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or three-quarters

[three-kwawr-ter] /ˈθriˈkwɔr tər/
consisting of or involving three quarters of a whole or of the usual length:
a blouse with a three-quarter sleeve.
(of a portrait) showing the face as seen from in front and somewhat to the side:
a three-quarter view.
Origin of three-quarter
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Between the arches, eighty to each story or tier, stood three-quarter columns.

    The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2 George Gordon Byron
  • "Fifteen feet, six and three-quarter inches," was the instant response.

  • On one side is the four and three-quarter inch piece and the other is the four inch.

  • I did so, and found that I measured five feet six and three-quarter inches.

    Taking Tales W.H.G. Kingston
  • Leaves are one-half or one and a half inches long; cones one-half or three-quarter inches, and bright chestnut brown at maturity.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Take them out at three-quarter gallop down the back stretch.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Some were from three and one-quarter inches to four inches in circumference, and measured four and three-quarter inches.

  • The night air was clear with a three-quarter moon well up in the sky.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • It was a small picture, very simply framed; representing the face in a "three-quarter" view, and part of the figure only.

    The Legacy of Cain Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for three-quarter


being three quarters of something: a three-quarter turn
being of three quarters the normal length
  1. any of the four players between the fullback and the halfbacks
  2. this position
  3. (as modifier): three-quarter play
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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