- each of four equal or corresponding parts into which something is or can be divided；a period of three months regarded as one fourth of a year, used especially in reference to financial transactions such as the payment of bills or a company's earnings
- divide into four equal or corresponding parts；cut (the body of an executed person) into four parts
verb: quarter, 3rd person present: quarters, gerund or present participle: quartering, past tense: quartered, past participle: quartered
noun: quarter, plural noun: quarters
- 1. each of four equal or corresponding parts into which something is or can be divided she cut each apple into quarters a page and a quarter
- ▪ a period of three months regarded as one fourth of a year, used especially in reference to financial transactions such as the payment of bills or a company's earnings the payment for each quarter's electricity is made in the next quarter
- ▪ a period of fifteen minutes or a point of time marking the transition from one fifteen-minute period to the next the baby was born at a quarter past nine
- ▪ a coin representing 25 cents, one fourth of a US or Canadian dollar.
- ▪ each of the four parts into which an animal's or bird's carcass may be divided, each including a leg or wing.
- ▪ one fourth of a lunar month.
- ▪ (in various sports) each of four equal periods into which a game is divided there were four scores in the opening quarter
- ▪ US one of four terms into which a school or college year may be divided.
- 2. one fourth of a pound (avoirdupois, equal to 4 ounces).
- ▪ one fourth of a hundredweight (US 25 lb or British 28 lb).
- ▪ British a grain measure equivalent to 8 bushels.
- 3. the haunches or hindquarters of a horse they have strong, muscular quarters
- 4. a part of a town or city having a specific character or use it is a beautiful port city with a fascinating medieval quarter 同義詞
- 5. the direction of one of the points of the compass, especially as a direction from which the wind blows.
- ▪ a particular but unspecified person, group of people, or area we have just had help from an unexpected quarter 同義詞
- ▪ either side of a ship aft of the beam he trained his glasses over the starboard quarter
- 6. rooms or lodgings, especially those allocated to people in military or domestic service the servants' quarters 同義詞
- 7. pity or mercy shown toward an enemy or opponent who is in one's power the riot squad gave no quarter 同義詞
- 8. each of four or more roughly equal divisions of a shield separated by vertical and horizontal lines.
- ▪ a square charge which covers the top left (dexter chief) quarter of the field.
- 1. divide into four equal or corresponding parts peel and quarter the bananas
- ▪ historical cut (the body of an executed person) into four parts the plotters were hanged, drawn, and quartered
- ▪ cut (a log) into quarters, and these into planks so as to show the grain well.
- 2. be stationed or lodged in a specified place many were quartered in tents 同義詞
- 3. range over or traverse (an area) in every direction we watched a pair of kingfishers quartering the river looking for minnows 同義詞
- ▪ move at an angle; go in a diagonal or zigzag direction his young dog quartered back and forth in quick turns
- 4. display (different coats of arms) in quarters of a shield, especially to show arms inherited from heiresses who have married into the bearer's family Edward III quartered the French royal arms with his own
- ▪ divide (a shield) into four or more parts by vertical and horizontal lines.