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

  • adj. Relating to, consisting of, or extending to three fourths of the usual full length: a skirt of three-quarter length.
  • adj. Depicting the subject turned slightly from a full frontal view: a three-quarter portrait.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of three fourths of the usual dimension
  • adj. with the subject turned slightly away from a frontal view
  • n. A player positioned between the half-backs and the full-backs (properly a three-quarter back)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Measuring thirty inches by twenty-five; -- said of portraitures.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Involving anything three fourths of its normal size or proportions; specifically, noting a size of portraiture measuring 30 inches by 25, or a portrait delineated to the hips only.


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  • The man behind, shown full face and drinking from a lifted jar, has faded into darkness, while at left a boy, whose downcast, three-quarter glance is highlighted by a stream of light, hesitantly grasps the proffered goblet.

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  • Collins, who is making rather a statement here with his luxurious fur-lined coat, is frequently shown in three-quarter profile, possibly to disguise the prominent bulge on the right side of his forehead.

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  • When Suzanne Lenglen, the predictably glamorous French tennis star of the 1920s often dressed by Jean Patou, wore a knee-length dress with three-quarter sleeves to win Wimbledon in 1919, she opened the flood gates of "risqué" tennis fashion, which soon included Helen Jacobs in shorts at Forest Hills in 1933 and Gussy Moran in those much-photographed lace knickers beneath her tennis skirt at Wimbledon in 1949.

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  • We used to try to get into Anfield at three-quarter time and make sure you were back with the cars at the end of the match.

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  • St. John's had a lot to do with how poorly Duke played, using a three-quarter court trap to force the Blue Devils into low percentage passes that almost all seemed to either be stolen by St. John's or just thrown away.

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  • Ms. McCartney's little pump looks great, as did the style's first iteration in the '60s, with an A-line shift; and Valentino's studded punk-rock take on the kitten heel plays well with the three-quarter hemline that's all the rage now.

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  • He opted for an organic ketchup that costs $2 more for each three-quarter of a gallon container.

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  • He rocked the three-quarter trousers in his younger, daring years, but they always looked impractical and a little clammy, and now they've faded as a cultural relic of the early 21st century, like white truffle oil and Kelly Clarkson.

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  • In an investigation of more than 100 low and middle-income countries, the report sought to explain why increased aid spending had left many countries well off track to hit the United Nations millennium development goals MDGs for health, which include a two-thirds reduction in infant mortality and a three-quarter decline in maternal mortality.

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