1. an instance of questioning;
- Example: "there was a question about my training"
- Example: "we made inquiries of all those who were present"
[syn: question, inquiry, enquiry, query, interrogation]
2. the subject matter at issue;
- Example: "the question of disease merits serious discussion"
- Example: "under the head of minor Roman poets"
[syn: question, head]
3. a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply;
- Example: "he asked a direct question"
- Example: "he had trouble phrasing his interrogations"
[syn: question, interrogation, interrogative, interrogative sentence]
4. uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something;
- Example: "the dubiousness of his claim"
- Example: "there is no question about the validity of the enterprise"
[syn: doubt, dubiousness, doubtfulness, question]
5. a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote;
- Example: "he made a motion to adjourn"
- Example: "she called for the question"
[syn: motion, question]
6. an informal reference to a marriage proposal;
- Example: "he was ready to pop the question"
1. challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of;
- Example: "We must question your judgment in this matter"
[syn: question, oppugn, call into question]
2. pose a series of questions to;
- Example: "The suspect was questioned by the police"
- Example: "We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion"
[syn: interrogate, question]
3. pose a question;
[syn: question, query]
4. conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting;
[syn: interview, question]
5. place in doubt or express doubtful speculation;
- Example: "I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"
- Example: "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"
[syn: wonder, question]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Question \Ques"tion\, n. [F., fr. L. quaestio, fr. quaerere, quaesitum, to seek for, ask, inquire. See Quest, n.] 1. The act of asking; interrogation; inquiry; as, to examine by question and answer. [1913 Webster] 2. Discussion; debate; hence, objection; dispute; doubt; as, the story is true beyond question; he obeyed without question. [1913 Webster] There arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying. -- John iii. 25. [1913 Webster] It is to be to question, whether it be lawful for Christian princes to make an invasive war simply for the propagation of the faith. -- Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3. Examination with reference to a decisive result; investigation; specifically, a judicial or official investigation; also, examination under torture. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster] He that was in question for the robbery. Shak. The Scottish privy council had power to put state prisoners to the question. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 4. That which is asked; inquiry; interrogatory; query. [1913 Webster] But this question asked Puts me in doubt. Lives there who loves his pain ? --Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. Hence, a subject of investigation, examination, or debate; theme of inquiry; matter to be inquired into; as, a delicate or doubtful question. [1913 Webster] 6. Talk; conversation; speech; speech. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] In question, in debate; in the course of examination or discussion; as, the matter or point in question. Leading question. See under Leading. Out of question, unquestionably. "Out of question, 't is Maria's hand." --Shak. Out of the question. See under Out. Past question, beyond question; certainly; undoubtedly; unquestionably. Previous question, a question put to a parliamentary assembly upon the motion of a member, in order to ascertain whether it is the will of the body to vote at once, without further debate, on the subject under consideration. Note: The form of the question is: "Shall the main question be now put?" If the vote is in the affirmative, the matter before the body must be voted upon as it then stands, without further general debate or the submission of new amendments. In the House of Representatives of the United States, and generally in America, a negative decision operates to keep the business before the body as if the motion had not been made; but in the English Parliament, it operates to postpone consideration for the day, and until the subject may be again introduced. In American practice, the object of the motion is to hasten action, and it is made by a friend of the measure. In English practice, the object is to get rid of the subject for the time being, and the motion is made with a purpose of voting against it. --Cushing. To beg the question. See under Beg. To the question, to the point in dispute; to the real matter under debate. [1913 Webster] Syn: Point; topic; subject. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Question \Ques"tion\, v. t. 1. To inquire of by asking questions; to examine by interrogatories; as, to question a witness. [1913 Webster] 2. To doubt of; to be uncertain of; to query. [1913 Webster] And most we question what we most desire. --Prior. [1913 Webster] 3. To raise a question about; to call in question; to make objection to. "But have power and right to question thy bold entrance on this place." --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. To talk to; to converse with. [1913 Webster] With many holiday and lady terms he questioned me. -- Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: To ask; interrogate; catechise; doubt; controvert; dispute. Usage: Question, Inquire, Interrogate. To inquire is merely to ask for information, and implies no authority in the one who asks. To interrogate is to put repeated questions in a formal or systematic fashion to elicit some particular fact or facts. To question has a wider sense than to interrogate, and often implies an attitude of distrust or opposition on the part of the questioner. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Question \Ques"tion\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Questioned; p. pr. & vb. n. Questioning.] [Cf. F. questionner. See Question, n.] 1. To ask questions; to inquire. [1913 Webster] He that questioneth much shall learn much. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To argue; to converse; to dispute. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I pray you, think you question with the Jew. --Shak. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
question n 1: an instance of questioning; "there was a question about my training"; "we made inquiries of all those who were present" [syn: question, inquiry, enquiry, query, interrogation] [ant: answer] 2: the subject matter at issue; "the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets" [syn: question, head] 3: a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply; "he asked a direct question"; "he had trouble phrasing his interrogations" [syn: question, interrogation, interrogative, interrogative sentence] 4: uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something; "the dubiousness of his claim"; "there is no question about the validity of the enterprise" [syn: doubt, dubiousness, doubtfulness, question] 5: a formal proposal for action made to a deliberative assembly for discussion and vote; "he made a motion to adjourn"; "she called for the question" [syn: motion, question] 6: an informal reference to a marriage proposal; "he was ready to pop the question" v 1: challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of; "We must question your judgment in this matter" [syn: question, oppugn, call into question] 2: pose a series of questions to; "The suspect was questioned by the police"; "We questioned the survivor about the details of the explosion" [syn: interrogate, question] 3: pose a question [syn: question, query] 4: conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting [syn: interview, question] 5: place in doubt or express doubtful speculation; "I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered whether it would snow tonight" [syn: wonder, question]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
278 Moby Thesaurus words for "question": Chinese puzzle, Parthian shot, Pyrrhonism, absurd, address, affirmation, agonize over, allegation, answer, apostrophe, apprehension, approach, ask, ask a question, ask about, ask questions, assertion, assuredly, at issue, averment, awake a doubt, baffling problem, basis, be at sea, be curious, be diffident, be doubtful, be dubious, be skeptical, be uncertain, beat about, bill, blind bargain, bone of contention, borderline case, brain twister, bring into question, burden, burn with curiosity, calendar, call in question, case, catechism, catechize, certainly, challenge, chance, chapter, clause, comment, communicate with, companion bills amendment, concern, confusion, contact, contest, contingency, correspond, crack, cross-interrogatory, cross-question, crossword puzzle, crux, debatable, debating point, declaration, definitely, demand, demurral, demurrer, dictum, difficulty, diffidence, dig around for, dig up, dispute, distrust, distrustfulness, double contingency, doubt, doubtful, doubtfulness, doubtlessly, dragnet clause, dubiety, dubiousness, enacting clause, enigma, enigmatic question, enquiry, escalator clause, essence, establish connection, examine, exclamation, expression, feel unsure, feeler, focus of attention, focus of interest, gamble, gape, gawk, get to, gist, greet with skepticism, greeting, grill, grope, guess, half believe, half-belief, harbor suspicions, have reservations, head, heading, hold-up bill, impossible, in doubt, in question, inconceivable, indubitably, inquire, inquire of, inquiry, insupportable, interjection, interpellate, interrogate, interrogation, interrogative, interrogatory, interview, issue, jigsaw puzzle, joker, knot, knotty point, leader, leading question, leeriness, living issue, main point, maintain connection, make advances, make contact with, make inquiry, make overtures, make up to, matter, matter in hand, meat, mention, mind-boggler, misdoubt, misgive, misgiving, mistrust, mistrustfulness, moot point, motif, motion, motive, mystery, nose around for, nose out, note, nut, nut to crack, objection, observation, omnibus bill, open question, peer, perplexed question, perplexity, phrase, piece of guesswork, point, point at issue, point in question, poser, position, preposterous, privileged question, problem, pronouncement, propose a question, proposition, propound a question, protest, proviso, pump, put queries, puzzle, puzzle over, puzzlement, puzzler, query, question, question at issue, question mark, questionable, questioning, quiz, quodlibet, raise, raise a question, reach, reflection, relate to, remark, remonstrance, remonstration, reply to, require an answer, respond to, rider, ridiculous, rubber, rubberneck, rubric, saving clause, say, saying, scruple, scrupulousness, seek, self-doubt, sentence, shadow of doubt, sight-unseen transaction, sixty-four dollar question, skepticalness, skepticism, smell a rat, sound out, stare, statement, sticker, stumper, subject, subject matter, subject of thought, subjoinder, substance, suspect, suspicion, suspiciousness, test, text, theme, thought, thrash about, throw doubt upon, topic, toss-up, total skepticism, touch and go, tough proposition, treat with reserve, trial balloon, uncertainty, undecided issue, under consideration, undoubtedly, unthinkable, utterance, vexed question, wager, want to know, wariness, why, wonder, wonder about, wonder whether, word, worm out ofBouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
QUESTION, practice. A point on which the parties are not agreed, and which is submitted to the decision of a judge and jury. 2. When the doubt or difference arises as to what the law is on a certain state of facts, this is said to be a legal question, and when the party demurs, this is to be decided by the court; when it arises as to the truth or falsehood of facts, this is a question of fact, and is to be decided by the jury.Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
QUESTION, punishment, crim. law. A means sometimes employed, in some countries, by means of torture, to compel supposed great criminals to disclose their accomplices, or to acknowledge their crimes. 2. This torture is called question, because, as the unfortunate person accused is made to suffer pain, he is asked questions as to his supposed crime or accomplices. The same as torture. This is unknown in the United States. See Poth. Procedure Criminelle, sect. 5, art. 2, Sec. 3.Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
QUESTION, evidence. An interrogation put to a witness, requesting him to declare the truth of certain facts as far as he knows them. 2. Questions are either general or leading. By a general question is meant such an one as requires the witness to state all be knows without any suggestion being made to him, as who gave the blow? 3. A leading question is one which leads the mind of the witness to the answer, or suggests it to him, as did A B give the blow ? 4. The Romans called a question by which the fact or supposed fact which the interrogator expected, or wished to find asserted, in and by the answer made to the proposed respondent, a suggestive interrogation, as, is not your name A B? Vide Leading Question.