Definition of quart in English:

quart

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Pronunciation: /kwɔːt
 
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noun

1A unit of liquid capacity equal to a quarter of a gallon or two pints, equivalent in Britain to approximately 1.13 litres and in the US to approximately 0.94 litre: two quarts of milk
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  • The milk is available in gallons, half gallons, quarts and pints.
  • The Paint Spot caters to both the professional and the hobbyist, selling paint in pints, quarts and gallons for you mural-painters.
  • In the main filling room, gallons, half gallons, pints, quarts and half-pints are filled.
1.1North American A unit of dry capacity equivalent to approximately 1.10 litres.
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  • I used four quarts of purée, but there were still more than four gallons of pumpkin to go!
  • I myself have a small vegetable garden and do my canning without assistance, three or four quarts at a time.
  • When I sell 50 quarts of pork fried rice at lunch, I have to put the cooked rice in a container close to the wok so that I can easily access it and cook it again to customer order.
2 /kɑːt/ (also quarte or carte) Fencing The fourth of eight parrying positions.
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  • That is, how to lunge, parry quarte, feint, etc.
  • The name of the parry is determined by the position where it finishes, e.g. the fencer starts on guard in the position of sixte, and when attacked parries by moving the blade laterally across the body to the parry of quarte.
  • Giganti had seven guards, but only really employed two, corresponding to the modern quarte and tierce.
3(In piquet) a sequence of four cards of the same suit.
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  • A sequence of three cards is called a "tierce"; of four, a "quart"; of five, a "quint"; of six, a "sixieme"; of seven, a "septieme"; of eight, a "huitieme."
  • As between sequences containing the same number of cards, the one headed by the highest card is good; thus, a quart to a queen is good against a quart to a knave.
  • If each player has a quart, but one quart is higher than the other, the player with the higher quart scores 50 points.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French quarte, from Latin quarta (pars) 'fourth (part)', from quartus 'fourth', from quattuor 'four'.

Phrases

you can't get a quart into a pint pot

British proverb You cannot achieve the impossible.
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  • Councillor Chris Townsley said: ‘The current store is an old one and needs to be brought up to modern standards, but you can't get a quart into a pint pot.’
  • Mr Tipple said: ‘It's a quart in a pint pot and it won't fit.
  • Trying to fit a quart into a pint pot really is very difficult.

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