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An engraving of the bodies of Count Johann Friedrich Struensee (1737–1772) and Count Enevold Brandt (1738–1772) displayed on wheels after they had been executed and quartered for the crimes of lèse majesté and usurpation of the royal authority contrary to the Kongelov (Royal Law) of Denmark



  1. present participle of quarter


quartering (plural quarterings)

  1. A division into four parts.
    • 1994, David C. Schneider, Quantitative Ecology: Spatial and Temporal Scaling (page 36)
      Similitude applies to proportional changes, such as doublings, halvings, or quarterings; it does not apply to additive changes.
  2. The act of providing housing for military personnel, especially when imposed upon the home of a private citizen.
  3. The method of capital punishment where a criminal is cut into four pieces.
  4. (heraldry) The division of a shield containing different coats of arms into four or more compartments.
  5. (heraldry) One of the different coats of arms arranged upon an escutcheon, denoting the descent of the bearer.
  6. (architecture) A series of quarters, or small upright posts.
  7. (historical) The practice of docking 15 minutes' pay from a worker who arrived late (even by less than 15 minutes).
  8. (hunting) Searching for prey by traversing a space. From hunting for game, where dogs will run parallel to the wind in search of a scent, thereby 'quatering' the field.



quartering (not comparable)

  1. (nautical) Coming from a point well abaft the beam, but not directly astern; said of waves or any moving object.
  2. (by extension, aviation, of wind) Coming from aft and to one side; having both a crosswind and tailwind component.
  3. (engineering) At right angles, as the cranks of a locomotive, which are in planes forming a right angle with each other.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for quartering in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)