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quartering

[ kwawr-ter-ing ]
/ ˈkwɔr tər ɪŋ /
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noun

the act of a person or thing that quarters.
the assignment of quarters or lodgings.
Heraldry.
  1. the division of an escutcheon into quarters.
  2. the marshaling of various coats of arms on an escutcheon.
  3. any of the coats of arms so marshaled.

adjective

that quarters.
lying at right angles.
Nautical. (of a wind) blowing on a ship's quarter.

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Origin of quartering

First recorded in 1585–95; quarter + -ing1, -ing2
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British Dictionary definitions for quartering

quartering
/ (ˈkwɔːtərɪŋ) /

noun

military the allocation of accommodation to service personnel
heraldry
  1. the marshalling of several coats of arms on one shield, usually representing intermarriages
  2. any coat of arms marshalled in this way
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