Definition of three quarters in English:

three quarters

plural noun

  • Three of the four equal parts into which something may be divided.

    ‘three quarters of an hour’
    • ‘Of them, my guess is that between two thirds and three quarters were non-combatants.’
    • ‘They fought for at least three quarters of an hour to save him.’
    • ‘However, almost three quarters were in favour of a product certification scheme.’
    • ‘Of the 21 coach coordinators who gave their details on Saturday, three quarters are women.’
    • ‘More than three quarters agree that they are given sufficient training.’
    • ‘The figures showed that new house prices in Dublin had actually fallen in two out of the last three quarters.’
    • ‘Importing three quarters of our organic food from all over the world is polluting the atmosphere and wrecking the climate.’
    • ‘For the first three quarters, the market remained limp because of the recession and war.’
    • ‘A recent report showed that three quarters of burglars freed from prison are caught committing more crime within two years.’
    • ‘About three quarters of endowment mortgages sold over the last two decades are expected to post a shortfall when they mature.’
    • ‘They also found that nearly three quarters of the parents interviewed relied on their children to find out about puberty at school.’
    • ‘Nearly three quarters said they would use a tram system to get around the largely pedestrianised town centre.’
    • ‘A round of mergers could halve the current number, or even reduce it by three quarters.’
    • ‘Finally, I finish up by going out onto the water for another hour and three quarters.’
    • ‘About half of my friends play musical instruments, and three quarters of them play an instrument with which to make dance music.’
    • ‘Around three quarters of women experience nausea in early pregnancy and around half also vomit.’
    • ‘After originally losing 35 per cent of his pension, he will now get three quarters of his allowance.’
    • ‘One third of the doctors were women and three quarters were generalists.’
    • ‘Over a half to three quarters of all the people who lived in that area have died.’
    • ‘It was removed within three quarters of an hour of breaking down at 4.15 pm but caused delays until 6pm.’


  • To the extent of three quarters.

    ‘Vermont is more than three quarters woodland’
    • ‘The oxygen level in her blood is three quarters that of a healthy person and this means her heart has to work harder as she grows to pump oxygen around her body.’
    • ‘The former girl group member is playing at here in June and, after less than a week, the show is now three quarters sold.’
    • ‘Hiking a set distance is apparently between two thirds and three quarters as beneficial to your system as jogging it.’
    • ‘Maria pulled out the chair across from him and held her own bar glass three quarters full of cola.’
    • ‘I took the jam jar from the shelf, and it looked like a normal jar, three quarters full.’
    • ‘Without asking, he automatically poured another once our glasses approached three quarters empty.’
    • ‘Jim and Alan were three quarters Mexican and had grown up in a bilingual house.’
    • ‘I am in a hotel three quarters full of white-haired old dears.’
    • ‘St John's Church was three quarters full for the main service on Christmas Day.’
    • ‘The exoccipitals end on the border of this foramen, at three quarters its height.’
    • ‘It is only about three quarters the size of Pluto, its closest neighbour.’
    • ‘When the glass is about three quarters full, he stops and gently places the glass on the bar.’
    • ‘If you care to notice, he's a man, and his hair is at least three quarters the length of yours.’
    • ‘We three quarters filled it, to replace the fuel we'd used, before returning it.’
    • ‘The drama unfolded at about 5pm, as the group were three quarters through the walk, when a strong gust of wind picked up Mr Smith.’


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