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adjective quad·rate \ˈkwä-ˌdrāt, -drət\

Definition of quadrate

  1. 1 :  being square or approximately square

  2. 2 of a heraldic cross :  expanded into a square at the junction of the arms — see cross illustration

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or constituting a bony or cartilaginous element of each side of the skull to which the lower jaw is articulated in most vertebrates below mammals

Examples of quadrate in a sentence

  1. <the four museum buildings surround a quadrate courtyard that is formally landscaped>

Did You Know?

Sharp-eyed readers may recognize the "quad" in "quadrate," suggesting the number four. "Quadrate" is in fact a relative of Latin quattuor, meaning "four," though its direct line of descent links to quadrum, meaning "square." Other descendants of "quadrum" in English include "quadrille" (a square dance for four couples), "quarrel" (a square-headed bolt or arrow), and "quarry" (a place where large amounts of stone are dug out of the ground); the latter of these can be traced back to a Latin word meaning "squared stone." "Quadrate," incidentally, can also be used in much more specific senses to describe a type of heraldic cross or a portion of the skull in some vertebrates.

Origin and Etymology of quadrate

Middle English, from Latin quadratus, past participle of quadrare to make square, fit, from quadrum square; akin to Latin quattuor four


First Known Use: 14th century


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quadrate

noun quad·rate

Definition of quadrate

  1. 1 :  an approximately square or cubical area, space, or body

  2. 2 :  a quadrate bone

15th Century

First Known Use of quadrate

15th century



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