quad·​ra·​ture | \ ˈkwä-drə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce quadrature (audio) , -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r \

Definition of quadrature

1 : a configuration in which two celestial bodies (such as the moon and the sun) have an angular separation of 90 degrees as seen from the earth
2 : the process of finding a square equal in area to a given area

Examples of quadrature in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In common usage, many think of dichotomy and quadrature as synonymous. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of quadrature

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Quadrature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadrature. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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