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.
1. A quarter. Specifically: (a) The fourth part of a pint; a gill. (b) The fourth part of a peck, or of a stone
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.
(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
(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