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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Your shirt should now resemble a long, narrow rectangle. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Fold a Dress Shirt, Because Sometimes You Have To," 11 Feb. 2019 Use husk to fold the other side of masa rectangle over to enclose berries. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Strawberry Tamales," 11 June 2018 Inside, a small gray-and-white tabby looked around quickly, then shot out of the wire rectangle, sprinted across the lawn and leapt the fence in a single jump without a backward glance. Kate Elizabeth Queram, Laurel Leader, "Laurel's stray cat population declines as spay/neuter initiative takes hold," 21 Mar. 2018 At one end of this manicured rectangle is the Palacio de Bellas Artes; at the other, a string of cafés, mezcal bars, and shops. Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things To Do In Mexico City," 4 Mar. 2018 Place rectangle on top of one side of apple mixture, arranging 9-inch side along longest side of pan. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Sparkly Apple Slab Pie," 23 Oct. 2018 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

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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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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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