quarter (n.)

  1. one of four equal parts; a quarter of a pound

    [ Syn: one-fourth , fourth , one-quarter , fourth part , twenty-five percent , quartern ]

  2. a United States or Canadian coin worth one fourth of a dollar; he fed four quarters into the slot machine'

  3. an unspecified person; he dropped a word in the right quarter'

  4. the rear part of a ship

    [ Syn: stern , after part , poop , tail ]

  5. piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp

  6. clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent; he surrendered but asked for quarter'

  7. a district of a city having some distinguishing character; the Latin Quarter'

  8. (football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided; both teams scored in the first quarter'

  9. 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'

  10. one of four periods into which the school year is divided; the fall quarter ends at Christmas'

  11. a fourth part of a year; three months; unemployment fell during the last quarter'

  12. one of the four major division of the compass; the wind is coming from that quarter'

  13. a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)

  14. a quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds)

    quarter (v.)

  1. provide housing for (military personnel)

    [ Syn: billet , canton ]

  2. pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him; in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes

    [ Syn: draw , draw and quarter ]

  3. divide into quarters; quarter an apple'

  4. divide by four; divide into quarters

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