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541. Quest (See also Adventurousness, Journey, Wandering.)

  1. Ahab, Captain pursues Moby Dick, the great white whale, even to the point of losing his own life. [Am. Lit.: Melville Moby Dick ]
  2. Argo Jasons galley, on which the Argonauts sailed in search of the Golden Fleece. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 47]
  3. Dorothy young girl, lost in dream world, follows the Yellow Brick Road to find the Wizard of Oz. [Am. Lit.: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ]
  4. El Dorado mythical land of gold treasures, object of Spanish expeditions. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 159]
  5. Golden Fleece pelt of winged ram sought by Jason and Argonauts. [Rom. Legend: Zimmerman, 113]
  6. grail its pursuit is central theme of some Arthurian romances. [Br. Lit.: Le Morte dArthur ]
  7. Hippolyta, girdle of secured after fight with Amazon queen; Hercules ninth Labor. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 149]
  8. Knights of the Round Table set out to find the Holy Grail. [Br. Lit.: Le Morte dArthur ]
  9. Pequod ship in which Captain Ahab pursued the great white whale. [Am. Lit.: Melville Moby Dick ]
  10. Ponce de León, Juan (c. 14601521) Spanish explorer; sought the fountain of youth. [Span. Hist.: NCE, 2188]
  11. Santiago old fisherman in search of marlin. [Am. Lit.: The Old Man and the Sea ]
  12. Siege Perilous a seat at King Arthurs Round Table for the knight destined to find the Holy Grail; it was fatal to any other occupant. [Br. Lit.: Morte dArthur ; Benét, 929]
  13. Sohrab young warrior looks everywhere for the father he has never known. [Br. Poetry: Arnold Sohrab and Rustum]
  14. Telemachus relentlessly searches for father, Odysseus. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey ]

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quest / kwest/ • n. a long or arduous search for something: the quest for a reliable vaccine has intensified. ∎  (in medieval romance) an expedition made by a knight to accomplish a prescribed task. • v. [intr.] search for something: he was a real scientist, questing after truth. ∎  [tr.] poetic/lit. search for; seek out. DERIVATIVES: quest·er (also ques·tor) n.quest·ing·ly adv.

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quest (obs. or dial.) inquiry, inquest; search, pursuit XIV; collection of alms XVI. — OF. queste (mod. quête):- Rom. *quaesita (for L. quaesīta). sb. use of fem. pp. of L. quaerere seek, inquire.
So quest vb. go in pursuit of game XIV; search, seek XVII; search for, seek out XVIII. — OF. quester (mod. quêter).

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Quest

a body of persons appointed to hold an enquiry; a collection or donation; a jury, 1549.

Examples : quest of alms; of clerks, 1440; of cutpurses, 1612; of faces, 1589; of gentlewomen, 1661; of mermen, 1845; of thieves, 1612; of thoughts, 1600; of yeomen, 1661.

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