Quar"rel (?), n. [OE. quarel, OF. quarrel, F. carreau, LL. quadrellus, from L. quadrus square. See Quadrate, and cf. Quadrel, Quarry an arrow, Carrel.]


An arrow for a crossbow; -- so named because it commonly had a square head.


To shoot with arrows and quarrel. Sir J. Mandeville.

Two arblasts, . . . with windlaces and quarrels. Sir W. Scott.

2. Arch.

Any small square or quadrangular member

; as: (a)

A square of glass, esp. when set diagonally.


A small opening in window tracery, of which the cusps, etc., make the form nearly square.


A square or lozenge-shaped paving tile.


A glazier's diamond.



A four-sided cutting tool or chisel having a diamond-shaped end.


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Quar"rel, n. [OE. querele, OF. querele, F. querelle, fr. L. querela, querella, a complaint, fr. queri to complain. See Querulous.]


A breach of concord, amity, or obligation; a falling out; a difference; a disagreement; an antagonism in opinion, feeling, or conduct; esp., an angry dispute, contest, or strife; a brawl; an altercation; as, he had a quarrel with his father about expenses.

I will bring a sword upon you that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant. Lev. xxvi. 25.

On open seas their quarrels they debate. Dryden.


Ground of objection, dislike, difference, or hostility; cause of dispute or contest; occasion of altercation.

Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him. Mark vi. 19.

No man hath any quarrel to me. Shak.

He thought he had a good quarrel to attack him. Holinshed.


Earnest desire or longing.



To pick a quarrel. See under Pick, v. t.

Syn. -- Brawl; broil; squabble; affray; feud; tumult; contest; dispute; altercation; contention; wrangle.


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Quar"rel, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quarreled (?) or Quarrelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Quarreling or Quarrelling.]


To violate concord or agreement; to have a difference; to fall out; to be or become antagonistic.

Our people quarrel with obedience. Shak.

But some defect in her Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed. Shak.


To dispute angrily, or violently; to wrangle; to scold; to altercate; to contend; to fight.

Beasts called sociable quarrel in hunger and lust. Sir W. Temple.


To find fault; to cavil; as, to quarrel with one's lot.

I will not quarrel with a slight mistake. Roscommon.


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Quar"rel (?), v. t.


To quarrel with.

[R.] "I had quarelled my brother purposely."

B. Jonson.


To compel by a quarrel; as, to quarrel a man out of his estate or rights.


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Quar"rel (?), n. [Written also quarreller.]

One who quarrels or wrangles; one who is quarrelsome.



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