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 That’s not necessarily a bad thing — it’s a very stylish rectangle. Christian De Looper, BGR, 7 May 2022 Baumgartner, sunlit in his Zoom rectangle, is recalling all the ways food was eaten, thrown, spilt, and jello-fied throughout the show’s eight-year run. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 22 Nov. 2021 The process is simple: cut out a rectangle (or two rectangles), and sew up the sides to make a tube, either by hand or with a machine. Blair Braverman, Outside Online, 31 Jan. 2021 The teardown video depicted a somewhat complicated but not insurmountable process for getting inside that little metal rectangle. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 25 Mar. 2022 Starting on the 20-inch side of the rectangle, roll dough snugly into a log, leaving the log seam-side-down on the work surface. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 4 Jan. 2022 Fold bottom half of tortilla over top half to form a rectangle. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, 12 May 2022 Starting at the top, fold the dough about two thirds of the way down the rectangle and fold it again, so the top edge meets the bottom edge. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Oct. 2021 The rectangle’s perimeter is formed by glass panels between which are open gaps, which improve the acoustics and act like apertures, allowing the action to move from wide screen to close up. New York Times, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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27 Jun 2022

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“Rectangle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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