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

Examples of rectangle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the new version ditched the Apple logo, making that odd rectangle at the bottom of your screen look even stranger. David Goldman, CNN, "Apple made a big mistake with its new iMacs," 21 Apr. 2021 Pipe a rectangle around cookie, leaving 1/4- to 1/2-inch border all the way around. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Giant Sugar Cookie Bouquet," 12 Mar. 2021 Each rectangle holds not just a face but the record of an encounter between two men joined by the act of portrait making, a pocket of stillness and concentration carved from an otherwise chaotic environment. Leslie Jamison, The Atlantic, "The Breathtaking Ingenuity of Incarcerated Artists," 7 Feb. 2021 In recent years, the Christian flag — a white banner with a red Latin cross inside a blue rectangle — has drawn controversy. Don Stacom,, "New Britain prepares to raise Christian flag over public park for Easter week," 31 Mar. 2021 The door opens and Aunt Ida is standing in a rectangle of light. Dick Feagler, cleveland, "With so many traditions on hold today because of the coronavirus, we return once more to Dick Feagler’s Christmas at Aunt Ida’s," 25 Dec. 2020 The actual size of the lens on an inspection mirror can also vary, usually between 2 and 3 inches, while the shape may be a circle, an oval or a rectangle. Zachary Visconti,, "The best inspection mirror," 4 Apr. 2021 This step should leave you with a long, narrow rectangle. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Exactly How to Fold a Fitted Sheet, According to Marie Kondo," 31 Mar. 2021 Fold the dough into thirds, like a letter, and then fold the shorter side in half, creating a compact rectangle. Washington Post, "With a flaky crust and delicate filling, Chinese egg tarts evoke sweet memories and a fusion cuisine," 22 Mar. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Rectangle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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