rectangular

adjective rect·an·gu·lar \ rek-ˈtaŋ-gyə-lər \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rectangular

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

play \(ˌ)rek-ˌtaŋ-gyə-ˈler-ə-tē, -ˈla-rə-tē\ noun

rectangularly

play \rek-ˈtaŋ-gyə-lər-lē\ adverb

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First Known Use of rectangular

circa 1560

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rectangular

adjective rect·an·gu·lar \ rek-ˈtaŋ-gyə-lər \

Definition of rectangular for Students

:shaped like a rectangle
  • a rectangular building


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