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three-quarter

or three-quarters

[three-kwawr-ter] /ˈθriˈkwɔr tər/
adjective
1.
consisting of or involving three quarters of a whole or of the usual length:
a blouse with a three-quarter sleeve.
2.
(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
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
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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

three-quarter

adjective
1.
being three quarters of something: a three-quarter turn
2.
being of three quarters the normal length
noun
3.
(rugby)
  1. any of the four players between the fullback and the halfbacks
  2. this position
  3. (as modifier): three-quarter play
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