Meaning of QUARTER in English
(FOURTH PART) [noun] [C] - one of four equal or almost equal parts of something; ¼About a quarter of the British own their home outright, while another 45 per cent have a mortgage.My house is situated one and three-quarter miles/a mile and three-quarters from here.The book focuses on events from the last quarter of a century.A quarter of an hour is 15 minutes.I waited a quarter of an hour and then went home.A quarter to/(US also) of the hour means 15 minutes before the stated hour.It's a quarter to three.A quarter past/(US also) after the hour means 15 minutes after the stated hour.I'll meet you at a quarter past five.A quarter of a year is a period of three months.There was a fall in unemployment in the second quarter of the year.The electricity bill is sent each quarter.A quarter is also one of four periods in a game of American football and other ball sports.At the end of the first quarter the Giants led the Packers 21 to 3.Quarter note is US for crotchet.
Cambridge English vocab. Кембриджский английский словарь. 2012