What does quarter mean?

Definitions for quarter
ˈkwɔr tərquar·ter

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word quarter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. one-fourth, fourth, one-quarter, quarter, fourth part, twenty-five percent, quarternnoun

    one of four equal parts

    "a quarter of a pound"

  2. quarternoun

    a district of a city having some distinguishing character

    "the Latin Quarter"

  3. quarternoun

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

    "both teams scored in the first quarter"

  4. quarternoun

    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. quarternoun

    one of four periods into which the school year is divided

    "the fall quarter ends at Christmas"

  6. quarternoun

    a fourth part of a year; three months

    "unemployment fell during the last quarter"

  7. quarternoun

    one of the four major division of the compass

    "the wind is coming from that quarter"

  8. quarternoun

    a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)

  9. quarternoun

    a quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds)

  10. quarternoun

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

    "he fed four quarters into the slot machine"

  11. quarternoun

    an unspecified person

    "he dropped a word in the right quarter"

  12. stern, after part, quarter, poop, tailnoun

    the rear part of a ship

  13. quarternoun

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

  14. quarterverb

    clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent

    "he surrendered but asked for quarter"

  15. quarter, billet, cantonverb

    provide housing for (military personnel)

  16. draw, quarter, draw and quarterverb

    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. quarterverb

    divide into quarters

    "quarter an apple"

  18. quarterverb

    divide by four; divide into quarters

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. QUARTERnoun

    Etymology: quart, quartier, Fr

    It is an accustomed action with her, to seem thus washing her hands; I have known her continue in this a quarter of an hour. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Suppose the common depth of the sea, taking one place with another, to be about a quarter of a mile. Burnet.

    Observe what stars arise or disappear,
    And the four quarters of the rolling year. Dryden.

    Supposing only three millions to be paid, ’tis evident that to do this out of commodities, they must, to the consumer, be raised a quarter in their price; so that every thing, to him that uses it, must be a quarter dearer. John Locke.

    I’ll give thee a wind.
    —— I myself have all the other,
    And the very points they blow,
    And all the quarters that they know
    I’ th’ shipman’s card. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    His praise, ye winds! that from four quarters blow,
    Breathe soft or loud. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. v.

    When the winds in southern quarters rise,
    Ships, from their anchors torn, become their sport,
    And sudden tempests rage within the port. Addison.

    The like is to be said of the populousness of their coasts and quarters there. George Abbot, Description of the World.

    No leaven shall be seen in thy quarters. Exodus xiii. 7.

    The sons of the church being so much dispersed, though without being driven, into all quarters of the land, there was some extraordinary design of divine wisdom in it. Thomas Sprat.

    A bungling cobler, that was ready to starve at his own trade, changes his quarter, and sets up for a doctor. Roger L'Estrange.

    Where is lord Stanley quarter’d?
    —— Unless I have mista’en his quarters much,
    His regiment lies half a mile
    South from the mighty power of the king. William Shakespeare.

    The quarters of the sev’ral chiefs they show’d,
    Here Phenix, here Achilles made abode. Dryden.

    It was high time to shift my quarters. Spectator.

    They do best, who, if they cannot but admit love, yet make it keep quarter, and sever it wholly from their serious affairs. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Swift to their several quarters hasted then
    The cumbrous elements. John Milton.

    He magnified his own clemency, now they were at his mercy, to offer them quarter for their lives, if they gave up the castle. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    When the cocks and lambs lie at the mercy of cats and wolves, they must never expect better quarter. Roger L'Estrange.

    Discover the opinion of your enemies, which is commonly the truest; for they will give you no quarter, and allow nothing to complaisance. Dryden.

    To the young if you give any tolerable quarter, you indulge them in their idleness, and ruin them. Collier.

    Mr. Wharton, who detected some hundreds of the bishop’s mistakes, meets with very ill quarter from his lordship. Jonathan Swift.

    Friends, all but now,
    In quarter, and in terms like bride and groom
    Divesting them for bed, and then, but now
    Swords out, and tilting one at other’s breasts. William Shakespeare.

    There may be kept in it fourteen thousand quarters of corn, which is two thousand quarters in each loft. John Mortimer.

  2. To Quarterverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    A thought that quarter’d, hath but one part wisdom,
    And ever three parts coward. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    You tempt the fury of my three attendants,
    Lean famine, quartering steel, and climbing fire. William Shakespeare.

    Mothers shall but smile, when they behold
    Their infants quarter’d by the hands of war. William Shakespeare.

    Then sailors quarter’d heav’n, and found a name
    For ev’ry fixt and ev’ry wand’ring star. Dryden.

    When they hear the Roman horses neigh,
    Behold their quarter’d fires,
    They will waste their time upon our note,
    To know from whence we are. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Where is lord Stanley quarter’d?
    —— His regiment lies half a mile south. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    They o’er the barren shore pursue their way,
    Where quarter’d in their camp, the fierce Thessalians lay. Dryden.

    You have quartered all the foul language upon me, that could be raked out of Billingsgate. Spectator, №. 595.

    They mean this night in Sardis to be quarter’d. William Shakespeare.

    He fed on vermin;
    And when these fail’d, he’d suck his claws,
    And quarter himself upon his paws. Hudibras, p. i.

    The first ordinary and natural, being compounded of argent and azure, is the coat of Beauchamp of Hack in the county of Somerset, now quartered by the earl of Hertford. Henry Peacham, on Blazoning.


  1. quarter

    1. As a unit of measurement: A quarter refers to one of four equal parts into which something is divided. 2. As unit of time: A quarter can be a period of three months, especially in terms of financial and economic reports. One year consists of four quarters - January to March (Q1), April to June (Q2), July to September (Q3), and October to December (Q4). 3. As a coin: A quarter also refers to a US coin equal to 25 cents, or one-fourth of a dollar. 4. In geography: It can be a specified part or district of a town or city. 5. In terms of mercy: To give quarter means showing mercy or clemency towards an enemy. 6. As part of a whole: In general, it represents any segment of something that is divided into four parts. The specific definition would depend on the context in which it's used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quarternoun

    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. Quarternoun

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

  3. Quarternoun

    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. Quarternoun

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

  5. Quarternoun

    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. Quarternoun

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

  7. Quarternoun

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

  8. Quarternoun

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

  9. Quarternoun

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

  10. Quarternoun

    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. Quarternoun

    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. Quarterverb

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

  13. Quarterverb

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

  14. Quarterverb

    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. Quarterverb

    proper station; specific place; assigned position; special location

  16. Quarterverb

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

  17. Quarterverb

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

  18. Quarterverb

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

  19. Quarterverb

    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. Quarterverb

    friendship; amity; concord

  21. Quarterverb

    to lodge; to have a temporary residence

  22. Quarterverb

    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. Etymology: [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. Wendell Carter Jr.:

    In that third quarter, we got frustrated when none of our actions were working, we were taking the first shot instead of getting to the second side. That’s immaturity.

  2. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager:

    It is clear that obtaining information is both challenging and time consuming. We do not necessarily get the information the first time or the second time. Therefore we will not meet the first deadline to be done by the end of the second quarter. We will do our best, i will not give deadlines for the finalisation of these cases.

  3. Tim Gately:

    The first quarter was not just a blip (for the industry).

  4. Flemming Ornskov:

    If the study is positive, we plan to refile our liftegrast submission in the first quarter of 2016, and will remain on track for the planned lifitegrast launch next year.

  5. Kawhi Leonard:

    Kyle played great tonight, he got us all going with that amazing first quarter. We all just fed off his energy.

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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, 25美分硬币Chinese

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    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
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