noun \ˈkwä-ˌdraŋ-gəl\

geometry : a flat shape that has four sides and four angles

: an open square or rectangular area at a college, school, etc., that is surrounded by buildings on all four sides

Full Definition of QUADRANGLE

a :  a 4-sided enclosure especially when surrounded by buildings
b :  the buildings enclosing a quadrangle
:  a tract of country represented by one of a series of map sheets
qua·dran·gu·lar \kwä-ˈdraŋ-gyə-lər\ adjective

Examples of QUADRANGLE

  1. <since the weather was sunny, the convocation was held outside in the college's quadrangle>


Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin quadriangulum, from Latin, neuter of quadriangulus quadrangular, from quadri- + angulus angle
First Known Use: 15th century

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abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Rectangular open space completely or partially enclosed by buildings of an academic or civic character. The grounds of a quadrangle are often grassy or landscaped. Such an area, intended as an environment for contemplation, study, or relaxation, was a feature of monastic establishments and the colleges that evolved from them. The quadrangular layout at New College in Oxford University (completed 1386), with its partially connected buildings, was enormously influential in subsequent collegiate building.


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