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quadripartite

[kwod-ruh-pahr-tahyt] /ˌkwɒd rəˈpɑr taɪt/
adjective
1.
divided into or consisting of four parts.
2.
involving four participants:
a quadripartite treaty.
Origin of quadripartite
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin quadripartītus. See quadri-, partite
Related forms
quadripartitely, adverb
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Examples from the Web for quadripartite
Historical Examples
  • The porch is arched, and of two bays, forming six quadripartite vaults between the arches.

  • The tower-vault has quadripartite groining, with curious ornaments at the base of the ribs, and is supported by two Norm.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • The vaulting of nave and transepts is throughout sexpartite; that of the side aisles, quadripartite.

    Cathedrals of Spain John A. (John Allyne) Gade
  • The central compartment has a wagon vault, the other two quadripartite vaults.

    The Shores of the Adriatic F. Hamilton Jackson
  • The nave has three quadripartite bays, and a half-bay to the west.

    The Shores of the Adriatic F. Hamilton Jackson
  • The vaulting, both in the nave and aisles, is quadripartite, the only remarkable feature in it being the massive size of the ribs.

  • It contains a magnificent hall, groined in four bays of quadripartite vaulting, and measuring about 24 feet by 96 feet.

  • This is quadripartite throughout, and has very bold ribs, with carved bosses at the meeting of the diagonal ribs.

  • Rawlinson says, "A quadripartite division of Alexander's domain was recognized."

    Our Day W. A. Spicer
  • It has an apse covered with a semi-dome; and a quadripartite vault of good character covers the buildings west of the apse.

British Dictionary definitions for quadripartite

quadripartite

/ˌkwɒdrɪˈpɑːtaɪt/
adjective
1.
divided into or composed of four parts
2.
maintained by or involving four participants or groups of participants
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Word Origin and History for quadripartite
adj.

early 15c., from Latin quadripartitus, from quadri- "four" (see quadri-) + partitus, past participle of partiri "to divide" (see part (v.)).

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