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noun quar·ter \ˈkwȯ(r)-tər also ˈkȯ(r)-\

Simple Definition of quarter

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of quarter

  1. 1 :  one of four equal parts into which something is divisible :  a fourth part <in the top quarter of his class>

  2. 2 :  any of various units of capacity or weight equal to or derived from one fourth of some larger unit

  3. 3 :  any of various units of length or area equal to one fourth of some larger unit

  4. 4 :  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>

  5. 5 a :  a coin worth a quarter of a dollar b :  the sum of 25 cents

  6. 6 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

  7. 7 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>

  8. 8 a :  a division or district of a town or city <he describes the immigrant quarter — Alfred Kazin> b :  the inhabitants of such a quarter

  9. 9 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>

  10. 10 :  merciful consideration of an opponent <a team that gave no quarter during the championship game>; specifically :  the clemency of not killing a defeated enemy

  11. 11 :  a fourth part of the moon's period

  12. 12 :  the side of a horse's hoof between the toe and the heel — see hoof illustration

  13. 13 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

  14. 14 :  the stern area of a ship's side

  15. 15 :  one side of the upper of a shoe or boot from heel to vamp

  16. 16 :  one of the four equal periods into which the playing time of some games is divided

Examples of quarter in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of quarter

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin quartarius, from quartus fourth


First Known Use: 14th century

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quarter

verb quar·ter

Simple Definition of quarter

  • : 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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of quarter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 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

  3. 2 :  to provide with lodging or shelter

  4. 3 :  to crisscross (an area) in many directions

  5. 4 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)

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  lodge, dwell

  8. 2 :  to crisscross a district

  9. 3 :  to change from one quarter to another <the moon quarters>

  10. 4 :  to strike on a ship's quarter <the wind was quartering>

Examples of quarter in a sentence

  1. The hunters quartered the deer.

  2. We were quartered in log cabins at the camp.



14th Century

First Known Use of quarter

14th century


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quarter

adjective quar·ter

Simple Definition of quarter

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of quarter

  1. :  consisting of or equal to a quarter

Examples of quarter in a sentence

  1. a quarter acre of land

  2. They live less than a quarter mile from us.



14th Century

First Known Use of quarter

14th century

Rhymes with quarter



QUARTER Defined for Kids

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quarter

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noun quar·ter \ˈkwȯr-tər\

Definition of quarter for Students

  1. 1 :  one of four equal parts into which something can be divided <a quarter of an hour> <Cut the pie into quarters.>

  2. 2 :  a United States coin worth 25 cents

  3. 3 :  someone or something (as a place, direction, or group) not clearly identified <Complaints came from all quarters.>

  4. 4 :  a particular division or district of a city <the city's historic quarter>

  5. 5 quarters plural :  a dwelling place <living quarters>

  6. 6 :  mercy 1 <The soldiers showed no quarter to the enemy.>




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quarter

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verb quar·ter

Definition of quarter for Students

quartered

quartering

  1. 1 :  to divide into four usually equal parts <Peel and quarter an orange.>

  2. 2 :  to provide with lodgings or shelter <We were quartered in log cabins.>




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adjective quar·ter

Definition of quarter for Students

  1. :  consisting of or equal to one fourth of <Give it a quarter turn.>




Medical Dictionary

quarter

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noun quar·ter \ˈkwȯ(r)t-ər\

Medical Definition of quarter

  1. 1:  one limb of a quadruped with the adjacent parts

  2. 2:  one teat together with the part of a cow's udder that it drains

  3. 3:  the side of a horse's hoof between the toe and the heel





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