- 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
Related formsquar·ter·er, nounhalf-quar·ter, adjectivein·ter·quar·ter, nounout·quar·ters, noun
Examples from the Web for quarters
Maybe I could turn all these quarters into some kind of rib-sticking casserole.
Per recent reports of his return to work and moving into quarters at his base, it seems Sgt. Bergdahl has moved into Phase 3.Bergdahl’s Bitter Homecoming: The Psychological Cost of War|Jean Kim|July 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My understanding is he is in quarters appropriate to his pay grade along with other personnel in full-duty status.
She secured her own quarters in one of the palaces, and she kept her job as princess.
“Homosexuality” was as much an act as an identity—as it still is today in some quarters of the Christian Right.Ten Reasons Women Are Losing While Gays Keep Winning|Jay Michaelson|July 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Core, pare and cut the apples into quarters (if large into eighths).Public School Domestic Science|Mrs. J. Hoodless
The officers' quarters, barracks, store-houses and stables were built in the same manner.George at the Fort|Harry Castlemon
Lastly, a cotillion was danced: the ladies were then escorted home, and each retired to his own quarters.Travels Through North America, v. 1-2|Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
Both the young and the old Houtouktou sent us a scarf of blessing, with a good provision of butter and quarters of mutton.Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China|Evariste Regis Huc
Before dawn the unlucky expedition returned to their quarters at Jacques Cartier.The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 2 of 2)|George Warburton
British Dictionary definitions for quarters (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for quarters (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 quarters
see at close quarters; draw and quarter.