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A novel multimedia retrieval technique, called progressive query (PQ) is presented. PQ is designed to bring an effective solution, especially when querying large-scale multimedia databases. In addition, PQ produces intermediate query retrieval results during the execution of the query. The series of intermediate query results finally converges to the full-scale search retrieval in a faster way and with no minimum system requirements. Experimental progressive query retrieval results show that intermediate retrieval results may be satisfactory and further query processing time may be avoided.