1. one of four equal parts;
- Example: "a quarter of a pound"
[syn: one-fourth, fourth, one-quarter, quarter, fourth part, twenty-five percent, quartern]
2. a district of a city having some distinguishing character;
- Example: "the Latin Quarter"
3. (football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided;
- Example: "both teams scored in the first quarter"
4. a unit of time equal to 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour;
- Example: "it's a quarter til 4"
- Example: "a quarter after 4 o'clock"
5. one of four periods into which the school year is divided;
- Example: "the fall quarter ends at Christmas"
6. a fourth part of a year; three months;
- Example: "unemployment fell during the last quarter"
7. one of the four major division of the compass;
- Example: "the wind is coming from that quarter"
8. a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds);
9. a quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds);
10. a United States or Canadian coin worth one fourth of a dollar;
- Example: "he fed four quarters into the slot machine"
11. an unspecified person;
- Example: "he dropped a word in the right quarter"
12. the rear part of a ship;
[syn: stern, after part, quarter, poop, tail]
13. piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp;
14. clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent;
- Example: "he surrendered but asked for quarter"
1. provide housing for (military personnel);
[syn: quarter, billet, canton]
2. pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him;
- Example: "in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes"
[syn: draw, quarter, draw and quarter]
3. divide into quarters;
- Example: "quarter an apple"
4. divide by four; divide into quarters;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Quarter \Quar"ter\ (kw[aum]r"t[~e]r), 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] (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. [1913 Webster] Scouts each coast light-armed scour, Each quarter, to descry the distant foe. --Milton. [1913 Webster] (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. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] 2. Proper station; specific place; assigned position; special location. [1913 Webster] Swift to their several quarters hasted then The cumbrous elements. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The banter turned as to what quarters each would find. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster] (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. [1913 Webster] He magnified his own clemency, now they were at his mercy, to offer them quarter for their lives. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster] Cocks and lambs . . . at the mercy of cats and wolves . . . must never expect better quarter. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] 3. Friendship; amity; concord. [Obs.] To keep quarter, to keep one's proper place, and so be on good terms with another. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] In quarter, and in terms like bride and groom. --Shak. [1913 Webster] I knew two that were competitors for the secretary's place, . . . and yet kept good quarter between themselves. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 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 quarter, or To 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. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Quarter \Quar"ter\ (kw[aum]r"t[~e]r), v. i. To lodge; to have a temporary residence. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Quarter \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. [1913 Webster] Every creature that met us would rely on us for quartering. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Quarter \Quar"ter\ (kw[aum]r"t[~e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quartered; p. pr. & vb. n. Quartering.] 1. To divide into four equal parts. [1913 Webster] 2. To divide; to separate into parts or regions. [1913 Webster] Then sailors quartered heaven. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. 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. [1913 Webster] They mean this night in Sardis to be quartered. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To furnish as a portion; to allot. [R.] [1913 Webster] This isle . . . He quarters to his blue-haired deities. -- Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. (Her.) To arrange (different coats of arms) upon one escutcheon, as when a man inherits from both father and mother the right to bear arms. [1913 Webster] Note: When only two coats of arms are so combined they are arranged in four compartments. See Quarter, n., 1 (f) . [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
quarter n 1: one of four equal parts; "a quarter of a pound" [syn: one- fourth, fourth, one-quarter, quarter, fourth part, twenty-five percent, quartern] 2: a district of a city having some distinguishing character; "the Latin Quarter" 3: (football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided; "both teams scored in the first quarter" 4: 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: one of four periods into which the school year is divided; "the fall quarter ends at Christmas" 6: a fourth part of a year; three months; "unemployment fell during the last quarter" 7: one of the four major division of the compass; "the wind is coming from that quarter" 8: a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds) 9: a quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds) 10: a United States or Canadian coin worth one fourth of a dollar; "he fed four quarters into the slot machine" 11: an unspecified person; "he dropped a word in the right quarter" 12: the rear part of a ship [syn: stern, after part, quarter, poop, tail] 13: piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp 14: clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent; "he surrendered but asked for quarter" v 1: provide housing for (military personnel) [syn: quarter, billet, canton] 2: 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" [syn: draw, quarter, draw and quarter] 3: divide into quarters; "quarter an apple" 4: divide by four; divide into quartersMoby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
419 Moby Thesaurus words for "quarter": C, C-note, G, G-note, abode, abundant year, academic year, accommodate, accommodations, achievement, adjunct, aim, airspace, alerion, anchor, animal charge, annulet, annum, area, argent, armorial bearings, armory, arms, azimuth, azure, bandeau, bank, bar, bar sinister, barracks, barrio, baton, beam, bearing, bearings, bed, belt, bend, bend sinister, benevolence, bent, berth, billet, billet at, bissextile year, bivouac, blazon, blazonry, board, border, bordure, broad arrow, broadside, buck, bunk, burrow, cadency mark, calendar month, calendar year, camp, canton, cantonment, cartwheel, casern, cent, century, chambers, chaplet, charge, cheek, chevron, chief, chop, clemency, coast, coat of arms, cockatrice, colonize, come to anchor, commiseration, common year, compassion, component, condolence, confines, continental shelf, contingent, copper, coronet, corridor, country, course, crescent, crest, cross, cross moline, cross section, crown, current, day, decade, decennary, decennium, defective year, department, detachment, detail, device, difference, differencing, dime, direction, direction line, district, division, dole, dollar, dollar bill, domesticate, domicile, domiciliate, drift, drop anchor, dwelling, eagle, ensconce, entertain, environs, ermine, ermines, erminites, erminois, escutcheon, establish residence, falcon, farthing, favor, feeling, fess, fess point, field, fifty cents, file, fin, fiscal year, fish, five cents, five hundred dollars, five-dollar bill, five-hundred-dollar bill, five-spot, fiver, flanch, flank, fleur-de-lis, forbearance, forgiveness, fortnight, four bits, fourth, fourth part, fraction, fret, frogskin, fur, fusil, garland, grace, grand, griffin, ground, gules, gyron, habitation, half G, half a C, half dollar, half grand, hand, handedness, harbor, hatchment, haunch, heading, heartland, helmet, helmsmanship, heraldic device, hinterland, hip, hive, home, honor point, hour, house, humanity, hundred-dollar bill, hut, impalement, impaling, inclination, inescutcheon, inhabit, installment, iron man, item, jowl, keep house, kindness, label, land, laterality, lay, leap year, leniency, lie, line, line of direction, line of march, lion, live at, living quarters, locale, locality, locate, location, lodge, lodgings, lozenge, lunar month, lunar year, lunation, luster, lustrum, man-hour, mantling, many-sidedness, marshaling, martlet, mascle, mercifulness, mercy, metal, microsecond, milieu, mill, millennium, millisecond, minute, mitigation, moment, month, moon, moor, motto, move, mullet, multilaterality, navigation, neighborhood, nest, nickel, nombril point, octofoil, offshore rights, one-fourth, or, ordinary, orientation, orle, pale, paly, parcel, pardon, park, part, particular, parts, pathos, pean, penny, people, percentage, perch, pheon, piloting, pity, place, planking, point, portion, post, precinct, precincts, premises, profile, purlieus, purpure, put up, quadrant, quadrature, quadrisect, quart, quartering, quartern, quarters, quarto, quinquennium, quota, random sample, range, red cent, region, regular year, relief, relocate, remainder, reprieve, reside, residence, room, rooms, roost, rose, run, ruth, sable, salient, saltire, sample, sampling, sawbuck, scutcheon, second, section, sector, segment, self-pity, semester, session, set, set up housekeeping, set up shop, settle, settle down, share, shelter, shield, shore, side, sidereal year, siding, silver dollar, sit down, skin, smacker, soil, solar year, space, spot, spread eagle, squat, stable, stand, station, stay at, steerage, steering, strike root, subdivision, subgroup, subordinary, subspecies, sun, sympathy, take residence at, take root, take up residence, temple, ten cents, ten-spot, tendency, tenne, tenner, tenor, term, terrain, territory, thousand dollars, thousand-dollar bill, three-mile limit, tincture, torse, track, trend, tressure, trimester, twelve-mile limit, twelvemonth, twenty-dollar bill, twenty-five cents, twenty-five percent, two bits, two-dollar bill, two-spot, unicorn, unilaterality, vair, vert, vicinage, vicinity, way, week, weekday, wreath, yale, yard, year, zoneThe Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
quarter n. 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.The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (26 July 2010):
crumb quarter tayste (Or tayste /tayst/) Silly suggested term for two binary digits. The term "quarter" has also been suggested, referring to the US 25-cent coin. This was once equal in value to two of the eight "bits" - pie-slice-shaped "pieces of eight" - into which Spanish silver crowns were cut to make change. [Jargon File] (2007-05-31)Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
QUARTER. A measure of length, equal to four inches. Vide Measure. To QUARTER. A barbarous punishment formerly inflicted on criminals by tearing them to pieces by means of four horses, one attached to each limb.