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1. One of four equal parts.
2. A coin equal to one fourth of the dollar of the United States and Canada.
3. One fourth of an hour; 15 minutes.
4. Abbr. Q
a. One fourth of a year; three months: Sales were up in the second quarter.
b. An academic term lasting approximately three months.
5. Astronomy
a. One fourth of the period of the moon's revolution around Earth.
b. One of the two phases of the moon at which the moon, as viewed from Earth, appears to be half illuminated by the sun. The quarter phases mark the quarter and three-quarter points of the moon's revolution about the Earth.
6. Sports One of four equal periods of playing time into which some games, such as football and basketball, are divided.
7. One fourth of a yard; nine inches.
8. One fourth of a mile; two furlongs.
9. One fourth of a pound; four ounces.
10. One fourth of a ton; 500 pounds. Used as a measure of grain.
11. Chiefly British A measure of grain equal to approximately eight bushels.
a. One fourth of a hundredweight; 25 pounds.
b. One fourth of a British hundredweight; 28 pounds.
a. One of the four major divisions of the compass.
b. One fourth of the distance between any two of the 32 divisions of the compass.
c. One of the four major divisions of the horizon as determined by the four major points of the compass.
d. A region or an area of the earth thought of as falling into such a specific division of the compass.
e. Nautical The general direction on either side of a ship located 45° off the stern.
14. Nautical
a. The upper portion of the after side of a ship, usually between the aftermost mast and the stern.
b. The part of a yard between the slings and the yardarm.
15. Heraldry Any of four equal divisions of a shield.
16. One leg of an animal's carcass, usually including the adjoining parts.
17. Either side of a horse's hoof.
18. The part of the side of a shoe between the heel and the vamp.
19. quarters A place of residence, especially the buildings or barracks used to house military personnel or their dependents.
20. often quarters A proper or assigned station or place, as for officers and crew on a warship.
21. often Quarter A specific district or section, as of a city: the French Quarter.
22. often quarters An unspecified person or group: information from the highest quarters.
23. Mercy or clemency, especially when displayed or given to an enemy.
1. Being one of four equal or equivalent parts.
2. Being one fourth of a standard or usual value.
v. quar·tered, quar·ter·ing, quar·ters
a. To divide into four equal or equivalent parts.
b. To quartersaw.
2. To divide or separate into a number of parts.
3. To dismember (a human body) into four parts.
4. Heraldry To divide (a shield) into four equal areas with vertical and horizontal lines.
a. To mark or place (holes, for example) a fourth of a circle apart.
b. To locate and adjust (one machine part) at right angles to its connecting part within the machine.
6. To furnish with housing: quartered the troops in an old factory building.
7. To traverse (an area of ground) laterally back and forth while slowly advancing forward.
1. To take up or be assigned lodgings.
2. To cover an area of ground by ranging over it from side to side.

[Middle English, from Old French quartier, from Latin quārtārius, from quārtus, fourth; see kwetwer- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: When referring to the time of day, the article a is optional in phrases such as (a) quarter to (or of, before, or till) nine; (a) quarter after (or past) ten.


pl n
1. housing or accommodation, esp as provided for military personnel and their families
2. (Military) the stations assigned to military personnel, esp to each crew member of a warship: general quarters.
3. (in India) housing provided by an employer or by the government
4. (Military) (functioning as singular) military slang short for quartermaster
5. (Nautical Terms) (functioning as singular) military slang short for quartermaster
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quarters - housing available for people to live inquarters - housing available for people to live in; "he found quarters for his family"; "I visited his bachelor quarters"
accommodation - living quarters provided for public convenience; "overnight accommodations are available"
domiciliation, lodgings, diggings, digs, pad - temporary living quarters
dorm, dormitory, residence hall, student residence, hall - a college or university building containing living quarters for students
fo'c'sle, forecastle - living quarters consisting of a superstructure in the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed
hareem, harem, seraglio, serail - living quarters reserved for wives and concubines and female relatives in a Muslim household
housing, living accommodations, lodging - structures collectively in which people are housed
military quarters - living quarters for personnel on a military post
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
مَساكِن الضُّبّاط


(ˈkwoːtə) noun
1. one of four equal parts of something which together form the whole (amount) of the thing. There are four of us, so we'll cut the cake into quarters; It's (a) quarter past / (American) after four; In the first quarter of the year his firm made a profit; The shop is about a quarter of a mile away; an hour and a quarter; two and a quarter hours.
2. in the United States and Canada, (a coin worth) twenty-five cents, the fourth part of a dollar.
3. a district or part of a town especially where a particular group of people live. He lives in the Polish quarter of the town.
4. a direction. People were coming at me from all quarters.
5. mercy shown to an enemy.
6. the leg of a usually large animal, or a joint of meat which includes a leg. a quarter of beef; a bull's hindquarters.
7. the shape of the moon at the end of the first and third weeks of its cycle; the first or fourth week of the cycle itself.
8. one of four equal periods of play in some games.
9. a period of study at a college etc usually 10 to 12 weeks in length.
1. to cut into four equal parts. We'll quarter the cake and then we'll all have an equal share.
2. to divide by four. If we each do the work at the same time, we could quarter the time it would take to finish the job.
3. to give (especially a soldier) somewhere to stay. The soldiers were quartered all over the town.
ˈquarterly adjective
happening, published etc once every three months. a quarterly journal; quarterly payments.
once every three months. We pay our electricity bill quarterly.
plural ˈquarterliesnoun
a magazine etc which is published once every three months.
ˈquarters noun plural
a place to stay especially for soldiers.
ˈquarter-deck noun
the part of the upper deck of a ship between the stern and the mast nearest it.
ˌquarter-ˈfinal noun
(often in plural) the third-last round in a competition.
ˌquarter-ˈfinalist noun
ˈquartermaster noun
an officer whose job is to provide soldiers with food, transport, a place to live etc.
at close quarters
close to; close together. The soldiers were fighting with the enemy at close quarters.
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They adopted Jo's plan of dividing the long seams into four parts, and calling the quarters Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, and in that way got on capitally, especially when they talked about the different countries as they stitched their way through them.
You have had considerable experience in strange quarters of the earth, and you're just the one to help me.
As the hole was narrow and dark, the cow held back, and the old woman was slapping and pushing at her hind quarters, trying to spank her into the drawside.
She dwelt alone in her solitary cabin, for the rest of the quarters had long since been removed beyond her sight and knowledge.
That which at first was only rumor, soon became certainty, as orders passed from the quarters of the commander-in-chief to the several corps he had selected for this service, to prepare for their speedy departure.
Becoming habituated to her companionship, Clifford readily showed how capable of imbibing pleasant tints and gleams of cheerful light from all quarters his nature must originally have been.
Certain it is, his advances were signals for rival candidates to retire, who felt no inclination to cross a lion in his amours; insomuch, that when his horse was seen tied to Van Tassel's paling, on a Sunday night, a sure sign that his master was courting, or, as it is termed, " sparking," within, all other suitors passed by in despair, and carried the war into other quarters.
It was the dead silence of our long gaze at such close quarters that gave the whole horror, huge as it was, its only note of the unnatural.
first: the uncertain, unsettled condition of this science of Cetology is in the very vestibule attested by the fact, that in some quarters it still remains a moot point whether a whale be a fish.
Reckoning ten barrels to the ton, you have ten tons for the net weight of only three quarters of the stuff of the whale's skin.
The clock chimed the quarters, one, two, three, and then struck twelve, but the door did not open.
In a week or two now, cents, nickels, dimes, quarters, and half-dollars, and also a trifle of gold, would be trickling in thin but steady streams all through the commercial veins of the kingdom, and I looked to see this new blood freshen up its life.