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1    one of four equal or nearly equal parts of an object, quantity, amount, etc.  
2      (Also called)    fourth   the fraction equal to one divided by four (1/4)  
3      (U.S., Canadian, etc.)   a quarter of a dollar; 25-cent piece  
4    a unit of weight equal to a quarter of a hundredweight. 1 U.S. quarter is equal to 25 pounds; 1 Brit. quarter is equal to 28 pounds  
5       short for       quarter-hour  
6    a fourth part of a year; three months  
7      (Astronomy)  
a    one fourth of the moon's period of revolution around the earth  
b    either of two phases of the moon, first quarter or last quarter when half of the lighted surface is visible from the earth  
8    Informal   a unit of weight equal to a quarter of a pound or 4 ounces  
9      (Brit)   a unit of capacity for grain, etc., usually equal to 8 U.K. bushels  
10      (Sport)   one of the four periods into which certain games are divided  
11      (Nautical)   the part of a vessel's side towards the stern, usually aft of the aftermost mast  
the port quarter     
12      (Nautical)   the general direction along the water in the quadrant between the beam of a vessel and its stern  
the wind was from the port quarter     
13    a region or district of a town or city  
the Spanish quarter     
14    a region, direction, or point of the compass  
15    sometimes pl   an unspecified person or group of people  
to get word from the highest quarter     
16    mercy or pity, as shown to a defeated opponent (esp. in the phrases ask for or give quarter)  
17    any of the four limbs, including the adjacent parts, of the carcass of a quadruped or bird  
a hind quarter of beef     
18      (Vet. science)   the side part of the wall of a horse's hoof  
19    the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp  
20      (Heraldry)   one of four more or less equal quadrants into which a shield may be divided  
21      (Military, slang)      short for       quartermaster  
22    tr   to divide into four equal or nearly equal parts  
23    tr   to divide into any number of parts  
24    tr   (esp. formerly) to dismember (a human body)  
to be drawn and quartered     
25    to billet or be billeted in lodgings, esp. (of military personnel) in civilian lodgings  
26    intr   (of gun dogs or hounds) to range over an area of ground in search of game or the scent of quarry  
27    intr     (Nautical)   (of the wind) to blow onto a vessel's quarter  
the wind began to quarter     
28    tr     (Heraldry)  
a    to divide (a shield) into four separate bearings with a cross  
b    to place (one set of arms) in diagonally opposite quarters to another  
29    being or consisting of one of four equal parts  
a quarter pound of butter        (See also)        quarters  
     (C13: from Old French quartier, from Latin quartarius a fourth part, from quartus fourth)  

centre three-quarter  
      n     (Rugby)   either of two middle players on the three-quarter line  
Empty Quarter  
      n      another name for       Rub` al Khali  
first quarter  
      n   one of the four principal phases of the moon, occurring between new moon and full moon, when half of the lighted surface is visible from earth  
   Compare       last quarter  
last quarter  
      n   one of the four principal phases of the moon, occurring between full moon and new moon, when half the lighted surface is visible  
   Compare       first quarter  
Latin Quarter  
      n   an area of Paris, on the S bank of the River Seine: contains the city's main educational establishments; centre for students and artists  
      adj   (of a book) having a binding consisting of two types of material, the better type being used on the spine  
quarter crack  
      n     (Vet. science)   a sand crack on the inside of the forefoot of a horse  
quarter day  
      n   any of four days in the year when certain payments become due. In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland these are Lady Day, Midsummer's Day, Michaelmas, and Christmas. In Scotland they are Candlemas, Whit Sunday, Lammas, and Martinmas  
quarter grain  
      n   the grain of quartersawn timber  
quarter horse  
      n   a small powerful breed of horse, originally bred for sprinting in quarter-mile races in Virginia in the late 18th century  
1    a period of 15 minutes  
2    any of the points on the face of a timepiece that mark 15 minutes before or after the hour, and sometimes 30 minutes after  
  quarter-hourly      adv, adj  
      n   an athlete who specializes in running the quarter mile  
quarter note  
      n      the usual U.S. and Canadian name for       crotchet       1  
      adj      another term for       two-phase  
quarter plate  
      n   a photographic plate measuring 3¼x4¼ inches (8.3x10.8 cm)  
quarter round  
      n     (Architect)      another name for       ovolo  
quarter section  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)   a land measure, used in surveying, with sides half a mile long; 160 acres  
quarter sessions  
      n   functioning as sing or pl  
1    (in England and Wales, formerly) a criminal court held four times a year before justices of the peace or a recorder, empowered to try all but the most serious offences and to hear appeals from petty sessions. Replaced in 1972 by crown courts  
   Compare       assizes  
2    (in Scotland, formerly) a court held by justices of the peace four times a year, empowered to hear appeals from justice of the peace courts and to deal with some licensing matters: abolished in 1975  
quarter tone  
      n     (Music)   a quarter of a whole tone; a pitch interval corresponding to 50 cents measured on the well-tempered scale  
1    being three quarters of something  
a three-quarter turn     
2    being of three quarters the normal length  
3      (Rugby)  
a    any of the four players between the fullback and the halfbacks  
b    this position  
c    (as modifier)  
three-quarter play     
three-quarter binding  
      n   a bookbinding style in which the spine and much of the sides are in a different material (esp. leather) from the rest of the covers  
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1    area, direction, district, locality, location, neighbourhood, part, place, point, position, province, region, side, spot, station, territory, zone  
2    clemency, compassion, favour, forgiveness, leniency, mercy, pity  
3    accommodate, billet, board, house, install, lodge, place, post, put up, station  

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A currency coin worth $1.00 in Canada. Bigger than a quarter but smaller than a tooney.
looney also can mean strange or weird. ex.He had always been a little bit looney.
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