Quirk

Quirk

(kwrk), n.
[Written also querk.]
[Cf. W. chwiori to turn briskly, or E. queer.] 1. A sudden turn; a starting from the point or line; hence, an artful evasion or subterfuge; a shift; a quibble; as, the quirks of a pettifogger. "Some quirk or . . . evasion." Spenser.
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We ground the justification of our nonconformity on dark subtilties and intricate quirks.
Barrow.
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2. A fit or turn; a short paroxysm; a caprice. [Obs.] "Quirks of joy and grief." Shak.
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3. A smart retort; a quibble; a shallow conceit.
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Some odd quirks and remnants of wit.
Shak.
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4. An irregular air; as, light quirks of music. Pope.
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5. (Building) A piece of ground taken out of any regular ground plot or floor, so as to make a court, yard, etc.; -- sometimes written quink. Gwilt.
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6. (Arch.) A small channel, deeply recessed in proportion to its width, used to insulate and give relief to a convex rounded molding.
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Quirk molding, a bead between two quirks.
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