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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.
        [1913 Webster] Hence, specifically:
        (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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Back \Back\ (b[a^]k), n. [AS. b[ae]c, bac; akin to Icel., Sw., &
     LG. bak, Dan. bag; cf. OHG. bahho ham, Skr. bhaj to turn,
     OSlav. b[=e]g[u^] flight. Cf. Bacon.]
     1. In human beings, the hinder part of the body, extending
        from the neck to the end of the spine; in other animals,
        that part of the body which corresponds most nearly to
        such part of a human being; as, the back of a horse, fish,
        or lobster.
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     2. An extended upper part, as of a mountain or ridge.
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              [The mountains] their broad bare backs upheave
              Into the clouds.                      --Milton.
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     3. The outward or upper part of a thing, as opposed to the
        inner or lower part; as, the back of the hand, the back of
        the foot, the back of a hand rail.
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              Methought Love pitying me, when he saw this,
              Gave me your hands, the backs and palms to kiss.
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     4. The part opposed to the front; the hinder or rear part of
        a thing; as, the back of a book; the back of an army; the
        back of a chimney.
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     5. The part opposite to, or most remote from, that which
        fronts the speaker or actor; or the part out of sight, or
        not generally seen; as, the back of an island, of a hill,
        or of a village.
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     6. The part of a cutting tool on the opposite side from its
        edge; as, the back of a knife, or of a saw.
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     7. A support or resource in reserve.
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              This project
              Should have a back or second, that might hold,
              If this should blast in proof.        --Shak.
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     8. (Naut.) The keel and keelson of a ship.
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     9. (Mining) The upper part of a lode, or the roof of a
        horizontal underground passage.
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     10. A garment for the back; hence, clothing. [Obs.]
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               A bak to walken inne by daylight.    --Chaucer.
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     Behind one's back, when one is absent; without one's
        knowledge; as, to ridicule a person behind his back.
     Full back, Half back, Quarter back (Football), players
        stationed behind those in the front line.
     To be on one's back or To lie on one's back, to be
     To put one's back up or to get one's back up, to assume
        an attitude of obstinate resistance (from the action of a
        cat when attacked). [Colloq.]
     To see the back of, to get rid of.
     To turn the back, to go away; to flee.
     To turn the back on one, to forsake or neglect him.
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