(astrology) An aspect of the heavenly bodies in which they are distant from each other 90°, or the quarter of a circle; quartile.
Origin of Quadrate
From Old French quadrat (“a square”), from Latin quadratus (“square”), past participle of quadrare (“to make four-cornered, square, put in order, intransitive be square”), from quadra (“a square”), later quadrus (“square”), from quattuor (“four”).
Middle English quadrat something square from Latin quadrātum from neuter past participle of quadrāre to make square from quadrum square kwetwer- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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