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

  • n. A unit of volume or capacity in the U.S. Customary System, used in liquid measure, equal to 1/4 gallon or 32 ounces (0.946 liter).
  • n. A unit of volume or capacity in the U.S. Customary System, used in dry measure, equal to 1/8 peck or 2 pints (1.101 liters).
  • n. A unit of volume or capacity in the British Imperial System, used in liquid and dry measure, equal to 1.201 U.S. liquid quarts or 1.032 U.S. dry quarts (1.136 liters). See Table at measurement.
  • n. A container having a capacity of one quart.
  • n. The contents of such a container.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A unit of liquid capacity equal to two pints; one-fourth (quarter) of a gallon. Equivalent to 1.136 liters in the UK and 0.946 liter (liquid quart) or 1.101 liters (dry quart) in the U.S.
  • n. Four successive cards of the same suit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fourth part; a quarter; hence, a region of the earth.
  • n. A measure of capacity, both in dry and in liquid measure; the fourth part of a gallon; the eighth part of a peck; two pints.
  • n. A vessel or measure containing a quart.
  • n. In cards, four successive cards of the same suit. Cf. tierce, 4.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Safe; sound; in good health.
  • In fencing, to make a pass while holding the sword hand with the nails turned upward.
  • An abbreviation of quarter;
  • of quarterly.
  • n. A fourth part or division; a quarter.
  • n. A unit of measure, the fourth part of a gallon; also, a vessel of that capacity.
  • n. In music, the interval of a fourth: prefixed to the name of an instrument, it denotes one pitched a fourth lower or a fourth higher than the ordinary instrument.
  • n. In Gloucestershire and Leicestershire, England, three pounds of butter; in the Isle of Man, seven pounds—that is, the fourth part of a quarter.
  • n. A Welsh measure of length or surface; a pole of 3½ to 4½ yards.
  • n. In card-playing, a sequence of four cards. A quart major is a sequence of the highest four cards in any suit.
  • n. One of the eight thrusts and parries in fencing.
  • n. Safety; health.
  • n. A quarter of the horizon.

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

  • n. a United States liquid unit equal to 32 fluid ounces; four quarts equal one gallon
  • n. a British imperial capacity measure (liquid or dry) equal to 2 pints or 1.136 liters
  • n. a United States dry unit equal to 2 pints or 67.2 cubic inches

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French quarte, from Latin quārta, feminine of quārtus, fourth; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French quart, from Latin quartus ("one-fourth"). (Wiktionary)

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