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 for Quarter sessions
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Session \Ses"sion\, n. [L. sessio, fr. sedere, sessum, to sit:
     cf. F. session. See Sit.]
     1. The act of sitting, or the state of being seated.
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              So much his ascension into heaven and his session at
              the right hand of God do import.      --Hooker.
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              But Viven, gathering somewhat of his mood, . . .
              Leaped from her session on his lap, and stood.
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     2. The actual sitting of a court, council, legislature, etc.,
        or the actual assembly of the members of such a body, for
        the transaction of business.
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              It's fit this royal session do proceed. --Shak.
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     3. Hence, also, the time, period, or term during which a
        court, council, legislature, etc., meets daily for
        business; or, the space of time between the first meeting
        and the prorogation or adjournment; thus, a session of
        Parliaments is opened with a speech from the throne, and
        closed by prorogation. The session of a judicial court is
        called a term.
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              It was resolved that the convocation should meet at
              the beginning of the next session of Parliament.
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     Note: Sessions, in some of the States, is particularly used
           as a title for a court of justices, held for granting
           licenses to innkeepers, etc., and for laying out
           highways, and the like; it is also the title of several
           courts of criminal jurisdiction in England and the
           United States.
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     Church session, the lowest court in the Presbyterian
        Church, composed of the pastor and a body of elders
        elected by the members of a particular church, and having
        the care of matters pertaining to the religious interests
        of that church, as the admission and dismission of
        members, discipline, etc.
     Court of Session, the supreme civil court of Scotland.
     Quarter sessions. (Eng.Law) See under Quarter.
     Sessions of the peace, sittings held by justices of the
        peace. [Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Quarter \Quar"ter\ (kw[aum]r"t[~e]r), n. [F. quartier, L.
     quartarius a fourth part, fr. quartus the fourth. See
     1. 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. Hence, specifically:
        (a) The fourth of a hundred-weight, being 25 or 28 pounds,
            according as the hundredweight is reckoned at 100 or
            112 pounds.
        (b) The fourth of a ton in weight, or eight bushels of
            grain; as, a quarter of wheat; also, the fourth part
            of a chaldron of coal. --Hutton.
        (c) (Astron.) The fourth part of the moon's period, or
            monthly revolution; as, the first quarter after the
            change or full.
        (d) One limb of a quadruped with the adjacent parts; one
            fourth part of the carcass of a slaughtered animal,
            including a leg; as, the fore quarters; the hind
        (e) That part of a boot or shoe which forms the side, from
            the heel to the vamp.
        (f) (Far.) That part on either side of a horse's hoof
            between the toe and heel, being the side of the
        (g) A term of study in a seminary, college, etc, etc.;
            properly, a fourth part of the year, but often longer
            or shorter.
        (h) pl. (Mil.) The encampment on one of the principal
            passages round a place besieged, to prevent relief and
            intercept convoys.
        (i) (Naut.) The after-part of a vessel's side, generally
            corresponding in extent with the quarter-deck; also,
            the part of the yardarm outside of the slings.
        (j) (Her.) One of the divisions of an escutcheon when it
            is divided into four portions by a horizontal and a
            perpendicular line meeting in the fess point.
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     Note: When two coats of arms are united upon one escutcheon,
           as in case of marriage, the first and fourth quarters
           display one shield, the second and third the other. See
           Quarter, v. t., 5.
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        (k) One of the four parts into which the horizon is
            regarded as divided; a cardinal point; a direction'
            principal division; a region; a territory.
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                  Scouts each coast light-armed scour,
                  Each quarter, to descry the distant foe.
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        (l) A division of a town, city, or county; a particular
            district; a locality; as, the Latin quarter in Paris.
        (m) (Arch.) A small upright timber post, used in
            partitions; -- in the United States more commonly
            called stud.
        (n) (Naut.) The fourth part of the distance from one point
            of the compass to another, being the fourth part of
            11[deg] 15', that is, about 2[deg] 49'; -- called also
            quarter point.
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     2. Proper station; specific place; assigned position; special
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              Swift to their several quarters hasted then
              The cumbrous elements.                --Milton.
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        (a) (Naut.) A station at which officers and men are posted
            in battle; -- usually in the plural.
        (b) Place of lodging or temporary residence; shelter;
            entertainment; -- usually in the plural.
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                  The banter turned as to what quarters each would
                  find.                             --W. Irving.
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        (c) pl. (Mil.) A station or encampment occupied by troops;
            a place of lodging for soldiers or officers; as,
            winter quarters.
        (d) Treatment shown by an enemy; mercy; especially, the
            act of sparing the life a conquered enemy; a
            refraining from pushing one's advantage to extremes.
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                  He magnified his own clemency, now they were at
                  his mercy, to offer them quarter for their
                  lives.                            --Clarendon.
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                  Cocks and lambs . . . at the mercy of cats and
                  wolves . . . must never expect better quarter.
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     3. Friendship; amity; concord. [Obs.] To keep quarter, to
        keep one's proper place, and so be on good terms with
        another. [Obs.]
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              In quarter, and in terms like bride and groom.
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              I knew two that were competitors for the secretary's
              place, . . . and yet kept good quarter between
              themselves.                           --Bacon.
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     False quarter, a cleft in the quarter of a horse's foot.
     Fifth quarter, the hide and fat; -- a butcher's term.
     On the quarter (Naut.), in a direction between abeam and
        astern; opposite, or nearly opposite, a vessel's quarter.
     Quarter aspect. (Astrol.) Same as Quadrate.
     Quarter back (Football), the player who has position next
        behind center rush, and receives the ball on the snap
     Quarter badge (Naut.), an ornament on the side of a vessel
        near, the stern. --Mar. Dict.
     Quarter bill (Naut.), a list specifying the different
        stations to be taken by the officers and crew in time of
        action, and the names of the men assigned to each.
     Quarter block (Naut.), a block fitted under the quarters of
        a yard on each side of the slings, through which the clew
        lines and sheets are reeved. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
     Quarter boat (Naut.), a boat hung at a vessel's quarter.
     Quarter cloths (Naut.), long pieces of painted canvas, used
        to cover the quarter netting.
     Quarter day, a day regarded as terminating a quarter of the
        year; hence, one on which any payment, especially rent,
        becomes due. In matters influenced by United States
        statutes, quarter days are the first days of January,
        April, July, and October. In New York and many other
        places, as between landlord and tenant, they are the first
        days of May, August, November, and February. The quarter
        days usually recognized in England are 25th of March (Lady
        Day), the 24th of June (Midsummer Day), the 29th of
        September (Michaelmas Day), and the 25th of December
        (Christmas Day).
     Quarter face, in fine arts, portrait painting, etc., a face
        turned away so that but one quarter is visible.
     Quarter gallery (Naut.), a balcony on the quarter of a
        ship. See Gallery, 4.
     Quarter gunner (Naut.), a petty officer who assists the
     Quarter look, a side glance. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
     Quarter nettings (Naut.), hammock nettings along the
        quarter rails.
     Quarter note (Mus.), a note equal in duration to half a
        minim or a fourth of semibreve; a crochet.
     Quarter pieces (Naut.), several pieces of timber at the
        after-part of the quarter gallery, near the taffrail.
     Quarter point. (Naut.) See Quarter, n., 1
        (n) .
     Quarter railing, or Quarter rails (Naut.), narrow molded
        planks reaching from the top of the stern to the gangway,
        serving as a fence to the quarter-deck.
     Quarter sessions (Eng. Law), a general court of criminal
        jurisdiction held quarterly by the justices of peace in
        counties and by the recorders in boroughs.
     Quarter square (Math.), the fourth part of the square of a
        number. Tables of quarter squares have been devised to
        save labor in multiplying numbers.
     Quarter turn, Quarter turn belt (Mach.), an arrangement
        in which a belt transmits motion between two shafts which
        are at right angles with each other.
     Quarter watch (Naut.), a subdivision of the full watch (one
        fourth of the crew) on a man-of- war.
     To give quarter, or To show quarter (Mil.), to accept as
        prisoner, on submission in battle; to forbear to kill, as
        a vanquished enemy.
     To keep quarter. See Quarter, n., 3.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  quarter sessions
      n 1: a local court with criminal jurisdiction and sometimes
           administrative functions

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  QUARTER SESSIONS. A court bearing this name, mostly invested with the trial 
  of criminals. It takes its name from sitting quarterly or once in three 
       2. The English courts of quarter sessions were erected during the reign 
  of Edward III. Vide Stat. 36 Edward III. Crabb's Eng. L. 278. 

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