Quartern to Queen

(Quar"tern) n.[OE. quarteroun, quartron, F. quarteron, the fourth part of a pound, or of a hundred; cf. L. quartarius a fourth part, quarter of any measure, quartern, gill. See Quarter, and cf. Quarteron, Quadroon.]

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.

(Quar"ter*on) n. [F. See Quartern.] A quarter; esp., a quarter of a pound, or a quarter of a hundred. Piers Plowman.

(Quar"ter*on Quar"ter*oon) , n. A quadroon.

(Quar"ter*pace`) n. (Arch.) A platform of a staircase where the stair turns at a right angle only. See Halfpace.

Quarter round
(Quar"ter round`) (Arch.) An ovolo.

(Quar"ter*staff`) n.; pl. 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.

(Quar*tet", Quar*tette") n. [It. quartetto, dim. of quarto the fourth, a fourth part, fr. L. 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.

(Quar"tic) a. [L. quartus fourth.] (Mach.) Of the fourth degree.

(Quar"tic) n. (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.

(Quar"tile) n. [F. quartile aspect, fr. L. quartus the fourth. See Quart.] (Astrol.) Same as Quadrate.

(Quar"tine) n. [F., fr. L. quartus the fourth.] (Bot.) A supposed fourth integument of an ovule, counting from the outside.

(Quar"to) a. [L. in quarto in fourth, from quartus the fourth: cf. F. (in) quarto. See Quart.] Having four leaves to the sheet; of the form or size of a quarto.

(Quar"to), n.; pl. Quartos Originally, a book of the size of the fourth of sheet of printing paper; a size leaves; in present usage, a book of a square or nearly square form, and usually of large size.

(Quar"tridge) n. Quarterage. [Obs.]

(Quartz) n. [G. quarz.] (Min.) A form of silica, or silicon dioxide occurring in hexagonal crystals, which are commonly colorless and transparent, but sometimes also yellow, brown, purple, green, and of other colors; also in cryptocrystalline massive forms varying in color and degree of transparency, being sometimes opaque.

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