rectangle

noun
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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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 Some razor sharp rectangles are as solid as blocks of concrete, suggesting architectural structures. David Pagel, latimes.com, "When a rectangle is more than a rectangle: Making sense of Patrick Wilson's colorful chaos," 5 Feb. 2018 Cut the material to size (4 ✕ 6-inch rectangles are the standard), and if needed, paint it the correct color. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017 Building a brand that speaks to a changing market Design often plateaus once the platonic ideal of a product becomes established—like mobile phones have all become slight variations on slim glass rectangles. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018 There's something poetic about pulling dirt out of your face with a sticky rectangle for all the world to see. Demetria E. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen, Relatable Human, Also Stares at Her Pore Strips," 8 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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rectangle

noun

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

rectangle

noun
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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