Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In England, the day that begins each quarter of the year.

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  • noun UK Each of the four days customarily regarded as starting a new quarter year, on which rents etc are often due.

Etymologies

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quarter- +‎ day.

Examples

  • He was rather musical, and on some remote quarter-day had bought an old trombone; but a bit of it was lost, and it made the most extraordinary sounds when he sometimes tried to play it of an evening.

    Reprinted Pieces

  • As quarter-day came near he could see that her pretty face was clouded by anxiety, and he could guess when Caroline had sat up late at work; but above all, he noted how the gloomy thoughts that dimmed the cheerful and delicate features of her young face gradually vanished by degrees as their acquaintance ripened.

    A Second Home

  • The king went on towards the office in a melancholy mood; for quarter-day was such a long way off, and several of the dear children were growing out of their clothes.

    A Holiday Romance

  • So she took out of her pocket the magic fish-bone, that had been dried and rubbed and polished till it shone like mother-of-pearl; and she gave it one little kiss, and wished it was quarter-day.

    A Holiday Romance

  • The king went on towards the office in a melancholy mood; for quarter-day was such a long way off, and several of the dear children were growing out of their clothes.

    A Holiday Romance

  • As quarter-day came near he could see that her pretty face was clouded by anxiety, and he could guess when Caroline had sat up late at work; but above all, he noted how the gloomy thoughts that dimmed the cheerful and delicate features of her young face gradually vanished by degrees as their acquaintance ripened.

    A Second Home

  • So she took out of her pocket the magic fish-bone, that had been dried and rubbed and polished till it shone like mother-of-pearl; and she gave it one little kiss, and wished it was quarter-day.

    A Holiday Romance

  • The tradesman never lived who could say that he was not paid on the quarter-day.

    The Book of Snobs

  • But is his “windspeed” the storm max windspeed or the average of each quarter-day, or just what?

    Emanuel 2005 – Average Peak Wind « Climate Audit

  • In my first attempts to replicate this figure, in making an integral, I applied a factor of 1/4 for quarter-day periods.

    Emanuel 2005 Figure 1 « Climate Audit

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