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Definitions of quartering

quartering  (ˈkwɔːtərɪŋ



  1. (military) the allocation of accommodation to service personnel
  2. (heraldry)
    1. the marshalling of several coats of arms on one shield, usually representing intermarriages
    2. any coat of arms marshalled in this way

quarter  (ˈkwɔːtə



  1. one of four equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, amount, etc
  2. Also called: fourth the fraction equal to one divided by four (14)
  3. (US & Canadian) a quarter of a dollar; 25-cent piece
  4. a unit of weight equal to a quarter of a hundredweight. 1 US quarter is equal to 25 pounds; 1 Brit quarter is equal to 28 pounds
  5. short for quarter-hour
  6. a fourth part of a year; three months
  7. (astronomy)
    1. one fourth of the moon's period of revolution around the earth
    2. either of two phases of the moon, first quarter or last quarter, when half of the lighted surface is visible from the earth
  8. (informal) a unit of weight equal to a quarter of a pound or 4 ounces
  9. (British) a unit of capacity for grain, etc, usually equal to 8 UK bushels
  10. (sport) one of the four periods into which certain games are divided
  11. (nautical) the part of a vessel's side towards the stern, usually aft of the aftermost mast   ⇒ the port quarter
  12. (nautical) the general direction along the water in the quadrant between the beam of a vessel and its stern   ⇒ the wind was from the port quarter
  13. a region or district of a town or city   ⇒ the Spanish quarter
  14. a region, direction, or point of the compass
  15. (sometimes plural) an unspecified person or group of people   ⇒ to get word from the highest quarter
  16. mercy or pity, as shown to a defeated opponent (esp in the phrases ask for or give quarter)
  17. any of the four limbs, including the adjacent parts, of the carcass of a quadruped or bird   ⇒ a hind quarter of beef
  18. (veterinary science) the side part of the wall of a horse's hoof
  19. the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp
  20. (heraldry) one of four more or less equal quadrants into which a shield may be divided
  21. (military, slang) short for quartermaster


  1. (transitive) to divide into four equal or nearly equal parts
  2. (transitive) to divide into any number of parts
  3. (transitive) (esp formerly) to dismember (a human body)   ⇒ to be drawn and quartered
  4. to billet or be billeted in lodgings, esp (of military personnel) in civilian lodgings
  5. (intransitive) (of gun dogs or hounds) to range over an area of ground in search of game or the scent of quarry
  6. (intransitive) (nautical) (of the wind) to blow onto a vessel's quarter   ⇒ the wind began to quarter
  7. (transitive) (heraldry)
    1. to divide (a shield) into four separate bearings with a cross
    2. to place (one set of arms) in diagonally opposite quarters to another


  1. being or consisting of one of four equal parts   ⇒ a quarter pound of butter

Word Origin

C13: from Old French quartier, from Latin quartārius a fourth part, from quartus fourth

Example Sentences Including 'quartering'

She walked up to the corner of the orchard, along the back hedge, looking at each tree, quartering the ground.
Barbara Erskine SANDS OF TIME (2003)
The plane, like a persistent bird dog, was quartering the coastline, sniffing for the scent.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
A figure hooded in a foul-weather jacket stood next to a chain-link gate, a large dog quartering the weeds behind her, growling.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant


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