from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of quarter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Divided into four equal parts or quarters; separated into four parts or regions.
  • adj. Furnished with quarters; provided with shelter or entertainment.
  • adj. Quarter-sawed; -- said of timber, commonly oak.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Divided into or grouped in four equal parts or quarters; separated into distinct parts.
  • Lodged; stationed for lodging; of or pertaining to lodging or quarters.
  • Having hind quarters (of a specified kind): as, a short-quartered horse.
  • Sawed into quarters (said of a tree-trunk), and then cut into planks in such a manner as to show the grain of the wood (especially the silver grain of oak) to advantage.
  • In heraldry, having a square piece cut out of the center: noting a form of cross.
  • In shoemaking, made with quarters (of a particular kind): as, low-quartered shoes.


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  • I once again quartered the recipe and baked it in an 8inch heart pan.

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  • Up to 30,000 government soldiers and an equal number of UNITA troops are set to be 'quartered' as part of the peace agreement signed by Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi in November 1994.

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  • More cautiously than ever, we now crept along the trail -- advancing only after the ground had been thoroughly "quartered" by the scouts.

    The War Trail The Hunt of the Wild Horse

  • "quartered" and then the quarters sawn up as nearly radially as is desired.

    Handwork in Wood

  • 'quartered' [my suggestion], and one ododam was a small hawk and the fins of a sturgeon.

    Modern Mythology

  • As John Adams put it shortly after the Boston Massacre, soldiers quartered in a populous town will always occasion two mobs, where they prevent one.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Many of the seven hundred soldiers stationed in the city were being quartered in the homes and taverns of Bostonians, and fights broke out nearly every day over their presence in the city.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Moreover, the Boston Massacre provided much of the rationale for the Third and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution, which protect us from soldiers being quartered in our homes and from “unreasonable searches and seizures.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • I thought of Anushka aiming her rifle at one of those animals, I thought of their skins being removed, their bodies being quartered and stewed.


  • No country however rich can permanently afford to have quartered upon its revenue a class which declines to do the duty which it was called upon to perform ...

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  • "Anthony is already being sued by a woman who happens to share that invented nanny’s name. Already being drawn and quartered on Facebook and Twitter." ("A Sordid Cast of Characters Around Casey Anthony", The New York Times, July 20, 2011)

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