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quarter section

noun, Western U.S.
(in surveying and homesteading) a square tract of land, half a mile on each side, thus containing ¼ sq. mi. or 160 acres.
Abbreviation: q.s.
Origin of quarter section
1795-1805, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They stood there with the grass grown up around them, the unwritten inscription: "This quarter-section has been taken."

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • Johnnie was already revolving in his quarter-section of the remarkable door.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • One quarter-section was secured by purchase from a Mexican, who settled on a forty, allowing the Indians the balance.

  • They watched every quarter-section for the arrival of the settler.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • As it was, the fact that he could build as good a coach as any one else satisfied that quarter-section of his nature.

  • Every quarter-section will hold a house, and there will be chimneys in sight in every direction.

  • A homesteader could borrow $1000 on almost any quarter-section in the West—more on good land, well located.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • I have a hazy notion that I might take up a quarter-section and turn farmer.

    A Prairie Courtship Harold Bindloss
  • Now there was a shack on every quarter-section, which appeared black in relief against the white.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • The value of the quarter-section had made him fight for the Bend.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
British Dictionary definitions for quarter-section

quarter section

(US & Canadian) a land measure, used in surveying, with sides half a mile long; 160 acres
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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