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quarter section

noun Western U.S.
  1. (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.
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Origin of quarter section

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for quarter section

Historical Examples

  • An so youre a-goin to hold on to my quarter-section, be you?

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls

    Various

  • Johnnie was already revolving in his quarter-section of the remarkable door.

  • To look for a quarter-section here was like looking for a needle in a haystack.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl

  • They watched every quarter-section for the arrival of the settler.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl

  • Every quarter-section will hold a house, and there will be chimneys in sight in every direction.


British Dictionary definitions for quarter section

quarter section

noun
  1. US and Canadian a land measure, used in surveying, with sides half a mile long; 160 acres
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