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also quar·ter hour (kwôr′tər-our′)
1. Fifteen minutes.
2. The point on a clock's face marking either 15 minutes after or 15 minutes before an hour.


1. (Units) a period of 15 minutes
2. (Horology) any of the points on the face of a timepiece that mark 15 minutes before or after the hour, and sometimes 30 minutes after
ˌquarter-ˈhourly adv, adj


(ˈkwɔr tərˈaʊər, -ˈaʊ ər)

1. a period of 15 minutes.
2. a point 15 minutes after or before the hour.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quarter-hour - a quarter of an hourquarter-hour - a quarter of an hour      
time unit, unit of time - a unit for measuring time periods
60 minutes, hour, hr - a period of time equal to 1/24th of a day; "the job will take more than an hour"


[ˈkwɔːtəˈaʊəʳ] Ncuarto m de hora
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I passed an awful quarter of an hour before giving way.
No,' they answered, 'for we can only lay aside our swan skins for a quarter of an hour every evening.
A quarter of an hour later found Fix, with a small bag in his hand, proceeding on board the Mongolia; and, ere many moments longer, the noble steamer rode out at full steam upon the waters of the Red Sea.
In a quarter of an hour he returned and locked the door.
I met him again not a quarter of an hour ago, and his manner was precisely the same: he merely bowed and passed on.
To this exposition he was obliged to attend near a quarter of an hour, though with great violence to his natural impetuosity, before he was suffered to speak.
In a quarter of an hour the porter returned with a post-boy and horses, which were harnessed, and put in the post-chaise in a minute, while the porter fastened the portmanteau on with the assistance of a cord and strap.
It was some time before she could find what she looked for; and other family matters occurring to detain her, a quarter of an hour had elapsed ere she returned downstairs with the volume from which so much was hoped.
Perhaps I may spare you the trouble," Thomson proceeded drily, "of further explanations, Captain Granet, when I tell you that your car was observed by one of the sentries quite a quarter of an hour before the arrival of the Zeppelins and the lighting of that flare.
A quarter of an hour later, Arnold appeared before Sir Patrick--while the old gentleman was sunning himself in the garden--with a face of blank despair.
And the reader must remember that this mood, which he has read in a quarter of an hour, is but one mood of the myriad moods of John Barleycorn, and that the procession of such moods may well last the clock around through many a day and week and month.
In a quarter of an hour I was ready to be taken up to my bedchamber.