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

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Now every phone looks like the iPhone, which looks like every other phone—a dark rectangular slab. David Pierce, WSJ, "A $10 Accessory Proves Smartphones Are Too Big," 17 Feb. 2019 The screen is rectangular with no blemishes or interruptions. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 is an all-screen magnetic slider phone with 10GB of RAM," 25 Oct. 2018 As the town evolved into a bedroom community, a previous owner built a two-story rectangular addition off the back. Popular Mechanics, "To Install a Pull-Up Bar, We Built a Surfboard," 23 Mar. 2019 When reconstituted, the achingly beautiful form became a roof, which was to be hoisted onto 10 wood columns staking out a simple rectangular perimeter. David Netto, Town & Country, "Frank Gehry Built a Tiny House for Michael Eisner," 19 Mar. 2019 This window is flanked by two rectangular windows with muntins that form elegant hexagonal shapes. Joan Walden,, "63 Westland Avenue, West Hartford," 19 Jan. 2018 Square, rectangular, or bolster, patterned or plain, decorative pillows add extra oomph to your bed. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How a Professional Set Stylist Makes the Perfect Bed," 21 Feb. 2019 Optimally, there would be space for at least three bins somewhere near the kitchen or a large cabinet that could hold several rectangular bins that could be easily slid in and out. Nicole Anzia, The Seattle Times, "5 ideas for dream storage spaces," 7 Jan. 2019 The 23-year-old model freed the nipple and wore nothing but nude underwear underneath the dress, and completed the look with transparent heels and gold rectangular earrings. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian's Latest Naked Dress Barely Covers Anything," 18 Dec. 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 How to pronounce rectangular (audio) \

Kids Definition of rectangular

: shaped like a rectangle a rectangular building

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