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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n quartering dividing into four equal parts
    • n quartering living accommodations (especially those assigned to military personnel)
    • n quartering a coat of arms that occupies one quarter of an escutcheon; combining four coats of arms on one shield usually represented intermarriages
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Methods of Sawing Quartered Logs Methods of Sawing Quartered Logs
Americans quartered in the mediaeval monastary of Pont St. Maxence Americans quartered in the mediaeval monastary of Pont St. Maxence
Americans quartered in the old abbey Americans quartered in the old abbey
Showing the seating and a quarter section of the underlying chambers Showing the seating and a quarter section of the underlying chambers
A mansion structure or public building dating from the second quarter of the 17th century. Rebuilt once and burned about the time of Bacon’s Rebellion, 1676 A mansion structure or public building dating from the second quarter of the 17th century. Rebuilt once and burned...
One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown with other refuse into a well behind the row house. The logical inference is that a rebel or criminal had been hanged, drawn, and quartered One of the intriguing mysteries of Jamestown is how the left leg and left half of a human pelvis came to be thrown...
Buffet in Quartered Oak Buffet in Quartered Oak
Mission Settee Made of Quarter-Sawed Oak Mission Settee Made of Quarter-Sawed Oak

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A little under one quarter of the people in the world are vegetarians
    • Quartering (Arch) A series of quarters, or small upright posts. See Quarter n., 1 Arch
    • Quartering A station.
    • Quartering Assignment of quarters for soldiers; quarters.
    • Quartering (Mach) At right angles, as the cranks of a locomotive, which are in planes forming a right angle with each other.
    • Quartering (Naut) Coming from a point well abaft the beam, but not directly astern; -- said of waves or any moving object.
    • Quartering (Her) One of the different coats of arms arranged upon an escutcheon, denoting the descent of the bearer.
    • Quartering (Her) The division of a shield containing different coats of arms into four or more compartments.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night
    • n quartering The act of dividing into fourths.
    • n quartering The act of assigning quarters, as for soldiers.
    • n quartering Quarters; lodging; a station.
    • n quartering In heraldry, the marshaling or disposal of various escutcheons in one, in order to denote the several alliances of one family with the heiresses of others. When more than three other escutcheons are quartered with that of the family, the arms are still said to be quartered, however many compartments the shield may be divided into. The name is also given to the several different coats marshaled and placed together in one escutcheon. See quarterly.
    • n quartering In carpentry, a series of small vertical timber posts, rarely exceeding 4 by 3 inches, used to form a partition for the separation or boundary of apartments. They are usually placed about twelve inches apart, and are lathed and plastered in interiors, but if used for exteriors they are generally boarded. Gwilt.
    • n quartering In gunnery, the position or placing of a piece of ordnance when it is so traversed that it will shoot on the same line, or on the same point of the compass, as that on which the ship's quarter has its bearing.
    • n quartering In mech., the adjustment of cranks on a single shaft at an angle of 90° with each other; also, the boring of holes for wrist-pins in locomotive driving-wheels at right angles with each other.
    • quartering Nautical: Sailing large but not before the wind.
    • quartering Being on the quarter, or between the line of the keel and the beam, abaft the latter: as, a quartering wind.
    • quartering In archery, making an acute angle with the range: said of the wind.
    • n quartering The change of the moon from one quarter to the next.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One - quarter of the world's cattle live in India.
    • adj Quartering sailing nearly before the wind: striking on the quarter of a ship, as a wind
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  • Jonathan Swift
    “Faith! he must make his stories shorter or change his comrades once a quarter.”
  • Simone Weil
    “Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our life.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.”
  • Franklin P. Adams
    Franklin P. Adams
    “There are plenty of good five cent cigars in the country. The trouble is they cost a quarter.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “I can't do with mountains at close quarters -- they are always in the way, and they are so stupid, never moving and never doing anything but obtrude themselves.”
  • Richard E. Griggs
    Richard E. Griggs
    “Everything someone does on a daily basis should be traceable back to an annual or quarterly plan.”


No quarter - This means without mercy. We can say no quarter given or asked.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. quartariusquartus, fourth.


In literature:

In selecting the quarters occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Bridger he had slightly inconvenienced and sorely vexed the latter.
"An Apache Princess" by Charles King
Although the Spanish ships were still three-quarters of a mile away, a bustle was at once observable on their decks.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
He'd run for a quarter of a mile to a great big tree down in the field way back of the place off the road.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
It was the head-quarters of the old Federal Party, and was subsequently used as a hotel.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
He retired slowly into Campania, and from thence withdrew into winter quarters to Tarentum.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
It could not be said that Fergus felt comfortable, as he started from his quarters.
"With Frederick the Great" by G. A. Henty
These may be made from a piece of plum-colored material on a true bias, two and one-quarter inches long and one and one-quarter inches wide.
"Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin
In the Copt and Jewish quarters the streets, as in the Arab quarters, are winding and narrow.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
In the hayloft of the barn the men were quartered.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
Now Echizenbori is not a particularly old quarter of the city.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville

In poetry:

And should at last suddenly
Fly the speeding death:
The four great quarters of heaven
Receive this little breath.
"The Approach" by Robert Nichols
To the tiller the lady she laid her han',
An' the ship brayt her cheek to the blast;
They joukit the berg, but her quarter scraped,
An' they luikit at ither aghast.
"The Yerl O' Waterydeck" by George MacDonald
But the time for that is over,
And I wish we'd never met.
I'm afraid I've proved a rover -
I'm afraid a heartless rover -
Quarters in a place like Dover
Tend to make a man forget.
"Tempora Mutantur" by William Schwenck Gilbert
When someone says: "Alexandria,"
I see stars above the hushed city,
drunken sailors in dark quarters,
a dancing girl performing the "wasp,"
and hear tambourines and the noise of fights.
"When Someone Says:" by Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin
Ah, surely he'll come, when the waiting is ended,
To fly the stiff fences and take him in hand,
Blue-ribboned once more, and three-quarters extended,
Hard-held for the cheers from the fence and the stand.
"Ownerless" by John Shaw Neilson
Tis three years and a quarter since I left my own fireside
To go aboard a ship through love, and plough the ocean wide.
I crossed my native fields, where the scarlet poppies grew,
And the groundlark left his nest like a neighbour which I knew.
"The Sailor-Boy" by John Clare

In news:

GRAPEVINE, Texas — GameStop reported that total sales for the third quarter of 2011 were $1.95 billion, an increase of 2.5% compared with $1.9 billion in the prior year quarter.
The world's biggest recorded-music company, said yesterday that third-quarter profits jumped 95 percent, unexpectedly rebounding from drops in the first and second quarters as it reorganized and as new music releases revived demand.
The company reports net income for its third quarter of $132 million, compared with $301 million for the same quarter in 2010.
Mifflin's polite third-quarter push had become a violent fourth-quarter shove.
Worldwide PC sales during the first quarter fell for the first time in six quarters, according to Gartner and IDC.
The JDS Uniphase Corporation, the world's largest maker of parts for fiber optic networks, said yesterday that its fourth-quarter net loss narrowed to $24.3 million after sales rose for the first time in 12 quarters.
This resulted in a decline in the vacancy rate to 11.9 percent, compared with 12.6 percent in second-quarter 2012 and 12.7 percent in third-quarter 2011.
The vacancy rate in the industrial real estate market in central Arkansas rose slightly during the third quarter, increasing to 11.3 percent, compared with 11 percent in second-quarter 2012.
Bank of America reported a profit in the second quarter 2012 after generating a massive loss in the second quarter of 2011.
Southern Wayne 6 6 6 0 -- 18 White Oak 0 0 0 8 -- 8 First quarter SW. Matthews 61 run (run failed) Second quarter SW. Kornegay 60 run (pass failed) Third quarter SW.
USA TODAY's Jarrett Bell breaks down Super Bowl XLIII quarter-by-quarter.
Taiwanese employers may show less interest in hiring in the first quarter of next year from this quarter, as companies reduce their investments due to uncertainty around the world, a survey released by ManpowerGroup said yesterday.
Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace Hardware Corp. Reported total revenues of $845.0 million in the first quarter, up 2.8% from the same quarter a year ago.
Late payments on mortgages ticked up in the last three months of 2011, the second straight quarter-to-quarter increase after nearly two years of steady decline, but there were improvements in Nevada.
The finances of public pensions rebounded in the final quarter of 2011 from the quarter before, but the cash and security holdings were still below end-of-2010 levels, according to US Census data released on Thursday.

In science:

The theory says that these should be equal, so if one of the counts has fallen a lot behind (is less than a quarter of the queries x receives for itself ) we set all the values in the buffer to 0.
Decentralized Search with Random Costs
Even under best conditions, not more than two thirds to three quarters of our sample (“sequence A”) could be observed in one night.
A Spectroscopic Survey of WNL Stars in the LMC: General Properties and Binary Status
In both cases one can recover the entropy as one quarter of the area of the marginally trapped surface.
Black holes and black hole thermodynamics without event horizons
According to some observational data, about a quarter of these massive stars display sufficiently strong magnetic fields (see and references therein).
Magnetars, Gamma-ray Bursts, and Very Close Binaries
In all, for the three-quarters of a million years before 1866, T Pyx was an ordinary CV slowly accumulating material on the surface of its WD.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis