[kwawr-ter-staf, -stahf] /ˈkwɔr tərˌstæf, -ˌstɑf/
noun, plural quarterstaves
[kwawr-ter-steyvz] /ˈkwɔr tərˌsteɪvz/ (Show IPA), quarterstaffs.
a former English weapon consisting of a stout pole 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters) long, tipped with iron.
exercise or fighting with this weapon.
noun (pl) -staves (-ˌsteɪvz; -ˌstɑːvz)
a stout iron-tipped wooden staff about 6ft long, formerly used in England as a weapon
the use of such a staff in fighting, sport, or exercise
also quarter-staff, 1540s (quarter-stroke “stroke with a quarterstaff” is attested from early 15c.), stout pole, six to eight feet long (six-and-a-half sometimes is given as the standard length), tipped with iron, formerly a weapon used by the English peasantry. From staff (n.). The quarter likely is in reference to its operation.
It was grasped by one hand in the middle, and by the other between the middle and the end. In the attack the latter hand shifted from one quarter of the staff to the other, giving the weapon a rapid circular motion, which brought the ends on the adversary at unexpected points. [Century Dictionary]
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
[kwawr-tet] /kwɔrˈtɛt/ noun 1. any group of four persons or things. 2. an organized group of four singers or players. 3. a musical composition for four voices or instruments. /kwɔːˈtɛt/ noun 1. a group of four singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group See string quartet 2. any group […]