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quartering

noun quar·ter·ing \ ˈkwȯ(r)-tə-riŋ \

Definition of quartering

1 a : the division of an escutcheon containing different coats of arms into four or more compartments
b : a quarter of an escutcheon or the coat of arms on it
2 : a line of usually noble or distinguished ancestry

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First Known Use of quartering

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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quartering

adjective

Definition of quartering

1 : coming from a point well abaft the beam of a ship but not directly astern
  • quartering waves
2 : lying at right angles

First Known Use of quartering

1648

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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