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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Rather, Jefferson hosted the dinner at a round table—where, unlike at a rectangular table, no one could be distinguished as a guest of honor. Alexandra Hudson, WSJ, "No Country for Old Pretentious Titles," 29 June 2018 In the back, at rectangular tables, adults gathered to witness an uplifting moment in a system that has been criticized for its abuses. Joy Resmovits,, "What prom looks like in juvenile detention: contraband hairpins have to be returned at the end of the night," 21 June 2018 The party was seated facing each other at a rectangular table, according to the Associated Press. Eli Meixler, Time, "Octopus and Ice Cream: What President Trump and Kim Jong Un Ate at Their First Lunch," 12 June 2018 Expected but missing at the long, rectangular dinner table was recent Oscar-winner Allison Janney, who took home best-supporting actress for I, Tonya. Ryma Chikhoune, Vanities, "Elle Fanning’s Runway Debut Was a Last-Minute Decision," 21 Mar. 2018 In the workshop, participants will be led through a step-by-step process of creating traditional, rectangular white paper as well as circular paper, and shown how to embed items in the paper to create interesting shapes and shadows. charlotteobserver, "What’s up this week in Charlotte’s visual arts?," 10 July 2018 Crovelli sells his rectangular creations at about $4 a slice, supplementing his menu with a panino, salads, and fried snacks such as suppli al telefono, plus tiramisu. Michael Klein,, "Let's Eat: A chef surfaces in Chesco; LaBan delivers cold dessert truths," 3 July 2018 While some brands simply put out rectangular perfume bottles, Kim Kardashian West thinks beyond the lines. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Kim Kardashian West Is Launching a New Butt-Shaped Perfume," 22 June 2018 They are flanked by eight rectangular canvasses that feature contemporary African-American adults standing behind a baby in a floating reed basket. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Artists explore American identity in Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibit," 21 June 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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