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  1. quar·ter
  2. noun

    • 1. each of four equal or corresponding parts into which something is or can be divided:

      she cut each apple into quarters a page and a quarter a quarter of a mile
    • 2. a period of three months regarded as one fourth of a year, used especially in reference to financial transactions such as the payment of bills or a company's earnings:

      the payment for each quarter's electricity is made in the next quarter
    • 3. a period of fifteen minutes or a point of time marking the transition from one fifteen-minute period to the next:

      the baby was born at a quarter past nine
    • 4. a coin representing 25 cents, one fourth of a US or Canadian dollar.

    • 5. each of the four parts into which an animal's or bird's carcass may be divided, each including a leg or wing.

    • 6. one fourth of a lunar month.

    • 7. (in various sports) each of four equal periods into which a game is divided:

      there were four scores in the opening quarter
    • 8. one of four terms into which a school or college year may be divided.

    • 9. one fourth of a pound (avoirdupois, equal to 4 ounces).

    • 10. one fourth of a hundredweight (US 25 lb or British 28 lb).

    • 11. a grain measure equivalent to 8 bushels.

    • 12. the haunches or hindquarters of a horse:

      they have strong, muscular quarters
    • 13. a part of a town or city having a specific character or use:

      it is a beautiful port city with a fascinating medieval quarter
    • 14. the direction of one of the points of the compass, especially as a direction from which the wind blows.

    • 15. a particular but unspecified person, group of people, or area:

      we have just had help from an unexpected quarter
    • 16. either side of a ship aft of the beam:

      he trained his glasses over the starboard quarter
    • 17. rooms or lodgings, especially those allocated to people in military or domestic service:

      the servants' quarters
      Synonym : accommodation, lodgings, rooms, chambers, place of residence, home, shelter, pied-à-terre, digs, pad, billet, abode, dwelling, dwelling place, residence, domicile, habitation
    • 18. pity or mercy shown toward an enemy or opponent who is in one's power:

      the riot squad gave no quarter
    • 19. each of four or more roughly equal divisions of a shield separated by vertical and horizontal lines.

    • 20. a square charge which covers the top left (dexter chief) quarter of the field.


    • 1. divide into four equal or corresponding parts:

      peel and quarter the bananas
    • 2. cut (the body of an executed person) into four parts:

      the plotters were hanged, drawn, and quartered
    • 3. cut (a log) into quarters, and these into planks so as to show the grain well.

    • 4. be stationed or lodged in a specified place:

      many were quartered in tents
      Synonym : accommodate, house, board, lodge, give accommodation to, provide with accommodation, put up, take in, give a bed to, install, give a roof to, put a roof over someone's head, shelter, billet
    • 5. range over or traverse (an area) in every direction:

      we watched a pair of kingfishers quartering the river looking for minnows
      Synonym : patrol, range over, tour, reconnoiter, traverse, survey, inspect, spy out, scout, recce
    • 6. move at an angle; go in a diagonal or zigzag direction:

      his young dog quartered back and forth in quick turns
    • 7. display (different coats of arms) in quarters of a shield, especially to show arms inherited from heiresses who have married into the bearer's family:

      Edward III quartered the French royal arms with his own
    • 8. divide (a shield) into four or more parts by vertical and horizontal lines.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: quarter, plural noun: quarters

    • v.: verb: quarter, 3rd person present: quarters, gerund or present participle: quartering, past tense: quartered, past participle: quartered

    • noun

      a man who has people working for him, especially servants or slaves:

      a person who has dominance or control of something:

    • adjective

      having or showing very great skill or proficiency:

      denoting a person skilled in a particular trade and able to teach others:

    • verb

      acquire complete knowledge or skill in (an accomplishment, technique, or art):

      gain control of; overcome:

    • verb

      move from one place to another:

      move to another group, occupation, or service:

    • noun

      an act of moving something or someone to another place:

      an act of selling or moving an athlete to another team:

    • noun

      a small house at the gates of a park or in the grounds of a large house, occupied by a gatekeeper, gardener, or other employee.

      a small country house occupied in season for sports such as hunting, shooting, fishing, and skiing:

    • verb

      present (a complaint, appeal, claim, etc.) formally to the proper authorities:

      leave money or a valuable item in (a place) or with (someone) for safekeeping:

    • adjective

      lesser in importance, seriousness, or significance:

      (of a scale) having intervals of a semitone between the second and third degrees, and (usually) the fifth and sixth, and the seventh and eighth.

    • noun

      a person under the age of full legal responsibility:

      a minor key, interval, or scale.

    • verb

      study or qualify in as a subsidiary subject at college or university:
    • noun

      a hinged barrier used to close an opening in a wall, fence, or hedge:

      a gateway:

    • verb

      confine (a student) to school or college:
    • adjective

      of or for older or more experienced people:

      of or for students in the final year of college or high school.

    • noun

      a person who is a specified number of years older than someone else:

      an elderly person, especially one who is retired and living on a pension:

    • adjective

      of, for, or denoting young or younger people:

      of, for, or denoting schoolchildren between the ages of 7 and 11:

    • noun

      a person who is a specified number of years younger than someone else:

      a student in the third year of college or high school:

    • noun

      a character representing one or more of the sounds used in speech; any of the symbols of an alphabet:

      a school or college initial as a mark of proficiency, especially in sports:

    • verb

      inscribe letters or writing on:

      classify with letters:

    • noun

      a soldier or other person sent out ahead of a main force so as to gather information about the enemy's position, strength, or movements:

      an instance of gathering information, especially by reconnoitering an area:

    • verb

      make a search for someone or something in various places:

      (especially of a soldier) go ahead of a main force so as to gather information about an enemy's position, strength, or movements:

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