What does quarter mean?

Definitions for quarter
ˈkwɔr tərquar·ter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word quarter.

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

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

  23. Origin: [F. quartier, L. quartarius a fourth part, fr. quartus the fourth. See Quart.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quarter

    kwor′tėr, n. a fourth part: the fourth part of a cwt.=28 lb. avoirdupois (abbrev. qr.): 8 bushels, as a measure of capacity, for grain, &c.: the fourth part of an hour—of the year—of the moon's period—of a carcass (including a limb)—of the horizon, &c.: a cardinal point: (her.) one of the four parts into which a shield is divided by quartering (dexter chief, sinister chief, dexter base, sinister base), an ordinary occupying one-fourth of the field: a region of a hemisphere: a division of a town, &c.: place of lodging, as for soldiers, esp. in pl.: mercy granted to a disabled antagonist, prob. from the idea of the captor sending the prisoner to his quarters: (Shak.) peace, concord: (naut.) the part of a ship's side between the mainmast and the stern.—v.t. to divide into four equal parts: to divide into parts or compartments: to furnish with quarters: to lodge: to allot or share: to furnish with entertainment: (her.) to bear as an appendage to the hereditary arms: to beat the ground for game.—v.i. to be stationed: to shift or change position: to range for game: to drive across a road from side to side.—ns. Quar′terāge, a quarterly payment: quarters, lodging: a name applied to a particular tax; Quar′ter-back, a certain player or position in football (see Back); Quar′ter-bend, a bend in a pipe or rod altering its direction 90°; Quar′ter-bill, a list of the stations for men on board a man-of-war during action; Quar′ter-blank′et, a horse-blanket for the hind quarters.—n.pl. Quar′ter-blocks, blocks fitted under the quarters of a yard, on each side the slings, for the topsail-sheets, &c., to reeve through.—ns. Quar′ter-board, topgallant bulwarks; Quar′ter-boat, any boat hung to davits over the ship's quarter; Quar′ter-boot, a leather boot to protect an overreaching horse's fore feet from being struck by the hind feet.—adj. Quar′ter-bound, having leather or cloth on the back only.—n.pl. Quar′ter-boys, automata which strike the quarter-hours in certain belfries.—adjs. Quar′ter-bred, having only one-fourth pure blood, as horses, cattle, &c.; Quar′ter-cast, cut in the quarter of the hoof.—ns. Quar′ter-day, the first or last day of a quarter, on which rent or interest is paid; Quar′ter-deck, the part of the deck of a ship abaft the mainmast; Quar′ter-deck′er (coll.), a stickler for small points of etiquette on board ship.—adj. Quar′tered, divided into four equal parts: lodged, stationed for lodging: having hind quarters of a particular kind, as a short-quartered horse: sawed into quarters: (her.) having a square piece cut out of the centre.—ns. Quar′ter-ē′vil, -ill, symptomatic anthrax, an infectious and frequently fatal disease of cattle, marked by hemorrhage into the subcutaneous areolar tissue of the limbs—also Black-leg, Quarter, or Spaul, &c.; Quar′terfoil (archit.), an ornamental carving disposed in four segments of circles like an expanded flower;

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. quarter

    This term literally implies one quarter of the ship, but in common parlance applies to 45° abaft the beam. Thus the log is hove over the lee-quarter; quarter boats hang abaft the mizen-mast, &c. Again, the quarters apply to the divisional batteries, as forward, main, middle, or lower-decks, forecastle, and quarter-deck, and yet these comprise both sides. Close-quarters may be on any point, and the seaman rather delights in the bow attack, using the bowsprit as his bridge.--Giving quarter. The custom of asking and giving quarter in warfare originated, it is said, between the Dutch and Spaniards, that the ransom of an officer or soldier should be a quarter of his year's pay. No quarter is given to pirates, but it is always given to a vanquished honourable opponent.--On the quarter, 45° abaft the beam.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. quarter

    A fourth part of anything.

  2. quarter

    To furnish with shelter or entertainment; to supply with the means of living for a time; especially to furnish shelter to; as, to quarter soldiers.

  3. quarter

    In heraldry, one of the divisions of a shield, when it is divided into four portions by horizontal and perpendicular lines meeting in the fesse point; especially either of the two divisions thus made. Also, to bear as an appendage to the hereditary arms. “The coat of Beauchamp ... quartered by the Earl of Hertford.”

  4. quarter

    In war, signifies the sparing of the life of a vanquished enemy, which by the laws of war is forfeit to the victor. The expression seems to be derived from the use of the word “quarter” to designate the lodging of the particular warrior; to give quarter to a prisoner being to send him to his captor’s quarter for liberation, ransom, or slavery. The refusal of quarter is a terrible aggravation of the horrors of war, and is only at all justifiable towards an enemy who has been guilty of atrocious cruelty himself, or of some flagrant breach of faith.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quarter in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quarter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of quarter in a Sentence

  1. Chief Financial Officer John Gerspach:

    It has been a tough quarter.

  2. Lani Dickinson:

    I like to say a quarter of an arm.

  3. John Ciardi:

    A dollar saved is a quarter earned.

  4. Michael Feroli:

    Fourth-quarter growth is looking better.

  5. Giannis Antetokounmpo:

    We just came out in the third quarter flat.

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Translations for quarter

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  • ربعArabic
  • чвэрцьBelarusian
  • quarter, quartCatalan, Valencian
  • čtvrťák, čtvrť, čtvrtletí, kvartál, čtvrtit, rozčtvrtitCzech
  • fjerdedel, kvarter, kvartal, kvartDanish
  • Quartal, Viertel, Vierteldollar, Stadtteil, Vierteljahr, Kwartier, vierteln, quartieren, einquartieren, unterbringenGerman
  • τριμηνία, τετράγωνο, τέταρτο, τρίμηνο, τεταρτημόριο, διαιρώ, φιλοξενώ, τεταρτιάζωGreek
  • kvaronoEsperanto
  • cuartel, trimestre, cuarto, cora, cuartearSpanish
  • neljandik, kvartal, veerandEstonian
  • چارک, سه‌ماهه, فصل, بیست و پنج سنتی, محلهPersian
  • neljännes, neljännesvuosi, kaupunginosa, neljäsosa, vuosineljännes, neljännesdollariFinnish
  • ársfjórðingur, fjórðingurFaroese
  • trimestre, quartier, quartFrench
  • ceathrúIrish
  • ràith, ceathramh, cairtealScottish Gaelic
  • kerrooManx
  • רובע, רבעון, רבעHebrew
  • negyedHungarian
  • քառորդ, թաղամասArmenian
  • quarto, trimestre, quarte parteInterlingua
  • perempat, kuartal, triwulanIndonesian
  • lojigarIdo
  • fjórðungur, hverfiIcelandic
  • quartiere, quarto, trimestreItalian
  • 四半, 四半期, 四半分, 4半期, 四分の一Japanese
  • សង្កាត់Khmer
  • 사분의 일, 분기Korean
  • چاره‌ک, بیستوپێنج سه‌نت, çarêkKurdish
  • ketvirtis, ketvirtadalis, kvartalasLithuanian
  • ceturtdaļaLatvian
  • hauwhāMāori
  • കാല്‍Malayalam
  • ڤرامڤت, perempatMalay
  • fjerdedel, firedelNorwegian
  • wijk, kwart, stadsdeel, kwartje, vierdeel, kwartaal, trimester, kwartier, vierde, kwartieren, vierdelen, inkwartieren, onderbrengen, vierendelenDutch
  • firedel, fjerdedelNorwegian Nynorsk
  • naaki yáálNavajo, Navaho
  • dzielnica, kwartał, ćwierć, ćwierćdolarówka, jedna czwartaPolish
  • trimestre, [[moeda]] [[de]] [[vinte e cinci]] [[centavos]], quarto, [[quarta]] [[parte]], quarteirãoPortuguese
  • pătrime, pătrar, trimestru, sfertRomanian
  • квартал, четвертак, четвертьRussian
  • četvrtSerbo-Croatian
  • štvrťrokSlovak
  • çerekAlbanian
  • kvarts, fjärdedel, kvartal, kvartSwedish
  • roboSwahili
  • பேட்டை, கால், பகுதிTamil
  • నాలుగో వంతు, త్రైమాసికం, పావు భాగంTelugu
  • çeyrek, semt, civar, mahalleTurkish
  • سہ ماہیUrdu
  • harat, luharat, foldil, pöfanaharat, tedaharat, plödaharatVolapük
  • קוואָדערYiddish
  • 四分之一Chinese

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