Definitions for Quarterˈkwɔr tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

quar•terˈkwɔr tər(n.)

  1. one of the four equal or equivalent parts into which anything is or may be divided.

  2. a fourth part, esp. of one (¼).

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. one fourth of a U.S. or Canadian dollar, equivalent to 25 cents.

    Category: Numismatics

  4. a coin of this value.

    Category: Numismatics

  5. one fourth of an hour; 15 minutes.

  6. the moment marking this period:

    The clock struck the quarter.

  7. one fourth of a calendar or fiscal year.

  8. a fourth of the moon's period or monthly revolution, being that portion of its period or orbital course between a quadrature and a syzygy.

    Category: Astronomy

  9. a term of instruction at a school or college lasting about 10 to 12 weeks.

    Category: Education

  10. any of the four equal periods of play in certain games, as football and basketball.

    Category: Sport

    Ref: Compare half (def. 3). 3

  11. one fourth of a pound.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  12. one fourth of a mile; 2 furlongs.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  13. one fourth of a yard; 9 inches.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  14. one fourth of a hundredweight: in the U.S. equaling 25 lbs. and in Britain 28 lbs.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  15. the region of any of the four principal points of the compass or divisions of the horizon. such a point or division. any point or direction of the compass. the fourth part of the distance between any two adjacent points of the 32 marked on a compass.

    Category: Navy, Geography (terms)

  16. a region, district, or place.

  17. a district of a city or town, esp. one largely occupied by a particular group:

    the Turkish quarter.

  18. Usu., quarters. housing accommodations, as a place of residence; lodgings. the buildings, rooms, etc., occupied by military personnel or their families.

    Category: Military

  19. Often, quarters. an unspecified person or group serving as a source:

    secret information from a high quarter.

  20. mercy or indulgence, esp. as shown in sparing the life of a vanquished enemy:

    to give quarter.

  21. one of the four parts, each including a leg, of the body or carcass of a quadruped.

    Category: Zoology

  22. the side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel.

    Category: Veterinary Science

  23. the part of a boot or shoe on each side of the foot, from the middle of the back to the vamp.

    Category: Clothing

  24. the after part of a ship's side, usu. from about the aftermost mast to the stern. the general horizontal direction 45° from the stern of a ship on either side. one of the stations to which crew members are called for battle, emergencies, or drills. the part of a yard between the slings and the yardarm.

    Category: Navy, Nautical

  25. any of the four equal areas into which an escutcheon can be divided. a charge occupying a quarter.

    Category: Heraldry

  26. (v.t.)to divide into four equal or equivalent parts.

  27. to divide into parts fewer or more than four.

  28. to cut the body of (a person) into quarters, esp. after executing for treason.

  29. to furnish with lodging.

  30. to traverse (the ground) from left to right and right to left while advancing, as dogs in search of game.

  31. to divide (an escutcheon) into four or more parts. to place or bear quarterly (different coats of arms, etc.) on an escutcheon. to display (a coat of arms) with one's own on an escutcheon.

    Category: Heraldry

  32. (v.i.)to take up or be in quarters; lodge.

  33. to range to and fro, as dogs in search of game.

  34. to sail so as to have the wind or sea on the quarter.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  35. (adj.)being one of four equal or approximately equal parts.

  36. being equal to only about one fourth of the full measure.

    Category: Weights and Measures

Origin of quarter:

1250–1300; ME < AF; OF quartier < L quārtārius=quārt(us)fourth+-ārius -ary


Princeton's WordNet

  1. one-fourth, fourth, one-quarter, quarter, fourth part, twenty-five percent, quartern(noun)

    one of four equal parts

    "a quarter of a pound"

  2. quarter(noun)

    a district of a city having some distinguishing character

    "the Latin Quarter"

  3. quarter(noun)

    (football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided

    "both teams scored in the first quarter"

  4. quarter(noun)

    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"

  5. quarter(noun)

    one of four periods into which the school year is divided

    "the fall quarter ends at Christmas"

  6. quarter(noun)

    a fourth part of a year; three months

    "unemployment fell during the last quarter"

  7. quarter(noun)

    one of the four major division of the compass

    "the wind is coming from that quarter"

  8. quarter(noun)

    a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)

  9. quarter(noun)

    a quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds)

  10. quarter(noun)

    a United States or Canadian coin worth one fourth of a dollar

    "he fed four quarters into the slot machine"

  11. quarter(noun)

    an unspecified person

    "he dropped a word in the right quarter"

  12. stern, after part, quarter, poop, tail(noun)

    the rear part of a ship

  13. quarter(noun)

    piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp

  14. quarter(verb)

    clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent

    "he surrendered but asked for quarter"

  15. quarter, billet, canton(verb)

    provide housing for (military personnel)

  16. draw, quarter, draw and quarter(verb)

    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"

  17. quarter(verb)

    divide into quarters

    "quarter an apple"

  18. quarter(verb)

    divide by four; divide into quarters

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. quarter(noun)ˈkwɔr tər

    one of four equal parts

    Divide the cake into quarters.; a quarter of a century ago

  2. quarterˈkwɔr tər

    one of the four periods of fifteen minutes in one hour

    It's quarter after/past three.

  3. quarterˈkwɔr tər

    fifteen minutes before

    It's quarter of five.

  4. quarterˈkwɔr tər

    fifteen minutes before

    a quarter to one

  5. quarterˈkwɔr tər

    an American or Canadian coin with a value of 25 cents

    two quarters and a dime

  6. quarterˈkwɔr tər

    an area of a town or city; = district

    the Latin quarter of Paris

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quarter(noun)

    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

  2. Quarter(noun)

    the fourth of a hundred-weight, being 25 or 28 pounds, according as the hundredweight is reckoned at 100 or 112 pounds

  3. Quarter(noun)

    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

  4. Quarter(noun)

    the fourth part of the moon's period, or monthly revolution; as, the first quarter after the change or full

  5. Quarter(noun)

    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

  6. Quarter(noun)

    that part of a boot or shoe which forms the side, from the heel to the vamp

  7. Quarter(noun)

    that part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, being the side of the coffin

  8. Quarter(noun)

    a term of study in a seminary, college, etc, etc.; properly, a fourth part of the year, but often longer or shorter

  9. Quarter(noun)

    the encampment on one of the principal passages round a place besieged, to prevent relief and intercept convoys

  10. Quarter(noun)

    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

  11. Quarter(noun)

    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

  12. Quarter(verb)

    a division of a town, city, or county; a particular district; a locality; as, the Latin quarter in Paris

  13. Quarter(verb)

    a small upright timber post, used in partitions; -- in the United States more commonly called stud

  14. Quarter(verb)

    the fourth part of the distance from one point of the compass to another, being the fourth part of 11¡ 15', that is, about 2¡ 49'; -- called also quarter point.

  15. Quarter(verb)

    proper station; specific place; assigned position; special location

  16. Quarter(verb)

    a station at which officers and men are posted in battle; -- usually in the plural

  17. Quarter(verb)

    place of lodging or temporary residence; shelter; entertainment; -- usually in the plural

  18. Quarter(verb)

    a station or encampment occupied by troops; a place of lodging for soldiers or officers; as, winter quarters

  19. Quarter(verb)

    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

  20. Quarter(verb)

    friendship; amity; concord

  21. Quarter(verb)

    to lodge; to have a temporary residence

  22. Quarter(verb)

    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


  1. Quarter

    A quarter is a section of an urban settlement. Its borders can be administratively chosen, and it may have its own administrative structure. Such a division is particularly common in countries like Poland, Serbia, Croatia, Germany, Italy, France, or Cambodia. Quarter can also refer to a non-administrative but distinct neighbourhood with its own character: for example, a slum quarter. It is often used for a district connected with a particular group of people: for instance, some cities are said to have Jewish quarters, diplomatic quarters or Bohemian quarters. Most Roman cities were divided to four parts, called Quarters, by their two main avenues: the Cardo and the Decumanus Maximus. The Old City of Jerusalem currently has four quarters: the Muslim Quarter, Christian Quarter, Jewish Quarter and Armenian Quarter. A Christian quarter exists also in Damascus.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. quarter

    Two bits. This in turn comes from the ‘pieces of eight’ famed in pirate movies — Spanish silver crowns that could be broken into eight pie-slice-shaped ‘bits’ to make change. Early in American history the Spanish coin was considered equal to a dollar, so each of these ‘bits’ was considered worth 12.5 cents. Syn. tayste, crumb, quad. Usage: rare. General discussion of such terms is under nybble.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Quarter' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1583

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Quarter' in Written Corpus Frequency: #740

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Quarter' in Nouns Frequency: #493

Translations for Quarter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


one of four equal parts of something which together form the whole (amount) of the thing

There are four of us, so we'll cut the cake into quarters; It's (a) quarter past / (American) after four; In the first quarter of the year his firm made a profit; The shop is about a quarter of a mile away; an hour and a quarter; two and a quarter hours.

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