Definition of Quarter

1. Noun. One of four equal parts. "A quarter of a pound"

2. Verb. Provide housing for (military personnel).
Exact synonyms: Billet, Canton
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Generic synonyms: Accommodate, Lodge
Derivative terms: Billet, Cantonment, Quartering, Quarters

3. Verb. 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"
Exact synonyms: Draw, Draw And Quarter
Generic synonyms: Kill

4. Noun. A district of a city having some distinguishing character. "The Latin Quarter"
Generic synonyms: City District
Specialized synonyms: Ghetto, Casbah, Kasbah, Medina, Skid Road, Barrio

5. Verb. Divide into quarters. "Quarter an apple"
Generic synonyms: Section, Segment
Derivative terms: Quartering

6. Noun. (football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided. "Both teams scored in the first quarter"
Category relationships: Football, Football Game, Professional Basketball
Generic synonyms: Division, Part, Section
Group relationships: Period Of Play, Play, Playing Period

7. Noun. A unit of time equal to 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour. "A quarter after 4 o'clock"
Generic synonyms: Time Unit, Unit Of Time
Group relationships: 60 Minutes, Hour, Hr

8. Verb. Divide by four; divide into quarters.
Category relationships: Arithmetic
Generic synonyms: Divide, Fraction
Derivative terms: Quartering

9. Noun. One of four periods into which the school year is divided. "The fall quarter ends at Christmas"

10. Noun. A fourth part of a year; three months. "Unemployment fell during the last quarter"
Generic synonyms: Period, Period Of Time, Time Period
Derivative terms: Quarterly

11. Noun. One of the four major division of the compass. "The wind is coming from that quarter"
Generic synonyms: Orientation

12. Noun. A quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds).
Generic synonyms: Avoirdupois Unit
Terms within: Lb, Pound, Stone
Group relationships: Cental, Centner, Cwt, Hundredweight, Quintal, Short Hundredweight

13. Noun. A quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds).

14. Noun. A United States or Canadian coin worth one fourth of a dollar. "He fed four quarters into the slot machine"
Generic synonyms: Coin

15. Noun. An unspecified person. "He dropped a word in the right quarter"
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul

16. Noun. The rear part of a ship.
Exact synonyms: After Part, Poop, Stern, Tail
Terms within: Escutcheon, Skeg
Generic synonyms: Back, Rear
Group relationships: Ship

17. Noun. Piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp.
Generic synonyms: Piece Of Leather
Group relationships: Upper

18. Noun. Clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent. "He surrendered but asked for quarter"
Generic synonyms: Clemency, Mercifulness, Mercy

Definition of Quarter

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To divide into four equal parts.

3. v. i. To lodge; to have a temporary residence.

4. v. i. 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.

Definition of Quarter

1. Adjective. Pertaining to an aspect of a quarter. ¹

2. Adjective. (chiefly) Consisting of a fourth part, a quarter (1/4, 25%). ¹

3. Adjective. (chiefly) Related to a three-month term, a quarter of a year. ¹

4. Noun. Any one of four equal parts into which something has been divided. ¹

5. Noun. ''(United States and Canada)'' A coin worth 25 cents (1/4 of a dollar). ¹

6. Noun. A period of three consecutive months (1/4 of a year). ¹

7. Noun. A section or area (of a town, etc.). ¹

8. Noun. Accommodation granted to a defeated opponent ¹

9. Noun. An old English measure of corn, containing 8 bushels. ¹

10. Noun. An old English measure of cloth, nine inches or four nails ¹

11. Noun. (historical) Each of the four divisions or watches of a twelve-hour night. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To divide into quarters. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To provide housing for military personnel or other equipment. ¹

14. Verb. (obsolete) 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. ¹

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Definition of Quarter

1. to divide into four equal parts [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Quarter

1. 1. 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. Hence, specifically: The fourth of a hundred-weight, being 25 or 28 pounds, according as the hundredweight is reckoned at 100 or 112 pounds. 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. 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. When two coats of arms are united upon one escutcheon, as in case of marriage, the first and fourth quarters display one shield, the second and third the other. See Quarter. One of the four parts into which the horizon is regarded as divided; a cardinal point; a direction' principal division; a region; a territory. "Scouts each coast light-armed scour, Each quarter, to descry the distant foe." (Milton) A division of a town, city, or county; a particular district; a locality; as, the Latin quarter in Paris. The fourth part of the distance from one point of the compass to another, being the fourth part of 11 deg 15', that is, about 2 deg 49'; called also quarter point. 2. Proper station; specific place; assigned position; special location. "Swift to their several quarters hasted then The cumbrous elements." (Milton) Hence, specifically: A station at which officers and men are posted in battle; usually in the plural. Place of lodging or temporary residence; shelter; entertainment; usually in the plural. "The banter turned as to what quarters each would find." (W. Irving) A station or encampment occupied by troops; a place of lodging for soldiers or officers; as, winter quarters. 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. "He magnified his own clemency, now they were at his mercy, to offer them quarter for their lives." (Clarendon) "Cocks and lambs . . . At the mercy of cats and wolves . . . Must never expect better quarter." (L'Estrange) 3. Friendship; amity; concord. To keep quarter, to keep one's proper place, and so be on good terms with another. "In quarter, and in terms like bride and groom." (Shak) "I knew two that were competitors for the secretary's place, . . . And yet kept good quarter between themselves." (Bacon) False quarter, a cleft in the quarter of a horse's foot. Fifth quarter, the hide and fat; a butcher's term. On the quarter, to accept as prisoner, on submission in battle; to forbear to kill, as a vanquished enemy. To keep quarter. See Quarter. Origin: F. Quartier, L. Quartarius a fourth part, fr. Quartus the fourth. See Quart. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Quarter

quartan fever
quartan malaria
quartan parasite
quartenylic acid
quarter (current term)

Literary usage of Quarter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Annual ReportLabor laws and legislation (1906)
"H. Employment and earnings of male unionists in the first quarter (January, February, March). ... J. Causes of idleness at the end of the first quarter. ..."

2. Laws of the United States of a Local Or Temporary Character: And Exhibiting by United States (1880)
"G. Sparks, quarters of the southeast quarter of section thirty-one, township eight, of range two: To Stephen Holliday, the south west quarter of the south- ..."

3. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1883)
"Never let me hear an Irishman cry quarter. N'alf, n'alf; knocked down to Maguire at three dollars and a half. Now, gentlemen, give me a bid for ' Hallam's ..."

4. Annual Report by Indiana State Board of Health (1901)
"Regular quarterly meeting for quarter ending December 13, 1899. Members present: Drs. l)avis, ... Secretary's report for quarter read and approved. ..."

5. Laws of the United States of a Local Or Temporary Character: And Exhibiting by United States (1880)
"June twenty-third, eighteen hundred and seventy, southwest quarter of ... July fifth, eighteen hundred and seventy, west half of northwest quarter of ..."

6. Annual Report (1902)
"i As a quarter contains 13 weeks, the number of working days, excluding Sundays and holidays, is usually 77. About 68 per cent of the men make full-time or ..."

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