The word "quite" has two meanings.

See examples below:
Her dancing was quite good, but it could be better. (Meaning – It’s OK, not bad.)
It’s quite impossible. (Meaning – It’s completely impossible.)

Explanation:
A gradable adjective like “good” means it could be more or less good. Quite usually means something like “fairly” or “rather” in affirmative sentences with gradable words.

A non-gradable adjective like “impossible” means things are either impossible or not but they cannot be more or less impossible. It usually means completely.


Compare:
a) I’m quite tired, but I can walk a bit further.
I’m quite exhausted – I could not walk another step.
b) It’s quite surprising. (means similar to fairly surprising)
It’s quite amazing. (means absolutely amazing)
c) He speaks Japanese quite well, but he’s got a strong accent.
He speaks Japanese quite perfectly.
d) I quite like her, but she is not one of my closest classmates.
Have you quite understood? (means “Have you completely understood?”)

Note: Quite with gradable adjectives means something like “very”, not “fairly/rather”.

Quite can be used with a/an + noun. It normally comes before a/an if there is a gradable adjective or no adjective.

See examples below:
It’s quite a fine day.
We watched quite an interesting game yesterday.
She’s quite a dancer.
The event was quite a success.
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