A quarter dollar, or quarter, is a U.S. coin worth 25 cents, or one quarter of a dollar. It has been produced since 1796. The choice of 0.25 as a denomination, as opposed to 0.20, which is more common in other parts of the world, originated with the practice of dividing Spanish Milled Dollars into eight wedge shaped segments . At one time "two bits", that is, two wedges, each wedge an eighth, thus a quarter of the Spanish real, was a common nickname for a quarter.

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  1. Any one of four equal parts into which something has been divided.
  2. A coin worth 25 cents (1/4 of a dollar).
  3. A period of three consecutive months (1/4 of a year).
  4. A section or area (of a town, etc.).
  5. Accommodation granted to a defeated opponent
  6. An old English measure of corn, containing 8 bushels.
  7. An old English measure of cloth, nine inches or four nails
  8. Each of the four divisions or watches of a twelve-hour night.
  9. That part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, being the side of the coffin.
  10. The aftmost part of a vessel's side, roughly from the last mast to the stern.


  1. To divide into quarters.
  2. To provide housing for military personnel or other equipment.
    Quarter the horses in the third stable.
  3. To lodge; to have a temporary residence.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. 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 — De Quincey.


(also spelled with prefix )
  1. Pertaining to an aspect of a quarter.
  2. Consisting of a fourth part, a quarter (1/4, 25%).
  3. Related to a three-month term, a quarter of a year.

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