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Quater vs. Quarter: Mastering the Correct Spelling

Edited by Harlon Moss || By Janet White || Updated on March 12, 2024
"Quater" is a misspelling. The correct spelling is "Quarter," which denotes one-fourth of a whole or a specific period.

Which is correct: Quater or Quarter

How to spell Quarter?

Quater is Incorrect

Quarter is Correct


Key Differences

Think: A "quarterback" in football has two 'r's.
Remember: "Quarter" has two 'r's, just like "four" has an 'r.'
Associate: "Quarter" with "fourth" – both have the "r" sound.
Visualize: 25 cents is a QUARTER of a dollar; "quater" lacks value.
Mnemonic: A quarrel over a QUARTER has two 'r's.

Correct usage of Quarter

I found a quater on the sidewalk.
I found a quarter on the sidewalk.
She runs a mile in less than a quater of an hour.
She runs a mile in less than a quarter of an hour.

Quarter Definitions

Quarter can refer to a place of residence.
The troops were provided with new quarters.
Quarter represents 1/4th of a whole.
I gave him a quarter of the cake.
Quarter can mean a distinct period of time, especially one of four periods into which a year is divided.
Sales increased in the third quarter.
Quarter can signify mercy shown to a defeated opponent.
The pirates gave no quarter to the captured soldiers.
Quarter can also denote 25 cents in US currency.
I need a quarter for the parking meter.
One of four equal parts.
A coin equal to one fourth of the dollar of the United States and Canada.
One fourth of an hour; 15 minutes.
One fourth of a year; three months
Sales were up in the second quarter.
An academic term lasting approximately three months.
One fourth of the period of the moon's revolution around Earth.
One of the two phases of the moon at which the moon, as viewed from Earth, appears to be half illuminated by the sun. The quarter phases mark the quarter and three-quarter points of the moon's revolution about the Earth.
(Sports) One of four equal periods of playing time into which some games, such as football and basketball, are divided.
One fourth of a yard; nine inches.
One fourth of a mile; two furlongs.
One fourth of a pound; four ounces.
One fourth of a ton; 500 pounds. Used as a measure of grain.
Chiefly British A measure of grain equal to approximately eight bushels.
One fourth of a hundredweight; 25 pounds.
One fourth of a British hundredweight; 28 pounds.
One of the four major divisions of the compass.
One fourth of the distance between any two of the 32 divisions of the compass.
One of the four major divisions of the horizon as determined by the four major points of the compass.
A region or an area of the earth thought of as falling into such a specific division of the compass.
(Nautical) The general direction on either side of a ship located 45° off the stern.
The upper portion of the after side of a ship, usually between the aftermost mast and the stern.
The part of a yard between the slings and the yardarm.
(Heraldry) Any of four equal divisions of a shield.
One leg of an animal's carcass, usually including the adjoining parts.
Either side of a horse's hoof.
The part of the side of a shoe between the heel and the vamp.
Quarters A place of residence, especially the buildings or barracks used to house military personnel or their dependents.
Often quarters A proper or assigned station or place, as for officers and crew on a warship.
Often Quarter A specific district or section, as of a city
The French Quarter.
Often quarters An unspecified person or group
Information from the highest quarters.
Mercy or clemency, especially when displayed or given to an enemy.
Being one of four equal or equivalent parts.
Being one fourth of a standard or usual value.
To divide into four equal or equivalent parts.
To quartersaw.
To divide or separate into a number of parts.
To dismember (a human body) into four parts.
(Heraldry) To divide (a shield) into four equal areas with vertical and horizontal lines.
To mark or place (holes, for example) a fourth of a circle apart.
To locate and adjust (one machine part) at right angles to its connecting part within the machine.
To furnish with housing
Quartered the troops in an old factory building.
To traverse (an area of ground) laterally back and forth while slowly advancing forward.
To take up or be assigned lodgings.
To cover an area of ground by ranging over it from side to side.
A fourth part of something.
(in general sense) Each of four equal parts into which something can be divided; a fourth part.
A quarter of an hour.
A measure of capacity used chiefly for grain or coal, varying greatly in quantity by time and location.
A fourth part of a pound; approximately 113 grams.
(historical) A measure of length; originally a fourth part of an ell, now chiefly a fourth part of a yard.
A fourth part of the night; one of the watches or divisions of the night.
A fourth part of the year; 3 months; a term or season.
(time) A fourth part of an hour; a period of fifteen minutes, especially with reference to the quarter before or after the hour.
A fourth part of a hundredweight.
(heraldry) A fourth part of a coat of arms, or the charge on it, larger than a canton and normally on the upper dexter side, formed by a perpendicular line from the top meeting a horizontal line from the side.
(North America) A quarter-dollar, divided into 25 cents; the coin of that value minted in the United States or Canada.
(sport) One of four equal periods into which a game is divided.
A quarter of an acre or 40 roods.
Place or position.
A region or place.
Each of four parts into which the earth or sky is divided, corresponding to the four cardinal points of the compass.
A division or section of a town or city, especially having a particular character of its own, or associated with a particular group etc.
One's residence or dwelling-place; in plural rooms, lodgings, especially as allocated to soldiers or domestic staff.
A topic or area of endeavour.
(nautical) The aftmost part of a vessel's side, roughly from the last mast to the stern.
(farriery) The part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, the side of its coffin.
(often plural) A section (of a population), especially one having a particular set of values or interests.
Opposition to the policy came from an unexpected quarter, as well as from certain quarters which had historically opposed it
All quarters of the socialist movement; praise from Conservative quarters
(obsolete) Relations between people.
Accommodation given to a defeated opponent; mercy; exemption from being killed.
Short forms.
A quarterback.
A quartermaster; a quartermaster sergeant.
A quarterfinal.
Pertaining to an aspect of a quarter.
(chiefly) Consisting of a fourth part, a quarter (4, 25%).
A quarter hour; a quarter century; a quarter note; a quarter pound
(chiefly) Related to a three-month term, a quarter of a year.
A quarter day is one terminating a quarter of the year.
A quarter session is one held quarterly at the end of a quarter.
(transitive) To divide into quarters; to divide by four.
(transitive) To provide housing for military personnel or other equipment.
Quarter the horses in the third stable.
(intransitive) To lodge; to have a temporary residence.
(transitive) To quartersaw.
(obsolete) To drive a carriage so as to prevent the wheels from going into the ruts, or so that a rut shall be between the wheels.
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.
Scouts each coast light-armed scour,Each quarter, to descry the distant foe.
A division of a town, city, or county; a particular district; a locality; as, the Latin quarter in Paris.
Proper station; specific place; assigned position; special location.
Swift to their several quarters hasted thenThe cumbrous elements.
The banter turned as to what quarters each would find.
A station or encampment occupied by troops; a place of lodging for soldiers or officers; as, winter quarters.
He magnified his own clemency, now they were at his mercy, to offer them quarter for their lives.
Cocks and lambs . . . at the mercy of cats and wolves . . . must never expect better quarter.
Friendship; amity; concord.
In quarter, and in terms like bride and groom.
I knew two that were competitors for the secretary's place, . . . and yet kept good quarter between themselves.
To divide into four equal parts.
To divide; to separate into parts or regions.
Then sailors quartered heaven.
To furnish with shelter or entertainment; to supply with the means of living for a time; especially, to furnish shelter to; as, to quarter soldiers.
They mean this night in Sardis to be quartered.
To furnish as a portion; to allot.
This isle . . . He quarters to his blue-haired deities.
To arrange (different coats of arms) upon one escutcheon, as when a man inherits from both father and mother the right to bear arms.
To lodge; to have a temporary residence.
To drive a carriage so as to prevent the wheels from going into the ruts, or so that a rut shall be between the wheels.
Every creature that met us would rely on us for quartering.
One of four equal parts;
A quarter of a pound
A district of a city having some distinguishing character;
The Latin Quarter
One of four periods of play into which some games are divided;
Both teams scored in the first quarter
A unit of time equal to 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour;
It's a quarter til 4
A quarter after 4 o'clock
One of four periods into which the school year is divided;
The fall quarter ends at Christmas
A fourth part of a year; three months;
Unemployment fell during the last quarter
One of the four major division of the compass;
The wind is coming from that quarter
A quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)
A quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds)
A United States coin worth one fourth of a dollar;
He fed four quarters into the slot machine
An unspecified person;
He dropped a word in the right quarter
The rear part of a ship
Piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp
Provide housing for (military personnel)
Pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him;
In the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes
Divide into quarters;
Quarter an apple
Divide by four; divide into quarters

Quarter Sentences

Each quarter of the pizza was topped with a different ingredient.
A quarter of the students in the class are from other countries.
They moved to a new city in the last quarter of the year.
The moon was in its first quarter phase last night.
A quarter of the cake is enough for me.
The company's profits increased by a quarter from last year.
The basketball team scored more points in the third quarter.
He found a rare quarter in his coin collection.
He saved a quarter of his allowance for charity.
The report is due at the end of the fiscal quarter.
He offered her a quarter of the chocolate bar.
Only a quarter of the applicants were accepted.
The meeting was scheduled for the third quarter of the day.
A quarter past six is when the show starts.
The quarter note gets one beat in the music piece.
A quarter pound of cheese is all that's needed for the recipe.
The antique quarter saw was used for precise wood cutting.
The car's fuel tank was a quarter full.
They plan to launch the new product in the second quarter of the year.

Quarter Idioms & Phrases

Quarter to (time)

Fifteen minutes before the hour.
The meeting is scheduled to start at quarter to nine.

A quarter of the way through

Having completed 25% of something.
They were a quarter of the way through the project when they encountered a major obstacle.

Quarter past (time)

Fifteen minutes after the hour.
We need to leave by quarter past five to catch the train.

Not the full quarter

Not having everything that is needed or expected.
The apartment they rented was furnished, but not the full quarter; it lacked kitchen utensils.

Quarter of (an amount)

A way to express 25% of a given quantity.
A quarter of the team are working remotely.

To be on the quarter deck

To be in a position of leadership or command, typically on a ship.
The captain spent most of his time on the quarter deck during the voyage.

To give no quarter

To show no mercy or leniency.
The competitors in the final round will give no quarter.

Quarter horse

A breed of horse that excels at sprinting short distances.
His quarter horse won the 440-yard race easily.

Quarter final

The round in a tournament that precedes the semifinal, typically involving eight competitors or teams.
They made it to the quarter final but were then eliminated.

Quarter life crisis

A crisis involving anxiety over the direction and quality of one's life, which typically occurs in one's mid-20s.
After graduating, she felt lost and experienced what many call a quarter life crisis.

Draw and quarter

A historical form of severe punishment.
In history, traitors were sometimes sentenced to be drawn and quartered.

To quarter someone

To provide someone with lodging.
The villagers quartered the lost hikers during the storm.


In American football, the player who directs the team's offensive play.
The team's success was largely due to their quarterback's strategic thinking.

A quarter turn

A rotation or movement of 90 degrees.
To unlock the device, give it a quarter turn to the left.

Quarter session

A court session held four times a year.
The judge presided over the quarter session with fairness.

Quarter note

In music, a note that is one-fourth the length of a whole note.
The piece is mainly composed of quarter notes, making it quick and lively.

Quarter plate

A size of photographic plate, approximately 3.25 x 4.25 inches, used in old cameras.
He collected vintage cameras that used quarter plates.

Quarter light

A small, pivoting side window in a car or aircraft.
He opened the quarter light to get some fresh air while driving.


What is the root word of Quarter?

The root comes from the Old French "quartier," meaning a fourth part.

What is the verb form of Quarter?

The verb form is also "quarter," meaning to divide into four equal parts.

What is the singular form of Quarter?

The singular form is "quarter."

Which preposition is used with Quarter?

"Of" is commonly used, as in "a quarter of an hour."

Why is it called Quarter?

It's called "Quarter" because it often represents one-fourth or 1/4 of something.

What is the pronunciation of Quarter?

It's pronounced as /ˈkwɔːrtər/.

Which vowel is used before Quarter?

The letter "a" is used.

Which conjunction is used with Quarter?

No specific conjunction is associated exclusively with "Quarter."

Is Quarter a noun or adjective?

"Quarter" can be both a noun and an adjective.

Which article is used with Quarter?

Both "a" and "the" can be used.

Is Quarter a vowel or consonant?

"Quarter" is a word containing both vowels and consonants.

Is Quarter a collective noun?

No, it's not a collective noun.

What is the plural form of Quarter?

The plural form is "quarters."

Is Quarter an abstract noun?

No, it has tangible references.

Is the Quarter term a metaphor?

Not inherently, but it can be used metaphorically.

Is the word Quarter imperative?

No, "Quarter" is not used in the imperative form.

How many syllables are in Quarter?

There are two syllables.

What is a stressed syllable in Quarter?

The first syllable, "Quar," is stressed.

What part of speech is Quarter?

"Quarter" can be a noun or a verb.

What is the first form of Quarter?

As a verb, the first form is "quarter."

What is the second form of Quarter?

As a verb, the second form is "quartered."

What is the third form of Quarter?

As a verb, the third form is "quartered."

What is another term for Quarter?

Segment, portion, or fourth.

Which determiner is used with Quarter?

Determiners like "this," "that," or "each" can be used.

How do we divide Quarter into syllables?


Is Quarter a negative or positive word?

It's neutral, context can change its connotation.

Is Quarter a countable noun?

Yes, as in "three quarters."

How is Quarter used in a sentence?

She divided the apple into four quarters before eating one of them.

Is Quarter an adverb?

No, "Quarter" is not an adverb.

What is the opposite of Quarter?

There isn't a direct opposite, but "whole" contrasts its meaning.
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