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quarter

noun
 
 
/ˈkwɔːtər/
EQUAL PART [C] ( also US fourth) A2 one of four equal parts of something; 1/4 : Three quarters of the island's residents speak English. My house is one and three-quarter miles/a mile and three-quarters from here. I waited a quarter of an hour for her.FractionsNumbers generally
BEFORE/AFTER HOUR [no plural] A1 a period of 15 minutes before or after the hour: It's (a) quarter to three (= 2.45). also US It's (a) quarter of three (= 2.45). We're leaving at (a) quarter past six (= 6.15). also US We're leaving at (a) quarter after six (= 6.15).Specific periods of time
BUSINESS [C] one of four periods of time into which a year is divided for financial calculations such as profits or bills (= orders for payment): I get an electricity bill every quarter.Specific periods of time
SCHOOL [C] US one of four periods of time into which a year at school is dividedSpecific periods of time
SPORT [C] US one of four periods of time into which some sports games are dividedSpecific periods of timeAmerican footballGeneral terms used in ball sportsParts and stages of competitions
PART OF TOWN [C] a part of a town, often where people from a particular country or religion live: the Jewish quarterAreas in towns and citiesEnvironments and localities
COIN [C] a US or Canadian coin with a value of 25 cents, which is a quarter of a dollarNorth American money
(Definition of quarter from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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