quartering (adj.)
for cutting into quarters, dismembering
1H6 IV.ii.11[Talbot to the French] Lean famine, quartering steel, and climbing fire
E3 III.ii.5[First Citizen to First Frenchman] Quarter day? Ay, and quartering day, I fear [i.e. for being cut to pieces]
E3 V.i.37[King Edward to Calais Citizens] Your bodies shall ... feel the stroke of quartering steel
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