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.
(Quart) n. [See Quart a quarter.] In cards, four successive cards of the same suit. Cf. Tierce,
(Quar"tan) a. [F. quartain, in fièvre quartaine, L. quartanus, fr. quartus the fourth. See Quart.]
Of or pertaining to the fourth; occurring every fourth day, reckoning inclusively; as, a quartan ague, or
1. (Med.) 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.
(Quar"tane) n. [L. quartus the fourth.] (Chem.) Butane, each molecule of which has four
(Quar*ta"tion) n. [L. quartus the fourth: cf. F. 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.
(||Quarte) n. [F.] Same as 2d Carte.
(Quar"tene) n. [Ouartane + ethylene.] (Chem.) Same as Butylene.
(Quar"ten*yl"ic) a. [Quartene + -yl + -ic.] (Chem.) 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.
(Quar"ter) n. [F. quartier, L. quartarius a fourth part, fr. 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) pl. (Mil.) The encampment on one of the principal passages round a place besieged, to
prevent relief and intercept convoys. (i) (Naut.) 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