rect·​an·​gle | \ ˈrek-ˌtaŋ-gəl How to pronounce rectangle (audio) \

Definition of rectangle

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

Examples of rectangle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The actual size of the lens on an inspection mirror can also vary, usually between 2 and 3 inches, while the shape may be a circle, an oval or a rectangle. Zachary Visconti,, "The best inspection mirror," 4 Apr. 2021 This step should leave you with a long, narrow rectangle. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Exactly How to Fold a Fitted Sheet, According to Marie Kondo," 31 Mar. 2021 Fold the dough into thirds, like a letter, and then fold the shorter side in half, creating a compact rectangle. Washington Post, "With a flaky crust and delicate filling, Chinese egg tarts evoke sweet memories and a fusion cuisine," 22 Mar. 2021 Snip a little more off end of bag and pipe icing to fill in rectangle, spreading with skewer as necessary. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Giant Sugar Cookie Bouquet," 12 Mar. 2021 Most of the screen is of the game being played, with a small rectangle fed by a camera focused on her face. NBC News, "This grandma will kill you with kindness — and in 'Call of Duty'," 5 Mar. 2021 Roll the dough through a pasta machine on the thickest setting, folding the dough over after each pass to start forming a rectangle. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Classic Lasagna alla Bolognese," 2 Feb. 2021 And here, again, was the writer’s room, a too-small rectangle cluttered with water bottles, colored pencils and limp backpacks. New York Times, "How Nick Kroll Became the Picasso of Puberty," 3 Dec. 2020 The Greek sculptor Phidias used the ratio in most of his works, and the exterior facade of the great Parthenon in Athens was heralded as the embodiment of this perfect ratio for a rectangle in architecture. Grant Addison, Washington Examiner, "Then and Now: Body mass," 4 Mar. 2021

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Rectangle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce rectangle (audio) \

Kids Definition of rectangle

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

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