- the division of an escutcheon into quarters.
- the marshaling of various coats of arms on an escutcheon.
- any of the coats of arms so marshaled.
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Words nearby quartering
Definition for quartering (2 of 2)
- housing accommodations, as a place of residence; lodgings.
- Military. the buildings, houses, barracks, or rooms occupied by military personnel or their families.
- the after part of a ship's side, usually from about the aftermost mast to the stern.
- the general horizontal direction 45° from the stern of a ship on either side: Another boat is coming near on the port quarter.
- one of the stations to which crew members are called for battle, emergencies, or drills.
- the part of a yard between the slings and the yardarm.
- quarter point.
- any of the four equal areas into which an escutcheon may be divided by a vertical and a horizontal line passing through the center.
- any of the variously numbered areas into which an escutcheon may be divided for the marshaling of different arms.
- any of the arms marshaled on an escutcheon.
- a charge occupying one quarter of an escutcheon, especially that in dexter chief.Compare canton(def 3).
verb (used with object)
- to divide (an escutcheon) into four or more parts.
- to place or bear quarterly (different coats of arms, etc.) on an escutcheon.
- to display (a coat of arms) with one's own on an escutcheon.
verb (used without object)
Origin of quarter
OTHER WORDS FROM quarterquar·ter·er, nounhalf-quar·ter, adjectivein·ter·quar·ter, nounout·quar·ters, noun
Example sentences from the Web for quartering
A short list might be made of English poets who witnessed with their own eyes a hanging, drawing, and quartering.
The task of investigating the abuses in the quartering of the officers devolved on two citizens, called Schuch and Czarnecki.
Meanwhile the punishment of beheading and quartering had been executed on a wooden effigy in Copenhagen.Memoirs of Leonora Christina|Leonora Christina Ulfeldt
His arbitrary conduct in quartering his officers in Albany and New York.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2|Edgerton Ryerson
Meanwhile preparations were made for quartering and feeding the troops.A short history of Rhode Island|George Washington Greene
In the succeeding year he vigorously opposed the act laying a duty on tea, and that for quartering British troops in the colonies.History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia|Charles Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for quartering (1 of 2)
- the marshalling of several coats of arms on one shield, usually representing intermarriages
- any coat of arms marshalled in this way
British Dictionary definitions for quartering (2 of 2)
- one fourth of the moon's period of revolution around the earth
- either of two phases of the moon, first quarter or last quarter when half of the lighted surface is visible from the earth
- to divide (a shield) into four separate bearings with a cross
- to place (one set of arms) in diagonally opposite quarters to another
Word Origin for quarter
Idioms and Phrases with quartering
see at close quarters; draw and quarter.