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Definition of Quadrant
- [n.] - The fourth part; the quarter.
- [n.] - The quarter of a circle, or of the circumference of a circle, an arc of 90? or one subtending a right angle at the center.
- [n.] - One of the four parts into which a plane is divided by the coordinate axes. The upper right-hand part is the first quadrant; the upper left-hand part the second; the lower left-hand part the third; and the lower right-hand part the fourth quadrant.
- [n.] - An instrument for measuring altitudes, variously constructed and mounted for different specific uses in astronomy, surveying, gunnery, etc., consisting commonly of a graduated arc of 90? with an index or vernier, and either plain or telescopic sights, and usually having a plumb line or spirit level for fixing the vertical or horizontal direction.