quatr-, quart-

(Latin: fourth, four)

quarter (s), quarters (pl) (nouns)
1. A measurement that is equal to one fourth of something: "He was so hungry that he ate a quarter of the pie and drank a large glass of milk."

"I read one quarter of the book before I stopped to eat dinner."

2. A school term that is typically twelve weeks in length: "At the end of the first quarter at school, we had a short vacation."
3. A coin (United States, Canadian) that is worth one fourth of a dollar or a combination of small coins that will equal one fourth of a dollar: "My mother gave me one quarter to take to the store to spend on candy."
4. Any one of the four regions or directions on the horizon; for example, Easterly, etc.: "From the top of my roof, I could look over the quarter towards the sea and imagine I was sailing on a ship."
5. An unspecified individual or group: "The financial quarter of the city came to the rescue of the bankrupt newspaper."
6. A sector or division of a town: "The new immigrants tend to live in the old quarter of the town where rent is inexpensive."
7. A part of the moon's cycle that is divided into fourths: "On Friday, we will be able to see the first quarter of the moon."
8. One of four parts of a playing period in some sports: "The team won its first goal during the third quarter of the game."
quarter, quarters, quartered, quartering (verbs)
1. To provide someone with a place to stay, usually for a short time: "The landlord said we could quarter our horse in the stable."

"The manager of the camp was quartering the family in the log cabin for a few days."

2. To divide something into four equal parts: "It is always a challenge to quarter a chocolate bar to share with his sister."

"His mother was busy quartering potatoes that would be cooked for the evening meal."

quartered (adjective)
1. That which has been divided into four parts: "The quartered pie was ready to be served to the guests."
2. A reference to people who have been provided with lodgings or a place to stay: "The quartered troops were ready to get to bed so they would be rested for the next day's training."

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