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

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When making dough for a slab pie, don't divide it into two disks (as often instructed). Form the dough into one rectangle (instead of the usual rounds) before chilling, and rolling it out will be much easier. Jade Zimmerman, Country Living, "Pretzel-Chocolate-Pecan Slab Pie," 1 Nov. 2018 Rather than using a pencil or powder, makeup artist James Kaliardos affixed small rectangles of silver, blue, orange, and green onto models’ upper lids. Akili King, Vogue, "This NYFW Eyeliner Hack Is About to Revolutionize Your Makeup Routine," 13 Feb. 2019 So, take one triangle and stretch it out into something resembling a rectangle, then quickly roll over it two to three times with a rolling pin. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Homemade Pasta Without a Machine," 7 Jan. 2019 The images were also long rectangles that got cut off by standard Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram framing, so users had to make the conscious effort to click on them instead of passively scrolling by. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 In order to do this, the key is to fold each item compactly into a smooth rectangle. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up," 15 Jan. 2019 Roll black fondant into a 9- by 3-inch rectangle and place on cake between buttons. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Santa Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting," 7 Dec. 2018 White, rounded rectangles surround the notification and the quick settings sections, leaving a bit of transparent space in between each section. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android 9 Pie, thoroughly reviewed," 13 Sep. 2018 Acupressure mats are flat, cushioned rectangles with tiny spikes all over them, which are designed to stimulate pressure points in the neck and back as well as promote a healthy release of endorphins in the brain. Maria Cassano, Allure, "The 7 Top-Reviewed Acupressure Mats You Can Buy on Amazon," 27 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 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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