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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.
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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
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(ˈkwɔr tərˈaʊər, -ˈaʊ ər)

1. a period of 15 minutes.
2. a point 15 minutes after or before the hour.
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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"
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[ˈkwɔːtəˈaʊəʳ] Ncuarto m de hora
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Now ensued one of the dullest quarter-hours I had ever endured.
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Jones netted his first on the quarter-hour mark and Barry bagged his brace in the 20th minute.
The 14-man Cherry and Whites rode out a nervy final quarter-hour to seal a victory founded on ex-Edinburgh scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw's 14 points with the boot.
By that stage Germany were 1-0 ahead, thanks to a stunning nish on the quarter-hour mark from Philipp Hofmann.
The outclassed hosts fell behind just before the quarter-hour mark when a Senad Lulic backheel fell perfectly into the path of Dzeko who, from the edge of the box, drilled home.