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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For AstraZeneca, initially at least, the vaccine effort was a drain on earnings during an otherwise strong quarter. Jenny Strasburg And Cecilia Butini, WSJ, "AstraZeneca Lost Money on Its Covid-19 Vaccine," 30 Apr. 2021 Businesses did slow their pace of inventory restocking in the January-March quarter, which shaved 2.6 percentage points from the quarter’s growth. Martin Crutsinger, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. economy grew at 6.4% annual rate in first quarter, hinting at boom to come," 29 Apr. 2021 But Tlaib and Omar’s push received help from an unlikely quarter: Donald Trump, probably the most pro-Israel president in living memory. Time, "A Major Rights Group Says Israel Is Guilty of Apartheid. It Might Fracture the Status Quo in Washington," 29 Apr. 2021 Businesses did slow their pace of inventory restocking, which shaved 2.6 percentage points from the quarter’s growth. Martin Crutsinger And Paul Wiseman, chicagotribune.com, "‘We are seeing all the engines of the economy rev up’: The pandemic recovery is gaining speed," 29 Apr. 2021 Per a statement, the artworks slated to go on view range in size from the diameter of a one-pound coin (roughly the same as an American quarter) to just under eight inches. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Dollhouse-Sized Exhibition Will Showcase Mini Creations by Art World Giants," 1 Apr. 2021 That’s an increase of 182% from the previous record-setting quarter. Corbin Hiar, Scientific American, "Utilities Are Installing Big Batteries at a Record Pace," 8 Mar. 2021 Lady Dragons sophomore guard Kelsey Boyette came off the bench for an eight-point quarter that included two 3-pointers. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Girls basketball playoffs: Plano East beats Southlake Carroll to reach first regional final in nearly three decades," 28 Feb. 2021 An icy start, An electric third quarter, an amazing comeback. Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune, "Late run allows Toronto to close out a win over Timberwolves," 19 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ochoa responded to my question with an adage—the only way to eat an elephant is to quarter it into pieces. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, "Flex's Strategy To Hit Its Clean Power Goals," 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, "How to garnish a cocktail? Here’s your guide to the basics — with a twist," 2 Apr. 2021 If using white mushrooms, halve the small ones and quarter the bigger ones. Dallas News, "3 soothing chicken soup recipes: Tom Kha Gai, Thukpa and Sopa de Lima," 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, "How Donald Trump Made Laura Loomer’s Primary Win Possible," 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, "Giving Rosso di Montalcino a second look," 11 Mar. 2020 According to McDonald, all the elk were quartered out. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "The Wild Game State Agencies Confiscate Does Not Go in a Dumpster," 10 Feb. 2020 The Grizzly Ridge is a manual knife that easily fits in a pocket and is tailor-made for hunters with its easy-to-hold tool for skinning, quartering, and general camp use. Ben Romans, Outdoor Life, "The Procrastinating Outdoorsman’s Guide to Last Minute Gifts," 16 Dec. 2019 And how the Vision Fund and SoftBank make their money — quarter in and quarter out — is heavily dependent on how much Son thinks his stable of more than 80 companies is worth. Tim Culpan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Masa Son Desperately Needs That Second $100 Billion," 6 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective First quarter earnings season is slated to kick off next week with the release of results from several banks. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Stocks rise as Bernie Sanders drops out of US presidential race," 8 Apr. 2020 Details could be revealed when the company releases first quarter earnings Tuesday. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford counts its cash amid pandemic after $70M exec pay exceeds company's profit in 2019," 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, "Wall Street volatility is here to stay," 14 Mar. 2020 Davidson jumped out of his car, moved to the front quarter panel of the car and drew his Taser. oregonlive, "‘He just was crying for help’ -- How a Portland officer helped distraught man who was killed a month later by police," 4 Feb. 2020 Day time rain totals of up to a tenth or quarter inch are possible. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Potentially severe storms this evening before turning chilly Friday into the weekend," 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, "Pot Stock Aurora Posted a ‘Home Run Quarter’—But Investors Didn’t See it That Way," 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, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at University of Chicago: ‘She’s a historic role model for our judicial system’," 9 Sep. 2019 The most popular meals are a half or quarter chicken with fries and choice of sauce. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "Cooking over open flame: These are some of our favorite restaurants that use fire," 27 June 2019

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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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The first known use of quarter was in the 14th century

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10 May 2021

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“Quarter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarter. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quarter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: one of four equal parts of something
: a unit of something (such as weight or length) that equals one fourth of some larger unit
: one of four divisions of an hour : a period of 15 minutes



English Language Learners Definition of quarter (Entry 2 of 3)

: to divide or separate (something) into four parts
: to provide (someone) with a place to stay for a usually short period of time : to provide living quarters for (someone)



English Language Learners Definition of quarter (Entry 3 of 3)

: equal or about nearly equal in size, value, amount, etc., to one fourth of something


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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