Quarter vs. Half

Quarter vs. Half — Is There a Difference?
ADVERTISEMENT

Difference Between Quarter and Half

Quarternoun

One of four equal parts.

Halfnoun

One of two equal parts that together constitute a whole.

Quarternoun

A coin equal to one fourth of the dollar of the United States and Canada.

Halfnoun

One part approximately equal to the remaining part.

Quarternoun

One fourth of an hour; 15 minutes.

Halfnoun

(Informal) A 50-cent piece.

ADVERTISEMENT

Quarternoun

One fourth of a year; three months

Sales were up in the second quarter.

Halfnoun

One of the two playing periods into which certain games are divided.

Quarternoun

An academic term lasting approximately three months.

Halfnoun

A halfback.

Quarternoun

One fourth of the period of the moon's revolution around Earth.

Halfnoun

Chiefly British A school term; a semester.

ADVERTISEMENT

Quarternoun

One of the two phases of the moon at which the moon, as viewed from Earth, appears to be half illuminated by the sun. The quarter phases mark the quarter and three-quarter points of the moon's revolution about the Earth.

Halfnoun

Half an hour

a half past one.

Quarternoun

(Sports) One of four equal periods of playing time into which some games, such as football and basketball, are divided.

Halfadjective

Being one of two equal parts.

Quarternoun

One fourth of a yard; nine inches.

Halfadjective

Being approximately a half.

Quarternoun

One fourth of a mile; two furlongs.

Halfadjective

Partial or incomplete

gave me a half smile.

Quarternoun

One fourth of a pound; four ounces.

Halfadverb

To the extent of exactly or nearly 50 percent

The tank is half empty.

Quarternoun

One fourth of a ton; 500 pounds. Used as a measure of grain.

Halfadverb

Not completely or sufficiently; partly

only half right.

Quarternoun

Chiefly British A measure of grain equal to approximately eight bushels.

Halfadjective

Consisting of a half (1/2, 50%).

a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view

Quarternoun

One fourth of a hundredweight; 25 pounds.

Halfadjective

Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect.

a half dream; half knowledge

Quarternoun

One fourth of a British hundredweight; 28 pounds.

Halfadjective

(of a sibling) Having one parent (rather than two) in common.

Quarternoun

One of the four major divisions of the compass.

Halfadjective

(rare, of a relative other than a sibling) Related through one common grandparent or ancestor rather than two.

Quarternoun

One fourth of the distance between any two of the 32 divisions of the compass.

Halfadverb

In two equal parts or to an equal degree.

Quarternoun

One of the four major divisions of the horizon as determined by the four major points of the compass.

Halfadverb

In some part approximating a half.

Quarternoun

A region or an area of the earth thought of as falling into such a specific division of the compass.

Halfadverb

Partially; imperfectly.

half-colored; half done; half-hearted; half persuaded; half consciousHe does sometimes half wish to change his life, but it is too difficult.

Quarternoun

(Nautical) The general direction on either side of a ship located 45° off the stern.

Halfnoun

One of two usually roughly equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided.

I ate the slightly smaller half of the apple.You don't know the half of it.

Quarternoun

The upper portion of the after side of a ship, usually between the aftermost mast and the stern.

Halfnoun

(sports) One of the two opposite parts of the playing field of various sports, in which each starts the game.

Quarternoun

The part of a yard between the slings and the yardarm.

Halfnoun

Half of a standard measure; frequently used (British) for half a pint of beer or cider.

Quarternoun

(Heraldry) Any of four equal divisions of a shield.

Halfnoun

(preceded by “a” or a number) The fraction obtained by dividing 1 by 2.

Three-quarters minus a quarter is a half.

Quarternoun

One leg of an animal's carcass, usually including the adjoining parts.

Halfnoun

(obsolete) Part; side; behalf.

Quarternoun

Either side of a horse's hoof.

Halfnoun

Any of the three terms at Eton College, for Michaelmas, Lent, and summer.

Quarternoun

The part of the side of a shoe between the heel and the vamp.

Halfnoun

(slang) A half sibling.

Quarternoun

quarters A place of residence, especially the buildings or barracks used to house military personnel or their dependents.

Halfnoun

A child ticket.

Quarternoun

often quarters A proper or assigned station or place, as for officers and crew on a warship.

Halfverb

To halve.

Quarternoun

often Quarter A specific district or section, as of a city

the French Quarter.

Halfpreposition

A half-hour after, thirty minutes after used with the number of the hour.

Quarternoun

often quarters An unspecified person or group

information from the highest quarters.

Halfnoun

one of two equal parts of a divisible whole;

half a loafhalf an houra century and one half

Quarternoun

Mercy or clemency, especially when displayed or given to an enemy.

Halfnoun

in various games or performances: either of two periods of play separated by an interval

Quarteradjective

Being one of four equal or equivalent parts.

Halfadjective

consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity;

a half chickenlasted a half hour

Quarteradjective

Being one fourth of a standard or usual value.

Halfadjective

partial;

gave me a half smilehe did only a half job

Quarterverb

To divide into four equal or equivalent parts.

Halfadjective

(of siblings) related through one parent only;

a half brotherhalf sister

Quarterverb

To quartersaw.

Halfadverb

partially or to the extent of a half;

he was half hidden by the bushes

Quarterverb

To divide or separate into a number of parts.

Quarterverb

To dismember (a human body) into four parts.

Quarterverb

(Heraldry) To divide (a shield) into four equal areas with vertical and horizontal lines.

Quarterverb

To mark or place (holes, for example) a fourth of a circle apart.

Quarterverb

To locate and adjust (one machine part) at right angles to its connecting part within the machine.

Quarterverb

To furnish with housing

quartered the troops in an old factory building.

Quarterverb

To traverse (an area of ground) laterally back and forth while slowly advancing forward.

Quarterverb

To take up or be assigned lodgings.

Quarterverb

To cover an area of ground by ranging over it from side to side.

Quarteradjective

Pertaining to an aspect of a quarter.

Quarteradjective

(chiefly) Consisting of a fourth part, a quarter (1/4, 25%).

a quarter hour; a quarter century; a quarter note; a quarter pound

Quarteradjective

(chiefly) Related to a three-month term, a quarter of a year.

A quarter day is one terminating a quarter of the year.A quarter session is one held quarterly at the end of a quarter.

Quarternoun

Any fourth of something, particularly:

Quarternoun

A quarter-dollar, divided into 25 cents; the coin of that value minted in the United States or Canada.

Quarternoun

A quarter of the year, 3 months; a season.

Quarternoun

(historical) The quarter-ton or tun, divided into 8 bushels, the medieval English unit of volume and weight named by the Magna Carta as the basis for measures of wine, ale, and grain

Quarternoun

(historical) The quarter-yard, divided into 4 nails, an obsolete English unit of length long used in the cloth trade

Quarternoun

(historical) The watch: A quarter of the night, nominally 3 hours but varying over the year.

Quarternoun

(heraldry) A charge occupying a fourth of a coat of arms, larger than a canton and normally on the upper dexter side, formed by a perpendicular line from the top meeting a horizontal line from the side.

Quarternoun

(basketball) A period into which a game is divided. usually 8, 10 or 12 minutes according to the rules.

Quarternoun

quarterfinal

Quarternoun

Any substantial fraction of something less than half, particularly:

Quarternoun

A division or section of a town or other area, whether or not it constituted a fourth of the whole.

Quarternoun

(usually plural) A living place, from which:

Quarternoun

The part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, the side of its coffin.

Quarternoun

(nautical) The aftmost part of a vessel's side, roughly from the last mast to the stern.

Quarterverb

(transitive) To divide into quarters; to divide by four.

Quarterverb

(transitive) To provide housing for military personnel or other equipment.

Quarter the horses in the third stable.

Quarterverb

(intransitive) To lodge; to have a temporary residence.

Quarterverb

(transitive) To quartersaw.

Quarterverb

(obsolete) To drive a carriage so as to prevent the wheels from going into the ruts, or so that a rut shall be between the wheels.

Quarternoun

one of four equal parts;

a quarter of a pound

Quarternoun

a district of a city having some distinguishing character;

the Latin Quarter

Quarternoun

one of four periods of play into which some games are divided;

both teams scored in the first quarter

Quarternoun

a unit of time equal to 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour;

it's a quarter til 4a quarter after 4 o'clock

Quarternoun

one of four periods into which the school year is divided;

the fall quarter ends at Christmas

Quarternoun

a fourth part of a year; three months;

unemployment fell during the last quarter

Quarternoun

one of the four major division of the compass;

the wind is coming from that quarter

Quarternoun

a quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)

Quarternoun

a quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds)

Quarternoun

a United States coin worth one fourth of a dollar;

he fed four quarters into the slot machine

Quarternoun

an unspecified person;

he dropped a word in the right quarter

Quarternoun

the rear part of a ship

Quarternoun

piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp

Quarterverb

provide housing for (military personnel)

Quarterverb

pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him;

in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes

Quarterverb

divide into quarters;

quarter an apple

Quarterverb

divide by four; divide into quarters