rect·​an·​gu·​lar | \ rek-ˈtaŋ-gyə-lər \

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 , -​ˈla-​rə-​tē \ noun
rectangularly \ rek-​ˈtaŋ-​gyə-​lər-​lē \ adverb

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West elevation of the new Menil Drawing Institute Photo: The Menil Collection, Houston The rectangular shape of the building is enlivened further by the off-center placement of the two other courtyards. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "A Buoyant Building for Looking and Learning," 12 Nov. 2018 Windows are tall and narrow with multiple panes—sometimes rectangular, sometimes diamond-shaped. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "There's A Reason You Don't See Many Tudor-Style Homes These Days," 1 Nov. 2018 Now unclamp the bundle—you’ve got a bunch of perfectly rectangular pieces and are ready to assemble your perfectly woodworked fence. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How To Cut a Bunch of Wood the Exact Same Width," 8 Nov. 2018 Both the 8-inch and 10-inch Smart Displays are rectangular slabs with wide speaker grills on their left-most sides. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo Smart Display review: The Google Assistant now has a face," 26 July 2018 The set comes with seven sizes ranging from 1 to 6.5 cups, in round, rectangular, and square shapes. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Snapware Total Solution 8-Pc Pyrex Glass Food Storage Set W/Snapware Lids," 18 Sep. 2015 But the shuttle stayed stationary, and my phone was dead, a black rectangular void; the Company’s shuttles were essentially rolling Faraday cages: no wireless service allowed. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Seven scary stories to tell by the light of your screen," 31 Oct. 2018 Swift accessorized with a few dramatically oversize rings and large, sparkly rectangular hoop earrings. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Taylor Swift's 2018 AMAs Look Is a Lesson in Disco Dressing," 9 Oct. 2018 The rounded rectangular shape is a sleek profile but wouldn’t be the best choice for large bento boxes. Christina Barron, The Seattle Times, "The best lunch boxes for kids (and the young at heart)," 16 Aug. 2018

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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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rect·​an·​gu·​lar | \ rek-ˈtaŋ-gyə-lər \

Kids Definition of rectangular

: shaped like a rectangle a rectangular building

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