# square

^{1}square

*noun*\ˈskwer\

: a four-sided shape that is made up of four straight sides that are the same length and that has four right angles

: any of the squares on a board for playing games (such as chess and checkers)

mathematics : the number that results from multiplying a number by itself

## Full Definition of *SQUARE*

**:**an instrument having at least one right angle and two straight edges used especially to lay out or test right angles

**:**a rectangle with all four sides equal

**:**any of the quadrilateral spaces marked out on a board for playing games

**:**the product of a number multiplied by itself

*a*

**:**an open place or area formed at the meeting of two or more streets

*b*

**:**block 6a

**:**a solid object or piece approximating a cube or having a square as its largest face

**:**an unopened cotton flower with its enclosing bracts

**:**a person who is conventional or conservative in taste or way of life

**:**a square meal <ate three

*square*

*s*a day>

**on the square**

**:**at right angles

**:**in a fair open manner

**:**honestly

**out of square**

**:**not at an exact right angle

## Examples of *SQUARE*

- The fabric is decorated with circles and
*squares*. - Cut the brownies into
*squares*. - The board has red and black
*squares*.

## Origin of *SQUARE*

*esquarre,*from Vulgar Latin

**exquadra,*from

**exquadrare*to square, from Latin

*ex-*+

*quadrare*to square — more at quadrate

## Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

## Rhymes with *SQUARE*

^{2}square

*adjective*

: shaped like a square : having four straight sides that are the same length and four right angles at each corner

: forming a right angle

: shaped more like a right angle than a curve

**squar·er**

**squar·est**

## Full Definition of *SQUARE*

*a*

**:**having four equal sides and four right angles

*b*

**:**forming a right angle <

*square*corner>

*c*

**:**having a square base <a

*square*pyramid>

**:**raised to the second power

*a*

**:**being approximately a cube <

*square*cabinet>

*b*

**:**having a shape that is broad for the height and rectangular rather than curving in outline <

*square*shoulders> <a

*square*, thick, hard-working man — Maria Edgeworth>

*c*

**:**rectangular and equilateral in section <

*square*tower>

*a*

**:**being or converted to a unit of area equal in measure to a square each side of which measures one unit of a specified unit of length <a

*square*foot> — see metric system table, weight table

*b*

**:**being of a specified length in each of two equal dimensions <10 feet

*square*>

*a*

**:**exactly adjusted

**:**precisely constructed or aligned

*b*

**:**just, fair <a

*square*deal> <

*square*in all his dealings>

*c*

**:**leaving no balance

**:**settled

*d*

**:**even, tied

*e*

**:**substantial, satisfying <

*square*meal>

*f*

**:**being unsophisticated, conservative, or conventional

**:**set at right angles with the mast and keel —used of the yards of a square-rigged ship

**square·ness**

*noun*

## Examples of *SQUARE*

- The room has four
*square*corners. - <received a
*square*hearing from the disciplinary panel>

## First Known Use of *SQUARE*

## Related to *SQUARE*

- Synonyms
- foursquare, quadrate

- Antonyms
- biased, ex parte, inequitable, nonobjective, one-sided, partial, parti pris, partisan, prejudiced, unjust

## Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

^{3}square

*verb*

: to make (something) square : to give (something) straight edges, flat surfaces, or sharp, even corners

mathematics : to multiply (a number) by itself

: to pay money that is owed for (something)

**squared**

**squar·ing**

## Full Definition of *SQUARE*

*a*

**:**to make square or rectangular <

*square*a building stone>

*b*

**:**to test for deviation from a right angle, straight line, or plane surface

**:**to bring approximately to a right angle <

*squared*his shoulders>

*a*

**:**to multiply (a number) by itself

**:**raise to the second power

*b*

**:**to find a square equal in area to <

*square*a circle>

**:**to regulate or adjust by or to some standard or principle <

*square*our actions by the opinions of others — John Milton>

**:**to mark off into squares

**:**to agree precisely

**:**correspond <your actions should

*square*with your words>

**:**to settle matters;

*especially*

**:**to pay the bill

**squar·er**

*noun*

## Examples of *SQUARE*

- The machine
*squares*the wood into flat boards. - If you
*square*3, you get 9.

## First Known Use of *SQUARE*

^{4}square

*adverb*

: in a direct way

## Full Definition of *SQUARE*

**:**in a straightforward or honest manner

*a*

**:**so as to face or be face-to-face

*b*

**:**at right angles

**:**with nothing intervening

**:**directly <ran

*square*into it>

**:**in a firm manner <looked her

*square*in the eye>

**:**in a square shape

## First Known Use of *SQUARE*

## square

*adjective*\ˈskwa(ə)r, ˈskwe(ə)r\

*(Medical Dictionary)*

## Medical Definition of *SQUARE *

**:**being or converted to a unit of area equal in measure to a square each side of which measures one unit of a specified unit of length <a

*square*foot>

## square

*noun*

*(Concise Encyclopedia)*

In measurement, a device consisting of two straightedges set at a right angle. It is used by carpenters and machinists to check the correctness of right angles, as a guide when drawing lines on materials before cutting, or for locating holes. In mechanical drawing or drafting, a T-shaped instrument known as a T square is used to establish a horizontal reference on the drafting board.

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