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quest

(in medieval romance) an expedition by a knight or company of knights to accomplish some prescribed task, such as finding the Holy Grail

What does it mean when you dream about a quest?

A quest indicates an attempt to achieve some kind of goal. The dreamer may have reached a stage in life where the status quo is no longer acceptable and some adventure is beckoning.

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Quest

Ahab, Captain
pursues Moby Dick, the great white whale, even to the point of losing his own life. [Am. Lit.: Melville Moby Dick]
Argo
Jason’s galley, on which the Argonauts sailed in search of the Golden Fleece. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 47]
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]
El Dorado
mythical land of gold treasures, object of Spanish expeditions. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 159]
Golden Fleece
pelt of winged ram sought by Jason and Argonauts. [Rom. Legend: Zimmerman, 113]
grail
its pursuit is central theme of some Arthurian romances. [Br. Lit.: Le Morte d’Arthur]
Hippolyta,
girdle of secured after fight with Amazon queen; Hercules’ ninth Labor. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Hall, 149]
Knights of the Round Table
set out to find the Holy Grail. [Br. Lit.: Le Morte d’Arthur]
Pequod
ship in which Captain Ahab pursued the great white whale. [Am. Lit.: Melville Moby Dick]
Ponce de León, Juan
(c. 1460–1521) Spanish explorer; sought the fountain of youth. [Span. Hist.: NCE, 2188]
Santiago
old fisherman in search of marlin. [Am. Lit.: The Old Man and the Sea]
Siege Perilous
a seat at King Arthur’s Round Table for the knight destined to find the Holy Grail; it was fatal to any other occupant. [Br. Lit.: Morte d’Arthur; Benét, 929]
Sohrab
young warrior looks everywhere for the father he has never known. [Br. Poetry: Arnold “Sohrab and Rustum”]
Telemachus
relentlessly searches for father, Odysseus. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]

Quest

(1)
A language designed for its simple denotational semantics. "The Denotational Semantics of Programming Languages", R. Tennent, CACM 19(8):437-453 (Aug 1976).

Quest

(2)
QUantifiers and SubTypes. Language with a sophisticated type system. Just as types classify values, "kinds" classify types and type operators. Explicit universal and existential quantification over types, type operators, and subtypes. Subtyping is defined inductively on all type constructions, including higher-order functions and abstract types. User-definable higher-order type operators.

"Typeful Programming", Luca Cardelli <luca@src.dec.com>, RR 45, DEC SRC 1989.

Implemented in Modula-3.

ftp://gatekeeper.dec.com/pub/DEC/Quest/quest12A.tar.Z.

Quest

(tool, text)
A multimedia authoring system. Quest has been available for MS-DOS for some time. Version 3.5 for Microsoft Windows was released around March 1995. It features an Authorware-style flowchart system with an ANSI-C script language.
References in classic literature ?
For Sir Richard, also, had been with the King to the Holy Land, and they had gone on many adventurous quests together.
Here have I quitted my regular traffic, leaving my warehouse in the care of my clerks, and putting my credit to great hazard, and, furthermore, have put myself in peril of death or captivity by the accursed heathen savages--and all this without daring to ask the prayers of the congregation, because the quest for the Great Carbuncle is deemed little better than a traffic with the Evil One.
He who starts on a deliberate quest of adventure goes forth but to gather dead-sea fruit, unless, indeed, he be beloved of the gods and great amongst heroes, like that most excellent cavalier Don Quixote de la Mancha.
He now ordered that signals should be made for the stragglers in quest of water; but the night passed away without their return.
Adam drew as close as he could, and was amazed to see a patch of light on the ground before him; when he realised what it was, he was determined, more than ever to follow on his quest.
In reality Lavrushka, having got drunk the day before and left his master dinnerless, had been whipped and sent to the village in quest of chickens, where he engaged in looting till the French took him prisoner.
Dorothy told the girl Ruler how successful they had been in their quest until they came to the item of the yellow butterfly, which the Tin Woodman positively refused to sacrifice to the magic potion.
He clambered about among the ruins for half an hour, hoping that he might discover some forgotten weapon, but his search was without fruit, and so he took up his quest once more, following up the stream, which flowed from a southeasterly direction.
It was with this extraordinary procession trooping at his and Maria's heels into a confectioner's in quest if the biggest candy- cane ever made, that he encountered Ruth and her mother.
Get off your foot," it commanded so peremptorily, so humanly, as again to startle Michael and made him quest about the steerage for the god-throat that had uttered it.
A MAN who had been bitten by a Dog went about in quest of someone who might heal him.
For this sickness of pessimism, caused by drink, one must drink further in quest of the anodyne that John Barleycorn promises but never delivers.