogative sentence, phrase, or gesture.
  • n. A subject or point open to controversy; an issue.
  • n. A difficult matter; a problem: a question of ethics.
  • n. A point or subject under discussion or consideration.
  • n. A proposition brought up for consideration by an assembly.
  • n. The act of bringing a proposal to vote.
  • n. Uncertainty; doubt: There is no question about the validity of the enterprise.
  • transitive v. To put a question to. See Synonyms at ask.
  • transitive v. To examine (a witness, for example) by questioning; interrogate.
  • transitive v. To express doubt about; dispute.
  • transitive v. To analyze; examine.
  • intransitive v. To ask questions.
  • idiom in question Under consideration or discussion.
  • idiom out of the question Not worth considering; impossible: Starting over is out of the question.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sentence, phrase or word which asks for information, reply or response; an interrogative.
  • n. A subject or topic for consideration or investigation.
  • n. An unknown.
  • n. A doubt or challenge about the truth or accuracy of a matter.
  • n. A proposal to a meeting as a topic for deliberation.
  • v. To ask questions of; interrogate; enquire; ask for information.
  • v. To raise doubts about; have doubts about.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of asking; interrogation; inquiry.
  • n. Discussion; debate; hence, objection; dispute; doubt
  • n. Examination with reference to a decisive result; investigation; specifically, a judicial or official investigation; also, examination under torture.
  • n. That which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query.
  • n. Hence, a subject of investigation, examination, or debate; theme of inquiry; matter to be inquired into.
  • n. Talk; conversation; speech; speech.
  • intransitive v. To ask questions; to inquire.
  • intransitive v. To argue; to converse; to dispute.
  • transitive v. To inquire of by asking questions; to examine by interrogatories.
  • transitive v. To doubt of; to be uncertain of; to query.
  • transitive v. To raise a question about; to call in question; to make objection to.
  • transitive v. To talk to; to converse with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To ask a question or questions; inquire or seek to know; examine.
  • To debate; reason; consider.
  • To dispute; doubt.
  • To talk; converse.
  • To inquire of by asking questions; examine by interrogatories: as, to question a witness.
  • To doubt of; be uncertain of; mention or treat as doubtful or not to be trusted.
  • To call in question; challenge; take exception to: as, to question an exercise of prerogative.
  • Synonyms Ask, Inquire of, Interrogate, etc. (see ask), catechize.
  • To controvert, dispute.
  • n. The act of interrogation; the putting of inquiries: as, to examine by question and answer.
  • n. That which is asked; an inquiry; a query; the expression of a desire to know something indicated more or less definitely. ;
  • n. Inquiry; disquisition; discussion.
  • n. The subject or matter of examination or investigation; the theme of inquiry; a matter discussed or made the subject of disquisition.
  • n. Dispute or subject of debate; a point of doubt or difficulty.
  • n. Doubt; controversy; dispute: as, the story is true beyond all question.
  • n. Judicial trial or inquiry; trial; examination.
  • n. Examination by torture, or the application of torture to prisoners under criminal accusation in order to extort confession.
  • n. Conversation; speech; talk.
  • n. In logic, a proposition, or that which is to be established as a conclusion, stated by way of interrogation.
  • n. In parliamentary usage: The point under discussion by the house; the measure to be voted on: as, to speak to the question.
  • n. The putting of the matter discussed to a vote: as, are you ready for the question?
  • n. To subject to judicial interrogation.
  • n. 4 and Proposition, motion, topic, point.
  • n. plural The smaller catechism. Also called question-book.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
  • n. uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something
  • n. a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote
  • v. pose a series of questions to
  • v. place in doubt or express doubtful speculation
  • n. the subject matter at issue
  • v. conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
  • v. pose a question
  • n. an instance of questioning
  • n. a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply
  • n. an informal reference to a marriage proposal

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, legal inquiry, from Latin quaestiō, quaestiōn-, from *quaestus, obsolete past participle of quaerere, to ask, seek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English question, questioun, questiun, from Anglo-Norman questiun, from Old French question, from Latin quaestionem, accusative of quaestio ("a seeking, investigation, inquiry, question"), from quaerere ("to seek, ask, inquire"). Displaced native Middle English frain, fraign ("question") (from Old English fræġn); compare Middle English frainen, freinen ("to inquire, question"), Middle English afrainen, affrainen ("to question"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When, in pursuing the catechetical exercise, a question is asked from an announcement, there is first a call upon the attention, and an exercise of mind upon the _question_ asked, the words of which must be translated by the pupil into their proper ideas, which accordingly he must both perceive and understand.

    A Practical Enquiry into the Philosophy of Education

  • _They had heard all the arguments calling its existence in question_ which Lord Denman, Lord Cottenham, and Lord Campbell had heard; they were _in the daily and hourly administration of that branch of the law with reference to which the question arose_; they took ample time to consider the matter, and deliberately affirmed the existence of the rule, and the valid grounds on which it rested.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844

  • * The question of duty is often a question*, not of principle, but * of fact*.

    A Manual of Moral Philosophy

  • Uh, "more-or-less asked the question" isn't "asked the question" until you've *** asked the question*** why would someone answer the question you didn't (only almost) asked?

    RealClimate

  • INNER JOIN @question q22 ON 1 = 1 So, one possible output for example would be 1010101010101010101010 where each odd numbered question was marked true, and each even numbered question was marked false.

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  • A subtle question, a Very subtle question* Hiere was ho holding oi peace would serve.

    Specimens of English Prose Writers: From the Earliest Times to the Close of the Seventeenth ...

  • But in my Method the aim is _to repeat as much of the sentence as is possible informing the question and the whole of it in each reply_; and in _question and reply_ the _word_ that _constitutes the point of both_ is to be especially _emphasized_, and in this way _the mind is exercised on each word of the sentence twice_ (once in question and once in answer), and _each word of the sentence is emphasized in reference to the whole of the sentence_.

    Assimilative Memory or, How to Attend and Never Forget

  • 'Some may raise this question,' he says, 'this _question_ rather than _objection_' -- [it is better that it should come in the form of a

    The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded

  • FROM hussaini_users WHERE [question] = @question AND [answer] = @answer "; conn = new SqlConnection (" Data Source = SQLB23. webcontrolcenter.com; User ID = wbsd; Password = ***** "); cmd = new SqlCommand (cmdString, conn); cmd.

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  • First and what should be most painfully obvious, if the creature in question is not indigenous to the area claimed in the e-mail, it's probably false.

    Snake Hoaxes and "Manly" Photos

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  • I got a question, too. Does anyone know a movie or a series, where lots of seldom words and constructions are used?

    September 30, 2008

  • What is a question, anyway? Oh...wait. WeirdNet has taken care of that for us.

    January 27, 2008

  • And what about the appendix? Who needs that?

    Not the book kind.

    January 27, 2008

  • Lee press-on ears

    January 26, 2008

  • Kind of like neuticles, but for your head?

    January 26, 2008

  • You could buy fake ears for that.

    January 26, 2008

  • Yarb, where would we put the sparkly, dangly stuff?

    January 26, 2008

  • I've got a question too: do we really need ears, or could we get by with just holes in the sides of our head?

    January 26, 2008

  • Great idea, Julia, to use this page to post questions. Here's one I've been pondering. What word has the most independent derivations? For example:

    bear, the ursine mammal (from OE bera);
    bear, barley (from OE bere);
    bear, to carry (from Sanskrit bhar-).

    January 26, 2008

  • Are there Latin prefixes we can use for any of these? Particularly Quiznos? I need a word for that.

    January 26, 2008

  • yarb, glad i'm not the only one taking surreptitious whiffs of the new hardbacks at work.. er.. ; )

    January 26, 2008

  • so what's a bibliosmochondriac then?

    January 26, 2008

  • I enjoy sniffing books, who doesn't?

    January 26, 2008

  • wow! wordies truly are the bee's knees! : ) (mind if i use bibliosmophiliac? not into fetishes....................)

    January 26, 2008

  • bibliosmophiliac?

    osmophilia is a word, meaning 'the love of or fondness for various odors.' So maybe one can just stick the prefix 'biblio' on there.

    The word osmolagnia also exists, and refers to *erotic* excitement derived from odors.

    January 26, 2008

  • might i be terribly bold and co-opt this word to put forth a question to all those illustrious and knowledgeable wordies out there?

    i'd like to know if there is a word to describe a person who loves the smell of books..?

    January 26, 2008