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quarter

noun (FOURTH PART)    /ˈkwɔː.tər/ US  /ˈkwɑː.t̬ɚ/
A2 [C] one of four equal or almost equal parts of something; ¼: He cut the orange into quarters. Under a quarter of people questioned said that they were happily married . My house is situated a mile and three-quarters from here.Fractions a quarter of an hour 15 minutes : I waited a quarter of an hour and then went home . I was there three-quarters of an hour . an hour and three-quartersSpecific periods of time a quarter to two, three, etc. A1 (also US a quarter of two, three, etc.) 15 minutes before two, three, etc.: It was a quarter to six when I left .Days and times of day a quarter past two, three, etc. A1 (also US a quarter after two, three, etc.) 15 minutes after two, three, etc.: I'll meet you at a quarter past five.Days and times of day [C] one of four periods of time into which a year is divided for financial calculations , such as for profits or taxes : There was a fall in unemployment in the second quarter of the year . I get an electricity bill every quarter.Specific periods of time [C] one of four periods in a game of American football and other ball sports American footballGeneral terms used in ball sportsParts and stages of competitions
(Definition of quarter noun (FOURTH PART) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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