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quarter

noun quar·ter \ ˈkwȯ(r)-tər also ˈkȯ(r)- \
Updated on: 13 Oct 2017

Definition of quarter

1 :one of four equal parts into which something is divisible :a fourth part
  • in the top quarter of his class
2 :any of various units of capacity or weight equal to or derived from one fourth of some larger unit
3 :any of various units of length or area equal to one fourth of some larger unit
4 :the fourth part of a measure of time: such 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 a :a coin worth a quarter of a dollar
b :the sum of 25 cents
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 quarters plural, chiefly British :hindquarter 2
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 quarters
  • Current Biography
(2) :a point, direction, or place not definitely identified
  • the view to the rear quarter
  • Consumer Reports
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 a :an assigned station or post
b quarters plural :an assembly of a ship's company for ceremony, drill, or emergency
c quarters plural :living accommodations :lodgings
  • show you to your quarters
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 a :a fourth part of the moon's period
b :a half-illuminated phase of the moon that occurs a quarter period after or before a new moon
12 :the side of a horse's hoof between the toe and the heel — see hoof illustration
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 :the stern area of a ship's side
15 :one side of the upper of a shoe or boot from heel to vamp
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.

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Origin and Etymology of quarter

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

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quarter

verb

Definition of quarter

transitive verb
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
2 :to provide with lodging or shelter
3 :to crisscross (an area) in many directions
4 a :to arrange or bear (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
1 :lodge, dwell
2 :to crisscross a district
3 :to change from one quarter to another
  • the moon quarters
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.

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First Known Use of quarter

14th century

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quarter

adjective

Definition of quarter

: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.

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First Known Use of quarter

14th century


British Definition of QUARTER

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quarter

noun

British Definition of quarter

quarters plural, :hindquarter 2

Financial Definition of QUARTER

quarter

What It Is

A quarter is a three-month period. There are four in one fiscal year.

How It Works

In the finance world, quarter 1 usually spans January 1-March 31; quarter 2 usually spans April 1-June 30; quarter 3 usually spans July 1-September 30; and quarter 4 usually spans October 1-December 31. However, companies may have their own quarterly calendars.

Why It Matters

Quarters are the time periods around which much of the financial world revolves. Reports issued that cover the performance during a quarter (called quarterly reports) usually involve a set of financial statements. Public companies in the United States file these reports via Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10-Q.

Quarterly reports help investors take the pulse of the companies they invest in. Comparing the quarterly information to the previous year's information for the same quarter can yield rich insight into how seasonal a company's business is, short-term  performance and growth rates in a variety of measures, and information to compare with  similar companies.



QUARTER Defined for English Language Learners

quarter

noun

Definition of quarter for English Language Learners

  • : 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


quarter

verb

Definition of quarter for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


quarter

adjective

Definition of quarter for English Language Learners

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


QUARTER Defined for Kids

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quarter

noun quar·ter \ ˈkwȯr-tər \

Definition of quarter for Students

1 :one of four equal parts into which something can be divided
  • a quarter of an hour
  • Cut the pie into quarters.
2 :a United States coin worth 25 cents
3 :someone or something (as a place, direction, or group) not clearly identified
  • Complaints came from all quarters.
4 :a particular division or district of a city
  • the city's historic quarter
5 quarters plural :a dwelling place
  • living quarters
6 :mercy 1
  • The soldiers showed no quarter to the enemy.

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quarter

verb

Definition of quarter for Students

quartered; quartering
1 :to divide into four usually equal parts
  • Peel and quarter an orange.
2 :to provide with lodgings or shelter We were quartered in log cabins.

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quarter

adjective

Definition of quarter for Students

:consisting of or equal to one fourth of
  • Give it a quarter turn.

Medical Dictionary

quarter

noun quar·ter \ ˈkwȯ(r)t-ər \

medical Definition of quarter

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


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