1 (in pl.) the coats of arms marshalled on a shield to denote the alliances of a family with the heiresses of others.
2 the provision of quarters for soldiers.
3 the act or an instance of dividing, esp. into four equal parts.
4 timber sawn into lengths, used for high-quality floor-boards etc.

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  • Quartering — may refer to:* dividing into four parts: ** Hanged, drawn and quartered, quartering as a punishment ** Quartering (heraldry)*The Quartering Acts, requiring American civilians to provide living spaces for British soldiers prior to the American… …   Wikipedia

  • Quartering — Quar ter*ing, n. 1. A station. [Obs.] Bp. Montagu. [1913 Webster] 2. Assignment of quarters for soldiers; quarters. [1913 Webster] 3. (Her.) (a) The division of a shield containing different coats of arms into four or more compartments. (b) One… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quartering — [kwôrt′ər iŋ] adj. 1. moving toward a ship so as to strike either quarter [a quartering sea or wind] 2. lying at right angles n. 1. the act of dividing into quarters 2. the act of passing back and forth over an area like hounds in hunting 3. the… …   English World dictionary

  • Quartering — Quar ter*ing, a. 1. (Naut.) Coming from a point well abaft the beam, but not directly astern; said of waves or any moving object. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mach.) At right angles, as the cranks of a locomotive, which are in planes forming a right angle… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quartering — Quarter Quar ter (kw[aum]r t[ e]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Quartered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quartering}.] 1. To divide into four equal parts. [1913 Webster] 2. To divide; to separate into parts or regions. [1913 Webster] Then sailors quartered heaven.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quartering — I. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. the division of an escutcheon containing different coats of arms into four or more compartments b. a quarter of an escutcheon or the coat of arms on it 2. a line of usually noble or distinguished ancestry II.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quartering — /kwawr teuhr ing/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that quarters. 2. the assignment of quarters or lodgings. 3. Heraldry. a. the division of an escutcheon into quarters. b. the marshaling of various coats of arms on an escutcheon. c. any of… …   Universalium

  • quartering — noun a) The act of providing housing for military personnel, especially when imposed upon the home of a private citizen. b) The method of capital punishment where a criminal is cut into four pieces …   Wiktionary

  • quartering — Synonyms and related words: achievement, alerion, animal charge, annulet, argent, armorial bearings, armory, arms, assembly line housing, azure, bandeau, bar, bar sinister, baton, bearings, bend, bend sinister, billet, billeting, blazon, blazonry …   Moby Thesaurus

  • quartering — sailing nearly before the wind Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • quartering — kwÉ”rtÉ™rɪŋ / kwɔːt n. division into fourths; division into parts; housing, lodging adj. dividing into quarters; dividing into parts; providing housing, accommodating; positioned at right angles quar·ter || kwÉ”rtÉ™(r) / kwɔːtÉ™ adj. being …   English contemporary dictionary

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