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quadrate

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

Definition of quadrate

1 : being square or approximately square
2 of a heraldic cross : expanded into a square at the junction of the arms — see cross illustration
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

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Examples of quadrate in a Sentence

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

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


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quadrate

noun

Definition of quadrate

1 : an approximately square or cubical area, space, or body
2 : a quadrate bone

First Known Use of quadrate

15th century


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