Definition of quadrant
1a : an instrument for measuring altitudes consisting commonly of a graduated arc of 90 degrees with an index or vernier and usually having a plumb line or spirit level for fixing the vertical or horizontal directionb : a device or mechanical part shaped like or suggestive of the quadrant of a circle
2a : an arc of 90 degrees that is one quarter of a circleb : the area bounded by a quadrant and two radii
3a : any of the four parts into which a plane is divided by rectangular coordinate axes lying in that planeb : any of the four quarters into which something is divided by two real or imaginary lines that intersect each other at right angles
quadrantalplay \kwä-ˈdran-təl\ adjective
Examples of quadrant in a Sentence
Draw two intersecting lines that divide the page into four quadrants.
The town is located in the northwest quadrant of the state.
Recent Examples of quadrant from the Web
The program is held at eight locations this summer in each quadrant of Waukegan, an increase from five locations last summer.
A 2016 Park District plan for Jackson Park called for moving the range to the park's southwest quadrant, enabling the restoration of the great lawn.
The New York Knicks finished the 2016-2017 season in the bottom quadrant of the league with a 31-51 record.
But virtually everybody falls into three quadrants: socially liberal/economically liberal, socially conservative/economically conservative, and socially liberal/economically conservative.
The study breaks down voters into four quadrants, defined by both social and economic liberalism.
Once all the contracts were received, the commissioners planned to develop quadrants assigned to towing companies.
CEO, that means having to offer significantly more compensation: starting out at the 50th percentile (the median), or even above market at the 75th percentile (the top quadrant of comparable CEO pay).
Two others were in different quadrants of the greens.
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Did You Know?
This word is used for a traditional instrument, used to make calculations of altitude and traditionally employed by sailors to navigate, which has a piece shaped like a quarter of a circle. A quadrant shower is a shower that fits snugly into a bathroom corner and displays a curved front, making a quadrant shape on the floor. But perhaps quadrant is used most often today to name a particular quarter of a city.
QUADRANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quadrant for English Language Learners
: one part of something that is evenly divided into four parts; especially geometry : one part of a circle that is evenly divided into four parts
QUADRANT Defined for Kids
Definition of quadrant for Students
1 : one-fourth of a circle
2 : any of the four parts into which something is divided by two imaginary or real lines that intersect each other at right angles
Medical Definition of quadrant
1: an arc of 90° that is one quarter of a circle
2: any of the four more or less equivalent segments into which an anatomic structure may be divided by vertical and horizontal partitioning through its midpoint pain in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen
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