quarter


quarter
[13] Quarter is one of a large family of English words that go back ultimately to Latin quattuor ‘four’ and its relatives. Direct descendants of quattuor itself are actually fairly few – among them quatrain [16] and quatrefoil [15] (both via Old French). But its ordinal form quārtus ‘fourth’ has been most prolific: English is indebted to it for quart [14], quarter (via the Latin derivative quartārius ‘fourth part’), quartet [18], and quarto [16]. In compounds quattuor assumed the form quadr-, which has given English quadrangle [15] (and its abbreviation quad [19]), quadrant [14], quadratic [17], quadrille [18], quadruped [17], quadruplet [18] (also abbreviated to quad [19]), quarantine, quarrel ‘arrow’, not to mention the more heavily disguised cadre [19], carfax [14] (which means etymologically ‘four-forked’), squad, and square. And the derivative quater ‘four times’ has contributed carillon [18] (etymologically a peal of ‘four’ bells), quaternary [15], and quire of paper [15] (etymologically a set of ‘four’ sheets of paper). => CADRE, CARFAX, CARILLON, QUAD, QUARREL, QUARRY, QUIRE, SQUAD, SQUARE

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  • Quarter — Quar ter (kw[aum]r t[ e]r), 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quarter — is one fourth, ¼, or 25%, and may refer to: Quarter (country subdivision), a section or area, usually of a town Quarter (United States coin), valued at one fourth of a U.S. dollar Quarter (Canadian coin), valued at one fourth of a Canadian dollar …   Wikipedia

  • quarter — 1. Practice varies in the hyphenation of quarter in compounds, and the following forms are recommended: quarter day, quarterdeck, quarter final, quarter hour (but a quarter of an hour), quarter light, quartermaster, quarter sessions. 2. The BrE… …   Modern English usage

  • quarter — ● quarter verbe transitif Faire subir à un échantillon de minerai une réduction de volume par quartage. ● quarter (homonymes) verbe transitif carter verbe quarté nom masculin I. ⇒QUARTER1, verbe intrans. ESCR. Se mettre en quarte. Je quarte du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • quarter — [kwôrt′ər] n. [ME quartre < OFr quartier < L quartarius, fourth part < quartus, fourth: see QUART1] 1. any of the four equal parts of something; fourth 2. one fourth of a hundredweight: 25 pounds in the U.S., 28 pounds in Great Britain 3 …   English World dictionary

  • Quarter — (en. quarter „Viertel“, von lat. quartus „der vierte“) steht für: Vierteldollar (Vereinigte Staaten), die amerikanische Vierteldollarmünze Vierteldollar (Kanada), die kanadische Vierteldollarmünze Quarter (Maßeinheit), verschiedene Massen und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • quarter — [n1] one of four equal parts division, farthing, fourth, one fourth, part, portion, quad, quadrant, quartern, section, semester, span, term, two bits*; concept 835 quarter [n2] area, neighborhood barrio, bearing, direction, district, division,… …   New thesaurus

  • quarter — ► NOUN 1) each of four equal or corresponding parts into which something is or can be divided. 2) a period of three months, used especially in reference to financial transactions. 3) a quarter hour. 4) a US or Canadian coin worth 25 cents. 5) one …   English terms dictionary

  • Quarter — Quar ter (kw[aum]r t[ e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Quartered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quartering}.] 1. To divide into four equal parts. [1913 Webster] 2. To divide; to separate into parts or regions. [1913 Webster] Then sailors quartered heaven. Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quarter — Quarter, englisches Getreidemaß (Imperial Quarter) zu 8 Bushels = 290,78 l; an der Londoner Börse ein Gewicht für Weizen = 480–504 englische Pfund. Der alte Winchester Quarter der Vereinigten Staaten = 281,904 l. Ferner ein Gewicht in… …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Quarter — Quārter, engl. Getreidemaß (Imperial quarter) zu 64 Gallons = 290,79 l; Gewicht zu 28 engl. Handelspfund = 12,70 kg; Tuchmachermaß = 1/4 Yard = 0,2386 m; Münze in Nordamerika = 1/4 Dollar …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon