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

  • n. One of four equal parts.
  • n. A coin equal to one fourth of the dollar of the United States and Canada.
  • n. One fourth of an hour; 15 minutes.
  • n. One fourth of a year; three months: Sales were up in the second quarter.
  • n. An academic term lasting approximately three months.
  • n. Astronomy One fourth of the period of the moon's revolution around Earth.
  • n. Astronomy One of the four phases of the moon: the first quarter; the third quarter.
  • n. Sports One of four equal periods of playing time into which some games, such as football and basketball, are divided.
  • n. One fourth of a yard; nine inches.
  • n. One fourth of a mile; two furlongs.
  • n. One fourth of a pound; four ounces.
  • n. One fourth of a ton; 500 pounds. Used as a measure of grain.
  • n. Chiefly British A measure of grain equal to approximately eight bushels.
  • n. One fourth of a hundredweight; 25 pounds.
  • n. One fourth of a British hundredweight; 28 pounds.
  • n. One of the four major divisions of the compass.
  • n. One fourth of the distance between any two of the 32 divisions of the compass.
  • n. One of the four major divisions of the horizon as determined by the four major points of the compass.
  • n. A region or an area of the earth thought of as falling into such a specific division of the compass.
  • n. Nautical The general direction on either side of a ship located 45° off the stern.
  • n. Nautical The upper portion of the after side of a ship, usually between the aftermost mast and the stern.
  • n. Nautical The part of a yard between the slings and the yardarm.
  • n. Heraldry Any of four equal divisions of a shield.
  • n. One leg of an animal's carcass, usually including the adjoining parts.
  • n. Either side of a horse's hoof.
  • n. The part of the side of a shoe between the heel and the vamp.
  • n. A place of residence, especially the buildings or barracks used to house military personnel or their dependents.
  • n. A proper or assigned station or place, as for officers and crew on a warship. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A specific district or section, as of a city: the French Quarter.
  • n. An unspecified person or group. Often used in the plural: information from the highest quarters.
  • n. Mercy or clemency, especially when displayed or given to an enemy.
  • adj. Being one of four equal or equivalent parts.
  • adj. Being one fourth of a standard or usual value.
  • transitive v. To divide into four equal or equivalent parts.
  • transitive v. To quartersaw.
  • transitive v. To divide or separate into a number of parts.
  • transitive v. To dismember (a human body) into four parts.
  • transitive v. Heraldry To divide (a shield) into four equal areas with vertical and horizontal lines.
  • transitive v. To mark or place (holes, for example) a fourth of a circle apart.
  • transitive v. To locate and adjust (one machine part) at right angles to its connecting part within the machine.
  • transitive v. To furnish with housing: quartered the troops in an old factory building.
  • transitive v. To traverse (an area of ground) laterally back and forth while slowly advancing forward.
  • intransitive v. To take up or be assigned lodgings.
  • intransitive v. To cover an area of ground by ranging over it from side to side.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to an aspect of a quarter.
  • adj. Consisting of a fourth part, a quarter (1/4, 25%).
  • adj. Related to a three-month term, a quarter of a year.
  • n. Any one of four equal parts into which something has been divided.
  • n. A coin worth 25 cents (1/4 of a dollar).
  • n. A period of three consecutive months (1/4 of a year).
  • n. A section or area (of a town, etc.).
  • n. Accommodation granted to a defeated opponent
  • n. An old English measure of corn, containing 8 bushels.
  • n. An old English measure of cloth, nine inches or four nails
  • n. Each of the four divisions or watches of a twelve-hour night.
  • n. That part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, being the side of the coffin.
  • v. To divide into quarters.
  • v. To provide housing for military personnel or other equipment.
  • v. To drive a carriage so as to prevent the wheels from going into the ruts, or so that a rut shall be between the wheels.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of four equal parts into which anything is divided, or is regarded as divided; a fourth part or portion
  • n. The fourth of a hundred-weight, being 25 or 28 pounds, according as the hundredweight is reckoned at 100 or 112 pounds.
  • n. The fourth of a ton in weight, or eight bushels of grain; ; also, the fourth part of a chaldron of coal.
  • n. The fourth part of the moon's period, or monthly revolution.
  • n. One limb of a quadruped with the adjacent parts; one fourth part of the carcass of a slaughtered animal, including a leg.
  • n. That part of a boot or shoe which forms the side, from the heel to the vamp.
  • n. That part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, being the side of the coffin.
  • n. A term of study in a seminary, college, etc, etc.; properly, a fourth part of the year, but often longer or shorter.
  • n. The encampment on one of the principal passages round a place besieged, to prevent relief and intercept convoys.
  • n. The after-part of a vessel's side, generally corresponding in extent with the quarter-deck; also, the part of the yardarm outside of the slings.
  • n. One of the divisions of an escutcheon when it is divided into four portions by a horizontal and a perpendicular line meeting in the fess point.
  • n. A division of a town, city, or county; a particular district; a locality.
  • n. A small upright timber post, used in partitions; -- in the United States more commonly called stud.
  • n. The fourth part of the distance from one point of the compass to another, being the fourth part of 11° 15', that is, about 2° 49'; -- called also quarter point.
  • n. Proper station; specific place; assigned position; special location.
  • n. A station at which officers and men are posted in battle; -- usually in the plural.
  • n. Place of lodging or temporary residence; shelter; entertainment; -- usually in the plural.
  • n. A station or encampment occupied by troops; a place of lodging for soldiers or officers.
  • n. Treatment shown by an enemy; mercy; especially, the act of sparing the life a conquered enemy; a refraining from pushing one's advantage to extremes.
  • n. Friendship; amity; concord.
  • intransitive v. To lodge; to have a temporary residence.
  • intransitive v. To drive a carriage so as to prevent the wheels from going into the ruts, or so that a rut shall be between the wheels.
  • transitive v. To divide into four equal parts.
  • transitive v. To divide; to separate into parts or regions.
  • transitive v. To furnish with shelter or entertainment; to supply with the means of living for a time; especially, to furnish shelter to.
  • transitive v. To furnish as a portion; to allot.
  • transitive v. To arrange (different coats of arms) upon one escutcheon, as when a man inherits from both father and mother the right to bear arms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To divide into four equal parts.
  • To divide; separate into parts; cut to pieces.
  • To divide into distinct regions or compartments.
  • To furnish with lodgings, shelter, or entertainment; supply with temporary means of living; especially, to find lodgings and food for: as, to quarter soldiers on the inhabitants.
  • To diet; feed.
  • To furnish as portion; deal out; allot; share.
  • In heraldry, to bear quarterly upon one's escutcheon: thus, a man quarters the arms of his father with those of his mother, if she has been an heiress.
  • In machinery, to make wrist-pin holes in, 90° apart: said of locomotive driving-wheels.
  • In sporting, to range or beat (the ground) for game: with indefinite it: said of hunting-dogs.
  • To be stationed; remain in quarters; lodge; have a temporary residence.
  • Nautical, to sail with the wind on the quarter.
  • To shift; beat about; change position, so as to get advantage of an adversary.
  • In sporting, to run back and forth in search of game, as if going about all quarters, as a dog in the field.
  • To drive a carriage diagonally from side to side, so as to keep the wheels from entering the ruts.
  • To enter into a new quarter, as the moon.
  • n. One of four equal or equivalent parts into which anything is or may be divided; a fourth part or portion; one of four equal or corresponding divisions.
  • n. Specifically— The fourth part of a yard or of an ell.
  • n. The fourth part of a hundredweight—that is, 28 pounds, the hundredweight being equal to 112 pounds. Abbreviated qr.
  • n. In England, as a legal measure of capacity, eight bushels. Locally, 16, 12, or 9 bushels, 8 bushels and 3 pecks, or 8 bushels, 2 pecks, and 2½ quarts are variously called a quarter.
  • n. The fourth part of an hour.
  • n. In astronomy, the fourth part of the moon's period or monthly revolution: as, the first quarter after the change or full.
  • n. One of the four parts into which the horizon is supposed to be divided; one of the four cardinal points: as, the four quarters of the globe; but, more widely, any region or point of the compass: as, from what quarter does the wind blow? people thronged in from all quarters; hence, indefinitely, any direction or source: as, my information comes from a high quarter.
  • n. In navigation, the fourth part of the distance from one point on the compass-card to another, being the fourth of 11° 15′ —that is, about 2° 49′ . Also called quarter-point.
  • n. The fourth part of the year; specifically, in schools, the fourth part of the teaching period of the year, generally ten or eleven weeks.
  • n. A silver coin, equal to one fourth part of a dollar, or twenty-five cents; also, the sum of twenty-five cents.
  • n. One fourth part of the body or carcass of an animal, in the case of butcher's meat including a leg: as, a fore or hind quarter of mutton; especially, one of the hind quarters; a haunch: generally in the plural: as, the quarters of a horse. See cut under horse.
  • n. In heraldry: One of the four parts into which a shield is divided by quartering. The four quarters are numbered as follows: 1, dexter chief; 2, sinister chief; 3, dexter base; 4, sinister base. An ordinary occupying one fourth of the field, and placed (unless otherwise directed) in the dexter chief, as shown in the cut; also, sometimes, same as canton, 4.
  • n. In shoemaking, the part of the shoe or boot, on either side, between the back of the heel and a line drawn downward from the ankle-bone or thereabout; hence, that part of the leather which occupies the same place, whether the actual upper-leather of the shoe or a stiff lining. See cut under boot.
  • n. Nautical: The part of a ship's side between the after part of the main chains and the stern.
  • n. The part of a yard between the slings and the yard-arm.
  • n. In farriery, the part of a horse's foot between the toe and the heel, being the side of the coffin. A false quarter is a cleft in the hoof extending from the coronet to the shoe, or from top to bottom. When for any disorder one of the quarters is cut, the horse is said to be quarter-cast.
  • n. In architecture, a square panel inclosing a quatrefoil or other ornament; also, an upright post in partitions to which the laths are nailed.
  • n. In a cask, the part of the side between the bulge and the chime.
  • n. In the dress of a millstone, a section of the dress containing one leader and branches.
  • n. In carpentry, one of the sections of a winding stair.
  • n. In cork-cutting, a parallelepiped of cork ready to be rounded into shape.
  • n. In printing, any one of the four corners of a cross-barred chase.
  • n. In music, same as quarter-note.
  • n. A distinct division of a surface or region; a particular region of a town, city, or country; a district; a locality: as, the Latin quarter of Paris; the Jews' quarter in Rome.
  • n. Hence A position assigned or allotted; specific place; special location; proper position or station.
  • n. More specifically— The proper stations of officers and men on a man-of-war in battle, in exercise, or on inspection: in the plural. The exercise of the guns, as in battle, is distinguished as general quarters.
  • n. Place of lodging; temporary residence; shelter; entertainment: usually in the plural.
  • n. A station or an encampment occupied by troops; a place of lodgment for officers and men: usually in the plural: as, they went into winter quarters. Compare headquarters.
  • n. plural The cabins inhabited by the negroes on a plantation, in the period of slavery.
  • n. [Appar. due to the phrase to keep quarter .] Peace; concord; amity.
  • n. Friendly intercourse.
  • n. To keep peace. Compare quarter.
  • n. To make noise or disturbance: apparently an ironical use.
  • n. Indulgence or mercy shown to a vanquished enemy, in sparing his life and accepting his surrender; hence, in general, indulgence; clemency; mercy.
  • n. Same as peg, 7.

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

  • n. one of the four major division of the compass
  • v. provide housing for (military personnel)
  • n. piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp
  • v. pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him
  • n. (football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided
  • n. an unspecified person
  • v. divide into quarters
  • n. the rear part of a ship
  • n. a district of a city having some distinguishing character
  • n. a quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds)
  • n. a unit of time equal to 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour
  • n. clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent
  • n. a fourth part of a year; three months
  • n. one of four periods into which the school year is divided
  • n. one of four equal parts
  • n. a United States or Canadian coin worth one fourth of a dollar
  • v. divide by four; divide into quarters
  • n. a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French quartier, from Latin quārtārius, from quārtus, fourth; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via French quartier, from Latin quartarius, from quartus. (Wiktionary)
French cartayer (Wiktionary)

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