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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At the front, the new Flying Spur has a massive rectangular grille and large lower intakes that span the entire bumper. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur Debuts June 11 with Rear-Wheel Steering," 29 May 2019 Like the brand's previous Mini Zodiac palettes, the new Gemini edition — available on now for $14 — features nine rectangular pans of eye shadow surrounding a round, central highlighter. Marci Robin, Allure, "BH Cosmetics Is Celebrating Gemini Season With Its Latest Zodiac-Themed Eye Shadow Palette," 22 May 2019 Fair and Square-ish Narrow, just walking the line of micro, this rectangular shape once loved by supermodels and red carpet regulars in the ’90s is back. Madeline Swanson, Vogue, "Throw Some Shade With Summer’s Best Sunglasses Trends," 21 May 2019 Matches take place in rectangular stages of different sizes, with both characters occupying the same 2D plane like in most 2D fighting games. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Lethal League Blaze turns handball into a stylish fighting game," 9 Dec. 2018 Android will extend the status bar around the display hole, giving apps a normal, uninterrupted rectangular area to play in, while only the system deals with the awkward display shape at the top. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung Galaxy S10 renders feature a big hole in the display," 5 Dec. 2018 The carved out rectangular gashes in the opposing hillsides of a natural valley were in a state of crumbling disarray. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018 Typically rectangular, the mirrors feature rounded top corners and squared off bottom corners, finished in gold or silver leaf, or occasionally, in a dual finish. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "What to Look for When Shopping for Louis Philippe Mirrors," 10 May 2019 Defining Qualities of Colonial Architecture American colonial homes are simple, symmetrical, and rectangular. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Here’s Why Colonial-Style Homes Reign Supreme," 2 May 2019

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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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