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  7  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Quarter  \Quar"ter\,  n.  [F.  quartier,  L.  quartarius  a  fourth 
  part  fr  quartus  the  fourth  See  {Quart}.] 
  1.  One  of  four  equal  parts  into  which  anything  is  divided,  or 
  is  regarded  as  divided;  a  fourth  part  or  portion;  as  a 
  quarter  of  a  dollar,  of  a  pound,  of  a  yard,  of  an  hour, 
  etc  Hence  specifically: 
  a  The  fourth  of  a  hundred-weight,  being  25  or  28  pounds, 
  according  as  the  hundredweight  is  reckoned  at  100  or 
  112  pounds. 
  b  The  fourth  of  a  ton  in  weight,  or  eight  bushels  of 
  grain;  as  a  quarter  of  wheat;  also  the  fourth  part 
  of  a  chaldron  of  coal.  --Hutton. 
  c  (Astron.)  The  fourth  part  of  the  moon's  period,  or 
  monthly  revolution;  as  the  first  quarter  after  the 
  change  or  full. 
  d  One  limb  of  a  quadruped  with  the  adjacent  parts  one 
  fourth  part  of  the  carcass  of  a  slaughtered  animal, 
  including  a  leg;  as  the  fore  quarters;  the  hind 
  e  That  part  of  a  boot  or  shoe  which  forms  the  side  from 
  the  heel  to  the  vamp. 
  f  (Far.)  That  part  on  either  side  of  a  horse's  hoof 
  between  the  toe  and  heel,  being  the  side  of  the 
  g  A  term  of  study  in  a  seminary,  college,  etc  etc.; 
  properly,  a  fourth  part  of  the  year,  but  often  longer 
  or  shorter. 
  h  pl  (Mil.)  The  encampment  on  one  of  the  principal 
  passages  round  a  place  besieged,  to  prevent  relief  and 
  intercept  convoys. 
  i  (Naut.)  The  after-part  of  a  vessel's  side  generally 
  corresponding  in  extent  with  the  quarter-deck;  also 
  the  part  of  the  yardarm  outside  of  the  slings. 
  j  (Her.)  One  of  the  divisions  of  an  escutcheon  when  it 
  is  divided  into  four  portions  by  a  horizontal  and  a 
  perpendicular  line  meeting  in  the  fess  point. 
  Note:  When  two  coats  of  arms  are  united  upon  one  escutcheon, 
  as  in  case  of  marriage,  the  first  and  fourth  quarters 
  display  one  shield,  the  second  and  third  the  other  See 
  {Quarter},  v.  t.,  5. 
  k  One  of  the  four  parts  into  which  the  horizon  is 
  regarded  as  divided;  a  cardinal  point;  a  direction' 
  principal  division;  a  region;  a  territory. 
  Scouts  each  coast  light-armed  scour,  Each 
  quarter,  to  descry  the  distant  foe.  --Milton. 
  l  A  division  of  a  town,  city,  or  county;  a  particular 
  district;  a  locality;  as  the  Latin  quarter  in  Paris. 
  m  (Arch.)  A  small  upright  timber  post  used  in 
  partitions;  --  in  the  United  States  more  commonly 
  called  {stud}. 
  n  (Naut.)  The  fourth  part  of  the  distance  from  one  point 
  of  the  compass  to  another,  being  the  fourth  part  of 
  11[deg]  15',  that  is  about  2[deg]  49';  --  called  also 
  {quarter  point}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  In  quarter,  and  in  terms  like  bride  and  groom.  --Shak. 
  I  knew  two  that  were  competitors  for  the  secretary's 
  place  .  .  .  and  yet  kept  good  quarter  between  themselves. 
  {False  quarter},  a  cleft  in  the  quarter  of  a  horse's  foot. 
  {Fifth  quarter},  the  hide  and  fat;  --  a  butcher's  term. 
  {On  the  quarter}  (Naut.),  in  a  direction  between  abeam  and 
  astern;  opposite,  or  nearly  opposite,  a  vessel's  quarter. 
  {Quarter  aspect}.  (Astrol.)  Same  as  {Quadrate}. 
  {Quarter  back}  (Football),  the  player  who  has  position  next 
  behind  center  rush,  and  receives  the  ball  on  the  snap 
  {Quarter  badge}  (Naut.),  an  ornament  on  the  side  of  a  vessel 
  near  the  stern.  --Mar.  Dict. 
  {Quarter  bill}  (Naut.),  a  list  specifying  the  different 
  stations  to  be  taken  by  the  officers  and  crew  in  time  of 
  action  and  the  names  of  the  men  assigned  to  each 
  {Quarter  block}  (Naut.),  a  block  fitted  under  the  quarters  of 
  a  yard  on  each  side  of  the  slings,  through  which  the  clew 
  lines  and  sheets  are  reeved.  --R.  H.  Dana,  Jr 
  {Quarter  boat}  (Naut.),  a  boat  hung  at  a  vessel's  quarter. 
  {Quarter  cloths}  (Naut.),  long  pieces  of  painted  canvas,  used 
  to  cover  the  quarter  netting. 
  {Quarter  day},  a  day  regarded  as  terminating  a  quarter  of  the 
  year;  hence  one  on  which  any  payment,  especially  rent, 
  becomes  due.  In  matters  influenced  by  United  States 
  statutes,  quarter  days  are  the  first  days  of  January, 
  April,  July,  and  October.  In  New  York  and  many  other 
  places,  as  between  landlord  and  tenant,  they  are  the  first 
  days  of  May  August,  November,  and  February.  The  quarter 
  days  usually  recognized  in  England  are  25th  of  March  (Lady 
  Day),  the  24th  of  June  (Midsummer  Day),  the  29th  of 
  September  (Michaelmas  Day),  and  the  25th  of  December 
  (Christmas  Day). 
  {Quarter  face},  in  fine  arts,  portrait  painting,  etc.,  a  face 
  turned  away  so  that  but  one  quarter  is  visible. 
  {Quarter  gallery}  (Naut.),  a  balcony  on  the  quarter  of  a 
  ship.  See  {Gallery},  4. 
  {Quarter  gunner}  (Naut.),  a  petty  officer  who  assists  the 
  {Quarter  look},  a  side  glance.  [Obs.]  --B.  Jonson 
  {Quarter  nettings}  (Naut.),  hammock  nettings  along  the 
  quarter  rails. 
  {Quarter  note}  (Mus.),  a  note  equal  in  duration  to  half  a 
  minim  or  a  fourth  of  semibreve;  a  crochet. 
  {Quarter  pieces}  (Naut.),  several  pieces  of  timber  at  the 
  after-part  of  the  quarter  gallery,  near  the  taffrail. 
  {Quarter  point}.  (Naut.)  See  {Quarter},  n.,  1 
  n  . 
  {Quarter  railing},  or  {Quarter  rails}  (Naut.),  narrow  molded 
  planks  reaching  from  the  top  of  the  stern  to  the  gangway, 
  serving  as  a  fence  to  the  quarter-deck. 
  {Quarter  sessions}  (Eng.  Law),  a  general  court  of  criminal 
  jurisdiction  held  quarterly  by  the  justices  of  peace  in 
  counties  and  by  the  recorders  in  boroughs. 
  {Quarter  square}  (Math.),  the  fourth  part  of  the  square  of  a 
  number.  Tables  of  quarter  squares  have  been  devised  to 
  save  labor  in  multiplying  numbers. 
  {Quarter  turn},  {Quarter  turn  belt}  (Mach.),  an  arrangement 
  in  which  a  belt  transmits  motion  between  two  shafts  which 
  are  at  right  angles  with  each  other 
  {Quarter  watch}  (Naut.),  a  subdivision  of  the  full  watch  (one 
  fourth  of  the  crew)  on  a  man-of-  war. 
  {To  give},  or  {show},  {quarter}  (Mil.),  to  accept  as 
  prisoner,  on  submission  in  battle;  to  forbear  to  kill,  as 
  a  vanquished  enemy. 
  {To  keep  quarter}.  See  {Quarter},  n.,  3. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Quarter  \Quar"ter\,  v.  i.  [F.  cartayer.] 
  To  drive  a  carriage  so  as  to  prevent  the  wheels  from  going 
  into  the  ruts,  or  so  that  a  rut  shall  be  between  the  wheels. 
  Every  creature  that  met  us  would  rely  on  us  for 
  quartering.  --De  Quincey. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Quarter  \Quar"ter\,  v.  i. 
  To  lodge;  to  have  a  temporary  residence. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  consisting  of  one  of  four  equivalent  parts  "a  quarter  pound 
  of  butter"  [syn:  {quarter(a)}] 
  n  1:  one  of  four  equal  parts  "a  quarter  of  a  pound"  [syn:  {one-fourth}, 
  {fourth},  {fourth  part},  {twenty-five  percent},  {quartern}] 
  2:  a  district  of  a  city  having  some  distinguishing  character; 
  "the  Latin  Quarter" 
  3:  one  of  four  periods  of  play  into  which  some  games  are 
  divided;  "both  teams  scored  in  the  first  quarter" 
  4:  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" 
  5:  one  of  four  periods  into  which  the  school  year  is  divided; 
  "the  fall  quarter  ends  at  Christmas" 
  6:  a  fourth  part  of  a  year;  three  months;  "unemployment  fell 
  during  the  last  quarter" 
  7:  one  of  the  four  major  division  of  the  compass;  "the  wind  is 
  coming  from  that  quarter" 
  8:  a  quarter  of  a  hundredweight  (25  pounds) 
  9:  (British)  a  quarter  of  a  hundredweight  (28  pounds) 
  10:  a  US  coin  worth  one  fourth  of  a  dollar;  "he  fed  four 
  quarters  into  the  slot  machine" 
  11:  an  unspecified  person;  "he  dropped  a  word  in  the  right 
  12:  the  rear  part  of  a  ship  [syn:  {stern},  {after  part},  {poop}, 
  13:  the  part  of  a  shoe  or  boot  covering  the  heel  and  joining  the 
  v  1:  provide  housing  for  of  military  personnel  [syn:  {billet},  {canton}] 
  2:  kill  by  pulling  the  victim's  body  into  pieces  by  having 
  horses  pull  on  each  extremity;  "people  were  executed  by 
  being  quartered"  [syn:  {draw  and  quarter}] 
  3:  divide  into  quarters;  "quarter  an  apple" 
  4:  divide  by  four  divide  into  quarters 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
  quarter  n.  Two  bits.  This  in  turn  comes  from  the  `pieces  of 
  eight'  famed  in  pirate  movies  --  Spanish  silver  crowns  that  could  be 
  broken  into  eight  pie-slice-shaped  `bits'  to  make  change.  Early  in 
  American  history  the  Spanish  coin  was  considered  equal  to  a  dollar,  so 
  each  of  these  `bits'  was  considered  worth  12.5  cents.  Syn.  {tayste}, 
  {crumb},  {quad}.  Usage:  rare  General  discussion  of  such  terms  is 
  under  {nybble}. 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  Two  bits.  This  in  turn  comes  from  the  "pieces  of  eight"  famed 
  in  pirate  movies  -  Spanish  silver  crowns  that  could  be  broken 
  into  eight  pie-slice-shaped  bits"  to  make  change.  Early  in 
  American  history  the  Spanish  coin  was  considered  equal  to  a 
  dollar,  so  each  of  these  bits"  was  considered  worth  12.5 
  cents.  Usage:  rare 
  Synonyms:  {tayste},  {crumb},  {quad}. 
  See  also  {nickle},  {nibble},  {byte},  {dynner}. 
  [{Jargon  File}] 

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