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Quarter vs. Trimester: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
"Quarter" refers to one-fourth of a year or other periods, while "Trimester" specifically denotes one of the three three-month periods in a pregnancy or academic year.
Quarter vs. Trimester

Key Differences

A term used in finance and academia, Quarter refers to one-fourth of a year. Trimester: Trimester, primarily used in academic and medical contexts, denotes a period of three months.
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In business, Quarter is a three-month period for financial reporting. Trimester: In contrast, Trimester in pregnancy divides the nine-month period into three stages.
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Many schools and universities divide the academic year into quarters. Trimester: Alternatively, some educational institutions use trimesters to segment the academic year.
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A Quarter can also refer to 25 cents in U.S. currency. Trimester: Trimester does not have a corresponding meaning in currency.
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In general use, Quarter can mean any one-fourth division of an entity. Trimester: Trimester, however, is more specific to periods of three months.
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Duration

One-fourth of a year (3 months)
Three months, specific to pregnancy or academics
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Use in Finance

Three-month period for financial reporting
Not typically used in finance
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Academic Context

Divides academic year into four parts
Divides academic year into three parts
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Currency Reference

Refers to 25 cents in U.S. currency
No currency reference
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General Meaning

Any one-fourth division
Specific to periods of three months
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Quarter and Trimester Definitions

Quarter

25 cents in U.S. currency.
I need a quarter for the parking meter.
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Trimester

Division of the academic year.
Final exams are at the end of each trimester.
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One-fourth division of anything.
Divide the pie into four quarters.
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A term used in academics for a three-month period.
The school operates on a trimester schedule.
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One of four equal parts.
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Trimester

One of three three-month periods in pregnancy.
She is in her first trimester.
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A coin equal to one fourth of the dollar of the United States and Canada.
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Segment of time in specialized programs.
The course is structured into three trimesters.
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One fourth of an hour; 15 minutes.
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A period or term of three months.
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One fourth of a year; three months
Sales were up in the second quarter.
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One of three terms into which an academic year is divided in some universities and colleges.
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An academic term lasting approximately three months.
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A period of three months or about three months; financial quarter.
She is in the second trimester of her first pregnancy.
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One fourth of the period of the moon's revolution around Earth.
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One of the terms of an academic year in those learning institutions that divide their teaching in three roughly equal terms, each about three months long. Compare semester.
The school operates on a trimester schedule.
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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.
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A term or period of three months.
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(Sports) One of four equal periods of playing time into which some games, such as football and basketball, are divided.
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A period of three months; especially one of the three three-month periods into which human pregnancy is divided
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One fourth of a yard; nine inches.
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One of three divisions of an academic year
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One fourth of a mile; two furlongs.
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Used to track fetal development stages.
During the second trimester, the baby's movements can be felt.
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One fourth of a pound; four ounces.
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One fourth of a ton; 500 pounds. Used as a measure of grain.
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Chiefly British A measure of grain equal to approximately eight bushels.
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One fourth of a hundredweight; 25 pounds.
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One fourth of a British hundredweight; 28 pounds.
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One of the four major divisions of the compass.
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One fourth of the distance between any two of the 32 divisions of the compass.
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One of the four major divisions of the horizon as determined by the four major points of the compass.
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A region or an area of the earth thought of as falling into such a specific division of the compass.
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(Nautical) The general direction on either side of a ship located 45° off the stern.
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The upper portion of the after side of a ship, usually between the aftermost mast and the stern.
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The part of a yard between the slings and the yardarm.
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(Heraldry) Any of four equal divisions of a shield.
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One leg of an animal's carcass, usually including the adjoining parts.
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Either side of a horse's hoof.
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The part of the side of a shoe between the heel and the vamp.
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Quarters A place of residence, especially the buildings or barracks used to house military personnel or their dependents.
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Often quarters A proper or assigned station or place, as for officers and crew on a warship.
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Often Quarter A specific district or section, as of a city
The French Quarter.
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Often quarters An unspecified person or group
Information from the highest quarters.
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Mercy or clemency, especially when displayed or given to an enemy.
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Being one of four equal or equivalent parts.
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Being one fourth of a standard or usual value.
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To divide into four equal or equivalent parts.
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To quartersaw.
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To divide or separate into a number of parts.
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To dismember (a human body) into four parts.
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(Heraldry) To divide (a shield) into four equal areas with vertical and horizontal lines.
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To mark or place (holes, for example) a fourth of a circle apart.
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To locate and adjust (one machine part) at right angles to its connecting part within the machine.
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To furnish with housing
Quartered the troops in an old factory building.
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To traverse (an area of ground) laterally back and forth while slowly advancing forward.
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To take up or be assigned lodgings.
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To cover an area of ground by ranging over it from side to side.
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A fourth part of something.
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(in general sense) Each of four equal parts into which something can be divided; a fourth part.
A quarter of an hour.
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A measure of capacity used chiefly for grain or coal, varying greatly in quantity by time and location.
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A fourth part of a pound; approximately 113 grams.
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(historical) A measure of length; originally a fourth part of an ell, now chiefly a fourth part of a yard.
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A fourth part of the night; one of the watches or divisions of the night.
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A fourth part of the year; 3 months; a term or season.
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(time) A fourth part of an hour; a period of fifteen minutes, especially with reference to the quarter before or after the hour.
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A fourth part of a hundredweight.
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(heraldry) A fourth part of a coat of arms, or the charge on it, 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.
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(North America) A quarter-dollar, divided into 25 cents; the coin of that value minted in the United States or Canada.
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(sport) One of four equal periods into which a game is divided.
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A quarter of an acre or 40 roods.
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Place or position.
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A region or place.
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Each of four parts into which the earth or sky is divided, corresponding to the four cardinal points of the compass.
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A division or section of a town or city, especially having a particular character of its own, or associated with a particular group etc.
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One's residence or dwelling-place; in plural rooms, lodgings, especially as allocated to soldiers or domestic staff.
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A topic or area of endeavour.
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(nautical) The aftmost part of a vessel's side, roughly from the last mast to the stern.
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(farriery) The part on either side of a horse's hoof between the toe and heel, the side of its coffin.
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(often plural) A section (of a population), especially one having a particular set of values or interests.
Opposition to the policy came from an unexpected quarter, as well as from certain quarters which had historically opposed it
All quarters of the socialist movement; praise from Conservative quarters
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(obsolete) Relations between people.
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Accommodation given to a defeated opponent; mercy; exemption from being killed.
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Short forms.
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A quarterback.
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A quartermaster; a quartermaster sergeant.
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A quarterfinal.
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Pertaining to an aspect of a quarter.
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(chiefly) Consisting of a fourth part, a quarter (4, 25%).
A quarter hour; a quarter century; a quarter note; a quarter pound
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(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.
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(transitive) To divide into quarters; to divide by four.
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(transitive) To provide housing for military personnel or other equipment.
Quarter the horses in the third stable.
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(intransitive) To lodge; to have a temporary residence.
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(transitive) To quartersaw.
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(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.
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One of four equal parts into which anything is divided, or is regarded as divided; a fourth part or portion; as, a quarter of a dollar, of a pound, of a yard, of an hour, etc.
Scouts each coast light-armed scour,Each quarter, to descry the distant foe.
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A division of a town, city, or county; a particular district; a locality; as, the Latin quarter in Paris.
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Proper station; specific place; assigned position; special location.
Swift to their several quarters hasted thenThe cumbrous elements.
The banter turned as to what quarters each would find.
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A station or encampment occupied by troops; a place of lodging for soldiers or officers; as, winter quarters.
He magnified his own clemency, now they were at his mercy, to offer them quarter for their lives.
Cocks and lambs . . . at the mercy of cats and wolves . . . must never expect better quarter.
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Friendship; amity; concord.
In quarter, and in terms like bride and groom.
I knew two that were competitors for the secretary's place, . . . and yet kept good quarter between themselves.
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To divide into four equal parts.
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To divide; to separate into parts or regions.
Then sailors quartered heaven.
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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.
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To furnish as a portion; to allot.
This isle . . . He quarters to his blue-haired deities.
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To arrange (different coats of arms) upon one escutcheon, as when a man inherits from both father and mother the right to bear arms.
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To lodge; to have a temporary residence.
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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.
Every creature that met us would rely on us for quartering.
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Quarter

One of four equal parts;
A quarter of a pound
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A district of a city having some distinguishing character;
The Latin Quarter
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One of four periods of play into which some games are divided;
Both teams scored in the first quarter
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A unit of time equal to 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour;
It's a quarter til 4
A quarter after 4 o'clock
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One of four periods into which the school year is divided;
The fall quarter ends at Christmas
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A fourth part of a year; three months;
Unemployment fell during the last quarter
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One of the four major division of the compass;
The wind is coming from that quarter
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A quarter of a hundredweight (25 pounds)
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A quarter of a hundredweight (28 pounds)
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A United States coin worth one fourth of a dollar;
He fed four quarters into the slot machine
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An unspecified person;
He dropped a word in the right quarter
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The rear part of a ship
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Piece of leather that comprises the part of a shoe or boot covering the heel and joining the vamp
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Provide housing for (military personnel)
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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
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Quarter

Divide into quarters;
Quarter an apple
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Divide by four; divide into quarters
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One-fourth of a year.
The company's profits increased in the last quarter.
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Three-month financial period.
Our quarterly report shows improved sales.
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A term in academics.
She studied abroad during the winter quarter.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

How many quarters are in a year?

There are four quarters in a year.
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Can trimester refer to a season?

No, trimester specifically refers to a three-month period, not a season.
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Are trimesters always three months long?

Yes, trimesters are typically three months long.
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What is a fiscal quarter?

A fiscal quarter is a three-month period used for financial reporting.
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What is a quarter in terms of time?

A quarter refers to one-fourth of a year, or three months.
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How is trimester used in pregnancy?

Trimester is used to describe each of the three three-month periods in pregnancy.
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Can a quarter refer to currency?

Yes, in the U.S., a quarter refers to 25 cents.
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Do all schools use quarters?

Not all schools use quarters; some use semesters or trimesters.
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Are trimesters equal in length?

Yes, each trimester is typically the same length of three months.
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Does trimester have a specific start and end?

In pregnancy and academics, trimesters have specific start and end dates.
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Are quarter and trimester interchangeable?

No, quarter and trimester are not interchangeable as they have different specific uses.
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Can a company have a different fiscal quarter?

Yes, a company's fiscal quarter can vary based on its financial calendar.
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Is trimester used outside of pregnancy?

Yes, trimester is also used in academic contexts.
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Is a quarter a common time frame in business?

Yes, businesses often use quarters for planning and reporting.
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How is trimester structured in education?

In education, a trimester system divides the academic year into three parts.
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Can quarters be used to describe sports seasons?

Yes, quarters can describe portions of sports seasons or games.
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Is trimester a global academic term?

Trimester is used globally but not in all educational systems.
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What happens during the first trimester of pregnancy?

The first trimester is marked by early fetal development.
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What's a quarter in a sports game?

In sports, a quarter refers to one of four parts of the game.
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What's the focus in the second trimester of pregnancy?

The second trimester focuses on continued development and growth of the fetus.
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Poster vs. InfographicPoster vs. Infographic
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December 25, 2023
A Poster is a large printed image or notice for public display, while an Infographic is a visual representation of information or data.
Japanese Eyes vs. Chinese EyesJapanese Eyes vs. Chinese Eyes
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December 25, 2023
Japanese Eyes and Chinese Eyes refer to linguistic structures in Japanese and Chinese respectively, each reflecting unique aspects of grammar and syntax.
Login vs. LogonLogin vs. Logon
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December 25, 2023
"Login" and "Logon" are often used interchangeably to describe the process of gaining access to a computer system, but "login" can also refer to the credentials used for access.
2 Pole Motors vs. 4 Pole Motors2 Pole Motors vs. 4 Pole Motors
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December 25, 2023
2 Pole Motors have one pair of magnetic poles and run at higher speeds, while 4 Pole Motors have two pairs of poles and operate at lower speeds, offering higher torque.
Poem vs. PoetryPoem vs. Poetry
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December 25, 2023
A poem is a piece of writing that expresses ideas and emotions with a distinctive style and rhythm; poetry is the art form of writing such pieces.
Extent vs. ScopeExtent vs. Scope
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December 25, 2023
"Extent" refers to the degree or range something covers, while "Scope" relates to the breadth or range of coverage, influence, or effect.
Pulley vs. SheavePulley vs. Sheave
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April 4, 2024
A pulley is a wheel on an axle designed to support movement and change of direction of a taut cable, while a sheave is the wheel part of a pulley system that specifically interacts with the cable.
Nuclear Family vs. Joint FamilyNuclear Family vs. Joint Family
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January 9, 2024
Nuclear Family is a family unit consisting of parents and their children. Joint Family is a larger family structure comprising parents, children, and other relatives living together.
NM3 vs. M3NM3 vs. M3
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April 19, 2024
NM3 measures gas volume under Normal conditions (0°C and 1.01325 bar), while M3 measures volume under the conditions at which it is measured, without standard adjustment.
Vital Proteins Collagen vs. OrganikaVital Proteins Collagen vs. Organika
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February 9, 2024
Vital Proteins Collagen is a brand offering collagen supplements for health and beauty, while Organika is a broader health and wellness brand with diverse products including collagen.
Data Roaming vs. Cellular DataData Roaming vs. Cellular Data
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December 25, 2023
Data Roaming allows usage of mobile network services outside of the home network area, while Cellular Data is using mobile services within the home network.
Catapult vs. TrebuchetCatapult vs. Trebuchet
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January 4, 2024
A catapult is a ballistic device using tension or torsion to launch projectiles, while a trebuchet is a type of catapult using a counterweight for greater force and distance.
Gorilla Glass 3 vs. Gorilla Glass 5Gorilla Glass 3 vs. Gorilla Glass 5
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January 1, 2024
Gorilla Glass 3 offers improved scratch resistance and durability compared to its predecessors, while Gorilla Glass 5 focuses on enhanced drop protection and toughness.
Slazenger Logo vs. Puma LogoSlazenger Logo vs. Puma Logo
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February 15, 2024
The Slazenger logo features a panther, symbolizing agility and tradition, while the Puma logo depicts a leaping puma, representing speed and strength.
Pycharm Community vs. Pycharm ProPycharm Community vs. Pycharm Pro
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February 4, 2024
PyCharm Community is a free, open-source IDE for Python development, while PyCharm Pro is a paid version with additional advanced features like web development support and database tools.
Fluid vs. LiquidFluid vs. Liquid
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February 13, 2024
Fluids encompass all substances that flow (including gases and liquids), while liquids specifically refer to fluids with a definite volume but no fixed shape, adapting to their container.
DDR3 vs. DDR3LDDR3 vs. DDR3L
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January 29, 2024
DDR3 is a type of RAM with standard voltage (1.5V), while DDR3L is a low voltage variant (1.35V) compatible with both 1.5V and 1.35V slots.
Pebble vs. StonePebble vs. Stone
Dua FatimaDua Fatima
May 30, 2024
A pebble is a small, smooth rock worn by water or weather, typically found on beaches or rivers, while a stone is a larger, more varied rock that can be rough or smooth, used in construction or as a tool.
5'11" vs. 6'0"5’11” vs. 6’0″
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February 4, 2024
The difference between 5'11" and 6'0" is one inch, with 5'11" being 71 inches and 6'0" being 72 inches tall.
NDM vs. FTPNDM vs. FTP
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February 15, 2024
NDM (Network Data Mover) automates and secures data transfers across networks, while FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a standard network protocol for transferring files between computers.
Crane vs. HeronCrane vs. Heron
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June 24, 2024
Cranes are large, long-legged and long-necked birds known for their elaborate dances, while herons are typically more solitary, stealth hunters with a distinctive S-shaped neck.
Traditional Trade vs. Modern TradeTraditional Trade vs. Modern Trade
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December 25, 2023
Traditional trade involves local, small-scale, often personalized commerce; modern trade is characterized by large-scale, technology-driven, and impersonal retail environments.
Explain vs. DefineExplain vs. Define
Dua FatimaDua Fatima
June 22, 2024
Explaining involves detailing or clarifying a concept, often including context and examples, whereas defining means stating the exact meaning of a word or phrase, typically in a concise manner.

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