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a military term signifying a guard of four soldiers, two of whom were attached to the person of a prisoner, while the other two kept watch outside the door of his cell. (Acts 12:4)

Easton's Bible Dictionary
A band of four soldiers. Peter was committed by Herod to the custody of four quaternions, i.e., one quaternion for each watch of the night (Acts 12:4). Thus every precaution was taken against his escape from prison. Two of each quaternion were in turn stationed at the door (12:6), and to two the apostle was chained according to Roman custom.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) The number four.

2. (n.) A set of four parts, things, or person; four things taken collectively; a group of four words, phrases, circumstances, facts, or the like.

3. (n.) A word of four syllables; a quadrisyllable.

4. (n.) The quotient of two vectors, or of two directed right lines in space, considered as depending on four geometrical elements, and as expressible by an algebraic symbol of quadrinomial form.

5. (v. t.) To divide into quaternions, files, or companies.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

kwa-tur'-ni-un (tetradion): The name given to a company of four soldiers of Herod's army (Acts 12:4). To four such companies Peter had been handed over, who would take their turn of acting as guard over the prisoner, each of the four watches of the night according to Roman reckoning, which Herod Agrippa I would follow. In the castle of Antonia Peter was thus closely secured, in order that Herod, who had already killed James, the brother of John, with the sword (Acts 12:2), might, after the solemnities of the Passover, make sure of his death likewise. On the night before his intended execution he was sleeping in his cell between two soldiers, "bound with two chains," his left hand chained to one and his right to the other. The other two soldiers of the quaternion mounted guard before the door, and are spoken of as "the first and the second guard" (Acts 12:10) whom Peter and his angel guide had to pass on the way to liberty. The Greek word thus rendered is not found in the Septuagint or anywhere else in the New Testament.

T. Nicol.

5069. tetradion -- a group of four, a quaternion (a guard of four ...
... a group of four, a quaternion (a guard of four soldiers). Part of Speech: Noun,
Neuter Transliteration: tetradion Phonetic Spelling: (tet-rad'-ee-on) Short ...
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The Quaternion Exhibits "Truth. "
... Book VI. Chapter XXXIX."The Quaternion Exhibits "Truth.". And (Marcus alleged)
that the Quaternion, after having explained these ...
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The Reason of the Order of the Sons of Leah.
... Judah, Reuben, Gad, Aser, constitute, as you see, the first quaternion of the sons
of Leah, as superior to the rest in respect to Him of whom the type points ...
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On the Creation of the World
... These four elements, therefore, form the quaternion of times or seasons.
The sun, also, and the moon constitute throughout the space ...
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Pythagoras' System of Numbers.
... "By him who to our head quaternion gives,. ... Now the quaternion is the originating
principle of natural and solid bodies, as the monad of intelligible ones. ...
/.../the refutation of all heresies/chapter xviii pythagoras system of numbers.htm

The Martyrdom
... In two days Secundus and Cythegius, with their quaternion of soldiers, arrived,
and issued the surly order that next morning the journey to Pityus must be begun ...
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The vision
... stock. In the following manner: First Quaternion of the Sons of Leah. {
1. Judah Second Quaternion of the Sons of Leah. { 7. Simeon ...
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The Groups Round the Cross
... the actual details of fixing the beam, handling the hammer and nails, hoisting the
apparatus, and so forth, in the case of Jesus, fell to a quaternion of them. ...
/.../stalker/the trial and death of jesus christ/chapter xiii the groups round.htm

of the Woman driven into the Wilderness.
... IT is from hence that I begin, and my first synchronism shall be that of the remarkable
quaternion of prophecies displayed in equal intervals of time. ...
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On Marriage.
... and the most youths. And that wise quaternion in the garden with a mistress,
honoured pleasure by their acts. Those, then, will ...
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The Crucifixion.
... crucify him, ^d 23 The soldiers therefore, when they had crucified Jesus, took his
garments and made four parts, to every soldier a part [A quaternion or band ...
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... Peter was committed by Herod to the custody of four quaternions, ie, one quaternion
for each watch of the night (Acts 12:4). Thus every precaution was taken ...
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Quaternions (1 Occurrence)

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Quartus (1 Occurrence)

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