quarter

quarter

synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of quarter in English

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English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkwɔːtə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈk(w)ɔɹ.tɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)tə(ɹ)

Etymology 1

Via French quartier, from Latin quartarius, from quartus. Compare Spanish cuarto (room, quarters; quarter).

Adjective

quarter (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to an aspect of a quarter.
  2. (chiefly) Consisting of a fourth part, a quarter (1/4, 25%).
  3. (chiefly) Related to a three-month term, a quarter of a year.
Antonyms
  • quadruple
Usage notes

Often used in a combining form quarter-.

Derived terms

Noun

quarter (countable and uncountable, plural quarters)

  1. Any fourth of something, particularly:
    1. A quarter-dollar, divided into 25 cents; the coin of that value minted in the United States or Canada.
    2. (now chiefly financial) A quarter of the year, 3 months; a season.
    3. (historical) The quarter-ton or tun, divided into 8 bushels, the medieval English unit of volume and weight named by the Magna Carta as the basis for measures of wine, ale, and grain
    4. (historical) The quarter-yard, divided into 4 nails, an obsolete English unit of length long used in the cloth trade
    5. (historical) The watch: A quarter of the night, nominally 3 hours but varying over the year.
      • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Mark VI:
        And aboute the fourth quartre of the nyght, he cam unto them, walkinge apon the see [...].
    6. (heraldry) A charge occupying a fourth of a coat of arms, larger than a canton and normally on the upper dexter side, formed by a perpendicular line from the top meeting a horizontal line from the side.
    7. (basketball) A period into which a game is divided. (usually 8, 10 or 12 minutes according to the rules).
    8. quarterfinal
  2. Any substantial fraction of something less than half, particularly:
    1. A division or section of a town or other area, whether or not it constituted a fourth of the whole.
    2. (usually in the plural) A living place, from which:
      1. (military slang, now rare) A quartermaster; a quartermaster sergeant.
      2. (uncountable, obsolete except in phrase no quarter) Amity, friendship, concord; (now) accommodation given to a defeated opponent, mercy.
    3. The part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, the side of its coffin.
    4. (nautical) The aftmost part of a vessel's side, roughly from the last mast to the stern.
Synonyms
  • (one of four equal parts): fourth, fourth part, ¼
  • (period of three consecutive months): trimester
  • (section of a town): district; ward; neighborhood; ghetto (pejorative); borough (New York City); capitoulate (Toulouse, historical)
Derived terms
Related terms
  • quart
Translations

Verb

quarter (third-person singular simple present quarters, present participle quartering, simple past and past participle quartered)

  1. (transitive) To divide into quarters; to divide by four.
  2. (transitive) To provide housing for military personnel or other equipment.
  3. (intransitive) To lodge; to have a temporary residence.
  4. (transitive) To quartersaw.

Synonyms

  • (to have a temporary residence): stay over, stop; See also Thesaurus:sojourn
Antonyms
  • quadruple (multiply by four)
Translations
See also
  • draw and quarter

References

Adjective
  • "quarter" at Merriam-Webster
  • "quarter" in Harrap's Shorter, 2006, p. 761

Etymology 2

Borrowed from French cartayer.

Verb

quarter (third-person singular simple present quarters, present participle quartering, simple past and past participle quartered)

  1. (obsolete) To drive a carriage so as to prevent the wheels from going into the ruts, or so that a rut shall be between the wheels.

Catalan

Etymology

From Latin quartus

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic) IPA(key): /kwəɾˈte/
  • (Central) IPA(key): /kwərˈte/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /kwaɾˈteɾ/

Noun

quarter m (plural quarters)

  1. fourth
  2. quarter

Synonyms

  • quart

French

Etymology

From English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kwaʁ.tɛʁ/

Noun

quarter m (plural quarters)

  1. quarter (old measure of corn)

Further reading

  • “quarter” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • traquer

Old French

Alternative forms

  • quartier (chiefly mainland Europe)

Noun

quarter m (oblique plural quarters, nominative singular quarters, nominative plural quarter)

  1. (chiefly Anglo-Norman) quarter (one fourth)

References

  • quarter on the Anglo-Norman On-Line Hub
  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (quartier, supplement)

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