Webster 1913 Edition
quartariusa fourth part, fr.
quartusthe fourth. See
One of four equal parts into which anything is divided, or is regarded as divided; a fourth part or portion;Hence, specifically:
quarterof a dollar, of a pound, of a yard, of an hour, etc.
The fourth of a hundred-weight, being 25 or 28 pounds, according as the hundredweight is reckoned at 100 or 112 pounds.
The fourth of a ton in weight, or eight bushels of grain;
as, a; also, the fourth part of a chaldron of coal.
The fourth part of the moon’s period, or monthly revolution;
as, the first.
quarterafter the change or full
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
That part of a boot or shoe which forms the side, from the heel to the vamp.
That part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, being the side of the coffin.
A term of study in a seminary, college, etc, etc.; properly, a fourth part of the year, but often longer or shorter.
The encampment on one of the principal passages round a place besieged, to prevent relief and intercept convoys.
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.
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.
☞ 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
(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,
quarter, to descry the distant foe.
A division of a town, city, or county; a particular district; a locality;
as, the Latin.
A small upright timber post, used in partitions; – in the United States more commonly called
The fourth part of the distance from one point of the compass to another, being the fourth part of 11° 15´, that is, about 2° 49´; – called also
Proper station; specific place; assigned position; special location.
Swift to their severalHence, specifically:
The cumbrous elements.
The cumbrous elements.
A station at which officers and men are posted in battle; – usually in the plural.
Place of lodging or temporary residence; shelter; entertainment; – usually in the plural.
The banter turned as to what
quarterseach would find.
A station or encampment occupied by troops; a place of lodging for soldiers or officers;
Treatment shown by an enemy; mercy; especially, the act of sparing the life a conquered enemy; a refraining from pushing one's advantage to extremes.
He magnified his own clemency, now they were at his mercy, to offer them
quarterfor their lives.
Cocks and lambs . . . at the mercy of cats and wolves . . . must never expect better
Friendship; amity; concord.
[Obs.]To keep quarter, to keep one's proper place, and so be on good terms with another.
quarter, and in terms like bride and groom.
I knew two that were competitors for the secretary's place, . . . and yet
a cleft in the quarter of a horse's foot.–
the hide and fat; – a butcher's term.–
On the quarter
in a direction between abeam and astern; opposite, or nearly opposite, a vessel's quarter.–
the player who has position next behind center rush, and receives the ball on the snap back.–
an ornament on the side of a vessel near, the stern.
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.–
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.–
a boat hung at a vessel's quarter.–
long pieces of painted canvas, used to cover the quarter netting.–
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).–
in fine arts, portrait painting, etc., a face turned away so that but one quarter is visible.–
a balcony on the quarter of a ship. See–
a petty officer who assists the gunner.–
a side glance.
hammock nettings along the quarter rails.–
a note equal in duration to half a minim or a fourth of semibreve; a crochet.–
several pieces of timber at the after-part of the quarter gallery, near the taffrail.
Quarter railing, or
narrow molded planks reaching from the top of the stern to the gangway, serving as a fence to the quarter-deck.–
a general court of criminal jurisdiction held quarterly by the justices of peace in counties and by the recorders in boroughs.–
the fourth part of the square of a number. Tables of quarter squares have been devised to save labor in multiplying numbers.–
Quarter turn belt
an arrangement in which a belt transmits motion between two shafts which are at right angles with each other.–
a subdivision of the full watch (one fourth of the crew) on a man-of- war.–
To give quarter, or
To show quarter
to accept as prisoner, on submission in battle; to forbear to kill, as a vanquished enemy.–
To keep quarter.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To divide into four equal parts.
To divide; to separate into parts or regions.
To furnish with shelter or entertainment; to supply with the means of living for a time; especially, to furnish shelter to;
They mean this night in Sardis to be
To furnish as a portion; to allot.
This isle . . .
quartersto his blue-haired deities.
To arrange (different coats of arms) upon one escutcheon, as when a man inherits from both father and mother the right to bear arms.
☞ When only two coats of arms are so combined they are arranged in four compartments. See
To lodge; to have a temporary residence.
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
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The fourth part; as the quarter of an hour or of a mile; one quarter of the expense. Living is a quarter dearer in the city than in the country.
2.In weight, the fourth part of a hundred pounds avoirdupois, or of 112lb., that is, 28lb.; as a quarter of sugar.
3.In dry measure, the fourth of a ton in weight, or eight bushels; as a quarter of wheat.
4.In astronomy, the fourth part of the moon's period or monthly revolution; as the first quarter after the change or full.
5.A region in the hemisphere or great circle; primarily, one of the four cardinal points; as the four quarters of the globe; but used indifferently for any region or point of compass. From what quarter does the wind blow? Hence,
6.A particular region of a town, city or country; as all quarters of the city; in every quarter of the country or of the continent. Hence.
7.Usually in the plural, quarters, the place of lodging or temporary residence; appropriately, the place where officers and soldiers lodge, but applied to the lodgings of any temporary resident. He called on the general at his quarters; the place furnished good winter quarters for the troops. I saw the stranger at his quarters.
Swift to their several quarters hasten then -
Bacon uses the word in the singular. 'Make love keep quarter.'
9.On board of ships, quarters signifies the stations or places where the officers and men are posted in action. Pipe all hands to quarters.
10.In military affairs, the remission or sparing of the life of a captive or an enemy when in one's power; mercy granted by a conqueror to his enemy, when no longer able to defend himself. In desperate encounters, men will sometimes neither ask nor give quarter. The barbarous practice of giving no quarter to soldiers in a fortress taken by assault, is nearly obsolete.
He magnified his own clemency, now they were at his mercy, to offer them quarter for their lives, if they would give up the castle.
Lambs at the mercy of wolves much expect no quarter.
11.Treatment shown to an enemy; indulgence.
To the young, if you give tolerable quarter, you indulge them in idleness and ruin them. [Rarely used.]
12.Friendship; amity; concord. [Not in use.]
13.In the slaughter house, one limb of a quadruped with the adjoining parts; or one fourth part of the carcase of a quadruped, including a limb; as a fore quarter, or hind quarter.
14.In the menage, the quarters of a horse's foot are the sides of the coffin, between the toe and the heel. False quarters are a cleft in the horn of the hoof, extending from the coronet to the shoe, or from top to bottom. When for any disorder, one of the quarters is cut, the horse is said to be quarter-cast.
15.In a siege, quarters are the encampment on one of the principal passages round the place besieged, to prevent relief and intercept convoys.
16.In seminaries of learning, a fourth part of the year, or three months. Tuition and board at twenty five dollars the quarter. This is a moderate quarter bill.
17.The quarter of a ship, is the part of a ship's side which lies towards the stern, or the part between the aftmost end of the main-chains and the sides of the stern, where it is terminated by the quarter-pieces.
18.In heraldry, one of the parts or members of the first division of a coat that is divided into four parts.
On the quarter, in seamen's language, is a point in the horizon considerably abaft the beam, but not in the direction of the stern.
Quarter-bill, among seamen, is a list containing the different stations where the officers and crew are to take post in time of action, and the names of the men assigned to each.
Quarter-cloths, long pieces of painted canvas, extended on the outside of the quarter-netting from the upper part of the gallery to the gangway.
Quarter-deck, that part of the deck of a ship which extends from the stern to the mainmast. But in some kinds of vessels, the quarter-deck does not extend to the mainmast, but is raised above the main deck.
Quarter-gallery, a sort of balcony on the quarters of a ship.
Quarter-railing, narrow molded planks, reaching from the top of the stern to the gangway, serving as a fence to the quarter-deck.
Quarter-master, in an army, an officer whose business is to attend to the quarters for the soldiers, their provisions, fuel, forage, &c.; in the navy, an officer who assists the mates in their duties, in stowing the hold, coiling the cables, attending the steerage, and keeping time by the watch glasses.
Quarter-master-general, in military affairs, is an officer whose duty is to mark the marches and encampments of an army, the head-quarters, the place for the artillery, and procure supplies of provisions and forage, &c.
1.Quarter-staff, a long staff borne by foresters and park-keepers, as a badge of office and a weapon.
2.A staff of defense.
Quarter-sessions, in England, a general court held quarterly by the justices of peace of each county, with jurisdiction to try and determine felonies and trespasses; but capital offenses are seldom or never tried in this court.
Quarter-round, in architecture, the echinus or ovolo.
Head-quarters, the tent or mansion of the commander in chief of an army.