quar|ter1 W2S1 [ˈkwo:tə US ˈkwo:rtər] n
2¦(part of an hour)¦
4¦(three months)¦
6¦(part of a city)¦
10 in/from ... quarters
11 all quarters of the Earth/globe
12 give/receive no quarter
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: quartier, from Latin quartarius, from quartus 'fourth']
1.) ¦(AMOUNT)¦
one of four equal parts into which something can be divided
→↑half, third ↑third
a/one quarter (of sth)
a quarter of a mile
roughly one quarter of the city's population
It's about a page and a quarter.
three quarters (of sth)
three quarters of a million pounds
the first/second etc quarter
in the last quarter of the 19th century
Cut the cake into quarters .
a period of 15 minutes
I'll meet you in a quarter of an hour .
She arrived three quarters of an hour (=45 minutes) late.
(a) quarter to (sth) also (a) quarter of (sth)
AmE (=15 minutes before the hour)
It's a quarter of two.
(a) quarter past (sth)
BrE also (a) quarter after (sth)
AmE (=15 minutes after the hour)
I'll meet you at a quarter past ten.
3.) ¦(MONEY)¦
a coin used in the US and Canada worth 25 cents
a period of three months, used especially when discussing business and financial matters
the first/second/third/fourth quarter
The company's profits rose by 11% in the first quarter of the year.
Our database is updated every quarter.
5.) ¦(SPORT)¦
one of the four equal periods of time into which games of some sports are divided
the first/second/third/fourth quarter
The home side took the lead in the second quarter.
6.) ¦(PART OF A CITY)¦ [usually singular]
an area of a town
I found a small flat in the student quarter.
Granada's ancient Arab quarter
a historic quarter of the city
7.) ¦(HOME)¦
quarters [plural]
the rooms that are given to someone to live in as part of their job, especially servants or soldiers
The top floor provided living quarters for the kitchen staff.
Most of the officers live in married quarters (=houses where soldiers live with their wives) .
8.) ¦(COLLEGE)¦
AmE one of the four periods into which a year at school or college is divided, continuing for 10 to 12 weeks
What classes are you taking this quarter?
9.) ¦(MOON)¦
the period of time twice a month when you can see a quarter of the moon's surface
10.) in/from ... quarters
among or from different groups of people
Offers of financial help came from several quarters.
Doubts were expressed in many quarters.
11.) all quarters of the Earth/globe
literary everywhere in the world
12.) give/receive no quarter
literary if someone gives no quarter, they do not show any pity or gentleness when dealing with someone, especially an enemy
It was a fight to the death, with no quarter given.
at close quarters atclose2 (20)
HINT sense 1
Say a quarter of something, not 'quarter of' something.
quarter 2
quarter2 v [T]
1.) to cut or divide something into four parts
Quarter the tomatoes and place them round the dish.
2.) [usually passive] formal
to provide someone with a place to sleep and eat, especially soldiers
Our troops were quartered in Boston until June.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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