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Definition of "quarter" [quar•ter]

  • One of four equal parts. (noun)
  • A coin equal to one fourth of the dollar of the United States and Canada. (noun)
  • One fourth of an hour; 15 minutes. (noun)
  • One fourth of a year; three months: Sales were up in the second quarter. (noun)
  • An academic term lasting approximately three months. (noun)
  • One of four equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, amount, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The fraction equal to one divided by four (1⁄4) (noun)
  • A quarter of a dollar; 25-cent piece (noun)
  • A unit of weight equal to a quarter of a hundredweight. 1 US quarter is equal to 25 pounds; 1 Brit quarter is equal to 28 pounds (noun)
  • A fourth part of a year; three months (noun)
  • One fourth of the moon's period of revolution around the earth (noun)
  • Either of two phases of the moon, first quarter or last quarter, when half of the lighted surface is visible from the earth (noun)
  • A unit of weight equal to a quarter of a pound or 4 ounces (noun)
  • A unit of capacity for grain, etc, usually equal to 8 UK bushels (noun)
  • One of the four periods into which certain games are divided (noun)
  • The part of a vessel's side towards the stern, usually aft of the aftermost mast (noun)
  • The general direction along the water in the quadrant between the beam of a vessel and its stern (noun)
  • A region or district of a town or city (noun)
  • A region, direction, or point of the compass (noun)
  • An unspecified person or group of people (noun)
  • Mercy or pity, as shown to a defeated opponent (esp in the phrases ask for or give quarter) (noun)
  • Any of the four limbs, including the adjacent parts, of the carcass of a quadruped or bird (noun)
  • The side part of the wall of a horse's hoof (noun)
  • The part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp (noun)
  • One of four more or less equal quadrants into which a shield may be divided (noun)
  • To divide into four equal or nearly equal parts (verb)
  • To divide into any number of parts (verb)
  • (esp formerly) to dismember (a human body) (verb)
  • To billet or be billeted in lodgings, esp (of military personnel) in civilian lodgings (verb)
  • (of gun dogs or hounds) to range over an area of ground in search of game or the scent of quarry (verb)
  • (of the wind) to blow onto a vessel's quarter (verb)
  • To divide (a shield) into four separate bearings with a cross (verb)
  • To place (one set of arms) in diagonally opposite quarters to another (verb)
  • Being or consisting of one of four equal parts (adjective)

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Use "quarter" in a sentence
  • "They sold 6.7 billion in merchandise in 4th quarter 2008 alone*, and even during a down economy, Amazon products are selling even more - Amazon shopping was up 18% in fourth quarter*."
  • "Sales of $2.3 billion rose 7% from the second quarter Adjusted diluted EPS of $1.02 up 6% from second quarter*"
  • "Our coach this quarter is a younger preacher, whose hefty stature matched his voice."