Meaning of QUARTER in English

QUARTER

/ ˈkwɔːtə(r); NAmE ˈkwɔːrt-/ noun , verb

■ noun

1 OF 4 PARTS

1.

(also fourth especially in NAmE ) [ C ] one of four equal parts of sth :

a quarter of a mile

The programme lasted an hour and a quarter.

Cut the apple into quarters.

The theatre was about three quarters full.

➡ note at half

15 MINUTES

2.

[ C ] a period of 15 minutes either before or after every hour :

It's (a) quarter to four now—I'll meet you at (a) quarter past.

( NAmE also)

It's quarter of four now—I'll meet you at quarter after.

3 MONTHS

3.

[ C ] a period of three months, used especially as a period for which bills are paid or a company's income is calculated

PART OF TOWN

4.

[ C , usually sing. ] a district or part of a town :

the Latin quarter

the historic quarter of the city

PERSON / GROUP

5.

[ C ] a person or group of people, especially as a source of help, information or a reaction :

Support for the plan came from an unexpected quarter.

The news was greeted with dismay in some quarters .

25 CENTS

6.

[ C ] a coin of the US and Canada worth 25 cents

ROOMS TO LIVE IN

7.

quarters [ pl. ] rooms that are provided for soldiers, servants, etc. to live in :

We were moved to more comfortable living quarters .

married quarters

OF MOON

8.

[ C ] the period of time twice a month when we can see a quarter of the moon :

The moon is in its first quarter.

IN SPORT

9.

[ C ] one of the four periods of time into which a game of American football is divided

WEIGHT

10.

[ C ] ( BrE ) a unit for measuring weight, a quarter of a pound; 4 ounces

11.

[ C ] a unit for measuring weight, 28 pounds in the UK or 25 pounds in the US; a quarter of a hundredweight

PITY

12.

[ U ] ( old-fashioned or literary ) pity that sb shows towards an enemy or opponent who is in their power

SYN mercy :

His rivals knew that they could expect no quarter from such a ruthless adversary.

IDIOMS

see close (II) adjective

■ verb

[ vn ]

DIVIDE INTO 4

1.

to cut or divide sth into four parts :

She peeled and quartered an apple.

PROVIDE ROOMS

2.

( formal ) to provide sb with a place to eat and sleep :

The soldiers were quartered in the town.

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Old French quartier , from Latin quartarius fourth part of a measure, from quartus fourth, from quattuor four.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.