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1 an angry dispute; "they had a quarrel"; "they had words" [syn: wrangle, row, words, run-in, dustup]
2 an arrow that is shot from a crossbow; has a head with four edges v : have a disagreement over something; "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America"; "These tewo fellows are always scrapping over something" [syn: dispute, scrap, argufy, altercate] [also: quarrelling, quarrelled]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈkwɒrəl/
  • /"kwQr@l/
    Rhymes: -ɒrəl


From quarel (modern: querelle), from *quadrellus (diminutive of quadrus "square").


  1. A verbal dispute or heated argument.
    Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side - François de La Rochefoucauld
  2. A diamond-shaped piece of coloured glass forming part of a stained glass window.
  3. A square tile. (from Old French quarrel or carreau; Latin quadrellus, from quadrus - a square)
  4. A square-headed arrow for a crossbow.


verbal dispute or heated argument
  • Czech: hádka
  • Dutch: ruzie
  • Finnish: kiista, kina
  • Greek: καβγάς, τσακωμός, λογομαχία
  • Hungarian: veszekedés, perpatvar, vita
  • Japanese: 言い争い, 口論, 口喧嘩
  • Portuguese: discussão
  • Serbian: kavga, svadja
a diamond-shaped piece of coloured glass forming part of a stained glass window
a square tile
  • Hungarian: burkolólap, mozaiklap
  • Japanese: タイル
a square-headed arrow for a crossbow
  • Finnish: vasama


  1. To disagree very strongly; to argue.
  2. To oppose or dispute angrily.
  3. To complain bitterly.


to disagree very strongly
  • Finnish: riidellä
  • Hungarian: veszekszik, veszekedik
  • Japanese: 言い争う, 口論する, 口喧嘩する
  • Russian: ссориться

Extensive Definition

A quarrel or bolt is the term for the ammunition used in a crossbow. The name "quarrel" is derived from the French carré, "square", referring to the fact that they typically have square heads. They are typically shorter than traditional arrows and, though some may be longer, can be fired repetitively in some cases.
Bolts and arrows have different flight characteristics. Bolts fall at the same rate, independent of the speed of flight. Arrows, in contrast, depend on gaining lift in flight, and hence have their centre of balance at a point about 9% of their length forward of their center. This is called "point planing".


quarrel in German: Bolzen (Geschoss)
quarrel in French: Carreau d'arbalète
quarrel in Italian: Quadrello
quarrel in Polish: Bełt (pocisk kuszy)
quarrel in Portuguese: Seta
quarrel in Russian: Болт (оружие)
quarrel in Dutch: Ruzie
quarrel in Chinese: 箭

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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