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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On a sheet pan lined with parchment paper (or lightly oiled if that is easier for you), spread out the puff pastry dough into a flat rectangle. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "Puff pastry can be used in countless sweet and savory ways," 12 July 2018 Next, the Liholiho team vacuum seals the ground mixture into compressed rectangles. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 Today, French drone manufacturer Parrot announced the Anafi, a lightweight (0.7 pounds), zippy (34 mph), and relatively affordable ($699.99) drone that folds into a slender, packable, and, transportable rectangle. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Parrot's New Super-Lightweight Anafi Drone Might Be Ideal for the Casual Vacationer," 6 June 2018 Cut each piece into 4 equal rectangles, keeping the pieces together. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Grilled Peach Toast with Pimiento Cheese," 30 May 2018 With a floured rolling pin, roll it into a 4-by-6-inch rectangle. Claudia Catalano,, "Recipe: For this tart, top a rectangle of flaky pastry with goat cheese and asparagus spears," 28 May 2018 Divide dough in half, shape each into 1/2-inch-thick rectangle, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Anna Helm Baxter, Woman's Day, "Cheese-and-Herb Quiche," 6 Mar. 2018 One shows a cottage engulfed in flame, but even that event remains safely contained within its rectangle. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Scenes of a privileged paradise that can never be in Ragnar Kjartansson’s ‘Western Culture’," 25 May 2018 Whereas cat-eye and rectangle shapes can be flattering on most faces, circular frames are notoriously unforgiving. Indya Brown, The Cut, "Your Guide to the New Tiny Sunglasses," 12 Mar. 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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