• An astronomical instrument for measuring angles with a quarter circle graduated arc. The seaman's quadrant, or simple quadrant, was the earliest instrument used by navigators for measuring the altitude of a heavenly body. Other instruments not strictly quadrants have also been called such. The backstaff may be called Davis Quadrant. The octant was originally called Hadley's quadrant.

  • A member of the Religious Society of Friends. The Quakers are a group of Christians who use no scripture and believe in great simplicity in daily life and in worship. Their services consist mainly of silent meditation.
  • Quarintine
    The correct spelling is quarantine. It refers to the practice of required isolation to prevent the spread of something considered dangerous, usually disease. In the 18th and 19th centuries, international conferences set quarantine regulations for shipping.
  • The term applied to the afterpart of the upper deck. Generally, term used to indicate the portion of the upper deck extending from the mainmast to the stern, as far aft as the poop if there is one.
  • 1702-1713. The second of four French and Indian wars, this was the War of Spanish Succession in Europe. The French and their Abenaki allies interrupted commerce on the Maine coast, attacked the fort at Casco and the fort at Winter Harbor on the Saco. The English took the fort at Port Royal, renaming it Annapolis Royal. At the war's end, the French turned over Newfoundland and Acadia, the southwestern part of Nova Scotia, to the British. Warfare on the Maine coast continued with Lovewell's War.

  • ku
    A long braid of hair worn by Chinese men.