quartter

Quartter

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) .
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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