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quar·​ter·​ing ˈkwȯ(r)-tə-riŋ How to pronounce quartering (audio)
: the division of an escutcheon containing different coats of arms into four or more compartments
: a quarter of an escutcheon or the coat of arms on it
: a line of usually noble or distinguished ancestry


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

Example Sentences

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With a bow or crossbow, wait for a good quartering away shot, and drive the arrow up into the vitals. The Editors, Field & Stream, 9 Jan. 2023 In our world of Chronic Wasting Disease, field-quartering is a skill every deer hunter needs to learn anyway. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 28 Sep. 2020 Killing a big bull at a steep quartering angle takes a very good cartridge, topped with a tough, deep-penetrating bullet. Field & Stream, 10 May 2019 Hunsucker always places the decoy facing and quartering to him. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 10 Dec. 2019 The drawing and quartering Will witnesses during a public execution in an early scene is only the first sign that the stakes here may be higher than even this playwright’s career. 9 p.m. Ellen Gray, Philly.com, 7 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of quartering was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Quartering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quartering. Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: coming from a direction behind and to the side (as of a ship)
a quartering wind

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