rect·​an·​gle | \ ˈrek-ˌtaŋ-gəl \

Definition of rectangle

: a parallelogram all of whose angles are right angles especially : one with adjacent sides of unequal length

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Some razor sharp rectangles are as solid as blocks of concrete, suggesting architectural structures. David Pagel,, "When a rectangle is more than a rectangle: Making sense of Patrick Wilson's colorful chaos," 5 Feb. 2018 Cut the material to size (4 ✕ 6-inch rectangles are the standard), and if needed, paint it the correct color. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017 Building a brand that speaks to a changing market Design often plateaus once the platonic ideal of a product becomes established—like mobile phones have all become slight variations on slim glass rectangles. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018 There's something poetic about pulling dirt out of your face with a sticky rectangle for all the world to see. Demetria E. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen, Relatable Human, Also Stares at Her Pore Strips," 8 Aug. 2018 With a floured rolling pin, roll the dough to a 10-by-14-inch rectangle. Claudia Catalano,, "Recipe: For this tart, top a rectangle of flaky pastry with goat cheese and asparagus spears," 28 May 2018 The designers insulated and repurposed the metal rectangles, welding them together and stacking them on top of each other at various angles to create the geometric three-story campus. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Shipping container school in Thailand teaches sustainable construction," 3 Oct. 2018 There's something so satisfying about pulling gunk out of your face with a sticky rectangle, isn't there? Demetria E. Elizabeth, Allure, "Chrissy Teigen Reveals Bizarre Blackhead-Removing Routine, Remains Profoundly Likable," 8 Aug. 2018 The oculus, meanwhile, has transformed into a black felt rectangle seemingly tacked to the ceiling. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This James Turrell Installation Is the Best Meditation Chapel in New York," 5 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of rectangle

circa 1560, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rectangle

Medieval Latin rectangulus having a right angle, from Latin rectus right + angulus angle — more at right, angle

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The first known use of rectangle was circa 1560

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English Language Learners Definition of rectangle

geometry : a four-sided shape that is made up of two pairs of parallel lines and that has four right angles; especially : a shape in which one pair of lines is longer than the other pair


rect·​an·​gle | \ ˈrek-ˌtaŋ-gəl \

Kids Definition of rectangle

: a flat geometric four-sided figure with right angles and with opposite sides parallel

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