1each of four equal or corresponding parts into which something is or can be divided:she cut each apple into quartersa page and a quartera quarter of a mile
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 first quarter of the fiscal year
a period of fifteen minutes or a point of time marking the transition from one fifteen-minute period to the next:he sat with his pint until a quarter past nine
a coin representing 25 cents, a quarter 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 basketball, American football, and Australian Rules) each of four equal periods into which a game is divided:there were four scores in the opening quarter
chiefly US one of four terms into which a school or university year may be divided.
2one fourth of a pound weight (avoirdupois, equal to 4 ounces).
one fourth of a hundredweight (British 28 lb or US 25lb).
British a grain measure equivalent to 8 bushels.
3 (quarters) the haunches or hindquarters of a horse:they have strong, muscular quarters
4a part of a town or city having a particular character or use:a beautiful port city with a fascinating medieval quarter
5the 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
either side of a ship aft of the beam:he trained his glasses over the starboard quarter
6 (quarters) rooms or lodgings, especially those allocated to servicemen or to staff in domestic service:they lived in RAF married quarters
7 [mass noun] pity or mercy shown towards an enemy or opponent who is in one’s power:the riot squad gave no quarter
8 Heraldry 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.
1divide 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 quartered) [with adverbial of place] be stationed or lodged in a specified place:many were quartered in tents
(quarter someone on) impose someone on (another person) as a lodger:you would have had her quartered on you forever
3range over or traverse (an area) in every direction:we watched a pair of kingfishers quartering the river looking for minnows
[no object, with adverbial of direction] move at an angle; go in a diagonal or zigzag direction:his young dog quartered back and forth in quick turns
4 Heraldry 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.