an English court of general criminal jurisdiction for crimes less than homicide, held quarterly.
(in the U.S.) a court with limited criminal jurisdiction, having local administrative powers in some states.
noun (functioning as singular or pl)
(in England and Wales, formerly) a criminal court held four times a year before justices of the peace or a recorder, empowered to try all but the most serious offences and to hear appeals from petty sessions. Replaced in 1972 by crown courts See also crown court Compare assizes
(in Scotland, formerly) a court held by justices of the peace four times a year, empowered to hear appeals from justice of the peace courts and to deal with some licensing matters: abolished in 1975
[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.
[kahrt; French kart] /kɑrt; French kart/ noun, plural quartes [kahrts; French kart] /kɑrts; French kart/ (Show IPA). Fencing. 1. the fourth of eight defensive positions. /kart/ noun 1. the fourth of eight basic positions from which a parry or attack can be made in fencing