(Quar"ter*hung`) a. (Ordnance) Having trunnions the axes of which lie below the bore;
said of a cannon.
1. (Naut.) Coming from a point well abaft the beam, but not directly astern; said of waves or any
2. (Mach.) At right angles, as the cranks of a locomotive, which are in planes forming a right angle
with each other.
1. A station. [Obs.] 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. (Arch.) A series of quarters, or small upright posts. See Quarter, n., 1 (m) (Arch.) 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.
(Quar"ter*ly), n.; pl. Quarterlies A periodical work published once a quarter, or four times in
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.
(Quar"ter*mas`ter) n. [Quarter + master: cf. F. 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. (Naut.) 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.