quar·​ter | \ ˈkwȯ(r)-tər How to pronounce quarter (audio) also ˈkȯ(r)- How to pronounce quarter (audio) \

Definition of quarter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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
5a : a coin worth a quarter of a dollar
b : the sum of 25 cents
6a : 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 sense 2
7a : 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 quartersCurrent Biography
(2) : a point, direction, or place not definitely identified the view to the rear quarterConsumer Reports The oft-repeated Roman story is written in still legible characters in every quarter [=all over] of the Old World …— Henry David Thoreau
8a : a division or district of a town or city he describes the immigrant quarter— Alfred Kazin
b : the inhabitants of such a quarter
9a : 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
11a : 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
13a : 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


quartered; quartering; quarters

Definition of quarter (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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
4a : 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



Definition of quarter (Entry 3 of 3)

: consisting of or equal to a quarter

Examples of quarter in a Sentence

Noun Cut the pie into quarters. an inch and a quarter a quarter of a cup of sugar He was three quarters of an hour early. Verb The hunters quartered the deer. We were quartered in log cabins at the camp. Adjective a quarter acre of land They live less than a quarter mile from us. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Guydon Street is on the south side of Clarendon, about a quarter-mile east of the White River. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 8 May 2022 The sprint to 60 mph took 4.6 seconds, and the Genesis reached the quarter-mile in 13.3 seconds at 104 mph. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 6 May 2022 Yuugiri set a quick pace at 22.45 seconds for the quarter-mile, 46.51 seconds for the half-mile and 1:11.44 for three-quarters. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 6 May 2022 The last explosion was reported around 2:40 p.m. on East Drive near Woodrail Drive, about a quarter-mile from the location of the second blast. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2022 Dan Wentzel, who was there that day, said Jelmert was struck about a quarter-mile from the end of the ride. Rachel Urangastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 Last year, Larson, the 2021 Cup series champ, won the feature race in come-from-behind fashion, taking the lead from Justin Grant on Lap 38 in the 39-lap event on the quarter-mile dirt track. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Mar. 2022 Everyone, including people who use wheelchairs, can explore the 8-mile one-way Dunes Drive, and the quarter-mile Interdune Boardwalk. Jennifer Konerman, Sunset Magazine, 18 Mar. 2022 After some recent drag-race losses, the EV maker is back in the win column after a Model X Plaid was caught on film besting the Lamborghini Huracán Evo over a quarter-mile. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 9 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To start, quarter the whole apples, then toss into a large saucepan and cover with 1 inch of cold water. Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 Before unleashing the herbivores, the Carr’s will survey a client’s land, ensuring no imminent hazard, and quarter it off into four different sections. Camille Sauers, Chron, 30 Sep. 2021 Ochoa responded to my question with an adage—the only way to eat an elephant is to quarter it into pieces. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Use a sharp paring knife to cut the citrus in half lengthwise and then quarter each half to create four wedges. Rebekah Peppler, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 If using white mushrooms, halve the small ones and quarter the bigger ones. Dallas News, 28 Dec. 2020 Loomer cosponsored legislation to draw and quarter Jack Dorsey or replace John Roberts with QAnon on the Supreme Court. Isaac Schorr, National Review, 20 Aug. 2020 As the pasta cooks, quarter the sausages lengthwise, then slice 1/2-inch thick. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, 11 Mar. 2020 According to McDonald, all the elk were quartered out. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 10 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There was the fourth-quarter cross-quarter bounce pass to Keldon Johnson for a 3-pointer. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Dec. 2021 First quarter earnings season is slated to kick off next week with the release of results from several banks. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2020 Details could be revealed when the company releases first quarter earnings Tuesday. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 27 Apr. 2020 First quarter earnings season is also still a few weeks out, and investors have to fly blind in terms of the financial impact on businesses. Anneken Tappe, CNN, 14 Mar. 2020 Davidson jumped out of his car, moved to the front quarter panel of the car and drew his Taser. oregonlive, 4 Feb. 2020 Day time rain totals of up to a tenth or quarter inch are possible. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2019 The Street didn't get too much of a high from Aurora Cannabis' 4th quarter earnings late Wednesday, but the cannabis company is still reporting strong growth. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 12 Sep. 2019 The longtime justice spoke with Katherine Baicker, dean of the Harris School of Public Policy, before about 400 people, reflecting on her career as an attorney battling for women’s rights and her quarter century on the nation’s highest court. Jessica Villagomez, chicagotribune.com, 9 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of quarter


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quarter


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

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More Definitions for quarter


quar·​ter | \ ˈkwȯr-tər How to pronounce quarter (audio) \

Kids Definition of quarter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 sense 1 The soldiers showed no quarter to the enemy.


quartered; quartering

Kids Definition of quarter (Entry 2 of 3)

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.



Kids Definition of quarter (Entry 3 of 3)

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


quar·​ter | \ ˈkwȯ(r)t-ər How to pronounce quarter (audio) \

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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