rectangular

adjective

rect·​an·​gu·​lar rek-ˈtaŋ-gyə-lər How to pronounce rectangular (audio)
1
: shaped like a rectangle
a rectangular area
2
a
: 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
rectangularity noun
rectangularly adverb

Examples of rectangular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pull it taut, fitting the shoulder onto a corner of the rectangular end of the board. Helen Carefoot, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 The website is a simple, ad-free blog with a black background, the 4x6 rectangular confessions emerging from the darkness like faces illuminated around a campfire. Hazlitt, 3 Apr. 2024 The swiftlets enter at high speed through a rectangular opening at the top and reach the lower levels through 8-by10-foot holes in each floor. Muktita Suhartono Nyimas Laula, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 Leading away from the castle on the southwestern slope, a rock platform was adorned with rectangular stones, according to the study. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 1 Apr. 2024 Lawrence finished off her look with a pair of funky black rectangular sunglasses with yellow lenses. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 1 Apr. 2024 Elsewhere in the home: Switch out geometric light fixtures for orbs to soften a dining room, or replace square throw pillows with round ones in a living room to add a soft touch to a rectangular sofa. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Mar. 2024 Here's another do-it-yourself option: Cut a 1- to 2-inch rectangular hole in a white sheet of cardstock — paper that is sturdier than regular paper and thinner than cardboard (the kind used for business cards and postcards). Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, 27 Mar. 2024 Made from unfired mud brick, the rectangular mastaba measures about 26 feet by 39 feet (8 meters by 12 meters) and features seven burial shafts, as well as another shaft for ceramic bowls and other items used in burial rituals. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rectangular was circa 1560

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Cite this Entry

“Rectangular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rectangular. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

rectangular

adjective
rect·​an·​gu·​lar rek-ˈtaŋ-gyə-lər How to pronounce rectangular (audio)
1
: shaped like a rectangle
a rectangular building
2
: having edges, faces, or surfaces that meet at right angles : having faces or surfaces shaped like rectangles
a rectangular solid
rectangular blocks
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