quarter
noun
  1. one of four equal parts (25 per cent)

    Example

    She paid only a quarter of the list price.

  2. a period of three months

    Example

    The instalments are payable at the end of each quarter.

"...corporate profits for the first quarter showed a 4 per cent drop from last year's final three months" [Financial Times]

"...economists believe the economy is picking up this quarter and will do better still in the second half of the year" [Sunday Times]

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