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Quality vs. Efficiency — What's the Difference?

Quality vs. Efficiency — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Quality and Efficiency

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Quality

The standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something
An improvement in product quality
These colleges provide a better quality of education
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Efficiency

Efficiency is the (often measurable) ability to avoid wasting materials, energy, efforts, money, and time in doing something or in producing a desired result. In a more general sense, it is the ability to do things well, successfully, and without waste.
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Quality

A distinctive attribute or characteristic possessed by someone or something
He shows strong leadership qualities
The plant's aphrodisiac qualities
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Efficiency

The quality or property of being efficient.
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Quality

Of good quality; excellent
He's a quality player
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Efficiency

The degree to which this quality is exercised
The program was implemented with great efficiency and speed.
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Quality

An inherent or distinguishing characteristic; a property
The medicinal qualities of a plant.
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Efficiency

The ratio of the effective or useful output to the total input in any system.
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Quality

A personal trait, especially a character trait
"The most vital quality a soldier can possess is self-confidence" (George S. Patton).
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Efficiency

The ratio of the energy delivered by a machine to the energy supplied for its operation.
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Quality

Essential character; nature
"The quality of mercy is not strain'd" (Shakespeare).
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Efficiency

An efficiency apartment.
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Quality

Superiority of kind
An intellect of unquestioned quality.
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Efficiency

The extent to which time is well used for the intended task.
The efficiency of the planning department is deplorable.
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Quality

Degree or grade of excellence
Yard goods of low quality.
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Efficiency

(dated) The quality of producing an effect or effects.
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Quality

Investments that have a low risk of loss or default
The flight to quality.
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Efficiency

The extent to which a resource is used for the intended purpose; the ratio of useful work to energy expended.
The efficiency of this loudspeaker is 40%.
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Quality

High social position
People of quality.
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Efficiency

(US) A one-room apartment.
I have an efficiency available June through July.
Fully-furnished efficiencies
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Quality

Those in a high social position
Likes to associate with quality.
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Efficiency

The ratio of the output to the input of any system
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Quality

(Music) Timbre, as determined by harmonics
A voice with a distinctive metallic quality.
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Efficiency

Skillfulness in avoiding wasted time and effort;
She did the work with great efficiency
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Quality

(Linguistics) The character of a vowel sound determined by the size and shape of the oral cavity and the amount of resonance with which the sound is produced.
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Quality

(Logic) The positive or negative character of a proposition.
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Quality

Having a high degree of excellence
The importance of quality health care.
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Quality

(uncountable) Level of excellence.
This school is well-known for having teachers of high quality.
Quality of life is usually determined by health, education, and income.
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Quality

(countable) Something that differentiates a thing or person.
One of the qualities of pure iron is that it does not rust easily.
While being impulsive can be great for artists, it is not a desirable quality for engineers.
Security, stability, and efficiency are good qualities of an operating system.
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Quality

(archaic) Position; status; rank.
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Quality

(archaic) High social position. (See also the quality.)
A peasant is not allowed to fall in love with a lady of quality.
Membership of this golf club is limited to those of quality and wealth.
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Quality

(uncountable) The degree to which a man-made object or system is free from bugs and flaws, as opposed to scope of functions or quantity of items.
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Quality

(thermodynamics) In a two-phase liquid–vapor mixture, the ratio of the mass of vapor present to the total mass of the mixture.
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Quality

The third step in OPQRST where the responder investigates what the NOI/MOI feels like.
To identify quality try asking, "what does it feel like?".
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Quality

A newspaper with relatively serious, high-quality content.
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Quality

Being of good worth, well made, fit for purpose; of high quality.
We only sell quality products.
That was a quality game by Jim Smith.
A quality system ensures products meet customer requirements.
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Quality

The condition of being of such and such a sort as distinguished from others; nature or character relatively considered, as of goods; character; sort; rank.
We lived most joyful, obtaining acquaintance with many of the city not of the meanest quality.
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Quality

Special or temporary character; profession; occupation; assumed or asserted rank, part, or position.
I made that inquiry in quality of an antiquary.
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Quality

That which makes, or helps to make, anything such as it is; anything belonging to a subject, or predicable of it; distinguishing property, characteristic, or attribute; peculiar power, capacity, or virtue; distinctive trait; as, the tones of a flute differ from those of a violin in quality; the great quality of a statesman.
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Quality

An acquired trait; accomplishment; acquisition.
He had those qualities of horsemanship, dancing, and fencing which accompany a good breeding.
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Quality

Superior birth or station; high rank; elevated character.
I shall appear at the masquerade dressed up in my feathers, that the quality may see how pretty they will look in their traveling habits.
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Quality

An essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone;
The quality of mercy is not strained
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Quality

A degree or grade of excellence or worth;
The quality of students has risen
An executive of low caliber
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Quality

A characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something;
Each town has a quality all its own
The radical character of our demands
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Quality

(music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound);
The timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely
The muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet
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Quality

High social status;
A man of quality
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Quality

Of superior grade;
Choice wines
Prime beef
Prize carnations
Quality paper
Select peaches
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Quality

Of high social status;
People of quality
A quality family
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