rectangle

noun
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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The units in the middle of the building are essentially conventional rectangles and thus can’t be accused of being exercises in function following form. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "A new oval apartment tower breaks out of the box and brightens downtown’s western edge," 12 June 2019 Place one cake layer, syrup-side up, on prepared cardboard rectangle. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 Lexus is set to become the first automaker to replace the rectangles of reflective glass with video cameras on a high volume model when the new Japanese market 2019 ES goes on sale. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Don't look back: Lexus launching first digital side view mirrors," 12 Sep. 2018 Depending on your vantage point, the large rectangle spreading across the surface is transparent or opaque. Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, "‘The Veil’ exhibition at Bridge Productions spans ideas of what’s seen and unseen," 7 Aug. 2018 The biggest differences shown off by the video are the rounding of every rectangle’s corners and the discarding of solid color blocks as design elements within Google’s apps. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Android apps are heading to a whiter future with rounder rectangles," 24 July 2018 The rectangle is rolled to create a long, skinny, cylindrical pizza cigar. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "What Is the Difference Between a Calzone and a Stromboli?," 2 May 2018 By the late 1960s, when artists were intensely scrutinizing every aspect of painting, the rectangle used in conventional canvases had come under concentrated inspection. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Tony DeLap's hybrids of painting and sculpture are impossible objects," 16 Mar. 2018 Step 4: Fold the shirt into a more compact rectangle. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Fold a Dress Shirt, Because Sometimes You Have To," 11 Feb. 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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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 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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