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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Recent Examples on the Web The silver ratio and other metallic ratios have rectangles of their own. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Golden Ratio Is Cool, but Could We Interest You in the Silver Ratio?," 30 Jan. 2020 On a piece of plastic wrap, form dough into a 7½- by 2¾- by 1-in.-thick rectangle. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Cranberry Shortbread," 14 Nov. 2019 Press and stretch dough into 8 by 6-inch rectangle, with long side parallel to counter edge. Washington Post, "Next time, don’t buy sandwich bread. Make it at home," 1 July 2019 Their approved airspace, off the southern coast of Shikoku, Japan, was a rectangle, roughly 40 miles wide and 90 miles long. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Faulty Equipment, Lapsed Training, Repeated Warnings: How a Preventable Disaster Killed Six Marines," 2 Jan. 2020 The rest of the time, the watch face was a black rectangle of nothingness. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Apple Watch Series 5 Review: Always-On Is Always Great," 20 Sep. 2019 Visual charm aside, this is the only room in the house with anything close to a curve; Fei insisted that the rooms be rectangles and squares. John Ellement, Real Estate, "Home of the Week: Wayland house mirrors style of fashion trendsetter," 19 Sep. 2019 But upstairs, on a terrace, a spiral staircase leads to a small rectangle of a studio perched uneasily atop the house, like a fortification. Washington Post, "Michael Tilson Thomas was once the ‘bad boy of classical music.’ Now, at 74, he still conducts with childlike delight.," 6 Dec. 2019 Instead, Whitten poured acrylic paint into bottle caps and other molds, let the paint dry, cut and sanded it, and glued the rectangles onto the canvas. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "BMA exhibit of black abstract artists explores what’s real and what only appears to be real," 15 Nov. 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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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rectangle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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