Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of four offspring born in a single birth.
  • n. A group or combination of four associated by common properties or behavior.
  • n. Music A group of four notes having the time value of three notes of the same kind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of a group of four babies born from the same mother during the same birth.
  • n. Sequence of four elements.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A collection or combination of four of a kind.
  • n. Four children born in the same labor.
  • n. A cycle for carrying four riders, so arranged that all the riders can assist in the propulsion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any combination of four objects or parts grouped, united, or acting together: as, a quadruplet of springs, consisting of four elliptic springs coupled together and acting as one spring. Also called quartet.
  • n. One of four born at a single birth.
  • n. A bicycle for four riders.
  • n. In music, same as quartole.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of four children born at the same time from the same pregnancy
  • n. a set of four similar things considered as a unit
  • n. the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one

Etymologies

From quadruple (modeled on triplet).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From quadruple and -et. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He suffered a life threatening disease in 2008, but fought his way back to health for his wife, quadruplet daughters and new baby girl.

    Karen Dalton-Beninato: For Valentine's Romance, New Orleans Bistro Delivers

  • This method is partly why I have seen more quadruplet fawns than many think possible.

    Minnesota Changes Deer-Shining Rules

  • In Michigan we are finding that gun laws are getting less and less restrictive this year they are doing away with the "Safty Inspections" registration of handguns all together, when you purchase a handgun you fill out a quadruplet form and one copy goes to the store, one to the local P.D. or Sheriff's office, one to the State Police, and one to the purchaser.

    Brady Campaign Sues Over Park Gun Rule

  • His body is constantly threatening to spill out of his dishevelled clothes: he really needs a quadruplet, not a doublet.

    Women Beware Women; Bingo

  • At a zoo in Taiyuan, China, the birth of quadruplet white tiger cubs on June 20 was an exciting event.

    Helpful dog feeds four white tiger cubs at a zoo in China

  • Hell if you were birthing quadruplet boys or a goat or pretty much anything, I'd trade places with you in a second.

    Oh, Boy.

  • People always say that this quadruplet rhythm is for light verse.

    THE ANTHOLOGIST

  • Wrote a number of poems about alcohol, as befits a poet of the Prohibition, using that same quadruplet rhythm.

    THE ANTHOLOGIST

  • I know most of us were not born as a twin let alone in a quadruplet.. and I don't know about you but I have never been able to clone myself.

    Why not just clone yourself?

  • In 1984, Dr. Mark Evans reduced a quadruplet pregnancy to twins by literally stabbing two of the fetuses with a needle.

    Archive 2009-02-01

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  • "A cycle for carrying four riders, so arranged that all the riders can assist in the propulsion."
    --GNU Webster's 1913

    August 1, 2012