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[kwod-ruh-pahr-tahyt] /ˌkwɒd rəˈpɑr taɪt/
divided into or consisting of four parts.
involving four participants:
a quadripartite treaty.
Origin of quadripartite
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin quadripartītus. See quadri-, partite
Related forms
quadripartitely, adverb Unabridged
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  • 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


divided into or composed of four parts
maintained by or involving four participants or groups of participants
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Word Origin and History for quadripartite

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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