Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Quarreling adjective Engaged in a quarrel; apt or disposed to quarrel; as, quarreling factions; a quarreling mood. -- Quar"rel*ing*ly , adverb
[ Old French querelous
, French querelleux
, Latin querulosus
, from queri
to complain. See 2d Quarrel
[ Obsolete] [ Written also quarrellous
Quarrelsome adjective Apt or disposed to quarrel; given to brawls and contention; easily irritated or provoked to contest; irascible; choleric. Syn. -- Pugnacious; irritable; irascible; brawling; choleric; fiery; petulant. -- Quar"rel*some*ly , adverb -- Quar"rel*some*ness , noun
Quarried adjective Provided with prey.
Now I am bravely quarried . Beau. & Fl.
Quarrier noun A worker in a stone quarry.
[ Middle English quarre
, Old French quarré
square, French carré
, from Latin quadratus
square, quadrate, quadratum
a square. See Quadrate
, and confer Quarrel
an arrow.] Same as 1st Quarrel .
[ Obsolete] Fairfax.
Quarry adjective [ Old French quarré .] Quadrate; square. [ Obsolete]
; plural Quarries
. [ Middle English querre
, Old French cuiriée
, French curée
, from cuir
hide, leather, from Latin corium
; the quarry
given to the dogs being wrapped in the akin of the beast. See Cuirass
.] 1. (a) A part of the entrails of the beast taken, given to the hounds. (b) A heap of game killed. 2. The object of the chase; the animal hunted for; game; especially, the game hunted with hawks.
"The stone- dead quarry
The wily quarry shunned the shock. Sir W. Scott.
Quarry intransitive verb To secure prey; to prey, as a vulture or harpy. L'Estrange.
Quarry transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Quarried
; present participle & verbal noun Quarrying
.] To dig or take from a quarry; as, to quarry marble.
Quarry-faced adjective (Stone Masonry) Having a face left as it comes from the quarry and not smoothed with the chisel or point; -- said of stones.
; plural Quarrymen A man who is engaged in quarrying stones; a quarrier.
[ French quart
, noun masc., from Latin quartus
the fourth, akin to quattuor
four. See Four
, and confer 2d Carte
.] The fourth part; a quarter; hence, a region of the earth.
Camber did possess the western quart . Spenser.
[ French quarte
, noun fem., from quart
fourth. See Quart
a quarter.] 1. A measure of capacity, both in dry and in liquid measure; the fourth part of a gallon; the eighth part of a peck; two pints.
» In imperial measure, a quart is forty English fluid ounces; in wine measure, it is thirty-two American fluid ounces. The United States dry quart contains 67.20 cubic inches, the fluid quart 57.75. The English quart contains 69.32 cubic inches. 2. A vessel or measure containing a quart.
[ See Quart
a quarter.] In cards, four successive cards of the same suit. Confer Tierce , 4. Hoyle.
[ French quartain
, in fièvre quartaine
, Latin quartanus
, from quartus
the fourth. See Quart
.] Of or pertaining to the fourth; occurring every fourth day, reckoning inclusively; as, a quartan ague, or fever.
1. (Medicine) An intermittent fever which returns every fourth day, reckoning inclusively, that is, one in which the interval between paroxysms is two days. 2. A measure, the fourth part of some other measure.
Quartane noun [ Latin quartus the fourth.] (Chemistry) Butane, each molecule of which has four carbon atoms.
[ Latin quartus
the fourth: confer French quartation
. So called because usually enough silver is added to make the amount of gold in the alloyed button about one fourth
.] (Chem. & Assaying) The act, process, or result (in the process of parting) of alloying a button of nearly pure gold with enough silver to reduce the fineness so as to allow acids to attack and remove all metals except the gold; -- called also inquartation . Compare Parting .
[ French] Same as 2d Carte .
ane + ethyl ene
.] (Chemistry) Same as Butylene .
Quartenylic adjective [ Quartene + -yl + -ic .] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid of the acrylic acid series, metameric with crotonic acid, and obtained as a colorless liquid; -- so called from having four carbon atoms in the molecule. Called also isocrotonic acid .
[ French quartier
, Latin quartarius
a fourth part, from quartus
the fourth. See Quart
.] 1. One of four equal parts into which anything is divided, or is regarded as divided; a fourth part or portion; as, a quarter of a dollar, of a pound, of a yard, of an hour, etc.
Hence, specifically: (a) The fourth of a hundred-weight, being 25 or 28 pounds, according as the hundredweight is reckoned at 100 or 112 pounds. (b) The fourth of a ton in weight, or eight bushels of grain; as, a quarter of wheat; also, the fourth part of a chaldron of coal. Hutton. (c) (Astron.) The fourth part of the moon's period, or monthly revolution; as, the first quarter after the change or full. (d) One limb of a quadruped with the adjacent parts; one fourth part of the carcass of a slaughtered animal, including a leg; as, the fore quarters ; the hind quarters . (e) That part of a boot or shoe which forms the side, from the heel to the vamp. (f) (Far.) That part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, being the side of the coffin. (g) A term of study in a seminary, college, etc, etc.; properly, a fourth part of the year, but often longer or shorter. (h) plural (Mil.) The encampment on one of the principal passages round a place besieged, to prevent relief and intercept convoys. (i) (Nautical) The after-part of a vessel's side, generally corresponding in extent with the quarter-deck; also, the part of the yardarm outside of the slings. (j) (Her.) One of the divisions of an escutcheon when it is divided into four portions by a horizontal and a perpendicular line meeting in the fess point.
» When two coats of arms are united upon one escutcheon, as in case of marriage, the first and fourth quarters display one shield, the second and third the other. See Quarter
, transitive verb
, 5. (k)
One of the four parts into which the horizon is regarded as divided; a cardinal point; a direction' principal division; a region; a territory.
Scouts each coast light-armed scour, Milton. (l) A division of a town, city, or county; a particular district; a locality; as, the Latin quarter in Paris. (m) (Architecture) A small upright timber post, used in partitions; -- in the United States more commonly called stud . (n) (Nautical) The fourth part of the distance from one point of the compass to another, being the fourth part of 11Â° 15′, that is, about 2Â° 49′; -- called also quarter point . 2. Proper station; specific place; assigned position; special location.
Each quarter , to descry the distant foe.
Swift to their several quarters hasted then Milton.
The cumbrous elements.
Hence, specifically: (a) (Nautical) A station at which officers and men are posted in battle; -- usually in the plural. (b) Place of lodging or temporary residence; shelter; entertainment; -- usually in the plural.
The banter turned as to what quarters each would find. W. Irving. (c) plural (Mil.) A station or encampment occupied by troops; a place of lodging for soldiers or officers; as, winter quarters . (d) Treatment shown by an enemy; mercy; especially, the act of sparing the life a conquered enemy; a refraining from pushing one's advantage to extremes.
He magnified his own clemency, now they were at his mercy, to offer them quarter for their lives. Clarendon.
Cocks and lambs . . . at the mercy of cats and wolves . . . must never expect better quarter . L'Estrange. 3. Friendship; amity; concord.
[ Obsolete] To keep quarter
, to keep one's proper place, and so be on good terms with another. [ Obsolete]
In quarter , and in terms like bride and groom. Shak.
I knew two that were competitors for the secretary's place, . . . and yet kept good quarter between themselves. Bacon. False quarter
, a cleft in the quarter of a horse's foot.
-- Fifth quarter
, the hide and fat; -- a butcher's term.
-- On the quarter (Nautical)
, in a direction between abeam and astern; opposite, or nearly opposite, a vessel's quarter.
-- Quarter aspect
. (Astrol.) Same as Quadrate .
- - Quarter back (Football)
, the player who has position next behind center rush, and receives the ball on the snap back.
-- Quarter badge (Nautical)
, an ornament on the side of a vessel near, the stern. Mar. Dict.
-- Quarter bill (Nautical)
, a list specifying the different stations to be taken by the officers and crew in time of action, and the names of the men assigned to each.
-- Quarter block (Nautical)
, a block fitted under the quarters of a yard on each side of the slings, through which the clew lines and sheets are reeved. R. H. Dana, Jr.
-- Quarter boat (Nautical)
, a boat hung at a vessel's quarter.
-- Quarter cloths (Nautical)
, long pieces of painted canvas, used to cover the quarter netting.
-- Quarter day
, a day regarded as terminating a quarter of the year; hence, one on which any payment, especially rent, becomes due. In matters influenced by United States statutes, quarter days are the first days of January, April, July, and October. In New York and many other places, as between landlord and tenant, they are the first days of May, August, November, and February. The quarter days usually recognized in England are 25th of March (Lady Day), the 24th of June (Midsummer Day), the 29th of September (Michaelmas Day), and the 25th of December (Christmas Day).
-- Quarter face
, in fine arts, portrait painting, etc., a face turned away so that but one quarter is visible.
-- Quarter gallery (Nautical)
, a balcony on the quarter of a ship. See Gallery , 4.
-- Quarter gunner (Nautical)
, a petty officer who assists the gunner.
-- Quarter look
, a side glance.
[ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
-- Quarter nettings (Nautical)
, hammock nettings along the quarter rails.
-- Quarter note (Mus.)
, a note equal in duration to half a minim or a fourth of semibreve; a crochet.
-- Quarter pieces (Nautical)
, several pieces of timber at the after-part of the quarter gallery, near the taffrail. Totten.
-- Quarter point
. (Nautical) See Quarter , noun , 1 (n) .
-- Quarter railing
, or Quarter rails (Nautical)
, narrow molded planks reaching from the top of the stern to the gangway, serving as a fence to the quarter-deck.
-- Quarter sessions (Eng. Law)
, a general court of criminal jurisdiction held quarterly by the justices of peace in counties and by the recorders in boroughs.
-- Quarter square (Math.)
, the fourth part of the square of a number. Tables of quarter squares have been devised to save labor in multiplying numbers.
-- Quarter turn
, Quarter turn belt (Machinery)
, an arrangement in which a belt transmits motion between two shafts which are at right angles with each other.
-- Quarter watch (Nautical)
, a subdivision of the full watch (one fourth of the crew) on a man-of- war.
-- To give
, or show
, quarter (Mil.)
, to accept as prisoner, on submission in battle; to forbear to kill, as a vanquished enemy.
-- To keep quarter
. See Quarter , noun , 3.
(kwär"tẽr) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Quartered
; present participle & verbal noun Quartering
.] 1. To divide into four equal parts. 2. To divide; to separate into parts or regions.
Then sailors quartered heaven. Dryden. 3. To furnish with shelter or entertainment; to supply with the means of living for a time; especially, to furnish shelter to; as, to quarter soldiers.
They mean this night in Sardis to be quartered . Shak. 4. To furnish as a portion; to allot.
This isle . . . Milton. 5. (Her.) To arrange (different coats of arms) upon one escutcheon, as when a man inherits from both father and mother the right to bear arms.
He quarters to his blue-haired deities.
» When only two coats of arms are so combined they are arranged in four compartments. See Quarter
, 1 (f)
Quarter (kwär"tẽr) intransitive verb To lodge; to have a temporary residence.
Quarter intransitive verb
[ French cartayer
.] To drive a carriage so as to prevent the wheels from going into the ruts, or so that a rut shall be between the wheels.
Every creature that met us would rely on us for quartering . De Quincey.
Quarter round (Architecture) An ovolo.
Quarter-deck noun (Nautical) That part of the upper deck abaft the mainmast, including the poop deck when there is one. » The quarter-deck is reserved as a promenade for the officers and (in passenger vessels) for the cabin passengers.
Quarter-saw transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Quarter-sawed -sawn
; present participle & verbal noun Quarter-sawing
.] To saw (a log) into quarters; specif., to saw into quarters and then into boards, as by cutting alternately from each face of a quarter, to secure lumber that will warp relatively little or show the grain advantageously.
Quarterage noun A quarterly allowance.
1. Divided into four equal parts or quarters; separated into four parts or regions. 2. Furnished with quarters; provided with shelter or entertainment. 3. Quarter-sawed; -- said of timber, commonly oak.
Quarterfoil noun [ Quarier + foil : confer French quatre .] (Architecture) An ornamental foliation having four lobes, or foils.
Quarterhung adjective (Ordnance) Having trunnions the axes of which lie below the bore; -- said of a cannon.
1. (Nautical) Coming from a point well abaft the beam, but not directly astern; -- said of waves or any moving object. 2. (Machinery) At right angles, as the cranks of a locomotive, which are in planes forming a right angle with each other.
Quartering noun 1. A station.
[ Obsolete] Bp. Montagu. 2. Assignment of quarters for soldiers; quarters. 3. (Her.) (a) The division of a shield containing different coats of arms into four or more compartments. (b) One of the different coats of arms arranged upon an escutcheon, denoting the descent of the bearer. 4. (Architecture) A series of quarters, or small upright posts. See Quarter , noun , 1 (m) (Architecture) Gwilt. Quartering block
, a block on which the body of a condemned criminal was quartered. Macaulay.
1. Containing, or consisting of, a fourth part; as, quarterly seasons. 2. Recurring during, or at the end of, each quarter; as, quarterly payments of rent; a quarterly meeting.
; plural Quarterlies A periodical work published once a quarter, or four times in a year.
1. By quarters; once in a quarter of a year; as, the returns are made quarterly . 2. (Her.) In quarters, or quarterings; as, to bear arms quarterly ; in four or more parts; -- said of a shield thus divided by lines drawn through it at right angles.
: confer French quartier-maître
.] 1. (Mil.) An officer whose duty is to provide quarters, provisions, storage, clothing, fuel, stationery, and transportation for a regiment or other body of troops, and superintend the supplies. 2. (Nautical) A petty officer who attends to the helm, binnacle, signals, and the like, under the direction of the master. Totten. Quartermaster general (Mil.)
, in the United States a staff officer, who has the rank of brigadier general and is the chief officer in the quartermaster's department; in England, an officer of high rank stationed at the War Office having similar duties; also, a staff officer, usually a general officer, accompanying each complete army in the field.
-- Quartermaster sergeant
. See Sergeant .
[ Middle English quarteroun
, French quarteron
, the fourth part of a pound, or of a hundred; confer Latin quartarius
a fourth part, quarter of any measure, quartern, gill. See Quarter
, and confer Quarteron
.] 1. A quarter. Specifically: (a) The fourth part of a pint; a gill. (b) The fourth part of a peck, or of a stone (14 ibs.). 2. A loaf of bread weighing about four pounds; -- called also quartern loaf . Simmonds.
[ French See Quartern
.] A quarter; esp., a quarter of a pound, or a quarter of a hundred. Piers Plowman.
Quarteron, Quarteroon noun A quadroon.
Quarterpace noun (Architecture) A platform of a staircase where the stair turns at a right angle only. See Halfpace .
; plural Quarterstaves A long and stout staff formerly used as a weapon of defense and offense; -- so called because in holding it one hand was placed in the middle, and the other between the middle and the end.
Quartet, Quartette noun
[ Italian quartetto
, dim. of quarto the fourth, a fourth part, from Latin quartus
the fourth. See Quart
.] 1. (Mus.) (a) A composition in four parts, each performed by a single voice or instrument. (b) The set of four person who perform a piece of music in four parts. 2. (Poet.) A stanza of four lines.
Quartic adjective [ Latin quartus fourth.] (Machinery) Of the fourth degree.
Quartic noun (a) (Alg.) A quantic of the fourth degree. See Quantic . (b) (Geom.) A curve or surface whose equation is of the fourth degree in the variables.
[ French quartile aspect
, from Latin quartus
the fourth. See Quart
.] (Astrol.) Same as Quadrate .
Quartine noun [ French, from Latin quartus the fourth.] (Botany) A supposed fourth integument of an ovule, counting from the outside.