quarter hour

noun

Definition of quarter hour 

1 : fifteen minutes

2 : any of the quarter points of an hour

3 : a unit of academic credit representing an hour of class (such as lecture class) or three hours of laboratory work each week for an academic quarter

Examples of quarter hour in a Sentence

Trains depart every quarter hour. I waited a quarter hour in line.

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The period of totality — when the moon is in the darkest part of Earth's shadow — will last a bit more than one and a quarter hours, according to EarthSky.org. David Freeman /, NBC News, "A 'super blue blood moon' is coming. Here's how to see it," 24 Jan. 2018 Clocks were rapidly developing in the Middle Ages and division into a rough quarter hour was imaginable. Merrill Fabry, Time, "Why Is Tennis Scored So Weirdly?," 11 Jan. 2018 And viewership peaked with nearly 7 million viewers in the 6:30-6:45 quarter hour. George Diaz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Talladega wrecks competitive vibe of playoffs with random chaos," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of quarter hour

circa 1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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quarter hour

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quarter hour

: 15 minutes : a period of time that lasts for 15 minutes

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