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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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