Quadrans

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quadrans (Rom. Antiq) A fourth part of the coin called an as. See 3d As, 2.
    • Quadrans The fourth of a penny; a farthing. See Cur.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quadrans In Roman antiquity, a copper (or, strictly, bronze) coin, the fourth part of the as. It bore on the obverse the head of Hercules, and on the reverse (like the other coins of the libral series) a prow. It also bore three pellets, to indicate that it was (nominally) of the weight of three unciæ (ounces).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Quadrans kwod′ranz a Roman copper coin, the fourth part of the as
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

As for the price exacted, it ranged from a quadrans to a very high figure.
"The Satyricon, Volume 6 (Editor's Notes)" by Petronius Arbiter
As for the price exacted, it ranged from a quadrans to a very high figure.
"The Satyricon, Complete" by Petronius Arbiter
The charge made at a public bath was only a quadrans or quarter of an as, about half a farthing.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
Where the 4 first Verses are only a Quadran, and consist of 10 Syllables each in Alternate Rhyme.
"The Art of English Poetry (1708)" by Edward Bysshe
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In science:

And pity the poor Quadrantids of January (Koten et al. 2005), who have lost even their parent constellation (Quadrans Murales, now part of Bootes).
Astrophysics in 2006
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