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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v quarter divide by four; divide into quarters
    • v quarter divide into quarters "quarter an apple"
    • v quarter 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"
    • v quarter provide housing for (military personnel)
    • n quarter clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent "he surrendered but asked for quarter"
    • n quarter piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp
    • n quarter the rear part of a ship
    • n quarter a district of a city having some distinguishing character "the Latin Quarter"
    • n quarter an unspecified person "he dropped a word in the right quarter"
    • n quarter a United States or Canadian coin worth one fourth of a dollar "he fed four quarters into the slot machine"
    • n quarter a quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds)
    • n quarter a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)
    • n quarter one of four equal parts "a quarter of a pound"
    • n quarter one of the four major division of the compass "the wind is coming from that quarter"
    • n quarter a fourth part of a year; three months "unemployment fell during the last quarter"
    • n quarter one of four periods into which the school year is divided "the fall quarter ends at Christmas"
    • n quarter 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"
    • n quarter (football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided "both teams scored in the first quarter"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Methods of Sawing Quartered Logs Methods of Sawing Quartered Logs
Americans quartered in the mediaeval monastary of Pont St. Maxence Americans quartered in the mediaeval monastary of Pont St. Maxence
Americans quartered in the old abbey Americans quartered in the old abbey
Showing the seating and a quarter section of the underlying chambers Showing the seating and a quarter section of the underlying chambers
A mansion structure or public building dating from the second quarter of the 17th century. Rebuilt once and burned about the time of Bacon’s Rebellion, 1676 A mansion structure or public building dating from the second quarter of the 17th century. Rebuilt once and burned...
One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown with other refuse into a well behind the row house. The logical inference is that a rebel or criminal had been hanged, drawn, and quartered One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown...
Buffet in Quartered Oak Buffet in Quartered Oak
Mission Settee Made of Quarter-Sawed Oak Mission Settee Made of Quarter-Sawed Oak

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A little under one quarter of the people in the world are vegetarians
    • Quarter A division of a town, city, or county; a particular district; a locality; as, the Latin quarter in Paris.
    • Quarter A small upright timber post, used in partitions; -- in the United States more commonly called stud.
    • Quarter A station at which officers and men are posted in battle; -- usually in the plural.
    • Quarter A station or encampment occupied by troops; a place of lodging for soldiers or officers; as, winter quarters .
    • Quarter A term of study in a seminary, college, etc, etc.; properly, a fourth part of the year, but often longer or shorter.
    • Quarter Friendship; amity; concord. "In quarter, and in terms like bride and groom.""I knew two that were competitors for the secretary's place, . . . and yet kept good quarter between themselves."
    • Quarter 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 .
    • Quarter One of four equal parts into which anything is divided, or is regarded as divided; a fourth part or portion;
    • Quarter 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.
    • Quarter 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.
    • Quarter Place of lodging or temporary residence; shelter; entertainment; -- usually in the plural.
    • Quarter Proper station; specific place; assigned position; special location. "Swift to their several quarters hasted then
      The cumbrous elements."
    • Quarter That part of a boot or shoe which forms the side, from the heel to the vamp.
    • Quarter That part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, being the side of the coffin.
    • Quarter 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.
    • Quarter The encampment on one of the principal passages round a place besieged, to prevent relief and intercept convoys.
    • Quarter The fourth of a hundred-weight, being 25 or 28 pounds, according as the hundredweight is reckoned at 100 or 112 pounds.
    • Quarter 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.
    • Quarter 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.
    • Quarter The fourth part of the moon's period, or monthly revolution; as, the first quarter after the change or full.
    • Quarter (Her) To arrange (different coats of arms) upon one escutcheon, as when a man inherits from both father and mother the right to bear arms.
    • Quarter To divide into four equal parts.
    • Quarter To divide; to separate into parts or regions. "Then sailors quartered heaven."
    • v. i Quarter 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. "Every creature that met us would rely on us for quartering ."
    • Quarter To furnish as a portion; to allot. "This isle . . . He quarters to his blue-haired deities."
    • Quarter To furnish with shelter or entertainment; to supply with the means of living for a time; especially, to furnish shelter to; as, to quarter soldiers. "They mean this night in Sardis to be quartered ."
    • v. i Quarter kwär"tẽr To lodge; to have a temporary residence.
    • Quarter 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night
    • n quarter One of four equal or equivalent parts into which anything is or may be divided; a fourth part or portion; one of four equal or corresponding divisions.
    • n quarter Specifically— The fourth part of a yard or of an ell.
    • n quarter The fourth part of a hundredweight—that is, 28 pounds, the hundredweight being equal to 112 pounds. Abbreviated qr.
    • n quarter In England, as a legal measure of capacity, eight bushels. Locally, 16, 12, or 9 bushels, 8 bushels and 3 pecks, or 8 bushels, 2 pecks, and 2½ quarts are variously called a quarter.
    • n quarter The fourth part of an hour.
    • n quarter In astronomy, the fourth part of the moon's period or monthly revolution: as, the first quarter after the change or full.
    • n quarter One of the four parts into which the horizon is supposed to be divided; one of the four cardinal points: as, the four quarters of the globe; but, more widely, any region or point of the compass: as, from what quarter does the wind blow? people thronged in from all quarters; hence, indefinitely, any direction or source: as, my information comes from a high quarter.
    • n quarter In navigation, the fourth part of the distance from one point on the compass-card to another, being the fourth of 11° 15′ —that is, about 2° 49′ . Also called quarter-point.
    • n quarter The fourth part of the year; specifically, in schools, the fourth part of the teaching period of the year, generally ten or eleven weeks.
    • n quarter A silver coin, equal to one fourth part of a dollar, or twenty-five cents; also, the sum of twenty-five cents.
    • n quarter One fourth part of the body or carcass of an animal, in the case of butcher's meat including a leg: as, a fore or hind quarter of mutton; especially, one of the hind quarters; a haunch: generally in the plural: as, the quarters of a horse. See cut under horse.
    • n quarter In heraldry: One of the four parts into which a shield is divided by quartering. The four quarters are numbered as follows: 1, dexter chief; 2, sinister chief; 3, dexter base; 4, sinister base. An ordinary occupying one fourth of the field, and placed (unless otherwise directed) in the dexter chief, as shown in the cut; also, sometimes, same as canton, 4.
    • n quarter In shoemaking, the part of the shoe or boot, on either side, between the back of the heel and a line drawn downward from the ankle-bone or thereabout; hence, that part of the leather which occupies the same place, whether the actual upper-leather of the shoe or a stiff lining. See cut under boot.
    • n quarter Nautical: The part of a ship's side between the after part of the main chains and the stern.
    • n quarter The part of a yard between the slings and the yard-arm.
    • n quarter In farriery, the part of a horse's foot between the toe and the heel, being the side of the coffin. A false quarter is a cleft in the hoof extending from the coronet to the shoe, or from top to bottom. When for any disorder one of the quarters is cut, the horse is said to be quarter-cast.
    • n quarter In architecture, a square panel inclosing a quatrefoil or other ornament; also, an upright post in partitions to which the laths are nailed.
    • n quarter In a cask, the part of the side between the bulge and the chime.
    • n quarter In the dress of a millstone, a section of the dress containing one leader and branches.
    • n quarter In carpentry, one of the sections of a winding stair.
    • n quarter In cork-cutting, a parallelepiped of cork ready to be rounded into shape.
    • n quarter In printing, any one of the four corners of a cross-barred chase.
    • n quarter In music, same as quarter-note.
    • n quarter A distinct division of a surface or region; a particular region of a town, city, or country; a district; a locality: as, the Latin quarter of Paris; the Jews' quarter in Rome.
    • n quarter Hence A position assigned or allotted; specific place; special location; proper position or station.
    • n quarter More specifically— The proper stations of officers and men on a man-of-war in battle, in exercise, or on inspection: in the plural. The exercise of the guns, as in battle, is distinguished as general quarters.
    • n quarter Place of lodging; temporary residence; shelter; entertainment: usually in the plural.
    • n quarter A station or an encampment occupied by troops; a place of lodgment for officers and men: usually in the plural: as, they went into winter quarters. Compare headquarters.
    • n quarter plural The cabins inhabited by the negroes on a plantation, in the period of slavery.
    • n quarter [Appar. due to the phrase to keep quarter .] Peace; concord; amity.
    • n quarter Friendly intercourse.
    • n quarter To keep peace. Compare quarter.
    • n quarter To make noise or disturbance: apparently an ironical use.
    • quarter To divide into four equal parts.
    • quarter To divide; separate into parts; cut to pieces.
    • quarter To divide into distinct regions or compartments.
    • quarter To furnish with lodgings, shelter, or entertainment; supply with temporary means of living; especially, to find lodgings and food for: as, to quarter soldiers on the inhabitants.
    • quarter To diet; feed.
    • quarter To furnish as portion; deal out; allot; share.
    • quarter In heraldry, to bear quarterly upon one's escutcheon: thus, a man quarters the arms of his father with those of his mother, if she has been an heiress. The verb to quarter is used even when more than two coats of arms are united upon one escutcheon, and when, therefore, more than four compartments appear. Sec quartering, 4.
    • quarter In machinery, to make wrist-pin holes in, 90° apart: said of locomotive driving-wheels.
    • quarter In sporting, to range or beat (the ground) for game: with indefinite it: said of hunting-dogs.
    • quarter To be stationed; remain in quarters; lodge; have a temporary residence.
    • quarter Nautical, to sail with the wind on the quarter.
    • quarter To shift; beat about; change position, so as to get advantage of an adversary.
    • quarter In sporting, to run back and forth in search of game, as if going about all quarters, as a dog in the field.
    • quarter To drive a carriage diagonally from side to side, so as to keep the wheels from entering the ruts.
    • n quarter Indulgence or mercy shown to a vanquished enemy, in sparing his life and accepting his surrender; hence, in general, indulgence; clemency; mercy.
    • n quarter Same as peg, 7.
    • quarter To enter into a new quarter, as the moon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet
    • n Quarter kwor′tėr a fourth part: the fourth part of a cwt.=28 lb. avoirdupois (abbrev. qr.): 8 bushels, as a measure of capacity, for grain, &c.: the fourth part of an hour—of the year—of the moon's period—of a carcass (including a limb)—of the horizon, &c.: a cardinal point: : :
    • v.t Quarter to divide into four equal parts: to divide into parts or compartments: to furnish with quarters: to lodge: to allot or share: to furnish with entertainment:
    • v.i Quarter to be stationed: to shift or change position: to range for game: to drive across a road from side to side
    • n Quarter assignment of quarters to soldiers: :
    • adv Quarter once a quarter:
    • n Quarter a periodical published every quarter of a year
    • n Quarter an algebraic function of the fourth degree
    • n Quarter a book of a quarto size:—pl. Quar′tos (demy quarto, 8¾ × 11¼ in.; medium quarto, 9¼ × 11¾ in.; royal quarto, 10 × 12½ in.)
    • n Quarter kwor′tėr (her.) one of the four parts into which a shield is divided by quartering (dexter chief, sinister chief, dexter base, sinister base), an ordinary occupying one-fourth of the field: a region of a hemisphere: a division of a town, &c.: place of lodging, as for soldiers, esp. in pl.: mercy granted to a disabled antagonist, prob. from the idea of the captor sending the prisoner to his quarters
    • n Quarter kwor′tėr (Shak.) peace, concord
    • n Quarter kwor′tėr (naut.) the part of a ship's side between the mainmast and the stern
    • v.t Quarter (her.) to bear as an appendage to the hereditary arms: to beat the ground for game
    • n Quarter (archit.) a series of small upright posts for forming partitions of rooms, lathed and plastered only, or boarded also
    • n Quarter (her.) the bearing of two or more coats-of-arms on a shield divided by horizontal and perpendicular lines, denoting the alliances of the family—also, one of the divisions thus formed
    • adv Quarter (her.) arranged according to the four quarters of a shield
    • ***


  • Jonathan Swift
    “Faith! he must make his stories shorter or change his comrades once a quarter.”
  • Simone Weil
    “Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our life.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.”
  • Franklin P. Adams
    Franklin P. Adams
    “There are plenty of good five cent cigars in the country. The trouble is they cost a quarter.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “I can't do with mountains at close quarters -- they are always in the way, and they are so stupid, never moving and never doing anything but obtrude themselves.”
  • Richard E. Griggs
    Richard E. Griggs
    “Everything someone does on a daily basis should be traceable back to an annual or quarterly plan.”


No quarter - This means without mercy. We can say no quarter given or asked.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. quartier, L. quartarius, a fourth part, fr. quartus, the fourth. See Quart


In literature:

Three quarters of a pound of flour, one quarter of a pound suet chopped fine; mix with an egg and milk.
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various
The mansion itself became our hospital, and for a time also served as our head-quarters.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Some were sent from unexpected quarters.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
The general's quarters were in a chateau, a quarter of a mile distant from the village.
"The Young Franc Tireurs" by G. A. Henty
Negro fiddlers, two of them, born musicians, came from the quarter.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
I returned to the quarter-deck, and sat down in the companion way for the shelter of it and to think.
"The Frozen Pirate" by W. Clark Russell
The men, stripped to the waist, stood at their quarters, talking of the coming battle.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Dave and Dan, after saluting the officer of the deck, and reporting their presence on board, went at once to Dave's quarters.
"Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service" by H. Irving Hancock
Upon their arrival our troops were quartered in an old Cossack garrison, reminiscent of the days of the Czar.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
They were met on the way by over two thousand armed men, and safely escorted to the King's quarters.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
Teach had never given quarter, and it was not expected that he would take it.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
I addressed myself mutually to master and man, in an inquiry as to the precise quarters of the General in command.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
We all got a flash at it then, an ominous object, bobbing under our port quarter, and then it went down into our wake.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
If you will come with me, we will slip through the foreign quarters.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
The following day the man was sent for, to appear forthwith at head-quarters.
"Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive" by Alf Burnett
Helmar hurried back to his quarters, and calling the chief nigger of his gang up, sent him to Captain Forsyth's quarters for the horse.
"Under the Rebel's Reign" by Charles Neufeld
Some damage to our apparatus resulted, but was repaired in less than a quarter of an hour.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
No retreat and no quarter!
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
Evidently there was no help to be expected from that quarter.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
In the awful moment which followed five of the crew succeeded in lowering the larboard quarter-boat and pushed off in her.
"The True Story Book"

In poetry:

I have started to say
"A quarter of a century"
Or "thirty years back"
About my own life.
"I Have Started To Say" by Philip Larkin
With every shift of every wind
The homesick memories come,
From every quarter of mankind
Where I have made me a home.
"The Fires" by Rudyard Kipling
Besides, this much doth beautify
This goodly paradise,
That from all quarters, constantly,
Whole thousands as the price
"Of Judgement" by John Bunyan
Alike to him — he cannot know
Your praise or blame: as little harm
Your tongue can do him as your arm
A quarter-century ago.
"To E.S. Salomon" by Ambrose Bierce
To the tiller the lady she laid her han',
An' the ship brayt her cheek to the blast;
They joukit the berg, but her quarter scraped,
An' they luikit at ither aghast.
"The Yerl O' Waterydeck" by George MacDonald
The billows dash o'er them and topple around,
They see they are pretty near sure to be drowned.
A terrible wave o'er the quarter-deck breaks,
And the vessel it sinks in a couple of shakes!
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Bowie had a 28-0 third-quarter run and led 42-3 heading into the fourth quarter.
The government revealed last week that Brazil's third-quarter economic growth amounted to only 0.6 percent from the previous quarter.
The Cardinals outscored the Lakers, 13-4, in the third quarter to tie the score at 25 going into the fourth quarter, setting the stage for the dramatic finish.
Cascade Bancorp, the parent company of Bend-based Bank of the Cascades, brought in a net income of $1.8 million in the third quarter, according to its quarterly report filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Casual Male Retail Group reported Friday a loss of $1.6 million in the third quarter, flat with the prior year's third quarter.
Caterpillar 's board is accelerating its quarterly dividend of 52 cents a share, originally to be paid in next year's first quarter, to Dec 31.
Let's look at some key developments for the second quarter as we did for the season's first quarter.
After a scoreless first quarter, Junior Deron Hines (Chelsea) opened a lead for the boys with an eight yard run touchdown in the second quarter.
Facebook and other companies that went public recently will start reporting quarterly earnings later this month, generally for the July-September quarter.
Dean 's second trey of the quarter helped spark the Cougars' second-quarter comeback giving them a 23-22 lead.
After a strong first quarter, retail performance in the Tri-Cities was mixed during the April to June period, according to the Retail Sales Report for the Second Quarter 2012 prepared by F.
Real estate sales are seasonal and third quarter sales typically begin to gradually decline from the prior "sales peak" second quarter.
Revenue for the third quarter of 2012 decreased 16 percent to $4.2 million compared to revenue of $5.0 million for the third quarter of 2011.
Sand Creek (4-1) led 11-5 after one quarter and pulled away with 20 second-quarter points.
The 2013 quarterly cash dividend is subject to board approval and begins with the first quarter of 2013.

In science:

These remarkable features become conspicuous for the values of x far from the quarter filling x = 0.5.
Anomaly in Spin Excitation Spectrum of Double-Exchange Systems with Randomness
Approximately a quarter of the sources in NGC 720 are expected to be unassociated with the galaxy, and these sources could be background sources.
X-ray Source Population in the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 720 with Chandra
Based on the Chandra Deep Fields, we estimate that a quarter of these sources are unassociated with the galaxy.
X-ray Source Population in the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 720 with Chandra
The first sequence is regular, but what is the distinction of the second sequence and the third? The third sequence was generated by flipping a quarter.
Algorithmic Chaos
It takes a quarter of a period Tax/4 = π/2ωax = 36 ms to go from the maximum of oscillation to the center of the trap.
Large amplitude spin waves in ultra-cold gases
Hence, after passing the quarter of the circle, this model should be changed.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
This brings the number of known ZZ Ceti stars to a total of 36, a quarter of which have now been discovered using the spectroscopic approach for estimating their atmospheric parameters.
On the Purity of the ZZ Ceti Instability Strip: Discovery of More Pulsating DA White Dwarfs on the Basis of Optical Spectroscopy
The latter becomes a quarter-circle distribution in the rescaled variable, y = √x b).
Statistical properties of random density matrices
Selected RF and geometrical parameters for the quarter-wave resonators.
Niobium Quarter-Wave Resonator Development for The Rare Isotope Accelerator
Facco et al., “Mechanical Design of a 161 MHz, b = 0.16 Superconducting Quarter Wave Resonator with Steering Correction for RIA,” these proceedings. A.
Niobium Quarter-Wave Resonator Development for The Rare Isotope Accelerator
In the case of lower-luminosity starbursts, a quarter of the 2 - 10 keV luminosity may be due to HMXBs (the rest being attributable to LMXBs and the quiescent disc).
Complete Multiwavelength Characterization of Faint Chandra X-ray Sources Seen in the Spitzer Wide-Area IR Extragalactic (SWIRE) Survey
This is a nonnegative integer–valued function on the lattice which is almost harmonic, away from the origin: the number of departures from a given site is about one quarter of the total number of visits to its four neighbors.
Goldbug Variations
The data represent slightly more than 1 hr of exposure, or about one-quarter of the period.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
After introducing an additional criterion that does take the slope of the mass-distribution into account I find that only about a quarter of the LSB galaxies investigated are possibly consistent with CDM.
Halo Mass Profiles and Low Surface Brightness Galaxies Rotation Curves
The whole system should consist of four identical LED pulser modules, each monitoring a quarter of calorimeter.
Design and performance of LED calibration system prototype for the lead tungstate crystal calorimeter