The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Inquiry \In*quir"y\, n.; pl. Inquiries. [See Inquire.]
[Written also enquiry.]
1. The act of inquiring; a seeking for information by asking
questions; interrogation; a question or questioning.
He could no path nor track of foot descry,
Nor by inquiry learn, nor guess by aim. --Spenser.
The men which were sent from Cornelius had made
inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the
gate. --Acts x. 17.
2. Search for truth, information, or knowledge; examination
into facts or principles; research; investigation; as,
All that is wanting to the perfection of this art
will undoubtedly be found, if able men . . . will
make inquiry into it. --Dryden.
Court of inquiry. See under Court.
Writ of inquiry, a writ issued in certain actions at law,
where the defendant has suffered judgment to pass against
him by default, in order to ascertain and assess the
plaintiff's damages, where they can not readily be
ascertained by mere calculation. --Burrill.
Syn: Interrogation; interrogatory; question; query; scrutiny;
investigation; research; examination.