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:


We are each but a quarter note in a grand symphony.

-- Guy Laliberte (Canadian Businessman)

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)

Americans are a quarter of a billion people who have almost nothing in common except for the fact they've been told they have lots in common.

-- Doug Coupland (Canadian Author)

The key is growth margins went in the right direction, unit volume increased quarter on quarter, and expenses came down. We threw off over $300 million in cash. All of those were in the right direction. So I think we're on our way.

-- Gil Amelio (American Businessman)

Wagner is a composer who has beautiful moments but awful quarter hours.

-- Gioachino Rossini (Italian Composer)

Directors work 10 times harder than anyone else. Get paid a quarter.

-- William H. Macy ( Actor)

I have my own religion. I'm sort of one-quarter Baptist, one-quarter Catholic, one-quarter Jewish.

-- Tom T. Hall (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)

Until the last great war, a general expectation of material improvement was an idea peculiar to Western man. Now war and its aftermath have made economic and social progress a political imperative in every quarter of the globe.

-- Lester B. Pearson (Canadian Politician)

There's no way New Orleans will ever be the city it was. I think it will have half the population. They may create a sort of Disneyland at the French Quarter for tourists. The rest I don't know.

-- Geraldo Rivera (American Journalist)

In recent times, European nations, with the use of gunpowder and other technical improvements in warfare, controlled practically the whole world. One, the British Empire, brought under one government a quarter of the earth and its inhabitants.

-- John Boyd Orr (Scottish Politician)

It is important to remember that the Pacific Ocean covers a quarter of the world's surface and that each Pacific country has its own cultural, historical and ethnic identity.

-- Jenny Shipley (New Zealander Statesman)

A lifetime contract for a coach means if you're ahead in the third quarter and moving the ball, they can't fire you.

-- Lou Holtz (American Coach)

You just can't get too focused on worrying about what's going to happen in the next quarter. You have to worry about where the business is headed long-term.

-- James Sinegal (American Businessman)

It is the duty of our men to enroll themselves in the national services. We need all our manpower for defence. For the military and... we need a quarter of a million men.

-- Eamon de Valera (Irish Statesman)

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)

Once you get into entertaining a quarter of a million people, it's a very weird place to be.

-- Joe Cocker (English Musician)

Pope John Paul II not only was a powerful spiritual leader for Catholics but also a world leader of extraordinary consequence during the last quarter-century.

-- Mike Ferguson (American Politician)

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)

I've had quarter horses for the last 18 years.

-- Bruce Boxleitner (American Actor)

It is within the last quarter century or thirty years. And a lot of that law has turned out to be very, very protective of the press and the public's right to know.

-- Floyd Abrams (American Lawyer)

We are inheriting the worst financial system since the Depression. We're inheriting a situation - when people go back and study major banking crises a quarter century from now, the one that America developed in 2007 and 2008 is going to be one of those crises.

-- Larry Summers (American Economist)

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)

With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.

-- William Lloyd Garrison (American Journalist)

I would not trade you a billion dollars for the kids I led to combat in Vietnam or in fact any of the Marines that I served with for a quarter of a century.

-- Oliver North (American Soldier)

But now it's kind of a given that a 15-year-old would have a record deal and sell a quarter of a million records. No one's expecting her to answer any deep theological questions. And I'll tell you, I was asked some deep theological questions from the git-go.

-- Amy Grant (American Musician)

In the first quarter of the nineteenth century the experimental proof for the interdependence of the composition and properties of chemical compounds resulted in the theory that they are mutually related, so that like composition governs like properties, and conversely.

-- Wilhelm Ostwald (German Scientist)

No 27-year-old has the experience to run a company that does a quarter of a billion dollars a year in sales.

-- Calvin Klein (American Designer)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Sometimes we used to eat once a day... chicken backs. You could buy four chicken backs for a quarter.

-- Raul Julia ( Actor)

But, my dear sirs, when peace does come, you may call on me for any thing. Then will I share with you the last cracker, and watch with you to shield your homes and families against danger from every quarter.

-- William Tecumseh Sherman ( Soldier)


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