Definition of rectangle
: a parallelogram all of whose angles are right angles; especially : one with adjacent sides of unequal length
Recent Examples of rectangle from the Web
For home cooks, Gallego recommends rolling the dough into a rectangle and then using a square cutter.
The scalloped land just to the right of the mine is covered in tailings, and the large gray rectangles above that are containment ponds where the metal was extracted.
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RECTANGLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rectangle for English Language Learners
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 Defined for Kids
Definition of rectangle for Students
: a flat geometric four-sided figure with right angles and with opposite sides parallel
Word Root of rectangle
The Latin word rēctus, meaning “straight” or “right,” gives us the root rect. Words from the Latin rēctus have something to do with being straight or correct. Something erect stands straight up. Something correct is right. A rectangle is a shape made of four straight lines and four right angles.
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