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Definition of Quarter


  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.
  2. The fourth of a hundred-weight, being 25 or 28 pounds, according as the hundredweight is reckoned at 100 or 112 pounds.
  3. 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.
  4. The fourth part of the moon's period, or monthly revolution; as, the first quarter after the change or full.
  5. 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.
  6. That part of a boot or shoe which forms the side, from the heel to the vamp.
  7. That part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, being the side of the coffin.
  8. A term of study in a seminary, college, etc, etc.; properly, a fourth part of the year, but often longer or shorter.
  9. The encampment on one of the principal passages round a place besieged, to prevent relief and intercept convoys.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. A division of a town, city, or county; a particular district; a locality; as, the Latin quarter in Paris.
  13. A small upright timber post, used in partitions; -- in the United States more commonly called stud.
  14. The fourth part of the distance from one point of the compass to another, being the fourth part of 11 degrees 15', that is, about 2 degrees 49'; -- called also quarter point.
  15. Proper station; specific place; assigned position; special location.
  16. A station at which officers and men are posted in battle; -- usually in the plural.
  17. Place of lodging or temporary residence; shelter; entertainment; -- usually in the plural.
  18. A station or encampment occupied by troops; a place of lodging for soldiers or officers; as, winter quarters.
  19. 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.
  20. Friendship; amity; concord.
  21. To lodge; to have a temporary residence.
  22. 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.

Quarter Quotations

The cloud never comes from the quarter of the horizon from which we watch for it. - Elizabeth Gaskell
The cloud never comes from the quarter of the horizon from which we watch for it.
Elizabeth Gaskell

A lifetime contract for a coach means if you're ahead in the third quarter and moving the ball, they can't fire you.
Lou Holtz

As a rule, I try to avoid the French Quarter because of the crowds, especially Bourbon Street. But hey, some people love it. A great, wild, adult thing to see is the costume competition in front of the bar Oz on Bourbon early morning on Fat Tuesday.
Bryan Batt

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

Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.
Sigmund Freud
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Quarter Translations

quarter in Dutch is buurt, wijk, stadswijk
quarter in French is quart, quartier
quarter in German is einquartieren, Viertel, Viertel, Gegend
quarter in Portuguese is quarto
quarter in Spanish is trimestre, barrio
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