Definitions for: Quarter


[n] piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp
[n] the rear part of a ship
[n] a district of a city having some distinguishing character; "the Latin Quarter"
[n] an unspecified person; "he dropped a word in the right quarter"
[n] a United States coin worth one fourth of a dollar; "he fed four quarters into the slot machine"
[n] (British) a quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds)
[n] a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)
[n] one of four equal parts; "a quarter of a pound"
[n] one of the four major division of the compass; "the wind is coming from that quarter"
[n] a fourth part of a year; three months; "unemployment fell during the last quarter"
[n] one of four periods into which the school year is divided; "the fall quarter ends at Christmas"
[n] a unit of time equal to 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour; "it's a quarter til 4"; "a quarter after 4 o'clock"
[n] one of four periods of play into which some games are divided; "both teams scored in the first quarter"
[v] divide by four; divide into quarters
[v] divide into quarters; "quarter an apple"
[v] pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him; "in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes"
[v] provide housing for, of military personnel



Webster (1913) Definition: Quar"ter, n. [F. quartier, L. quartarius a fourth
part, fr. quartus the fourth. See Quart.]
1. One of four equal parts into which anything is divided, or
is regarded as divided; a fourth part or portion; as, a
quarter of a dollar, of a pound, of a yard, of an hour,
etc. Hence, specifically:
(a) The fourth of a hundred-weight, being 25 or 28 pounds,
according as the hundredweight is reckoned at 100 or
112 pounds.
(b) The fourth of a ton in weight, or eight bushels of
grain; as, a quarter of wheat; also, the fourth part
of a chaldron of coal. --Hutton.
(c) (Astron.) The fourth part of the moon's period, or
monthly revolution; as, the first quarter after the
change or full.
(d) One limb of a quadruped with the adjacent parts; one
fourth part of the carcass of a slaughtered animal,
including a leg; as, the fore quarters; the hind
quarters.
(e) That part of a boot or shoe which forms the side, from
the heel to the vamp.
(f) (Far.) That part on either side of a horse's hoof
between the toe and heel, being the side of the
coffin.
(g) A term of study in a seminary, college, etc, etc.;
properly, a fourth part of the year, but often longer
or shorter.
(h) pl. (Mil.) The encampment on one of the principal
passages round a place besieged, to prevent relief and
intercept convoys.
(i) (Naut.) The after-part of a vessel's side, generally
corresponding in extent with the quarter-deck; also,
the part of the yardarm outside of the slings.
(j) (Her.) One of the divisions of an escutcheon when it
is divided into four portions by a horizontal and a
perpendicular line meeting in the fess point.

Note: When two coats of arms are united upon one escutcheon,
as in case of marriage, the first and fourth quarters
display one shield, the second and third the other. See
Quarter, v. t., 5.
(k) One of the four parts into which the horizon is
regarded as divided; a cardinal point; a direction'
principal division; a region; a territory.

Scouts each coast light-armed scour, Each
quarter, to descry the distant foe. --Milton.
(l) A division of a town, city, or county; a particular
district; a locality; as, the Latin quarter in Paris.
(m) (Arch.) A small upright timber post, used in
partitions; -- in the United States more commonly
called stud.
(n) (Naut.) The fourth part of the distance from one point
of the compass to another, being the fourth part of
11[deg] 15', that is, about 2[deg] 49'; -- called also
quarter point.



2. Proper station; specific place; assigned position; special
location.

Swift to their several quarters hasted then The
cumbrous elements. --Milton.
Hence, specifically:
(a) (Naut.) A station at which officers and men are posted
in battle; -- usually in the plural.
(b) Place of lodging or temporary residence; shelter;
entertainment; -- usually in the plural.

The banter turned as to what quarters each would
find. --W. Irving.
(c) pl. (Mil.) A station or encampment occupied by troops;
a place of lodging for soldiers or officers; as,
winter quarters.
(d) Treatment shown by an enemy; mercy; especially, the
act of sparing the life a conquered enemy; a
refraining from pushing one's advantage to extremes.

He magnified his own clemency, now they were at
his mercy, to offer them quarter for their
lives. --Clarendon.

Cocks and lambs . . . at the mercy of cats and
wolves . . . must never expect better quarter.
--L'Estrange.

3. Friendship; amity; concord. [Obs.] To keep quarter, to
keep one's proper place, and so be on good terms with
another. [Obs.]



In quarter, and in terms like bride and groom. --Shak.

I knew two that were competitors for the secretary's
place, . . . and yet kept good quarter between themselves.
--Bacon.

False quarter, a cleft in the quarter of a horse's foot.

Fifth quarter, the hide and fat; -- a butcher's term.

On the quarter (Naut.), in a direction between abeam and
astern; opposite, or nearly opposite, a vessel's quarter.


Quarter aspect. (Astrol.) Same as Quadrate.

Quarter back (Football), the player who has position next
behind center rush, and receives the ball on the snap
back.

Quarter badge (Naut.), an ornament on the side of a vessel
near, the stern. --Mar. Dict.

Quarter bill (Naut.), a list specifying the different
stations to be taken by the officers and crew in time of
action, and the names of the men assigned to each.

Quarter block (Naut.), a block fitted under the quarters of
a yard on each side of the slings, through which the clew
lines and sheets are reeved. --R. H. Dana, Jr.

Quarter boat (Naut.), a boat hung at a vessel's quarter.

Quarter cloths (Naut.), long pieces of painted canvas, used
to cover the quarter netting.

Quarter day, a day regarded as terminating a quarter of the
year; hence, one on which any payment, especially rent,
becomes due. In matters influenced by United States
statutes, quarter days are the first days of January,
April, July, and October. In New York and many other
places, as between landlord and tenant, they are the first
days of May, August, November, and February. The quarter
days usually recognized in England are 25th of March (Lady
Day), the 24th of June (Midsummer Day), the 29th of
September (Michaelmas Day), and the 25th of December
(Christmas Day).

Quarter face, in fine arts, portrait painting, etc., a face
turned away so that but one quarter is visible.

Quarter gallery (Naut.), a balcony on the quarter of a
ship. See Gallery, 4.

Quarter gunner (Naut.), a petty officer who assists the
gunner.

Quarter look, a side glance. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

Quarter nettings (Naut.), hammock nettings along the
quarter rails.

Quarter note (Mus.), a note equal in duration to half a
minim or a fourth of semibreve; a crochet.

Quarter pieces (Naut.), several pieces of timber at the
after-part of the quarter gallery, near the taffrail.
--Totten.

Quarter point. (Naut.) See Quarter, n., 1
(n) .

Quarter railing, or Quarter rails (Naut.), narrow molded
planks reaching from the top of the stern to the gangway,
serving as a fence to the quarter-deck.

Quarter sessions (Eng. Law), a general court of criminal
jurisdiction held quarterly by the justices of peace in
counties and by the recorders in boroughs.

Quarter square (Math.), the fourth part of the square of a
number. Tables of quarter squares have been devised to
save labor in multiplying numbers.

Quarter turn, Quarter turn belt (Mach.), an arrangement
in which a belt transmits motion between two shafts which
are at right angles with each other.

Quarter watch (Naut.), a subdivision of the full watch (one
fourth of the crew) on a man-of- war.

To give, or show, quarter (Mil.), to accept as
prisoner, on submission in battle; to forbear to kill, as
a vanquished enemy.

To keep quarter. See Quarter, n., 3.


Quar"ter, v. i.
To lodge; to have a temporary residence.


Quar"ter, v. i. [F. cartayer.]
To drive a carriage so as to prevent the wheels from going
into the ruts, or so that a rut shall be between the wheels.

Every creature that met us would rely on us for
quartering. --De Quincey.

Synonyms: after part, billet, canton, draw, draw and quarter, fourth, fourth part, one-fourth, poop, quartern, stern, tail, twenty-five percent

See Also: 60 minutes, academic session, academic term, academic year, accommodate, avoirdupois unit, back, barrio, British capacity unit, bushel, cental, centner, city district, coin, common fraction, cwt, divide, escutcheon, fraction, ghetto, hour, hr, human, hundredweight, Imperial capacity unit, individual, kasbah, kill, lb, lodge, long hundredweight, medina, mortal, orientation, period, period of play, period of time, person, piece of leather, play, playing period, pound, quintal, rear, school term, school year, section, segment, session, ship, short hundredweight, simple fraction, skeg, somebody, someone, soul, stone, time period, time unit, unit of time, upper

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Famous Quotes Containing Quarter:


This majority is working for America, and one of those ways is we have tremendously low unemployment. This economy has created millions of new jobs, and we are expecting growth this first quarter of somewhere higher than 4 percent.

-- Marsha Blackburn (American Politician)

It has long been known that the chemical atomic weight of hydrogen was greater than one-quarter of that of helium, but so long as fractional weights were general there was no particular need to explain this fact, nor could any definite conclusions be drawn from it.

-- Francis William Aston (British Scientist)

I began using pseudonyms early in my career, when I was being paid a quarter a cent a word for my work, and when I had to write a lot to earn a living. Sometimes I had three or four stories in a single magazine without the editor knowing they were all by me.

-- Evan Hunter (American Author)

We accelerated our capital spending in the fourth quarter, particularly in international and next-generation network deployment, which should not only sustain future revenue growth but also drive significant cost reductions across all communications services.

-- Bernard Ebbers (Canadian Businessman)

I thought we were aggressive across the board defensively, and you could just see it grow. As the game went along, you could see the confidence grow. It showed in the fourth quarter.

-- Bill Laimbeer (American Coach)

When I consider what it was that moved me to join the Communist Party, I have to cast my mind back for more than a quarter of a century to try and ascertain what precisely my motives at that time were.

-- Bram Fischer (South African Lawyer)

We are No. 1 worldwide by quite a margin on the client side and expanding, according to IDC and others, every single quarter. Our expectation is that the industry will consolidate and that more of our competitors will exit.

-- Kevin Rollins (American Businessman)

Almost a quarter of our planet is a single mountain range and we didn't enter it until after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went to the moon. So we went to the moon, played golf up there, before we went to the largest feature on our own planet.

-- Robert Ballard (American Scientist)

The Cox Committee found that the Chinese military acquired many of the technologies over the past seven years, although many of them had been targeted for acquisition for more than a quarter century.

-- Charles Foster Bass (American Politician)

Until very recently, the heavenly bodies have been investigated only with reference to their position and their laws of motion, and a quarter of a century ago astronomy was little more than celestial topography.

-- George Phillips Bond (American Scientist)

There are already a lot of devices in our lives that have rich text or the ability to handle graphics. Our devices are designed to be understood in less than a quarter of a second.

-- David Rose (American Musician)

You hear about how many fourth quarter comebacks that a guy has and I think it means a guy screwed up in the first three quarters.

-- Peyton Manning (American Athlete)

I had an awful first quarter but I picked it up. To all you single guys out there, it's not how you start the date, it's how you finish it sir. A lot of people can, you know, start the date with flowers and candy, but if you don't finish the date - you know what I mean?

-- Shaquille O'Neal (American Athlete)

This is a day we have managed to avoid for a quarter of a century.

-- John Glenn (American Astronaut)

Somewhere between a third and a quarter of all people living in America today were born between 1946 and 1965 and if you think you're tired of hearing about us, you should try being one of us.

-- Anna Quindlen (American Journalist)

There are men and women still on the streets, and that's all they are saying Can you spare a quarter? I come from a crowd of people who were current on the outlook on life, who were social and knew where they were and had some input into how things seemed to be.

-- Abbey Lincoln (American Musician)

There are several insights at the heart of the A's system that I think are wonderful for baseball. One, that it's a team game. That no one player is going to make that much of a difference to your team, so for god's sake don't go blow a quarter of your budget on one guy.

-- Michael Lewis ( -)

The corn law was intended to keep wheat at the price of 80s. the quarter; it is now under 40s. the quarter.

-- John Bright (British Politician)

A dollar saved is a quarter earned.

-- John Ciardi (English Dramatist)

Second, a quarter to a third of those who listen to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are liberals.

-- Paul Weyrich (American Critic)

I had spent many years before I was 31 hearing people tell me, Oh Man, you're so funny, you need to be in television. But that and a quarter won't get you on a bus.

-- Chi McBride (American Actor)

The company accountant is shy and retiring. He's shy a quarter of a million dollars. That's why he's retiring.

-- Milton Berle (American Comedian)

I raise quarter horses. Mine are mostly thoroughbred cross horses, a little bigger horses than some people like. I sell them or use them on the ranch. A lot of them go to the rodeo arena and some of them go to racetracks.

-- Wilford Brimley (American Actor)

That's what so sad about a lot of modern music, in my opinion, so many young bands never stay around long enough to fulfill their ultimate promise. They only get halfway there or a quarter of the way there.

-- Alan Vega (American Musician)

I have three brothers and they're all into computers. They're all intellects. My mother would pay me a quarter a page to read a book and I couldn't make 50 cents. I just couldn't do it.

-- Josh Holloway (American Actor)

Viacom's results for the first quarter put the company on a fast track for another record year in 2004.

-- Sumner Redstone (American Businesman)

The defeat of the Americans in Canada and the advantages gained by the British arms in the Jerseys, and indeed for some months in every other quarter, gave to the royal cause an air of triumph.

-- Mercy Otis Warren (American Playwright)

And the annual meetings of the League's Assembly are in effect official peace congresses binding on the participating states to an extent that most statesmen a quarter of a century ago would have regarded as utopian.

-- Hjalmar Branting (Swedish Statesman)

Sometimes you just stumble into something that works, and here I am a quarter of a century later.

-- Pat Sajak (American Entertainer)

Nevertheless, one doesn't have time to think, oh, well, this is a quarter tone sharp, or flat.

-- John Eaton (American Politician)

Do you think that when they asked George Washington for ID that he just whipped out a quarter?

-- Steven Wright (American Comedian)

I don't think there's a back lot here in Hollywood anymore that has those streets, like a French Quarter.

-- Glenn Danzig (American Musician)

As for AIDS, it's a plague. We are human, we get plagues. They come along every so often, kill off two thirds of the population; in the next generation it's a quarter; after that it's a childhood disease.

-- Larry Niven (American Writer)

The basic story for the opener is that word came through the bar that someone got knifed and killed up on the Moon Walk. It turns out to be one of the quarter regulars that everybody knows, including Maestro and Bone.

-- Robert Asprin (American Author)

A long sea implies an uniform and steady motion of long and extensive waves; on the contrary, a short sea is when they run irregularly, broken, and interrupted; so as frequently to burst over a vessel's side or quarter.

-- William Falconer (Scottish Poet)


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