Definitions of quarter

  1. the rear part of a ship
  2. provide housing for, of military personnel
  3. one of four equal parts; " a quarter of a pound"
  4. piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp
  5. a district of a city having some distinguishing character; " the Latin Quarter"
  6. an unspecified person; " he dropped a word in the right quarter"
  7. a United States coin worth one fourth of a dollar; " he fed four quarters into the slot machine"
  8. ( British) a quarter of a hundredweight ( 28 pounds)
  9. a quarter of a hundredweight ( 25 pounds)
  10. one of the four major division of the compass; " the wind is coming from that quarter"
  11. one of four periods into which the school year is divided; " the fall quarter ends at Christmas"
  12. one of four periods of play into which some games are divided; " both teams scored in the first quarter"
  13. consisting of one of four equivalent parts; " a quarter pound of butter"
  14. a quarter of a hundredweight ( 28 pounds)
  15. a fourth part of a year; three months; " unemployment fell during the last quarter"
  16. 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"
  17. divide by four; divide into quarters
  18. divide into quarters; " quarter an apple"
  19. provide housing for ( military personnel)
  20. 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.
  21. The fourth of a hundred- weight, being 25 or 28 pounds, according as the hundredweight is reckoned at 100 or 112 pounds.
  22. The fourth part of the moon's period, or monthly revolution; as, the first quarter after the change or full.
  23. 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.
  24. That part of a boot or shoe which forms the side, from the heel to the vamp.
  25. That part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, being the side of the coffin.
  26. A term of study in a seminary, college, etc, etc.; properly, a fourth part of the year, but often longer or shorter.
  27. The encampment on one of the principal passages round a place besieged, to prevent relief and intercept convoys.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. A division of a town, city, or county; a particular district; a locality; as, the Latin quarter in Paris.
  31. Proper station; specific place; assigned position; special location.
  32. A station or encampment occupied by troops; a place of lodging for soldiers or officers; as, winter quarters.
  33. 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.
  34. Friendship; amity; concord.
  35. To lodge; to have a temporary residence.
  36. 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.
  37. A small upright timber post, used in partitions; - in the United States more commonly called stud.
  38. 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.
  39. A station at which officers and men are posted in battle; - usually in the plural.
  40. Place of lodging or temporary residence; shelter; entertainment; - usually in the plural.
  41. 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.
  42. To divide into four equal parts; furnish with lodgings, food, etc., as soldiers; station.
  43. Quartered.
  44. A fourth part: the fourth part of a cwt.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. Fourth part of anything; 28 or 25 lbs.; 8 bus.; 25 cts.; 3 months; region; mercy shown a conquered antagonist.
  48. To divide into quarters; lodge.
  49. To divide or separate into four equal parts; to furnish with quarters; lodge.
  50. One of four equal parts of anything.
  51. One of the four principal points of the compass.
  52. A place; locality; assigned position; lodging.
  53. Mercy shown in sparing the life of a defeated enemy.
  54. Lodgings; posts in action.
  55. 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.
  56. To divide into four equal parts; to separate; to station soldiers for lodging; to dict.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. 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.
  60. To divide into four equal parts; to separate into parts; in mil., to station for lodgings; to have a temporary residence.

Usage examples for quarter

  1. The quarter of an hour was over. – The Rosary by Florence L. Barclay
  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. I am a quarter of an hour behind time. – Baron Trigault's Vengeance Volume 2 (of 2) by Emile Gaboriau
  4. " No- about a quarter of them. – Let'em Breathe Space by Lester del Rey
  5. In a quarter of an hour it was all over. – Greenmantle by John Buchan
  6. He is only a quarter- Indian. – The Gun-Brand by James B. Hendryx
  7. Not a quarter of a mile off, colonel! – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  8. 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
  9. You're not half, nor quarter, as nice as you were when I saw you last. – Girls of the Forest by L. T. Meade
  10. It's only quarter of. – Four Little Blossoms and Their Winter Fun by Mabel C. Hawley
  11. That will be a quarter. – The Clock Strikes Thirteen by Mildred A. Wirt
  12. " It's quarter to nine. – Uncle William The Man Who Was Shif'less by Jennette Lee
  13. A quarter mile of water lay between them and the other side. – Men Called Him Master by Elwyn Allen Smith
  14. 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
  15. The difficulty was in another quarter- with Mr. Peck himself. – Annie Kilburn A Novel by W. D. Howells
  16. 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
  17. And wouldn't it matter how they dressed either in the Quarter? – A Crooked Mile by Oliver Onions