1. (qtr or Q or Qr)
   a traditional unit of weight equal to 1/4 hundredweight. In Britain, one quarter equals 28 pounds (12.7006 kilograms); in the United States, one quarter equals 25 pounds (11.3398 kilograms). In the U.S., "quarter" is also used informally to mean 1/4 ton, or 500 pounds (226.80 kilograms).
   2. (qtr or Q)
   a civil unit of time equal to 3 months or 1/4 year. The quarter is widely used as a time unit in business and economics. Given the layout of the Gregorian calendar in civil use throughout the world (see year2), the quarter varies in length from 90 to 92 days3 depending on its starting date.
   3. (qtr or Q)
   a unit of angle measure equal to 1/4 circle; another name for a quadrant.
   4. (qtr or Q)
   a unit of angle measure, sometimes used at sea, equal to 1/4 of a compass point (see point1). In this use, a quarter equals 2°48'45" = 2.8125° or pi/64 = 0.049 087 radian.
   5. (qtr or Q)
   a traditional unit of volume used for measuring grain. A quarter of grain is 8 bushels (about 282 liters, based on the U.S. bushel, or 291 liters, based on the British Imperial bushel), presumably because this quantity of grain weighs roughly 1/4 ton. This unit also known traditionally as the seam.
   6. (qtr or Q)
   an informal unit of distance equal to 1/4 mile, 2 furlongs, or 402.336 meters. This unit is used in athletics and horse racing.
   7. (qtr or Q)
   an informal unit of time equal to 1/4 hour or 15 minutes. This unit occurs in informal expressions of time, such as "quarter after 10" for 10:15.
   8. (qtr or Q)
   a unit of relative time used in sports, equal to 1/4 the total playing time of a competition. A quarter is 15 minutes in American football, 12 minutes in professional basketball.
   9. (Q)
   a unit of distance equal to 0.25 millimeter. See Q, above, and point2.
   10. (qtr or Q)
   a unit of distance equal to 1/4 yard or 9 inches (22.86 centimeters). The quarter with this definition was frequently used in cloth measurement in medieval England, and it has continued to be used on occasion down to the present day. In particular, the English ell was often described as being equal to 5 quarters. This unit is identical to the span.

Dictionary of units of measurement. 2015.


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  • Quarter — is one fourth, ¼, or 25%, and may refer to: Quarter (country subdivision), a section or area, usually of a town Quarter (United States coin), valued at one fourth of a U.S. dollar Quarter (Canadian coin), valued at one fourth of a Canadian dollar …   Wikipedia

  • quarter — 1. Practice varies in the hyphenation of quarter in compounds, and the following forms are recommended: quarter day, quarterdeck, quarter final, quarter hour (but a quarter of an hour), quarter light, quartermaster, quarter sessions. 2. The BrE… …   Modern English usage

  • quarter — ● quarter verbe transitif Faire subir à un échantillon de minerai une réduction de volume par quartage. ● quarter (homonymes) verbe transitif carter verbe quarté nom masculin I. ⇒QUARTER1, verbe intrans. ESCR. Se mettre en quarte. Je quarte du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • quarter — [kwôrt′ər] n. [ME quartre < OFr quartier < L quartarius, fourth part < quartus, fourth: see QUART1] 1. any of the four equal parts of something; fourth 2. one fourth of a hundredweight: 25 pounds in the U.S., 28 pounds in Great Britain 3 …   English World dictionary

  • Quarter — (en. quarter „Viertel“, von lat. quartus „der vierte“) steht für: Vierteldollar (Vereinigte Staaten), die amerikanische Vierteldollarmünze Vierteldollar (Kanada), die kanadische Vierteldollarmünze Quarter (Maßeinheit), verschiedene Massen und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • quarter — [n1] one of four equal parts division, farthing, fourth, one fourth, part, portion, quad, quadrant, quartern, section, semester, span, term, two bits*; concept 835 quarter [n2] area, neighborhood barrio, bearing, direction, district, division,… …   New thesaurus

  • quarter — ► NOUN 1) each of four equal or corresponding parts into which something is or can be divided. 2) a period of three months, used especially in reference to financial transactions. 3) a quarter hour. 4) a US or Canadian coin worth 25 cents. 5) one …   English terms dictionary

  • Quarter — Quar ter (kw[aum]r t[ e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Quartered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quartering}.] 1. To divide into four equal parts. [1913 Webster] 2. To divide; to separate into parts or regions. [1913 Webster] Then sailors quartered heaven. Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Quarter — Quārter, engl. Getreidemaß (Imperial quarter) zu 64 Gallons = 290,79 l; Gewicht zu 28 engl. Handelspfund = 12,70 kg; Tuchmachermaß = 1/4 Yard = 0,2386 m; Münze in Nordamerika = 1/4 Dollar …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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