# Definition of *quadrature* in English:

## quadrature

Syllabification: quad·ra·turePronunciation: /ˈkwädrəˌCHo͝or, -ˌCHər
/

### noun

- 1
*Mathematics*The process of constructing a square with an area equal to that of a circle, or of another figure bounded by a curve.More example sentences- Craig published several more papers on the logarithmic curve, the curve of quickest descent and quadrature of figures.
- He generalised Gauss's method of quadrature and expressed the polynomials which are involved as a determinant.
- This book is a treatise on infinite series, summation, interpolation and quadrature.

- 2
*Astronomy*The position of the moon or a planet when it is 90° from the sun as viewed from the earth.More example sentences- When the Sun-Moon system is in quadrature relative to the Earth, the combined gravitational forces are not as strong.
- The planet is at east quadrature (ninety degrees east of the Sun) on the 26th.

- 3
*Electronics*A phase difference of 90° between two waves of the same frequency, as in the color difference signals of a television screen.More example sentences- The MT312 is a single-chip variable rate digital quadrature phase shift keying satellite demodulator.
- The L5 signal that will appear with the Block IIF satellites in 2006, will have quadrature phase skip keying.
- The quadrupolar echo pulse sequence was employed using quadrature detection with complete phase cycling of the pulse pairs.

### Origin

mid 16th century (as a mathematical term): from Latin *quadratura* 'a square, squaring', from *quadrare* (see quadrate).

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noun

elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody