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:


One of the advantages of the book's having been out there for more than a quarter century is that there's been time for people to report back on what it's done for them.

-- Andrew Tobias (American Journalist)

The series of photographic operations, developing, washing, final drying, takes about quarter of an hour.

-- Gabriel Lippmann ( 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)

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)

The strength in our third-quarter financial results is cause for excitement. I'm particularly pleased that we continue to demonstrate impressive growth at the same time we are engaged in important merger discussions.

-- Bernard Ebbers (Canadian Businessman)

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 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)

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)

A penny saved is not a penny earned if at the end of the day you still owe a quarter.

-- Mary Landrieu (American Politician)

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)

On the whole, the psychological work of the last quarter of the nineteenth century emphasized the study of consciousness to the neglect of the total life of intellect and character.

-- Edward Thorndike (American Psychologist)

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)

At Bloomington, Indiana, I was invited to listen to music written in quarter tones for four harps and voices. I had to go out to be sick.

-- Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (German Musician)

There are plenty of good five cent cigars in the country. The trouble is they cost a quarter.

-- Franklin P. Adams (American Journalist)

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

-- Tom T. Hall (American Musician)

In the time of battle the hammocs, together with their bedding, are all firmly corded, and fixed in the nettings on the quarter-deck, or whereever the men are too much exposed to the view or fire of the enemy.

-- William Falconer (Scottish Poet)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

It's not just a hurricane. It's the demand for gas in China... We're paying $3 a gallon, and the oil companies are making historic profits every quarter.

-- Ron Klein ( -)

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)

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)

The president's budget request today demonstrates his unwillingness to come clean on the true costs of his agenda. A penny saved is not a penny earned if at the end of the day you still owe a quarter.

-- Mary Landrieu (American Politician)

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)

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

-- Gioachino Rossini (Italian Composer)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Steven Wright (American Comedian)

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)

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)

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)


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