Definition of Quarter in English :

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Quarter meaning in English

Meaning of Quarter in English

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see synonyms of quarter


1. fourth, fourth part, one-fourth, one-quarter, quarter, quartern, twenty-five percent

one of four equal parts

Example Sentences:
'a quarter of a pound'

2. quarter

a district of a city having some distinguishing character

Example Sentences:
'the Latin Quarter'

3. quarter

(football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided

Example Sentences:
'both teams scored in the first quarter'

4. quarter

a unit of time equal to 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour

Example Sentences:
'it's a quarter til 4'
'a quarter after 4 o'clock'

5. quarter

one of four periods into which the school year is divided

Example Sentences:
'the fall quarter ends at Christmas'

6. quarter

a fourth part of a year; three months

Example Sentences:
'unemployment fell during the last quarter'

7. quarter

one of the four major division of the compass

Example Sentences:
'the wind is coming from that quarter'

8. quarter

a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)

9. quarter

a quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds)

10. quarter

a United States or Canadian coin worth one fourth of a dollar

Example Sentences:
'he fed four quarters into the slot machine'

11. quarter

an unspecified person

Example Sentences:
'he dropped a word in the right quarter'

12. after part, poop, quarter, stern, tail

the rear part of a ship

13. quarter

piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp

14. quarter

clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent

Example Sentences:
'he surrendered but asked for quarter'


15. billet, canton, quarter

provide housing for (military personnel)

16. draw, draw and quarter, quarter

pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him

Example Sentences:
'in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes'

17. quarter

divide into quarters

Example Sentences:
'quarter an apple'

18. quarter

divide by four; divide into quarters

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of quarter
one of four equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, amount, etc
2. Also called: fourth
the fraction equal to one divided by four (14)
3. US and Canadian
a quarter of a dollar; 25-cent piece
a unit of weight equal to a quarter of a hundredweight. 1 US quarter is equal to 25 pounds; 1 Brit quarter is equal to 28 pounds
5.  short for quarter-hour
a fourth part of a year; three months
7. astronomy
one fourth of the moon's period of revolution around the earth
either of two phases of the moon, first quarter or last quarter, when half of the lighted surface is visible from the earth
8. informal
a unit of weight equal to a quarter of a pound or 4 ounces
9. British
a unit of capacity for grain, etc, usually equal to 8 UK bushels
10. sport
one of the four periods into which certain games are divided
11. nautical
the part of a vessel's side towards the stern, usually aft of the aftermost mast
the port quarter
12. nautical
the general direction along the water in the quadrant between the beam of a vessel and its stern
the wind was from the port quarter
a region or district of a town or city
the Spanish quarter
a region, direction, or point of the compass
15. (sometimes plural)
an unspecified person or group of people
to get word from the highest quarter
mercy or pity, as shown to a defeated opponent (esp in the phrases ask for or give quarter)
any of the four limbs, including the adjacent parts, of the carcass of a quadruped or bird
a hind quarter of beef
18. veterinary science
the side part of the wall of a horse's hoof
the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp
20. heraldry
one of four more or less equal quadrants into which a shield may be divided
21. military slang short for quartermaster
22. (transitive)
to divide into four equal or nearly equal parts
23. (transitive)
to divide into any number of parts
24. (transitive)
(esp formerly) to dismember (a human body)
to be drawn and quartered
to billet or be billeted in lodgings, esp (of military personnel) in civilian lodgings
26. (intransitive)
(of gun dogs or hounds) to range over an area of ground in search of game or the scent of quarry
27. (intransitive) nautical
(of the wind) to blow onto a vessel's quarter
the wind began to quarter
28. (transitive) heraldry
to divide (a shield) into four separate bearings with a cross
to place (one set of arms) in diagonally opposite quarters to another
being or consisting of one of four equal parts
a quarter pound of butter

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see synonyms of quarter
any of the four equal parts of something; fourth
one fourth of a hundredweight: 25 pounds in the U.S., 28 pounds in Great Britain
one fourth of a yard, or 9 inches; span
one fourth of a pound
5.  US
one fourth of a mile; two furlongs
one fourth of a year; three months
any of the three terms, of about eleven weeks each, which make up an academic year in some schools and colleges
one fourth of an hour; 15 minutes
the moment marking the end of each fourth of an hour
8.  US
one fourth of a dollar; 25 cents
a U.S. or Canadian coin equal to 25 cents: the U.S. quarter is made of copper and nickel
any leg of a four-legged animal, with the adjoining parts
any of four main points of the compass
any of the four divisions of the horizon as marked off by these points
any of the regions of the earth thought of as under these divisions
a particular district or section in a city
the Latin quarter
12.  [pl.]
lodgings; place of abode
mercy granted to a surrendering foe
a particular person, group, place, etc., esp. one serving as a source or origin
news from the highest quarters
the part forming the side of a shoe from the heel to the vamp
16.  Astronomy
the period of time in which the moon makes about one fourth of its revolution around the earth
the first or last quarter phase of the moon, when it appears half lighted
17.  US, American Football, Basketball Etc
any of the four periods into which a game is divided
18.  Heraldry
any of the four equal divisions of a shield
the bearing occupying such a division
19.  Nautical
the after part of a ship's side, between the beam and the stern
a direction at a 45° angle aft of either beam
c.  [pl.]
an assembly of crew members as for muster or at assigned stations for a specific drill or emergency
verb transitive
to divide into four equal parts
21.  Loosely
to separate into any number of parts
to defile (the body of a person put to death) by dismembering it or cutting it into quarters
to provide lodgings for; specif., to assign (soldiers) to lodgings
to cover (an area) by passing back and forth over it in many directions like hounds in hunting; search intensively
25.  Heraldry
to place or bear (different coats of arms) on the quarters of a shield
to add (a coat of arms) to a shield
26.  Mechanics
to set (a crank, etc.) at right angles to the connecting part
verb intransitive
to be lodged or stationed (at or with)
to range over an area like hounds in hunting
to swim, sail, etc. at an angle because of the wind, current, etc.
constituting a quarter; equal to a quarter

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of quarter
1. One of four equal parts.
2. A coin equal to one fourth of the dollar of the United States and Canada.
3. One fourth of an hour; 15 minutes.
4. Abbr. Q
a. One fourth of a year; three months: Sales were up in the second quarter.
b. An academic term lasting approximately three months.
5. Astronomy
a. One fourth of the period of the moon's revolution around Earth.
b. One of the two phases of the moon at which the moon, as viewed from Earth, appears to be half illuminated by the sun. The quarter phases mark the quarter and three-quarter points of the moon's revolution about the Earth.
6. Sports One of four equal periods of playing time into which some games, such as football and basketball, are divided.
7. One fourth of a yard; nine inches.
8. One fourth of a mile; two furlongs.
9. One fourth of a pound; four ounces.
10. One fourth of a ton; 500 pounds. Used as a measure of grain.
11. Chiefly British A measure of grain equal to approximately eight bushels.
a. One fourth of a hundredweight; 25 pounds.
b. One fourth of a British hundredweight; 28 pounds.
a. One of the four major divisions of the compass.
b. One fourth of the distance between any two of the 32 divisions of the compass.
c. One of the four major divisions of the horizon as determined by the four major points of the compass.
d. A region or an area of the earth thought of as falling into such a specific division of the compass.
e. Nautical The general direction on either side of a ship located 45° off the stern.
14. Nautical
a. The upper portion of the after side of a ship, usually between the aftermost mast and the stern.
b. The part of a yard between the slings and the yardarm.
15. Heraldry Any of four equal divisions of a shield.
16. One leg of an animal's carcass, usually including the adjoining parts.
17. Either side of a horse's hoof.
18. The part of the side of a shoe between the heel and the vamp.
19. quarters A place of residence, especially the buildings or barracks used to house military personnel or their dependents.
20. often quarters A proper or assigned station or place, as for officers and crew on a warship.
21. often Quarter A specific district or section, as of a city: the French Quarter.
22. often quarters An unspecified person or group: information from the highest quarters.
23. Mercy or clemency, especially when displayed or given to an enemy.
1. Being one of four equal or equivalent parts.
2. Being one fourth of a standard or usual value.
v. quar·tered, quar·ter·ing, quar·ters
a. To divide into four equal or equivalent parts.
b. To quartersaw.
2. To divide or separate into a number of parts.
3. To dismember (a human body) into four parts.
4. Heraldry To divide (a shield) into four equal areas with vertical and horizontal lines.
a. To mark or place (holes, for example) a fourth of a circle apart.
b. To locate and adjust (one machine part) at right angles to its connecting part within the machine.
6. To furnish with housing: quartered the troops in an old factory building.
7. To traverse (an area of ground) laterally back and forth while slowly advancing forward.
1. To take up or be assigned lodgings.
2. To cover an area of ground by ranging over it from side to side.

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