1. [ verb ] pull (a person) apart with four horses tied to his extremities, so as to execute him
Synonyms: quarter draw

"in the old days, people were drawn and quartered for certain crimes"

Related terms: kill one-fourth
2. [ verb ] kill by pulling the victim's body into pieces by having horses pull on each extremity
Synonyms: quarter

"people were executed by being quartered"

Related terms: dismember