Meaning of quarter section

quar'ter sec'tion

Pronunciation: [key]
— Western U.S. Western U.S.
  1. (in surveying and homesteading) a square tract of land, half a mile on each side, thus containing sq. mi. or 160 acres. Abbr.: q.s.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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