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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Quirk \Quirk\ (kw[~e]rk), 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. [1913 Webster] We ground the justification of our nonconformity on dark subtilties and intricate quirks. --Barrow. [1913 Webster] 2. A fit or turn; a short paroxysm; a caprice. [Obs.] "Quirks of joy and grief." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. A smart retort; a quibble; a shallow conceit. [1913 Webster] Some odd quirks and remnants of wit. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. An irregular air; as, light quirks of music. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 6. (Arch.) A small channel, deeply recessed in proportion to its width, used to insulate and give relief to a convex rounded molding. [1913 Webster] Quirk molding, a bead between two quirks. [1913 Webster]