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Definitions of quarter

  1. the rear part of a ship
  2. provide housing for, of military personnel
  3. pull ( a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him; " in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes"
  4. one of four equal parts; " a quarter of a pound"
  5. piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp
  6. a district of a city having some distinguishing character; " the Latin Quarter"
  7. an unspecified person; " he dropped a word in the right quarter"
  8. a United States coin worth one fourth of a dollar; " he fed four quarters into the slot machine"
  9. ( British) a quarter of a hundredweight ( 28 pounds)
  10. a quarter of a hundredweight ( 25 pounds)
  11. one of the four major division of the compass; " the wind is coming from that quarter"
  12. one of four periods into which the school year is divided; " the fall quarter ends at Christmas"
  13. one of four periods of play into which some games are divided; " both teams scored in the first quarter"
  14. consisting of one of four equivalent parts; " a quarter pound of butter"
  15. a quarter of a hundredweight ( 28 pounds)
  16. a fourth part of a year; three months; " unemployment fell during the last quarter"
  17. a unit of time equal to 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour; " it's a quarter til 4"; " a quarter after 4 o'clock"
  18. divide by four; divide into quarters
  19. divide into quarters; " quarter an apple"
  20. provide housing for ( military personnel)
  21. One of four equal parts into which anything is divided, or is regarded as divided; a fourth part or portion; as, a quarter of a dollar, of a pound, of a yard, of an hour, etc.
  22. The fourth of a hundred- weight, being 25 or 28 pounds, according as the hundredweight is reckoned at 100 or 112 pounds.
  23. The fourth of a ton in weight, or eight bushels of grain; as, a quarter of wheat; also, the fourth part of a chaldron of coal.
  24. The fourth part of the moon's period, or monthly revolution; as, the first quarter after the change or full.
  25. One limb of a quadruped with the adjacent parts; one fourth part of the carcass of a slaughtered animal, including a leg; as, the fore quarters; the hind quarters.
  26. That part of a boot or shoe which forms the side, from the heel to the vamp.
  27. That part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, being the side of the coffin.
  28. A term of study in a seminary, college, etc, etc.; properly, a fourth part of the year, but often longer or shorter.
  29. The encampment on one of the principal passages round a place besieged, to prevent relief and intercept convoys.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. A division of a town, city, or county; a particular district; a locality; as, the Latin quarter in Paris.
  33. Proper station; specific place; assigned position; special location.
  34. A station or encampment occupied by troops; a place of lodging for soldiers or officers; as, winter quarters.
  35. 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.
  36. Friendship; amity; concord.
  37. To lodge; to have a temporary residence.
  38. 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.
  39. A small upright timber post, used in partitions; - in the United States more commonly called stud.
  40. 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.
  41. A station at which officers and men are posted in battle; - usually in the plural.
  42. Place of lodging or temporary residence; shelter; entertainment; - usually in the plural.
  43. The fourth part of anything; twenty- five ( often, twenty- eight) pounds, one- fourth of a hundred- weight; one- fourth of a ton; in England, eight bushels; the fourth part of the moon's monthly revolution; three months, a fourth of a year; one- half of a term at school; fifteen minutes, a fourth of an hour; twenty- five cents, a fourth of a dollar; a silver coin of this value; one of the four points of the compass, as north, south, etc.; a part of the globe; a particular place or district; afterpart of a ship's side; one of the four limbs of an animal with the parts near it; as, a quarter of lamb; life granted to a captive or enemy; mercy; as, to give no quarter; the place or source from which anything comes; as, you may expect trouble from that quarter.
  44. To divide into four equal parts; furnish with lodgings, food, etc., as soldiers; station.
  45. Quartered.
  46. The lateral part of the wall of the hoof in the horse.
  47. A fourth part: the fourth part of a cwt.
  48. 28 lbs. avoirdupois: in England, 8 bushels ( dry measure): the fourth part of a chaldron of coal- of the year- of the moon's period- of a carcass ( including a limb)- of the horizon: a cardinal point: a region of a hemisphere: a division of a town, etc.: place of lodging, as for soldiers, esp. in pl.: mercy granted to a disabled antagonist, prob. form the idea of the captor sending the prisoner to his quarter or lodging: ( naut.) the part of a ship's side between the main mast and the stern.
  49. To divide into four equal parts: to divide into parts or compartments: to furnish with quarters: to lodge: to furnish with entertainment: ( her.) to bear as an appendage to the hereditary arms.
  50. Fourth part of anything; 28 or 25 lbs.; 8 bus.; 25 cts.; 3 months; region; mercy shown a conquered antagonist.
  51. To divide into quarters; lodge.
  52. To divide or separate into four equal parts; to furnish with quarters; lodge.
  53. One of four equal parts of anything.
  54. One of the four principal points of the compass.
  55. A place; locality; assigned position; lodging.
  56. Mercy shown in sparing the life of a defeated enemy.
  57. Lodgings; posts in action.
  58. The fourth part; the fourth of a cwt., or 28 lbs.; the fourth of a tun, or 8 bushels; the fourth part of the moon's revolution; one of the large divisions of the globe; one of the four points of the compass; a particular region of a town, city, or country; the sparing of the life of a captive or an enemy when in one's power; one of the divisions of a shield when it is divided cross- wise.
  59. To divide into four equal parts; to separate; to station soldiers for lodging; to dict.
  60. To have a temporary residence. To quarter arms, to add the arms of other families to the hereditary arms. Head- quarters, the place where the commander- in- chief has his quarters. Winter- quarters, the places where soldiers are lodged during the winter.
  61. The fourth part of anything; a weight of 28 lb. avoirdupois; a measure of capacity of 8 bushels; a point of the compass; a region; a territory; a particular portion or district of a town, city, & c.; proper station; in mil., mercy granted by a conqueror to his enemy; a part or side of a thing; the part of the side of a shoe from the heel to the vamp; the part of a ship's side lying towards the stern; the fourth part of the year; one limb of a quadruped with adjacent parts.
  62. Military stations; lodgings or residence; in R. N., the stations or places assigned on duty or in action; in building, those slight upright pieces of timber placed between the puncheons and posts used to lath upon.
  63. To divide into four equal parts; to separate into parts; in mil., to station for lodgings; to have a temporary residence.
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Quotes of quarter

  1. It is within the last quarter century or thirty years. And a lot of that law has turned out to be very, very protective of the press and the public's right to know. – Floyd Abrams
  2. The key is growth margins went in the right direction, unit volume increased quarter on quarter and expenses came down. We threw off over $300 million in cash. All of those were in the right direction. So I think we're on our way. – Gil Amelio
  3. As the 29th state to join the United States of America, it is our turn to show the nation what represents Iowa. Our commitment to quality education, hard work, and small -town values are all represented in the Iowa quarter – Leonard Boswell
  4. Once you get into entertaining a quarter of a million people, it's a very weird place to be. – Joe Cocker
  5. In the time of battle the hammocs, together with their bedding, are all firmly corded, and fixed in the nettings on the quarter -deck, or whereever the men are too much exposed to the view or fire of the enemy. – William Falconer
  6. But now it's kind of a given that a 15 -year -old would have a record deal and sell a quarter of a million records. No one's expecting her to answer any deep theological questions. And I'll tell you, I was asked some deep theological questions from the git -go. – Amy Grant
  7. I have three brothers and they're all into computers. They're all intellects. My mother would pay me a quarter a page to read a book and I couldn't make 50 cents. I just couldn't do it. – Josh Holloway
  8. Sometimes we used to eat once a day... chicken backs. You could buy four chicken backs for a quarter – Raul Julia
  9. It's not just a hurricane. It's the demand for gas in China... We're paying $3 a gallon, and the oil companies are making historic profits every quarter – Ron Klein
  10. The great increase of our population throughout the Union will alone produce an important effect, and in no quarter will it be so sensibly felt as in those in contemplation. – James Monroe
  11. But, my dear sirs, when peace does come, you may call on me for any thing. Then will I share with you the last cracker, and watch with you to shield your homes and families against danger from every quarter – William Tecumseh Sherman
  12. It is important to remember that the Pacific Ocean covers a quarter of the world's surface and that each Pacific country has its own cultural, historical and ethnic identity. – Jenny Shipley
  13. I enjoy the last quarter of all basketball games. – Sarah Silverman
  14. You just can't get too focused on worrying about what's going to happen in the next quarter You have to worry about where the business is headed long -term. – James Sinegal
  15. I have a brother who's a psychologist. He says three -quarters of the world are born feeling that they will be affected by the world; one quarter are born knowing that they will affect the world. – Kathleen Turner

Usage examples for quarter

  1. " No- about a quarter of them. – Let'em Breathe Space by Lester del Rey
  2. " Ye had to be helped home last night, O'Grady, and it took Hoolan a quarter of an hour to wake you this morning. – With Moore At Corunna by G. A. Henty
  3. A quarter mile of water lay between them and the other side. – Men Called Him Master by Elwyn Allen Smith
  4. That will be a quarter – The Clock Strikes Thirteen by Mildred A. Wirt
  5. The quarter of an hour was over. – The Rosary by Florence L. Barclay
  6. And wouldn't it matter how they dressed either in the Quarter – A Crooked Mile by Oliver Onions
  7. I'm able to swear to that, because I noticed the moon just as the major went out, and, when I looked in through the window the last time, the moon was a full quarter hour lower down to'rds settin'." – The Law of Hemlock Mountain by Hugh Lundsford
  8. It's a quarter to ten." – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  9. " It's quarter to nine. – Uncle William The Man Who Was Shif'less by Jennette Lee
  10. I am a quarter of an hour behind time. – Baron Trigault's Vengeance Volume 2 (of 2) by Emile Gaboriau
  11. You're not half, nor quarter as nice as you were when I saw you last. – Girls of the Forest by L. T. Meade
  12. In a quarter of an hour it was all over. – Greenmantle by John Buchan
  13. He is only a quarter Indian. – The Gun-Brand by James B. Hendryx
  14. We've got a full quarter of an hour." – The Sins of Séverac Bablon by Sax Rohmer
  15. This friend, however, not only hung fire but finally went back to take a shot from a quarter they might have been supposed to have left. – The Awkward Age by Henry James
  16. It's only quarter of. – Four Little Blossoms and Their Winter Fun by Mabel C. Hawley
  17. But such words From such a quarter are of worth no less. – The Dynasts An Epic-Drama Of The War With Napoleon, In Three Parts, Nineteen Acts, And One Hundred And Thirty Scenes by Thomas Hardy
  18. You seem to know this quarter well; that is to say, better than I do? – A Tale of Two Cities A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens
  19. Not a quarter of a mile off, colonel! – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  20. The difficulty was in another quarter with Mr. Peck himself. – Annie Kilburn A Novel by W. D. Howells

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