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Definition of quart 

1 : a unit of capacity equal to ¹/₄ gallon or ¹/₃₂ bushel — see Weights and Measures Table

2 : a vessel or measure having a capacity of one quart

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Make a caramel with the brown sugar: Put the lemon juice in a heavy one-quart pan with two tablespoons of the brown sugar and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar turns a deep caramel color. Marley Marius, Vogue, "7 Alternative Thanksgiving Desserts from the Vogue Archive," 16 Nov. 2018 For cooking and baking lovers, this set keeps it simple but extremely useful with mixing bowls in a wide range of sizes, from 1.1 ounce to 4.5 quarts. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best kitchen accessories under $150 to shop now," 20 Aug. 2018 Big Baspa Mini Mart in Buffalo, New York, sells milk at $1.99 a quart. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada Rethinks Defense of Dairy Farmers as Industry’s Heft Wanes," 14 Sep. 2018 Mix this buttermilk powder with a quart of whole milk and pour it in the tub. Allure, "8 Things That Will Make Your Bath Unbelievably Better," 11 Sep. 2018 Use a commercial cleanser or a solution of one teaspoon of bleach in a quart of water to clean kitchen surfaces. New York Times, "How to Minimize the Risk of Food Poisoning," 28 May 2018 Add 3 quarts water and the rest of the ingredients, and place the pork in the brine. 2. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Rack of Pork with Baked Fava Beans," 11 Oct. 2012 One head of cabbage fits nicely in a quart jar, or alternatively, two pint jars. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make Sauerkraut In A Jar," 20 Sep. 2016 And adding an occasional quart of new oil doesn’t do anything to improve the old, broken-down, acidic oil that’s still swimming around in there. Ray Magliozzi, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Friend who claims oil changes are unnecessary is flat-out wrong," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of quart

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quart

Middle English, from Anglo-French quarte quarter, quart, from feminine of quart, adjective, fourth, from Latin quartus; akin to Latin quattuor four — more at four

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English Language Learners Definition of quart

: a unit of liquid measurement equal to two U.S. pints or 0.946 liters

: a unit of liquid measurement equal to two British pints or 1.14 liters


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Kids Definition of quart

: a measure of liquid capacity that equals two pints (about .95 liter)


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Medical Definition of quart 

1 : a British unit of liquid or dry capacity equal to ¹/₄ gallon or 69.355 cubic inches or 1.136 liters

2 : a United States unit of liquid capacity equal to ¹/₄ gallon or 57.75 cubic inches or 0.946 liters

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