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quad·riv·i·um

 (kwŏ-drĭv′ē-əm)
n. pl. quad·riv·i·a (-ē-ə)
The higher division of the seven liberal arts in the Middle Ages, composed of geometry, astronomy, arithmetic, and music.

[Late Latin, from Latin, place where four roads meet : quadri-, quadri- + via, road; see via.]

quadrivium

(kwɒˈdrɪvɪəm)
n, pl -ia (-ɪə)
1. (Education) (in medieval learning) the higher division of the seven liberal arts, consisting of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. Compare trivium
2. (Historical Terms) (in medieval learning) the higher division of the seven liberal arts, consisting of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. Compare trivium
[from Medieval Latin, from Latin: crossroads, meeting of four ways, from quadri- + via way]

quad•riv•i•um

(kwɒˈdrɪv i əm)

n., pl. quad•riv•i•a (kwɒˈdrɪv i ə)
(during the Middle Ages) the more advanced division of the seven liberal arts, comprising arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. Compare trivium.
[1795–1805; < Late Latin; Latin quadrivium place where four ways meet; see quadri-, via, -ium1]

quadrivium

in the Middle Ages, one of the two divisions of the seven liberal arts, comprising arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. See also trivium.
See also: Knowledge, Learning
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quadrivium - (Middle Ages) a higher division of the curriculum in a medieval university involving arithmetic and music and geometry and astronomy
arts, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills); "the college of arts and sciences"
Dark Ages, Middle Ages - the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
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quadrivium

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