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

  • adj. Made up of four parts.
  • adj. Being one of four parts.
  • adj. Occurring or appearing at three-month intervals: a quarterly magazine; a quarterly payment.
  • adj. Heraldry Having four sections. Used of a shield.
  • n. A publication issued regularly every three months.
  • n. An examination given regularly every three months in some colleges.
  • adv. In or by quarters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Occurring once every quarter year (three months).
  • adv. Once every quarter year (three months).
  • n. A periodical publication that appears four times per year.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Containing, or consisting of, a fourth part.
  • adj. Recurring during, or at the end of, each quarter
  • adv. By quarters; once in a quarter of a year.
  • adv. In quarters, or quarterings; ; in four or more parts; -- said of a shield thus divided by lines drawn through it at right angles.
  • n. A periodical work published once a quarter, or four times in a year.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Containing or consisting of a fourth part.
  • Recurring at the end of every quarter of the year: as, quarterly payments of rent; a quarterly visitation or examination.
  • n. A publication or literary periodical issued once every three months.
  • In quarters; by quarters.
  • Once in a quarter of a year: as, the returns are made quarterly.
  • In heraldry: Arranged according to the four quarters of the shield.
  • Arranged according to quartering, even when more than four divisions exist: as, he bears quarterly of twelve. Compare quartering, 4.

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

  • adj. of or relating to or consisting of a quarter
  • n. a periodical that is published every quarter (or four issues per year)
  • adv. in three month intervals
  • adv. in diagonally opposed quarters of an escutcheon


quarter +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)


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