- Quarte is a defensive position in fencing with the sword at eye level and the tip at the neck level of your opponent.
An example of quarte is a stance used when thrusting or parring.
quarte definition by Webster's New World
Fencing the fourth position (of thrust or parry) in which the hand is turned nails up, and the point of the weapon is about eye level
Origin: French feminine of quart, fourth