Definition of quarterly in US English:



  • 1attributive Done, produced, or occurring once every quarter of a year.

    ‘a quarterly newsletter is distributed to members’
    • ‘One new type of mortgage automatically increases the home equity credit line based on monthly mortgage repayments and quarterly increases in the appraised value of the house.’
    • ‘I was informed there would be a quarterly charge of $10 for the maintenance and reading of the meters.’
    • ‘The sum is to be divided by four to get the quarterly tax liability.’
    • ‘That figure also represents the UK market's highest quarterly growth rate for almost four years, the researcher added.’
    • ‘The client was sophisticated and able to assess from the quarterly estimates and otherwise the reasonableness of the fees charged.’
    • ‘The Bank of England will also provide guidance on its interest-rate strategy when the governor, Mervyn King, presents its quarterly inflation report.’
    • ‘SGI hopes the move will cut $100 million off its quarterly operating expenses bill once its forks out $20 million in redundancy payments.’
    • ‘By meeting targets, Intel would have its first quarterly sales gain from year-ago levels after four straight declines.’
    • ‘China Steel announced last month that it would increase local steel prices by an average of 7.5 percent in the second quarter, making it the fifth-straight quarterly price hike.’
    • ‘Occasional focus groups, quarterly meetings, customer surveys and direct mailings simply won't suffice.’
    • ‘When will they again concentrate on the product and not what the latest quarterly dividend or share price happens to be?’
    • ‘Charges for season ticket holders are also set to rise, with a quarterly ticket at the four long stays going up from £159.90 to £163.90.’
    • ‘Those rank branch boards meet on a quarterly basis, four meetings per year.’
    • ‘The new Time is only part - and probably not even the largest part - of a line item on a quarterly profit and loss statement.’
    • ‘The pre-tax charge helped erode Tribune's quarterly profits by a whopping 58%.’
    • ‘Despite four consecutive quarterly losses, Xerox is expected to make money before the year is out, continuing a turnaround credited to Mulcahy.’
    • ‘The Midland Health Board has launched a quarterly newsletter to keep foster carers informed on issues, events and developments relevant to fostering.’
    • ‘This year, as last, council has moved to making splitting up the bill into four quarterly payments.’
    • ‘The move to quarterly reporting, in line with US financial reporting, came in recognition of the fact that US investors now control half of the share register.’
    • ‘Consumer spending has risen at a quarterly rate of just 0.1%, the lowest for four years.’
  • 2Heraldry
    (of a shield or charge) divided into four (or occasionally more) subdivisions by vertical and horizontal lines.

    • ‘From what can be seen of the original engraving, it is clear that at least two of the shields on each dish were engraved with the same quarterly arms.’


  • 1Once every quarter of a year.

    ‘interest is paid quarterly’
    • ‘For example, the national conference passed a resolution directing state councils that they can only meet quarterly.’
    • ‘In addition to the Entitlements Guarantee, Labor will require superannuation payments to be made by employers quarterly rather than annually.’
    • ‘K-GLEN representatives from every region of the country meet quarterly to advise the hotel group on serving the interests and needs of the gay and lesbian community.’
    • ‘While the U.S. Coast Guard inspects ships' treatment systems quarterly, it does not collect and test effluent samples.’
    • ‘Customs officials make inspections quarterly, but in addition to these routine inspections, special inspections by Customs audit personnel can be done at any reasonable time.’
    • ‘Remember to set aside money every month for expenses that are billed quarterly or annually, like insurance or property taxes.’
    • ‘For each scholarly level at the end of the month a prize is rewarded for the highest achiever and quarterly we award the girl or girls with the least black marks to her name with a prize as well.’
    • ‘Depending on the type of data and compliance requirements, Levine reports her metrics monthly, quarterly or yearly.’
    • ‘Develop risk mitigation, incident response and business continuity plans, and test these procedures quarterly to annually, depending on best practices.’
    • ‘The change, which allows those businesses to pay their taxes quarterly rather than monthly, will affect about one million businesses this year, not several million.’
    • ‘The resident is evaluated formally at both sites quarterly to ensure objectives are met and the resident is achieving desired goals.’
    • ‘You should also review your suppliers quarterly to ensure that pricing and service are consistent and up to your standards.’
    • ‘In the one-step ahead forecasting situation, we assumed that the industrial practitioners updated their data quarterly.’
    • ‘Stryker leads this team and meets with the whole group quarterly but with individual members every week.’
    • ‘Set aside time to reassess your plans and targets quarterly and yearly.’
    • ‘The writing and production team meet monthly, quarterly and bi-annually to develop both characters and storylines.’
    • ‘Each employee sets goals quarterly and receives four performance reviews a year.’
    • ‘Payments may be made weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually.’
    • ‘Although he reviews all the company's information security policies quarterly, he says it is important not to flood users with so much information that it becomes difficult to absorb.’
    • ‘Frequently in such cases a sum called ‘rent’ is paid at once in accordance with the terms of the proposed lease: for example, quarterly in advance.’
  • 2Heraldry
    In the four, or in two diagonally opposite, quarters of a shield.


  • A magazine or journal that is published four times a year.

    • ‘For the most part, Johnsonian ideas about biography appeared only in literary magazines, some of which took their cues from British quarterlies, while republican ideas dominated biographies themselves.’
    • ‘From their base in university English departments and university-sponsored quarterlies, the poets and editors associated with the New Criticism proved to be a very powerful opposition to the populist trend.’
    • ‘Fall brings about many amazing things - dry leaves, morning frost, vivid orange and red hues, and, of course, fall editions of quarterlies.’
    • ‘Smoke is a kind of London fanzine, first published in June, successful enough to be out again this month, and scheduled to be quarterly in the future.’
    • ‘In 1904 it displayed 20 daily newspapers, 80 weeklies, 63 monthly magazines and two quarterlies.’
    • ‘It was a quarterly; we eventually published 24 issues total.’
    • ‘Apart from the daily press she looks at the role played by quarterlies such as Round Table.’
    • ‘But people writing for political quarterlies necessarily draw tentative conclusions about very recent events, and historical perspective does not always settle questions’
    • ‘I'd already been reading Kenneth Burke on my own for several years - I read a lot of criticism and literary quarterlies.’
    • ‘It was published as a quarterly for eight years, after which the issues became very erratic because of a low subscriber base and a lack of a full-time staff.’
    • ‘His piece, written before September 11, 2001, appeared in Parameters, a U.S. Army War College quarterly.’
    • ‘Every three months I announce that the Claremont Review of Books is my favorite magazine - every three months because the magazine is a quarterly.’
    • ‘Founders Dana M. Powell and Shannon Bonnet plan to launch the publication as a quarterly in the fall of 2002.’
    • ‘I much admired New Directions, and though Accent is now mostly forgotten, during its lifetime its appeal surpassed - at least for me - that of the heavyweight, academic literary quarterlies.’
    • ‘It reminds us of McSweeney's for its effortless appearance, although this is disingenuous, as both are of course just as contrived as the glossiest of fashion quarterlies.’
    • ‘As far as the quarterlies go, the magazines share many of the same writers and the monthly and irregular journals feature unknowns alongside guest appearances by well known writers.’
    • ‘Most major cities have daily and weekly newspapers; in all, there are 20 dailies, 35 weeklies, 33 fortnightlies, 152 monthlies, and 111 quarterlies.’
    • ‘Ude draws on his own experience as the editor of aRUDE, a quarterly of fashion and culture published in New York.’
    • ‘Other quarterlies - such as Kenyon Review - carried more refined formal literary analysis.’
    • ‘Yet poetry journalism has not followed suit, particularly in the literary quarterlies and in general circulation organs.’
    book, volume, hardback, paperback, title, work, tome, opus, treatise, manual, register, almanac, yearbook, compendium
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