- Quarter means one fourth of something.
An example of a quarter is one piece of a brownie cut into four equal pieces.
- The definition of a quarter is twenty five cents or a U.S. coin equal to twenty five cents.
An example of a quarter is the US coin with George Washington's face on it.
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- any of the four equal parts of something; fourth
- one fourth of a hundredweight: 25 pounds in the U.S., 28 pounds in Great Britain
- one fourth of a yard, or 9 inches; span
- one fourth of a pound
- ☆ one fourth of a mile; two furlongs
- one fourth of a year; three months
- any of the three terms, of about eleven weeks each, which make up an academic year in some schools and colleges
- one fourth of an hour; 15 minutes
- the moment marking the end of each fourth of an hour
- one fourth of a dollar; 25 cents
- a U.S. or Canadian coin equal to 25 cents: the U.S. quarter is made of copper and nickel
- any leg of a four-legged animal, with the adjoining parts
- any of four main points of the compass
- any of the four divisions of the horizon as marked off by these points
- any of the regions of the earth thought of as under these divisions
- a particular district or section in a city: the Latin quarter
- lodgings; place of abode
- mercy granted to a surrendering foe
- a particular person, group, place, etc., esp. one serving as a source or origin: news from the highest quarters
- the part forming the side of a shoe from the heel to the vamp
- the period of time in which the moon makes about one fourth of its revolution around the earth
- the first or last quarter phase of the moon, when it appears half lighted
- ☆ Football, Basketball, etc. any of the four periods into which a game is divided
- any of the four equal divisions of a shield
- the bearing occupying such a division
- the after part of a ship's side, between the beam and the stern
- a direction at a 45° angle aft of either beam
- an assembly of crew members as for muster or at assigned stations for a specific drill or emergency
Origin: Middle English quartre from Old French quartier from Classical Latin quartarius, fourth part from quartus, fourth: see quart
- to divide into four equal parts
- loosely to separate into any number of parts
- to defile (the body of a person put to death) by dismembering it or cutting it into quarters
- to provide lodgings for; specif., to assign (soldiers) to lodgings
- to cover (an area) by passing back and forth over it in many directions like hounds in hunting; search intensively
- to place or bear (different coats of arms) on the quarters of a shield
- to add (a coat of arms) to a shield
- Mech. to set (a crank, etc.) at right angles to the connecting part
- to be lodged or stationed (at or with)
- to range over an area like hounds in hunting
- to swim, sail, etc. at an angle because of the wind, current, etc.
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- One of four equal parts.
- A coin equal to one fourth of the dollar of the United States and Canada.
- One fourth of an hour; 15 minutes.
- Abbr. Qa. One fourth of a year; three months: Sales were up in the second quarter.b. An academic term lasting approximately three months.
- Astronomy a. One fourth of the period of the moon's revolution around Earth.b. One of the four phases of the moon: the first quarter; the third quarter.
- Sports One of four equal periods of playing time into which some games, such as football and basketball, are divided.
- One fourth of a yard; nine inches.
- One fourth of a mile; two furlongs.
- One fourth of a pound; four ounces.
- One fourth of a ton; 500 pounds. Used as a measure of grain.
- Chiefly British A measure of grain equal to approximately eight bushels.
- a. One fourth of a hundredweight; 25 pounds.b. One fourth of a British hundredweight; 28 pounds.
- a. One of the four major divisions of the compass.b. One fourth of the distance between any two of the 32 divisions of the compass.c. One of the four major divisions of the horizon as determined by the four major points of the compass.d. A region or an area of the earth thought of as falling into such a specific division of the compass.e. Nautical The general direction on either side of a ship located 45° off the stern.
- Nautical a. The upper portion of the after side of a ship, usually between the aftermost mast and the stern.b. The part of a yard between the slings and the yardarm.
- Heraldry Any of four equal divisions of a shield.
- One leg of an animal's carcass, usually including the adjoining parts.
- Either side of a horse's hoof.
- The part of the side of a shoe between the heel and the vamp.
- quarters A place of residence, especially the buildings or barracks used to house military personnel or their dependents.
- A proper or assigned station or place, as for officers and crew on a warship. Often used in the plural.
- 21. often Quarter A specific district or section, as of a city: the French Quarter.
- 22. An unspecified person or group. Often used in the plural: information from the highest quarters.
- 23. Mercy or clemency, especially when displayed or given to an enemy.
- Being one of four equal or equivalent parts.
- Being one fourth of a standard or usual value.
- a. To divide into four equal or equivalent parts.b. To quartersaw.
- To divide or separate into a number of parts.
- To dismember (a human body) into four parts.
- Heraldry To divide (a shield) into four equal areas with vertical and horizontal lines.
- a. To mark or place (holes, for example) a fourth of a circle apart.b. To locate and adjust (one machine part) at right angles to its connecting part within the machine.
- To furnish with housing: quartered the troops in an old factory building.
- To traverse (an area of ground) laterally back and forth while slowly advancing forward.
- To take up or be assigned lodgings.
- To cover an area of ground by ranging over it from side to side.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French quartier, from Latin quārtārius, from quārtus, fourth; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.Usage Note: When referring to the time of day, the article a is optional in phrases such as (a) quarter to (or of, before, or till) nine; (a) quarter after (or past) ten.
quarter - Business Definition
- One quarter of a point. For bond quotes, a quarter represents one quarter of 1% of par, or $2.50. For stocks, a quarter represents a quarter of a dollar, or 25¢.
- A three-month period that represents 25% of a fiscal year.
quarter - Investment & Finance Definition
- One quarter of a point. For bond quotes, a quarter represents one quarter of 1% of par, or $2.50. Thus, a bond quoted at 91 2/4 is being offered for $917.50.
- A 3-month period that represents 25% of a fiscal year.
quarter - Phrases/IdiomsThe American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
at close quarters
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