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Meaning of QUARTER

Pronunciation:  'kwortur

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  1. [n]  piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp
  2. [n]  the rear part of a ship
  3. [n]  a district of a city having some distinguishing character; "the Latin Quarter"
  4. [n]  an unspecified person; "he dropped a word in the right quarter"
  5. [n]  a United States coin worth one fourth of a dollar; "he fed four quarters into the slot machine"
  6. [n]  (British) a quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds)
  7. [n]  a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)
  8. [n]  one of four equal parts; "a quarter of a pound"
  9. [n]  one of the four major division of the compass; "the wind is coming from that quarter"
  10. [n]  a fourth part of a year; three months; "unemployment fell during the last quarter"
  11. [n]  one of four periods into which the school year is divided; "the fall quarter ends at Christmas"
  12. [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"
  13. [n]  one of four periods of play into which some games are divided; "both teams scored in the first quarter"
  14. [v]  divide by four; divide into quarters
  15. [v]  divide into quarters; "quarter an apple"
  16. [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"
  17. [v]  provide housing for, of military personnel

QUARTER is a 7 letter word that starts with Q.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
       (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
       (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
             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.
    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.
    {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
    {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
    {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.
    {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.
  2. \Quar"ter\, v. i.
    To lodge; to have a temporary residence.
  3. \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.
Computing Dictionary

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. Usage: rare.

Synonyms: tayste, crumb, quad.

See also nickle, nibble, byte, dynner.

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