quarter

A quarter is one-fourth of something. If you cut a pizza into four pieces and share it with three friends, each of you will eat a quarter of the pizza.

A quarter is the same thing as twenty-five percent of something. Many sporting events are divided this way, and you'll often hear sports commentators saying things like, "Here is the score at the end of the first quarter." The Latin word quartus, "fourth," is at the root of quarter, and the earliest — and goriest — use specifically referred to a form of execution that involved dismembering a prisoner's body into four pieces, or quarters.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: quarter

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nv
one of four equal parts
divide into quarters
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n
a district of a city having some distinguishing character
3
n
an unspecified person
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n
the rear part of a ship
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n
piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp
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n
clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent
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v
provide housing for (military personnel)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: quarter
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n one of four equal parts

“a quarter of a pound”
Synonyms:
fourth, fourth part, one-fourth, one-quarter, quartern, twenty-five percent
Type of:
common fraction, simple fraction
the quotient of two integers

n a fourth part of a year; three months

“unemployment fell during the last quarter
Type of:
period, period of time, time period
an amount of time

n one of four periods into which the school year is divided

“the fall quarter ends at Christmas”
Type of:
academic session, academic term, school term, session
the time during which a school holds classes

n (football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided

“both teams scored in the first quarter
Type of:
division, part, section
one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole

n a unit of time equal to 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour

“it's a quarter til 4”
“a quarter after 4 o'clock”
Type of:
time unit, unit of time
a unit for measuring time periods

n a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)

Type of:
avoirdupois unit
any of the units of the avoirdupois system of weights

n a quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds)

Type of:
British capacity unit, Imperial capacity unit
a unit of measure for capacity officially adopted in the British Imperial System; British units are both dry and wet

n one of the four major division of the compass

“the wind is coming from that quarter
Type of:
orientation
position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions

n a United States or Canadian coin worth one fourth of a dollar

“he fed four quarters into the slot machine”
Type of:
coin
a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money

v divide into quarters

quarter an apple”
Type of:
section, segment
divide into segments

v divide by four; divide into quarters

Type of:
divide, fraction
perform a division

v pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him

Synonyms:
draw, draw and quarter
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
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n a district of a city having some distinguishing character

“the Latin Quarter
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ghetto
formerly the restricted quarter of many European cities in which Jews were required to live
casbah, kasbah
an older or native quarter of many cities in northern Africa; the quarter in which the citadel is located
medina
the ancient quarter of many cities in northern Africa
skid road
the district of a town frequented by loggers
barrio
a Spanish-speaking quarter in a town or city (especially in the United States)
Type of:
city district
a district of a town or city
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n an unspecified person

“he dropped a word in the right quarter
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being
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n the rear part of a ship

Synonyms:
after part, poop, stern, tail
Type of:
back, rear
the side that goes last or is not normally seen
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n piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp

Type of:
piece of leather
a separate part consisting of leather
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n clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent

“he surrendered but asked for quarter
Type of:
clemency, mercifulness, mercy
leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
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v provide housing for (military personnel)

Synonyms:
billet, canton
Type of:
accommodate, lodge
provide housing for
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