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1 one of four equal parts; "a quarter of a pound" [syn: one-fourth, fourth, fourth part, twenty-five percent, quartern]
2 a district of a city having some distinguishing character; "the Latin Quarter"
3 one of four periods of play 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 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, poop, tail]
13 piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp


1 provide housing for (military personnel) [syn: 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, draw and quarter]
3 divide into quarters; "quarter an apple"
4 divide by four; divide into quarters

User Contributed Dictionary



Via from quartus



  1. Any one of four equal parts into which something has been divided.
  2. (United States and Canada) A coin worth 25 cents.
  3. A period of three consecutive months.
  4. A section or area (of a town, etc.).
  5. Accommodation granted to a defeated opponent
    • "Sir, they have asked for quarter." "Have they? Well, we will give no quarter."
  6. An old English measure of corn, containing 8 bushels.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, volume 4, p. 204.
      One of these is 1 Hen. V, cap. 10, defining the quarter of corn to be eight struck bushels, and putting fines on purveyors who take more.
  7. An old English measure of cloth, nine inches or four nails


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one of four equal parts
coin worth 25 cents
period of three months
section of a town
  • Czech: čtvrť
  • French: quartier
  • German: Stadtteil, Viertel, Kwartier (Cologne)
  • Hebrew: רובע
  • Persian: (mahalle)
  • Polish: dzielnica
  • Russian: квартал (kvartál)


  1. To divide into quarters.
  2. To provide housing for military personnel or other equipment.
    Quarter the horses in the third stable.

Extensive Definition

Quarter may refer to:
In geography:
In military and combat:

See also

quarter in German: Quarter
quarter in French: Quartier
quarter in Korean: 쿼터
quarter in Japanese: クオーター
quarter in Simple English: Quarter
quarter in Thai: ควอร์เตอร์

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