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quarter section

noun, Western U.S.
(in surveying and homesteading) a square tract of land, half a mile on each side, thus containing ¼ sq. mi. or 160 acres.
Abbreviation: q.s.
Origin of quarter section
An Americanism dating back to 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for quarter section
Historical Examples
  • I recommended him half o' my own quarter section, and he took it.

  • He selected a ‘quarter section’ in a dense wilderness, and soon entered upon the arduous work of clearing a farm.

    The Cabin on the Prairie

    C. H. (Charles Henry) Pearson
  • It had a long barn and cattle sheds, for Madison Clay was a "great" stockraiser and the owner of a "quarter section."

    Salomy Jane Bret Harte
  • It caused her to remove to Santa Ana, where her old father had feebly ranched a "quarter section" in the valley.

    Under the Redwoods Bret Harte
  • I wish you wouldn't let daylight through me till I've had a chance to get my quarter section.

    A Mountain Woman and Others (AKA Elia Wilkinson) Elia W. Peattie
  • It had a long barn and cattle sheds, for Madison Clay was a "great" stock-raiser and the owner of a "quarter section."

  • The thought that cattle, horses, and "quarter section" would one day be hers did not disturb her calm.

British Dictionary definitions for quarter section

quarter section

(US & Canadian) a land measure, used in surveying, with sides half a mile long; 160 acres
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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