from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of quoting.
  • noun A passage quoted.
  • noun An explicit reference or allusion in an artistic work to a passage or element from another, usually well-known work.
  • noun The quoting of current prices and bids for securities and goods.
  • noun The prices or bids cited.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of quoting or citing.
  • noun That which is quoted; an expression, a statement, or a passage cited or repeated as the utterance of some other speaker or writer; a citation.
  • noun In com., the current price of commodities or stocks, published in prices-current, etc.
  • noun [Abbr. of quotation-quadrat.] In printing, a large hollow quadrat, usually of the size 3 × 4 picas, made for the larger blanks in printed matter.
  • noun Synonyms Extract. See quote.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of quoting or citing.
  • noun That which is quoted or cited; a part of a book or writing named, repeated, or adduced as evidence or illustration.
  • noun (Com.) The naming or publishing of the current price of stocks, bonds, or any commodity; also, the price named.
  • noun obsolete Quota; share.
  • noun (Print.) A piece of hollow type metal, lower than type, and measuring two or more pica ems in length and breadth, used in the blank spaces at the beginning and end of chapters, etc.
  • noun (Print.) two inverted commas placed at the beginning, and two apostrophes at the end, of a passage quoted from an author in his own words.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A fragment of a human expression that is being referred to by somebody else. Most often a quotation is taken from literature, but also sentences from a speech, scenes from a movie, elements of a painting, etc. may be quoted.
  • noun The act of naming a price; the price that has been quoted.

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

  • noun a statement of the current market price of a security or commodity
  • noun a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
  • noun the practice of quoting from books or plays etc.
  • noun a passage or expression that is quoted or cited


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  • Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."

    January 25, 2007

  • Quotation is a part of a speech which shows the deep penetration or the depth of the intellectual or an emotional side of an author. We can say that it is an act of repeating the expression again as the part of another, especially when that part is cited with its original source. It is punctuated or indicated by “quotation marks”.

    March 5, 2016