Definition of quartering in English:



  • 1Heraldry
    The coats of arms marshalled on a shield to denote the marriages into a family of the heiresses of others.

    • ‘The frustrations of the poor provincial nobles was one factor leading to to the famous Ségur law of 1781, which required four quarterings of nobility in order to become an officer.’
    • ‘The devices of ornament can amplify, by doubling and redoubling or other types of repetition and variation, these degrees of status as in heraldic quarterings and the chevrons of rank.’
    • ‘Staunchly imperialist, he is a living manifestation of quintessential Englishness, a living descendant of people with blue blood, noble quarterings, and the right school tie.’
    • ‘Such laxness contrasts with, for example, the Bavarian Order of St George, which still demands 16 quarterings of nobility.’
    • ‘At Fonthill the crest and the thirty-six quarterings of Beckford's full coat-of-arms were blazoned on the carpets and painted glass windows.’
  • 2The provision of accommodations or lodgings, especially for troops.

    • ‘Following extant written sources, this process has been seen in relation to the quartering of troops that occurred during the war between the Byzantines and the Goths, or simply as the result of occupation by squatters.’
    • ‘There was no war here, no invasion, no curfews or quarterings.’
    • ‘I've only heard rumors of you, Amseth, and was delightfully shocked to see you quartering here, in my mistress' home.’
    • ‘The U.S. Constitution specifically prohibited the European practice of quartering soldiers in private homes.’
    • ‘I certainly am glad that the US Constitution forbids quartering of soldiers in my house.’
    • ‘Attempts at forcible conversion involved the quartering of troops - often dragoons, hence dragonnades - on Huguenot households.’
    • ‘In 1776, the American colonials indicted the king ‘for quartering large bodies of armed troops among us.’’
    • ‘The quartering of soldiers upon peasants and citizens generated severe altercations, mostly concerning rations and pay.’
    • ‘Public service in this period included personal services such as labor on the fortifications being built at the isthmus of Corinth and the quartering and provisioning of dragoons and their mounts in the villages in the winter months.’
    • ‘A common way to move a brigade support area is to send out a quartering party to establish a new operating area before moving the main body.’
    • ‘It also instigated the quartering of refugees near their homeland, making it increasingly impossible for those needing protection to lodge an asylum application in Germany.’
    • ‘Webster's dictionary defines logistics as ‘the branch of military science having to do with moving, supplying and quartering troops.’’
    • ‘The marechal des logis was the administrative officer responsible for encamping and quartering troops.’
    • ‘In November, English recruiting officers appeared in Boston, and the Assembly and the Boston magistrates forbade any recruiting or any quartering of troops in the town.’
    • ‘The Angolan government set up quartering centres, expecting 55,000 UNITA troops to give themselves up.’
    • ‘With opportunities for economic growth and municipal development always a priority, the commissioners wished to prove to the military that Mobile was a suitable location for quartering and training troops.’
    • ‘In 1703 the provveditore of New Navarino noted that he would raise these from those villages not currently contributing to the quartering of dragoons.’
    • ‘I doubt that they thought the Third Amendment (limits on quartering soldiers) was more important than the Sixth (which includes the trial by jury).’
    • ‘If the 3rd amendment were repealed (probably no big deal since quartering is no longer an issue), would that necessarily affect the right to abortion?’
  • 3The action of dividing something into four parts.

    • ‘It was then that I started developing my ideas on the reintroduction of hanging, drawing and quartering for political crimes against the people.’
    • ‘These novelists celebrated not just the pleasures of the table but also the joy of the hunt, the quartering and smoking of great sides of game.’
    • ‘No more burnings at the stake, no more drawing and quartering, but true freedom to worship.’
    • ‘A purely spatial focus, they argue, is limiting because it encourages static conceptions of walling and quartering.’
    • ‘I halved the butter lengthwise, flipped it over, halved it again (thus quartering it).’
    • ‘Home describes with grisly relish the flaying alive, castration, and dismemberment of the d' Aulnay brothers by Philip the Fair, as well as the quartering of Henri IVs assassin, Ravaillac.’
    • ‘Nearly all the 1,300 prisoners were undoubtedly guilty of treason, for which the sentence was death by hanging, disembowelling, and quartering.’
    • ‘Both of these are big enough for quartering an elk or lopping off a ridge pole for your tent, yet they're sufficiently thin to do a good job of slicing bacon for the breakfast skillet.’
    • ‘In this case, dissection took the place of quartering; it was likewise viewed as a form of supplementary punishment, a further mark of infamy, inflicted on the criminal after death.’
    • ‘The Scottish business community is ecstatic because, after being hanged and drawn, its quartering has been postponed for a twelvemonth.’
    • ‘Traditionally a cross was cut into the dough, which helped in the even baking of the bread and assisted in the quartering of the loaf afterwards.’
    • ‘As Sir Benjamin told Parliament, this was gender inequality, for men convicted of the same offenses were no longer subject to drawing and quartering and ‘women should not receive a more dreadful punishment than men’.’
    • ‘They have proven themselves incorrigible; drawing and quartering would be too good for them.’
    • ‘Book now for your tickets to the hanging, drawing and quartering.’
    • ‘It was de-stoning and quartering the dates that took so long.’
    occupancy, occupation, residence, residency, living in, housing, billeting, quartering, tenure
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