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quart1

[kwawrt] /kwɔrt/
noun
1.
a unit of liquid measure of capacity, equal to one fourth of a gallon, or 57.749 cubic inches (0.946 liter) in the U.S. and 69.355 cubic inches (1.136 liters) in Great Britain.
2.
a unit of dry measure of capacity, equal to one eighth of a peck, or 67.201 cubic inches (1.101 liters).
3.
a container holding, or capable of holding, a quart.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Old French quarte fourth part, quarter < Latin quarta, noun use of feminine of quartus fourth (in order)
Can be confused
quarts, quartz.

quart2

[kahrt] /kɑrt/
noun
1.
Piquet. a sequence of four cards of the same suit, as an ace, king, queen, and jack (quart major) or king, queen, jack, and ten (quart minor)
2.
Fencing Rare. quarte.
Origin
1685-95; < French quarte, noun use of feminine of quart < Latin quartus; see quart1

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Examples from the web for quart
  • So the next time you reach into the dairy case, grab the quart or gallon-size yogurt instead of the single-serving cups.
  • Still, some clients swallow that logic as if it were a quart of ipecac.
  • Do try to get a little something to eat, though, even if it's a quart of ice cream or potato chips.
  • Use a stopwatch and time how long it takes to fill a quart jar.
  • The fourth rushed toward the dairy case in quest of the squad's ultimate goal: a quart of milk.
  • Both kidneys have been packed off in quart-sized plastic jars.
  • He didn't know the difference between a pint and a quart-size of milk.
  • All that time we've had a quart of whiskey in the pantry for company and he hasn't even gone near it.
  • Its blood would have filled seven thousand quart milk bottles.
  • Mix four tablespoons in one quart of warm water for a general cleaner.
British Dictionary definitions for quart

quart1

/kwɔːt/
noun
1.
a unit of liquid measure equal to a quarter of a gallon or two pints. 1 US quart (0.946 litre) is equal to 0.8326 UK quart. 1 UK quart (1.136 litres) is equal to 1.2009 US quarts
2.
a unit of dry measure equal to 2 pints or one eighth of a peck
Word Origin
C14: from Old French quarte, from Latin quartus fourth

quart2

noun
1.
(piquet) (kɑːt). a sequence of four cards in the same suit
2.
(fencing) (kart) a variant spelling of quarte
Word Origin
C17: from French quarte fourth
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Word Origin and History for quart
n.

"one-fourth of a gallon," early 14c., from Old French quarte "a fourth part" (13c.), from Latin quarta (pars), from fem. of quartus "the fourth," related to quattuor "four," from PIE root *kewtwor- (see four). Cf. Latin quartarius "fourth part," also the name of a small liquid measure (the fourth part of a sextarius), which was about the same as an English pint.

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quart in Medicine

quart (kwôrt)
n.
Abbr. q., qt, qt.

  1. A unit of volume or capacity in the U.S. Customary System, used in liquid measure, equal to 2 pints or 32 ounces (0.946 liter).

  2. A unit of volume or capacity in the U.S. Customary System, used in dry measure, equal to 1.101 liters.

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quart in Science
quart
  (kwôrt)   
  1. A unit of volume or capacity in the US Customary System, used in liquid measure and equal to 1/4 of a gallon or 32 ounces (0.95 liter). See Table at measurement.

  2. A unit of volume or capacity in the US Customary System, used in dry measure and equal to 1/8 of a peck or 2 pints (1.10 liter). See Table at measurement.


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Related Abbreviations for quart

quart.

quarterly
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Encyclopedia Article for quart

unit of capacity in the British Imperial and U.S. Customary systems of measurement. For both liquid and dry measure, the British system uses one standard quart, which is equal to two imperial pints, or one-fourth imperial gallon (69.36 cubic inches, or 1,136.52 cubic cm). The U.S. system has two units called a quart, one for liquid measure and a slightly larger unit for dry measure. The U.S. liquid quart is equal to two liquid pints, or one-fourth U.S. gallon (57.75 cubic inches, or 946.35 cubic cm); and the dry quart is equal to two dry pints, or 132 bushel (67.2 cubic inches, or 1,101.22 cubic cm).

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