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quadrant.
1. The fourth part of a circle, hence an object or a street with a plan-form based on a fourth of the circumference of a circle. Quad-rant was the name given to part of Regent Street, London, designed 1813–16 by John Nash, laid out on a plan conforming with that shape. A series of buildings the façades of which form a convex curve is called a quadrant, as opposed to that on a concave curve, called crescent. Quadrants were important in Classical composition as e.g. a means of joining a corps-de-logis to pavilions or wings, as in Palladian compositions (Villa Mocenigo (1544–64) by Palladio and Kedleston, Derbys., as designed by Paine (1757–9) )

2. Medieval term for a quadrangle or quad.

3. Octagonal part of a spire.

4. Quarter-round.

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quad·rant / ˈkwädrənt/ • n. technical each of four quarters of a circle. ∎  each of four parts of a plane, sphere, space, or body divided by two lines or planes at right angles: the right upper quadrant of the kidney. ∎ hist. an instrument used for taking angular measurements of altitude in astronomy and navigation, typically consisting of a graduated quarter circle and a sighting mechanism. ∎  a frame fixed to the head of a ship's rudder, to which the steering mechanism is attached. ∎  a panel with slots through which a lever is moved to orient or otherwise control a mechanism. DERIVATIVES: quad·ran·tal / kwäˈdran(t)l/ adj.ORIGIN: late Middle English (denoting the astronomical instrument): from Latin quadrans, quadrant- ‘quarter,’ from quattuor four.

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Quebec Conference, name of two meetings held in Quebec, Canada, in World War II. The first meeting (Aug., 1943) was attended by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt of the United States, Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain, Prime Minister W. L. Mackenzie King of Canada, and Foreign Minister T. V. Soong of China. An important step toward unified Allied command was taken when the China-Burma-India theater of operations was created under the command of Lord Mountbatten. The United States extended limited recognition to Charles de Gaulle's French Committee of National Liberation. Approval was accorded to the Allied military plans for a landing in France; these plans were communicated to Marshal Stalin later in the year at the Tehran Conference. The second Quebec Conference (Sept., 1944), attended by Roosevelt, Churchill, and their chief military advisers, was concerned with the broad strategy of the war and with the future of Germany.

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oc·ta·gon / ˈäktəˌgän; -gən/ • n. a plane figure with eight straight sides and eight angles. ∎  an object or building with a plan or cross section of this shape. DERIVATIVES: oc·tag·o·nal / äkˈtagənl/ adj. oc·tag·o·nal·ly / äkˈtagənəlē/ adv.

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octagon. Eight equal-sided polygonal figure often found as the plan-form for Antique Classical and later buildings, such as cathedral chapter-houses.

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Octagon ★★ 1980 (R)

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