noun, Western U.S.
(in surveying and homesteading) a square tract of land, half a mile on each side, thus containing ¼ sq. mi. or 160 acres.
(US & Canadian) a land measure, used in surveying, with sides half a mile long; 160 acres
noun, Law. 1. an English court of general criminal jurisdiction for crimes less than homicide, held quarterly. 2. (in the U.S.) a court with limited criminal jurisdiction, having local administrative powers in some states. noun (functioning as singular or pl) 1. (in England and Wales, formerly) a criminal court held four times a year before […]
[kwawr-ter-staf, -stahf] /ˈkwɔr tərˌstæf, -ˌstɑf/ noun, plural quarterstaves [kwawr-ter-steyvz] /ˈkwɔr tərˌsteɪvz/ (Show IPA), quarterstaffs. 1. a former English weapon consisting of a stout pole 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters) long, tipped with iron. 2. exercise or fighting with this weapon. /ˈkwɔːtəˌstɑːf/ noun (pl) -staves (-ˌsteɪvz; -ˌstɑːvz) 1. a stout iron-tipped wooden staff […]
noun, Music. 1. an interval equivalent to half of a semitone. noun 1. (music) a quarter of a whole tone; a pitch interval corresponding to 50 cents measured on the well-tempered scale
- Quarter-wave plate
[kwawr-ter-weyv] /ˈkwɔr tərˌweɪv/ noun, Optics. 1. a crystal thin enough to cause a phase difference of 90° between the ordinary and extraordinary rays of polarized light, thereby converting circularly polarized light into plane polarized light.