magic square

noun

: a square containing a number of integers arranged so that the sum of the numbers is the same in each row, column, and main diagonal and often in some or all of the other diagonals

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lucky for me, these magic squares of silk, and scarf prints, have been given new life by designers who have of late shaken off scarves’ granny associations while emphasizing their vintage appeal. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 13 Dec. 2018 As Brazil were recognised through Pele, the Dutch recognised by Johan Cruyff and an innovative playing style, the French were now symbolised by Le Carre Magique - the magic square. SI.com, 19 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1704, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of magic square was circa 1704

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“Magic square.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magic%20square. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

magic square

noun
: a square that contains rows of numbers arranged so that the sum of the numbers in each row, column, and diagonal is always the same

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