rect·​an·​gu·​lar | \ rek-ˈtaŋ-gyə-lər How to pronounce rectangular (audio) \

Definition of rectangular

1 : shaped like a rectangle a rectangular area
2a : crossing, lying, or meeting at a right angle rectangular axes
b : having edges, surfaces, or faces that meet at right angles : having faces or surfaces shaped like rectangles rectangular parallelepipeds a rectangular solid

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Other Words from rectangular

rectangularity \ (ˌ)rek-​ˌtaŋ-​gyə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce rectangular (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​tē \ noun
rectangularly \ rek-​ˈtaŋ-​gyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce rectangular (audio) \ adverb

Examples of rectangular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The unique feature of this electric desk is its shape — most other adjustable desks are rectangular or square, making this model ideal for corner offices. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "8 best standing desks of 2021, according to experts," 24 Feb. 2021 Cambro containers, which are rectangular and stack nicely. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Should You Keep Flour in the Fridge?," 19 Feb. 2021 The property is triangular, which is already a challenge for developers, who would likely want to build a rectangular building, said Ryan Garcia, the city's economic and community development director. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, "South St. Paul weighs fate of historic Armour gates, a relic of the meatpacking industry," 15 Feb. 2021 True to the traditional Detroit-style, Pizza Hut's version is rectangular. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Pizza Hut launches Detroit-style pizza: Here's my official taste test," 26 Jan. 2021 Detroit-style pizza is rectangular in shape, identifiable because of the crispy, cheesy crust and the red sauce layered on top of the veggies, meat and cheese. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Pizza Hut’s new Detroit-style pizza was developed in Plano, Texas," 26 Jan. 2021 The long, rectangular building is less celebrated than the iconic Alamo church. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Cleaning, repairs to begin at Alamo's Long Barrack, one of the oldest structures in Texas," 8 Feb. 2021 Then Botcher started making the bread available as its own menu item, selling the rectangular loaves in full ($12) and convenient half-loaf ($6) sizes. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 5 Feb. 2021 The vision of it has never left me: a stone hut, its broad, rectangular opening framing the lush green bamboo forest beyond., "Celebrate romance with these movies," 4 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of rectangular

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rectangular was circa 1560

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28 Feb 2021

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“Rectangular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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rect·​an·​gu·​lar | \ rek-ˈtaŋ-gyə-lər How to pronounce rectangular (audio) \

Kids Definition of rectangular

: shaped like a rectangle a rectangular building

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