square

noun
\ ˈskwer How to pronounce square (audio) \

Definition of square

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : an instrument having at least one right angle and two straight edges used especially to lay out or test right angles
2 : a rectangle with all four sides equal
3 : any of the quadrilateral spaces marked out on a board for playing games
4 : the product of a number multiplied by itself
5a : an open place or area formed at the meeting of two or more streets
6 : a solid object or piece approximating a cube or having a square as its largest face
7 : an unopened cotton flower with its enclosing bracts
8 : a person who is conventional or conservative in taste or way of life
9 : a square meal ate three squares a day
on the square
1 : at right angles
2 : in a fair open manner : honestly
out of square
: not at an exact right angle

square

adjective
squarer; squarest

Definition of square (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : having four equal sides and four right angles
b : forming a right angle square corner
c : having a square base a square pyramid
2 : raised to the second power
3a : being approximately a cube square cabinet
b : having a shape that is broad for the height and rectangular rather than curving in outline square shoulders a square, thick, hard-working man— Maria Edgeworth
c : rectangular and equilateral in section square tower
4a : being or converted to a unit of area equal in measure to a square each side of which measures one unit of a specified unit of length a square foot — see Metric System Table, Weights and Measures Table
b : being of a specified length in each of two equal dimensions 10 feet square
5a : exactly adjusted : precisely constructed or aligned
b : just, fair a square deal square in all his dealings
c : leaving no balance : settled
d : even, tied
e : substantial, satisfying square meal
f : being unsophisticated, conservative, or conventional
6 : set at right angles with the mast and keel used of the yards of a square-rigged ship

square

verb
squared; squaring

Definition of square (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to make square or rectangular square a building stone
b : to test for deviation from a right angle, straight line, or plane surface
2 : to bring approximately to a right angle squared his shoulders
3a : to multiply (a number) by itself : raise to the second power
b : to find a square equal in area to square a circle
4 : to regulate or adjust by or to some standard or principle square our actions by the opinions of others— John Milton
5a : balance, settle square an account
b : to even the score of
6 : to mark off into squares
7a : to set right : bring into agreement squared their goals with their beliefs
b : bribe, fix

intransitive verb

1 : to agree precisely : correspond your actions should square with your words
2 : to settle matters especially : to pay the bill

square

adverb

Definition of square (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : in a straightforward or honest manner
2a : so as to face or be face-to-face
b : at right angles
3 : with nothing intervening : directly ran square into it
4 : in a firm manner looked her square in the eye
5 : in a square shape

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Other Words from square

Adjective

squareness noun

Verb

squarer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for square

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of square in a Sentence

Noun The fabric is decorated with circles and squares. Cut the brownies into squares. The board has red and black squares. Adjective The room has four square corners. received a square hearing from the disciplinary panel Verb The machine squares the wood into flat boards. If you square 3, you get 9.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tens of thousands of Chileans gathered in the central square of Santiago to mark the one-year anniversary of mass protests that left over 30 dead and thousands injured, with peaceful rallies on Sunday devolving by nightfall into riots and looting. Reuters, CNN, "Chile protest anniversary turns violent as churches burned, police fire tear gas," 19 Oct. 2020 With the help of Bishop D’Alise, the pope rescheduled his visit to the pastor, Giovanni Traettino, and instead celebrated a Mass in honor of the saint, St. Anne, in the square in front of the city’s Versailles-scale palace. Emma Bubola, New York Times, "Bishop Giovanni D’Alise, Italian Bishop Who Defended South, Dies at 72," 8 Oct. 2020 In the next car were Frank and Linda Jones of New Braunfels, armed with a cardboard square with snapshots of cats, dogs and horses pasted on it. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "‘Puppies need it’ — Blessing of the Animals at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in S.A. brings joy, fellowship to congregants isolated by the pandemic," 5 Oct. 2020 If only this were where the story ended, Lizabeta would be made a hero, a statue of her raised in the town square, and the wise men would meet beneath it each day to remind themselves of their own cowardice and to be humbled in the shadow of a girl. Ew Staff, EW.com, "Read an excerpt from Leigh Bardugo's short story collection, The Lives of Saints," 2 Oct. 2020 But then, the formal public square was a latecomer to Anglo-American culture. Michael J. Lewis, National Review, "The Death of Public Beauty," 3 Sep. 2020 Located in the heart of the city, the square is close to public transport and surrounded by restaurants and cafes. Patrick Strickland, Dallas News, "On National Eat Outside Day, Garland makes open-air dining a breeze," 28 Aug. 2020 The blue square with the stars is referred to as ‘the union’ on the flag, and should always be displayed at the peak of the flag staff or on the uppermost right side, if hung on a wall. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "14 Things Every American Should Know About the Fourth of July," 29 June 2020 Each one wore a mask embroidered with his name and four colored puzzle pieces forming a square — the symbol for Autism — in honor of their former student. Audrey Jensen, azcentral, "'He was going to do great things:' Gilbert school staff remember JJ Vallow at memorial," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Hillcrest Country Club subdivision, lot 14, square 2: $9,000, D&R Land Inc. to Jose A. Longino. NOLA.com, "St. Tammany property transfers, Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020: See a list of home and other sales," 22 Oct. 2020 Google's speaker is square, like a small rounded box. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Amazon's new Echo speakers sound better, but do you need to upgrade?," 22 Oct. 2020 More square than curved, the applicator has an uncommon shape, which some of us found to be a detriment to nailing precise application. Emmy Favilla, CNN Underscored, "The best matte lipsticks of 2020," 22 Oct. 2020 And the little square sinks were a little more modern. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bathroom makeovers are big, with a small space to cover and people stuck at home," 22 Oct. 2020 The new approach would halve square footages per dwelling in many cases, reduce minimum lot width requirements and make other tweaks aimed at allowing for more units on the same parcel, including tiny homes at 400 square feet or less. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Salt Lake City debating plan to allow tiny homes, row houses around Liberty Park, Trolley Square," 21 Oct. 2020 Bone-china Brushstroke cup-and-saucer set, $100 each, and square platter, $200. Stellene Volandes, ELLE Decor, "Dress Up Your Dinner with Tiffany & Co.’s New Collection," 20 Oct. 2020 These programs are square pegs trying to fit a round hole. Washington Post, "As Washington scrambles for more bailout money, the Fed sits on mountain of untapped funds," 19 Oct. 2020 Large square traps also work well for catching Dungeness crabs along the Pacific Coast. Popular Science, "14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean," 19 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Balch says that our inability to square the needs of our modern society with a rapidly changing climate is a dangerous proposition. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Colorado's record-breaking wildfires show "climate change is here and now"," 22 Oct. 2020 Now square up the pieces of the frame and lightly tack-weld them together. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "Building This Metal Cart Will Teach You the Basics of Welding," 17 Oct. 2020 That recent history is difficult to square with Republican attempts to cast a potential Democratic effort to pack the U.S. Supreme Court as a judicial intervention without modern precedent. Washington Post, "GOP has been aggressively trying to pack supreme courts at state level, study says," 13 Oct. 2020 Medical experts said Conley’s revelations were hard to square with his positive assessment and talk of a discharge. Jill Colvin, Star Tribune, "Trump greets supporters following new details of his illness," 5 Oct. 2020 Medical experts said Conley's revelations were hard to square with his positive assessment and talk of a discharge. Arkansas Online, "Trump aims for Monday release after outside drive-by," 5 Oct. 2020 The overseer of the public finances, Rishi Sunak, has been expressing worries about the size of Britain’s debts, while pledging to square the books. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Europe’s Economic Recovery Is a Summer Memory," 10 Oct. 2020 It is said that California fails because its wealthy elites virtue-signal their caring to square the circle of their own impotence to solve the problems in their midst. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "California’s Illogical Reparations Bill," 8 Oct. 2020 If the proliferation of documentaries on Netflix and other streaming services is any indication, entertainment platforms have found a way to square the circle. Elizabeth Pankova, The New Republic, "The Social Dilemma and the Rise of the Clickbait Documentary," 8 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Cut parts square and then trim away a few whisper-fine shavings of wood for a furniture-quality fit. Thomas Klenck, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build You Own Cedar Planter Box," 20 June 2020 Even in the Midwest, where the thin-crusted, square-cut pizzas originated, tavern pies tend to play second fiddle to the deep dish and pan pies of the world. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "One of Portland’s most anticipated restaurants opened early for takeout, and coronavirus is to thank," 25 Mar. 2020 Thank goodness that got me back square, so that was a lot of fun. Michelle R. Martinelli, USA TODAY, "Denny Hamlin reviews Michael Jordan's new golf course after playing it with Rickie Fowler," 13 Feb. 2020 To cut into small diamonds from the 11-by-7-inch size: Make three long cuts (for four rows) and 6 short cuts (for 7 rows), then cut each resulting square in half diagonally. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Snowy Road Bars," 3 Dec. 2019 The center stone appeared to be square-cut gem surrounded by a halo of diamonds and set on a thin band. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Elizabeth Olsen Debuts Huge Emerald Engagement Ring During Outing with Fiancé Robbie Arnett," 5 Aug. 2019 The women introduced new aesthetic choices to note — such as the fact that nearly all of them wore square-cut, collarless jackets or brightly colored blazers, occasionally long enough to suggest a lab coat. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Silicon Valley brings its “humanist,” “minimalist” aesthetic to Brooklyn.," 31 Oct. 2018 Sullen Place 3235, Ivory St. 6405, Riverside subdivision, lots 16, 17, square 249: Doris F. Alveris to Theresa F. Ross, donation, partial interest. Kendra Parks, NOLA.com, "New Orleans real estate transfers for April 28-May 4, 2018," 30 May 2018 The bling features both square-cut and pear-cut diamonds, coupled together on what appears to be one band. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Emily Ratajkowski Finally Gets a Mega Two-Stone Engagement Ring - 4 Months After Her Wedding," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of square

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adverb

circa 1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for square

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French esquarre, from Vulgar Latin *exquadra, from *exquadrare to square, from Latin ex- + quadrare to square — more at quadrate

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The first known use of square was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Square.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/square. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for square

square

noun
How to pronounce square (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of square

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: a four-sided shape that is made up of four straight sides that are the same length and that has four right angles
: any of the squares on a board for playing games (such as chess and checkers)
mathematics : the number that results from multiplying a number by itself

square

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of square (Entry 2 of 4)

: shaped like a square : having four straight sides that are the same length and four right angles at each corner
: forming a right angle
: shaped more like a right angle than a curve

square

verb

English Language Learners Definition of square (Entry 3 of 4)

: to make (something) square : to give (something) straight edges, flat surfaces, or sharp, even corners
mathematics : to multiply (a number) by itself
: to pay money that is owed for (something)

square

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of square (Entry 4 of 4)

: in a direct way

square

noun
\ ˈskwer How to pronounce square (audio) \

Kids Definition of square

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a flat geometric figure that has four equal sides and four right angles
2 : something formed with four equal or roughly equal sides and four right angles the squares of a checkerboard
3 : the product of a number or amount multiplied by itself
4 : an open place or area where two or more streets meet
5 : a tool having at least one right angle and two or more straight edges used to mark or test right angles a carpenter's square

square

adjective
squarer; squarest

Kids Definition of square (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : having four equal sides and four right angles a square room
2 : being a unit of area consisting of a figure with four right angles and four sides of a given length a square meter
3 : having a specified length in each of two equal dimensions The room is ten feet square.
4 : having outlines that suggest sharp corners rather than curves a square jaw
5 : forming a right angle a square corner
6 : just entry 1 sense 4, fair a square deal
7 : not owing anything : even I paid you back so we're square.
8 : large enough to satisfy a square meal

Other Words from square

squarely adverb

square

verb
squared; squaring

Kids Definition of square (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : to form with right angles, straight edges, and flat surfaces I need to square off the boards.
2 : to make straight I sat before the boss and squared my shoulders.
3 : to multiply a number by itself
4 : agree sense 4 Your story does not square with the facts.
5 : settle entry 1 sense 11 Let's square our accounts.

square

adverb

Kids Definition of square (Entry 4 of 4)

: in a direct, firm, or honest way She won fair and square. He looked me square in the eye.

square

adjective
\ ˈskwa(ə)r, ˈskwe(ə)r How to pronounce square (audio) \

Medical Definition of square

: being or converted to a unit of area equal in measure to a square each side of which measures one unit of a specified unit of length a square foot

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square

adjective

Legal Definition of square

: fitting the factual or legal situation at bar we have been shown no square holding of a Florida court to that effectMilhet Caterers, Inc. v. North Western Meat, Inc., 185 So. 2d 196 (1966)

Other Words from square

squarely adverb

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