noun \ˈkw(r)-tər also ˈk(r)-\

: one of four equal parts of something

: a unit of something (such as weight or length) that equals one fourth of some larger unit

: one of four divisions of an hour : a period of 15 minutes

Full Definition of QUARTER

:  one of four equal parts into which something is divisible :  a fourth part <in the top quarter of his class>
:  any of various units of capacity or weight equal to or derived from one fourth of some larger unit
:  any of various units of length or area equal to one fourth of some larger unit
:  the fourth part of a measure of time: as
a :  one of a set of four 3-month divisions of a year <business was up during the third quarter>
b :  a school term of about 12 weeks
c :  quarter hour <a quarter after three>
a :  a coin worth a quarter of a dollar
b :  the sum of 25 cents
a :  one limb of a quadruped with the adjacent parts; especially :  one fourth part of the carcass of a slaughtered animal including a leg
b plural British :  hindquarter 2
a :  the region or direction lying under any of the four divisions of the horizon
b :  one of the four parts into which the horizon is divided or the cardinal point corresponding to it
c :  a compass point or direction other than the cardinal points
d (1) :  an unspecified person or group <financial help from many quartersCurrent Biography>
(2) :  a point, direction, or place not definitely identified <the view to the rear quarterConsumer Reports>
a :  a division or district of a town or city <he describes the immigrant quarter — Alfred Kazin>
b :  the inhabitants of such a quarter
a :  an assigned station or post
b plural :  an assembly of a ship's company for ceremony, drill, or emergency
c plural :  living accommodations :  lodgings <show you to your quarters>
:  merciful consideration of an opponent <a team that gave no quarter during the championship game>; specifically :  the clemency of not killing a defeated enemy
:  a fourth part of the moon's period
:  the side of a horse's hoof between the toe and the heel — see hoof illustration
a :  any of the four parts into which a heraldic field is divided
b :  a bearing or charge occupying the first fourth part of a heraldic field
:  the stern area of a ship's side
:  one side of the upper of a shoe or boot from heel to vamp
:  one of the four equal periods into which the playing time of some games is divided

Examples of QUARTER

  1. Cut the pie into quarters.
  2. an inch and a quarter
  3. a quarter of a cup of sugar
  4. He was three quarters of an hour early.

Origin of QUARTER

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin quartarius, from quartus fourth
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Number-Related Terms

jubilee, myriad, quarantine, score, twain



: to divide or separate (something) into four parts

: to provide (someone) with a place to stay for a usually short period of time : to provide living quarters for (someone)

Full Definition of QUARTER

transitive verb
a :  to cut or divide into four equal or nearly equal parts <quarter an apple> <condemned to be hanged, drawn, and quartered>
b archaic :  divide
:  to provide with lodging or shelter
:  to crisscross (an area) in many directions
a :  to arrange or bear (as different coats of arms) quarterly on one escutcheon
b :  to add (a coat of arms) to others on one escutcheon
c :  to divide (a shield) into distinct sections (as by stripes)
intransitive verb
:  lodge, dwell
:  to crisscross a district
:  to change from one quarter to another <the moon quarters>
:  to strike on a ship's quarter <the wind was quartering>

Examples of QUARTER

  1. The hunters quartered the deer.
  2. We were quartered in log cabins at the camp.

First Known Use of QUARTER

14th century

Rhymes with QUARTER



: equal or about nearly equal in size, value, amount, etc., to one fourth of something

Full Definition of QUARTER

:  consisting of or equal to a quarter

Examples of QUARTER

  1. a quarter acre of land
  2. They live less than a quarter mile from us.

First Known Use of QUARTER

14th century


noun \ˈkw(r)t-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of QUARTER

: one limb of a quadruped with the adjacent parts
: one teat together with the part of a cow's udder that it drains
: the side of a horse's hoof between the toe and the heel


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