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quarter section

noun, Western U.S.
1.
(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
1795-1805
1795-1805, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for quarter-section

quarter section

noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a land measure, used in surveying, with sides half a mile long; 160 acres
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