Quart"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quartered
; p. pr. & vb. n. Quartering
1. To divide into four equal parts.
2. To divide; to separate into parts or regions.
Then sailors quartered heaven. --Dryden.
3. To furnish with shelter or entertainment; to supply with the means of living for a time; especially, to furnish shelter to; as, to quarter soldiers.
They mean this night in Sardis to be quartered. --Shak.
4. To furnish as a portion; to allot. [R.]
This isle . . . He quarters to his blue-haired deities. -- Milton.
5. (Her.) To arrange (different coats of arms) upon one escutcheon, as when a man inherits from both father and mother the right to bear arms.
Note: When only two coats of arms are so combined they are arranged in four compartments. See Quarter
, n., 1 (f) .