Main definitions of EQ in English

: EQ1EQ2

EQ1

noun

  • The levels of frequency response of an audio signal, or controls which allow their adjustment.

    ‘judicious use of EQ helps me create a space for each sound’
    [as modifier] ‘you can save your own EQ settings’
    • ‘Even a dummy can hear how excellent this EQ sounds.’
    • ‘On well-produced material, the EQ was fine, but on some older recordings, we found ourselves having to tweak the Windows Media Player EQ to get the best sound.’
    • ‘The volume goes high enough to keep those who like loud music happy and with 4 preset EQ settings you can also have limited control of the sound.’
    • ‘If you're mixing a track and boost the EQ, does the result sound better or worse?’
    • ‘There was also a very nice array of reverb, dynamic, EQ and other signal processing available.’

Origin

1970s: short for equalization or equalizer.

Main definitions of EQ in English

: EQ1EQ2

EQ2

noun

  • ‘EQ enables us to use feelings to boost and complement our IQ’
    ‘he had a high IQ but a low EQ’
    • ‘His work has recently focused on developing EQ "profiles," which reveal the specific competencies that characterize high performers in a range of professions.’
    • ‘Teachers should consider both the IQ (intelligence quotient) and the EQ (emotional quotient) of the child's development.’
    • ‘I would add that from what I have read on EQ, or Emotional Intelligence, people skills matter even more.’
    • ‘We have all heard of IQ, and most of us by now have heard of EQ.’
    • ‘In Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman argues for an increased awareness of the relationship between IQ and EQ: "In a sense we have two brains, two minds and two different kinds of intelligence: rational and emotional."’

Origin

1940s: on the pattern of IQ.