Quarter watch

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quarter watch (Naut) a subdivision of the full watch (one fourth of the crew) on a man-of- war.
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Usage

In literature:

Pipe starboard watch to quarters.
"The Pirate and The Three Cutters" by Frederick Marryat
I looked at my watch and found that it was a quarter to six.
"The Harmsworth Magazine, v. 1, 1898-1899, No. 2" by Various
I looked at my watch; quarter of ten; a little ahead of my appointment.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
Glancing at the luminous dial of his watch, Professor Prescott saw that it was a quarter to ten.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
I trimmed the lamps, and as it was then a quarter to four, struck one bell and called the watch.
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
Glancing at his watch, he found that the time was a quarter to three.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
He also watched the forest, wondering from what quarter the danger threatened.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
I say, though," looking at his watch, "it's just the quarter.
"Tom Brown's School Days" by Thomas Hughes
Presently I looked at my watch: a quarter to ten.
"A Marriage at Sea" by W. Clark Russell
We had a strong awning over the quarter-deck, so I could stand and watch it.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
He concealed himself, and watched the snake, and in a quarter of an hour saw her discharge them.
"The Romance of Natural History, Second Series" by Philip Henry Gosse
At quarters that night Dan Davis's name was called among those who were to go on watch.
"The Battleship Boys' First Step Upward" by Frank Gee Patchin
On the quarter-deck, the captain, the mate, and Wyzinski still kept their anxious watch.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
March the troops under your command to Crosswicks, and keep a strict watch upon the enemy in this quarter.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
When all these preparations were complete, the hands of his watch stood at quarter past three.
"Gabriel Tolliver" by Joel Chandler Harris
Then he'd light a match, open his mouth, put the match 'way inside, and let you watch the quarters come up again.
"Careers of Danger and Daring" by Cleveland Moffett
Several articles were stolen from camp lately and a guard was detailed to watch the quarters after night.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
On the following day I took several opportunities of watching the woman at close quarters.
"Spies of the Kaiser" by William Le Queux
Thinking I must have mistaken the hour, and that it was earlier than I supposed, I looked at my watch, but it said a quarter to ten.
"Pharos, The Egyptian" by Guy Newell Boothby
I say, though, "looking at his watch, "it's just the quarter.
"Tom Brown at Rugby" by Thomas Hughes
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In poetry:

I'll tell of whores attacked, their lords at home,
Bawds' quarters beaten up, and fortress won,
Windows demolished, watches overcome,
And handsome ills by my contrivance done.
"The Disabled Debauchee" by Lord John Wilmot
Poor Jack is right ready to watch and to work,
And any one's servant to be,
All dangers to dare, and no duty to shirk,—
But cannot put up with that terrible Turk
A quarter-deck tyrant at sea!
"A Dozen Ballads About White Slavery. IX. Our National Defenders" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

After watching the first two quarters, nobody at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium could've guessed what would happen in the second half on Tuesday night.
If you're any sort of sports fan, you watched the second quarter of Sunday's game in amazement.
If you're any sort of sports fan, you watched the second quarter of Thursday's game in amazement.
Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel (10) watches from the bench in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Utah, Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer).
In this Nov 18, 2012 photo, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) watches from the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit.
The Stars held a 16-12 lead after the first quarter, but watched it quickly.
Mason Crosby watches his 51-yard field goal sail wide right in the fourth quarter against the Colts on Oct 7.
It's insane,' says tourist watching theft in the French Quarter.
Phoenix Suns' Michael Redd (22) celebrates after making a 3-pointer as Houston Rockets' Marcus Morris watches during the fourth quarter in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 18, 2012, in Phoenix.
Fairmont's Chelsea Welch watches Notre Dame's Cat Wells set up to score during 2nd quarter of the Div.
Watch the video above to learn how to quarter a roasted chicken.
To watch them blow lead after lead in the fourth quarter of games this season was maddening.
Suns head coach Alvin Gentry watches the action against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game.
Second quarter 2006 jewelry and watches sales increased more than 100% year-over-year at the online mega-store.
After watching the second unit squander a sizable lead in the second quarter, Sacramento Kings coach Keith Smart's rotation became as unpredictable as ever.
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