quar·​ter·​ing | \ ˈkwȯ(r)-tə-riŋ How to pronounce quartering (audio) \

Definition of quartering

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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



Definition of quartering (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of quartering in a Sentence

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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, "TV picks: 'Defiant Ones,' 'Will,' a new theory on Amelia Earhart's fate, and more," 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of quartering


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


1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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