Definition of quarter-hour in English:


(also quarter of an hour)


  • 1A period of fifteen minutes.

    • ‘In a devastating four minute spell with a quarter of an hour to go, they threw the league race wide open.’
    • ‘I used to put minutes, quarter-hours, half-hours into this game, like ever larger sums into a slot machine.’
    • ‘They put the twenty in the rat-pit and the dog went in first and killed his, and he took a quarter of an hour and two minutes.’
    • ‘When the sacred palanquin arrived, each boy would take his turn to perform before it, holding it up for a good quarter of an hour.’
    • ‘The young man had been waiting for well nigh a quarter of an hour while his father ignored him.’
    • ‘On a bad day, he could struggle for more than a quarter of an hour.’
    • ‘The veteran striker powered home two trademark headers within two minutes in the final quarter of an hour to spare his side's blushes.’
    • ‘But they proved, in that first quarter-hour on Thursday night, that they recognise the route map to the semis.’
    • ‘It seems to go on for about a quarter of an hour before stopping for a few minutes and then it starts all over again.’
    • ‘In the end he saw the doctor for 10 minutes and had tests which took a quarter of an hour.’
    • ‘Linen looks good for about a quarter of an hour, but can't be worn all day for business.’
    • ‘Both Moore and Hay had half chances inside the first quarter of an hour but when the home side recovered from the goal they began to edge back into the game.’
    • ‘Geeks On Call charges $99 just to come out and say howdy, and then bills $100 an hour on a quarter-hour basis.’
    • ‘‘He left me standing there holding the donkey for a quarter of an hour,’ said the poor girl.’
    • ‘About a quarter of the lunar diameter was eclipsed, and re-emergence occurred about a quarter of an hour before sunrise.’
    • ‘She had been there about a quarter of an hour or twenty minutes when she heard a cry or call, which appeared to come from within the house.’
    • ‘Workers also won a ‘service day’ for every three years and a quarter of an hour off some shifts.’
    • ‘Formerly it was usual that one left the workplace a quarter of an hour before finishing time in order to shower and change.’
    • ‘There was much fury from both sides in the last quarter of an hour, before Little settled the matter in 78 minutes.’
    • ‘What I can not grasp is the concept of a bus arriving a quarter of an hour early and leaving well ahead of its scheduled time.’
    1. 1.1 A point of time fifteen minutes before or after any hour.
      ‘a carriage clock chimed the quarter-hour’
      • ‘Mark Wood opened the scoring on the quarter-hour and Mark Swales completed the victory just after the hour mark as the Pikes bounced back superbly from Saturday's disappointing home defeat to title rivals Eastwood Town.’
      • ‘The tips on rounding hours to the next quarter-hour or tenth-hour and dropping your own VBA procedure into a formula were most ingenious.’