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  1. quar·ter
    IPA[ˈkwôrdər]
  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.

    verb

    • 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

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

      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:

    • verb

      divide into four equal or corresponding parts:

      cut (the body of an executed person) into four parts:

    • verb

      saw (a log) radially into quarters and then into boards:

      produce (a board or a piece of furniture) by quarter-sawing.

    • noun

      a period of fifteen minutes.

      a point of time fifteen minutes before or after any hour:

    • adjective

      consisting of three quarters of something (used especially with reference to size or length):

      (of a view or depiction of a person's face) at an angle between full face and profile:

    • noun

      half a semitone.
    • noun

      a ramp with a slightly convex surface, used by skateboarders, rollerbladers, or snowboarders to perform jumps and other maneuvers.
    • another name for Rub' al-Khali
    • plural

      (in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland) a court of limited criminal and civil jurisdiction and of appeal, usually held quarterly in counties or boroughs, and replaced in 1972 by crown courts.
    • noun

      a quarter of a square mile of land; 160 acres (approximately 64.7 hectares).
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