Meaning of QUARTER in English

I. ˈkwȯ(r)-tər also ˈkȯ(r)- noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin quartarius, from quartus fourth

Date: 14th century

1. : one of four equal parts into which something is divisible : a fourth part

in the top quarter of his class

2. : any of various units of capacity or weight equal to or derived from one fourth of some larger unit

3. : any of various units of length or area equal to one fourth of some larger unit

4. : the fourth part of a measure of time: as

a. : one of a set of four 3-month divisions of a year

business was up during the third quarter

b. : a school term of about 12 weeks

c. : quarter hour

a quarter after three


a. : a coin worth a quarter of a dollar

b. : the sum of 25 cents


a. : one limb of a quadruped with the adjacent parts ; especially : one fourth part of the carcass of a slaughtered animal including a leg

b. plural , British : hindquarter 2


a. : the region or direction lying under any of the four divisions of the horizon

b. : one of the four parts into which the horizon is divided or the cardinal point corresponding to it

c. : a compass point or direction other than the cardinal points


(1) : an unspecified person or group

financial help from many quarter s — Current Biography

(2) : a point, direction, or place not definitely identified

the view to the rear quarter — Consumer Reports


a. : a division or district of a town or city

he describes the immigrant quarter — Alfred Kazin

b. : the inhabitants of such a quarter


a. : an assigned station or post

b. plural : an assembly of a ship's company for ceremony, drill, or emergency

c. plural : living accommodations : lodgings

show you to your quarter s

10. : merciful consideration of an opponent

a team that gave no quarter during the championship game

specifically : the clemency of not killing a defeated enemy

11. : a fourth part of the moon's period

12. : the side of a horse's hoof between the toe and the heel — see hoof illustration


a. : any of the four parts into which a heraldic field is divided

b. : a bearing or charge occupying the first fourth part of a heraldic field

14. : the stern area of a ship's side

15. : one side of the upper of a shoe or boot from heel to vamp

16. : one of the four equal periods into which the playing time of some games is divided

II. verb

Date: 14th century

transitive verb


a. : to cut or divide into four equal or nearly equal parts

quarter an apple

condemned to be hanged, drawn, and quarter ed

b. archaic : divide

2. : to provide with lodging or shelter

3. : to crisscross (an area) in many directions


a. : to arrange or bear (as different coats of arms) quarterly on one escutcheon

b. : to add (a coat of arms) to others on one escutcheon

c. : to divide (a shield) into distinct sections (as by stripes)

intransitive verb

1. : lodge , dwell

2. : to crisscross a district

3. : to change from one quarter to another

the moon quarter s

4. : to strike on a ship's quarter

the wind was quarter ing

III. adjective

Date: 14th century

: consisting of or equal to a quarter

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.