Betekenis van het woord Quant in het Engels

Uit de Oxford Dictionary (lay out aangepast)


quant, kwænt, kwo(hook)nt, quante, (qv-), whante, quont.

Compare: contus (Latin), kontoj (Greek),


Current in E. Anglia and Kent (in the latter also `a young oak-sapling, a walking-stick’).

The northern equivalent is kent.


1. A pole for propelling a barge, esp. one with a cap at the top and a prong at

                the bottom to prevent it from sinking in mud. Also quant-pole.

1440 Promp. Parv. 418/2

                Quante, or sprete, rodde, contus.

1440 Promp. Parv. 523/2

                Whante, or qvante.

1687 Shadwell Juvenal 38

                Contus signifies a Quant or Sprett, with which they shove Boats.

1847-78 in Halliwell.

1883 G. C. Davies Norfolk Broads iv. 25

                When the wind fails, the men betake themselves to the `quant', which is a long slender

                pole with a knob at one end and a spike and shoulder at the other.

1893 Doughty Wherry in Wend. Lands 167

                To get all sail off her, and undertake a tough job with the quants.

1901 Academy 26 Oct. 389/1

                There..lay a large family-boat immovable... A quant-pole stood rigidly upright beside


1974 Oxf. Jun. Encycl. (rev. ed.) IX. 389/1

                On the Norfolk Broads,..boatmen often propel their `wherries' (sailing barges) for

                short distances by `quanting' with very long, heavy poles called `quant-poles'.


2. To propel (a boat) with a quant.

                To be propelled with a quant (of a boat)


1865 [implied in quanting vbl. sb.].

1883 G. C. Davies Norfolk Broads v. 37

                The water was too deep for us to quant our punt.

1887 W. Rye Norfolk Broads p. ii,

                Great disinclinations to quant or scull.

1893 Toynbee Rec. 90

                Now her stern, now a broadside, is toward she quants against the breeze.

1865 W. White East. Eng. I. 84

                Wherry men, to whom the operation of `quanting' is very familiar.

1883 G. C. Davies Norfolk Broads x. 77

                There may be a quanting-match.

1887 W. Rye Norfolk Broads 39

                We and the wherry, by dint of very hard quanting, managed to get as far as the ruins.


3. In a windmill: (see quots. 1936 and 1945). Also Comb.

1924 Trans. Newcomen Soc. III. 42

All the framing and gearing of these mills are of wood, the only important parts of iron being the wrought iron gudgeons upon which the shafts revolve, and perhaps the`quants' or spindles which drove the runner stones.

1936 P. Hemming Windmills in Sussex ii. 9

The drive from above is called `quant-drive' and is the more usual drive in a windmill.

1936 P. Hemming Windmills in Sussex, ii. 9

                This chute vibrates against the lower part of the stone-shaft, which is called the `quant' and which is not circular, but ribbed.

1945 Archit. Rev. XCVIII. 78/1

                When the stones are overdriven the nuts are mounted on vertical spindles or `quants' which drive the `runner stones' from above.

1957 S. Freese Windmills & Millwrighting iii. 48

                This forked shaft is called a `crutch-pole' or `quant', because it oscillates like a

                quant-pole when freed from its upper bearing (the glut-box) in order to disengage the stone-nut.


Quant  n.
This is the little-known official name for a punt pole. The first record of this word was in 1440, when it was common to see barges in Norfolk pushed with similar poles. It later led to 'quanting' being known as an alternative name for punting. So now you know...