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 But upstairs, on a terrace, a spiral staircase leads to a small rectangle of a studio perched uneasily atop the house, like a fortification. Washington Post, "Michael Tilson Thomas was once the ‘bad boy of classical music.’ Now, at 74, he still conducts with childlike delight.," 6 Dec. 2019 Instead, Whitten poured acrylic paint into bottle caps and other molds, let the paint dry, cut and sanded it, and glued the rectangles onto the canvas. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "BMA exhibit of black abstract artists explores what’s real and what only appears to be real," 15 Nov. 2019 The gauge cluster is a thin rectangle in front of the driver with largely digital displays. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Mustang Mach-E: Fast, nimble, smooth. Is this the electric vehicle America’s waited for?," 18 Nov. 2019 The path to that world, at least for now, seems to require more but different types of glowing rectangles. Washington Post, "Google Throws Fitbit Into Its Stew of Uncertainty," 1 Nov. 2019 Within seconds, a computer considers all possible combinations of rectangles that can be cut from the circle, what boards would fetch the highest price, and how to position the log through the saw to maximize recovery of saleable lumber. oregonlive, "Failing forestry: The $1 billion lawsuit that could decide the fate of Oregon’s state forests," 27 Oct. 2019 The Rover’) has made a fine big-screen entertainment that most people will probably watch at home, on a Netflix-sized rectangle. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Get attached to ‘Parasite’," 11 Oct. 2019 The desk is uniquely large, a giant wooden rectangle with a top that extends out from a four-legged base. Ross Dellenger,, "The Untold Story of the Desk of Texas's AD and an Unfinished Bottle of Jack Daniel's," 5 Sep. 2019 The update also includes new sizes, like a slim rectangle and mini square, and POP accessories that attach to the underside of those lids, like a leveler, scoops, date dial, and a brown sugar saver (a terra cotta disk to keep it from drying out!). Katie Macdonald,, "Khloé Kardashian Uses These OXO Containers for Her Pantry — and They Just Got a Major Upgrade," 19 Aug. 2019

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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 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rectangle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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