(a) quarter of (a given hour in time)

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(a) quarter of (a given hour in time)

A quarter of an hour (15 minutes) before the named hour in time (e.g., "quarter of six" would mean 5:45). Primarily heard in US. A: "What time does the movie start?" B: "Not until a quarter of eight, so we've got plenty of time!" I thought I'd be home already, but with this traffic, it'll be quarter of before I'm back.
See also: given, hour, of, quarter
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10 per share, and one quarter of one (1/4) purchase warrant exercisable at $0.
0025 (one quarter of one cent) per share on the Company's common stock payable on July 15, 1998, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 30, 1998.
0025 (one quarter of one cent) per share on the Company's common stock payable on March 9, 1998, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 27, 1998.
0025 (one quarter of one cent) per share on the Company's Common Stock payable on November 1, 1997, to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 15, 1997.
Immediately after the conversion, the Series 2 special warrants were exercised and the holders thereof received, after giving effect to the consolidation of the Company's outstanding common shares on a one for two basis, one common share, one quarter of one Series 2 common share purchase warrant and $1.
The amended interest rate of any borrowings is generally prime plus one quarter of one percent.
Regionally, the actual unit volume of existing home sales for 1994 increased in two sections of New Jersey and decreased in the other section - Central Jersey sales increased eight percent (46,500/43,000); sales in Southern Jersey jumped eight percent (39,000/36,000); and the Northern part of the state decreased by one quarter of one percent (59,900/60,000).