quadri-, quadra-, quad-, quadru-

(Latin: four, fourth; a word element for number 4)

1. An animal that has four feet. Usually a reference to mammals, and excluding four-footed reptiles.
2. Belonging to, connected with, or appropriate to four-footed animals.
1. Of animals, four-footed; using all four feet for walking or running.
2. Sometimes a reference to a person: on hands and knees.
quadruplicate (kwah DROO pli kayt", kwah DROOP li kayt") (verb), quadruplicates; quadruplicated; quadruplicating
1. To reproduce something four times or to multiply it by four: Alice used her photocopier so she could quadruplicate her job applications and have enough copies to present for her job interviews that were to take place the next day.
2. To multiply by four: Ted's supervisor told the committee that they must quadruplicate their efforts in order to complete the assignment on time.
quarantine (s) (noun), quarantines (pl)
1. A period of isolation or separation from others in order to control the spread of an infectious disease: "For many centuries, quarantines were one of the few available means for halting the spread of infectious diseases."

"A quarantine means that a person, or people, will have to stay in isolation separated from others and avoid contact with anyone else."

2. Etymology: derived from the Latin quadraginta, "forty". Originally, this referred to the amount of time a widow could remain in her deceased husband’s house, then it referred to the period of time a ship had to wait off a country’s port if its passengers were stricken with a disease. Now, a quarantine can mean a period of isolation for any length of time.

The meaning of "period a ship suspected of carrying disease is kept in isolation" is from Italian quarantina giorni; literally, "a space of forty days" from quaranta, "forty". The term comes from the Venetian custom of keeping ships that came from plague-stricken countries from entering its port for a period of 40 days.

quarantine (verb), quarantines; quarantined; quarantining
To keep someone, or groups of people, or an animal, or animals in obligatory or enforced separation or isolation from others as a sanitary precaution to prevent the spread of a contagious disease: "A river cruise boat had a hundred passengers on board and forty of them came down with an intestinal-viral infection and were taken to hospitals while the others were quarantined aboard the boat and not allowed to leave."

"Martin's dog became very ill and the veteranarian immediately quarantined her."

quarry (stones, rocks)
Aspect of two heavenly bodies when separated by one and a half quadrants (135 degrees).

Cross references of word families that are related, partially or totally, to: "four, fourth": quatr-; tessara-; tetra-.