Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Consisting of or divided into four parts.
  • adj. Involving four participants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Divided into four parts.
  • adj. Involving four parties or participants; four-party.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Divided into four parts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Divided into four parts; specifically, in botany and zoology, parted into four; divided to the base or entirely into four parts; in architecture, divided, as a vault, by the system of construction employed, into four compartments. Such a vault is the cardinal type of medieval Pointed vaulting.
  • n. A book or treatise divided into four parts or treatises; a tetrabiblion: as, the last two books of Ptolemy's Quadripartite; the quadripartite (four Gospels) of the New Testament.
  • In law, having four parts, or parties: as, a quadripartite government; a quadripartite agreement, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. involving four parties

Etymologies

From Latin quadripartītus ("divided in four parts"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The bays of vaulting were generally either squares or parallelograms, though sometimes not rectangular in shape, and each was divided into four concave vaulting cells by diagonal and intersecting groins, thus forming what is called a quadripartite vault.

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  • \ "\" The normal structure of a party is quadripartite, that is, based on the number four, since the Rule has a pyramid form.

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  • Certain multinational groupings, such as the "quadripartite" of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, have a very high level of trust.

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  • In the city, negotiations continued with the Soviets on establishing a new currency under quadripartite control.

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  • However, despite these minor details, a quadripartite scheme with the above characteristic endings as above seems to hold true in general and may help to understand how things evolved later on.

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  • In a nutshell, if my quadripartite system distinguishes four sets of endings exemplified in the 1ps with *-mi (objective progressive), *-m (objective non-progressive), *-h₂ór (subjective progressive) and *-h₂e (subjective non-progressive), then it stands to follow that there may likewise be four non-finite forms, participles, corresponding to each of the four categories I describe.

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  • Along with Israel, Turkey and Iran, it is the fourth party in the quadripartite security architecture of the Middle East, and the most aggressive one in many respects.

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  • A quadripartite parliamentary select committee on national security should be created – bringing together existing select committees that focus on UK national interests, security and defence policy.

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  • Would the new quadripartite Aramco combination violate American antitrust laws?

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  • The MPs spoke much of the "tripartite" grouping nowresponsible for such financial regulation - the Bank, the Treasury and theFinancial Services Authority - but clearly it should be seen as "quadripartite",with Brussels just as important as the rest.

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