Definition of quarter noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkwɔːtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɔːrtər//
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  1. 1  (also fourth especially in North American English) [countable] one of four equal parts of something a quarter of a mile The programme lasted an hour and a quarter. Cut the apple into quarters. The theatre was about three quarters full. Grammar Pointhalf / whole / quarter Quarter, half and whole can all be nouns:Cut the apple into quarters. Two halves make a whole. Whole is also an adjective:I’ve been waiting here for a whole hour. Half is also a determiner:Half (of) the work is already finished. They spent half the time looking for a parking space. Her house is half a mile down the road. Note that you do not put a or the in front of half when it is used in this way:I waited for half an hour I waited for a half an hour. Half can also be used as an adverb:This meal is only half cooked.
  2. 15 minutes
  3. 2  [countable] a period of 15 minutes either before or after every hour It’s (a) quarter to four now—I’ll meet you at (a) quarter past. (North American English also) It's quarter of four now—I'll meet you at quarter after.
  4. 3 months
  5. 3[countable] a period of three months, used especially as a period for which bills are paid or a company’s income is calculated The rent is due at the end of each quarter. Our gas bill for the last quarter was much higher than usual. Sales were down 10% in the first quarter of 2009.
  6. part of town
  7. 4[countable, usually singular] a district or part of a town the Latin quarter the historic quarter of the city
  8. person/group
  9. 5[countable] a person or group of people, especially as a source of help, information or a reaction Support for the plan came from an unexpected quarter. The news was greeted with dismay in some quarters.
  10. 25 cents
  11. 6 [countable] a coin of the US and Canada worth 25 cents
  12. rooms to live in
  13. 7quarters [plural] rooms that are provided for soldiers, servants, etc. to live in We were moved to more comfortable living quarters. married quarters
  14. of moon
  15. 8[countable] the period of time twice a month when we can see a quarter of the moon The moon is in its first quarter.
  16. in sport
  17. 9[countable] one of the four periods of time into which a game of American football is divided See related entries: American football
  18. weight
  19. 10[countable] (British English) a unit for measuring weight, a quarter of a pound; 4 ounces
  20. 11 [countable] a unit for measuring weight, 28 pounds in the UK or 25 pounds in the US; a quarter of a hundredweight
  21. pity
  22. 12[uncountable] (old-fashioned or literary) pity that somebody shows towards an enemy or opponent who is in their power synonym mercy His rivals knew that they could expect no quarter from such a ruthless adversary.
  23. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French quartier, from Latin quartarius ‘fourth part of a measure’, from quartus ‘fourth’, from quattuor ‘four’.Extra examples He was confined to quarters as a punishment. Profits fell during the third quarter. The corporal and his family lived in married quarters. The problem was being discussed in all quarters. There was no comment from official quarters on the allegations. a quarter of a century/​mile/​million a quarter of all potential customers a quarter of an hour six consecutive quarters of improved earnings the current fiscal quarter the president’s private quarters Ford scored the winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter. She lives in the Latin quarter of Paris. The historic quarter of the city is full of grand buildings. The robbery took place in a normally quiet quarter of the town.Idioms very near fighting at close quarters
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