square

noun
\ ˈskwer \

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

foursquare, quadrate

Synonyms: Verb

accord, agree, answer, check, chord, cohere, coincide, comport, conform, consist, correspond, dovetail, fit, go, harmonize, jibe, rhyme (also rime), sort, tally

Antonyms: Verb

differ (from), disagree (with)

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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

And those sleek square sunnies certainly don’t help the cause. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Who Was the Fabulous Mystery Man at Valentino’s Couture Show?," 24 Jan. 2019 In Frankfurt, rebuilding of the DomRomer Quarter, just off Romerberg square, is complete. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "What’s new in Germany and the Low Countries for 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 As the globe continues to spin, a small square hole at the bottom is revealed. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "How Much Litter Box Do You Really Get for $500?," 23 Jan. 2019 Breathing techniques, like 'square' breathing (four breaths in, pause for four, fourth breaths out, pause for four), can then help calm your mind. 8. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How to Deal With Anger in a Healthy Way," 18 Jan. 2019 To prove his point, Sisti is using Disaronno, an Italian brand whose square-cut Murano bottle is for many the most well known, if not the gold standard, among amaretto liqueurs. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Can Liqueurs Be the Next Big Thing in Food-Cocktail Pairings?," 14 Jan. 2019 The facade is constructed from a grid of wooden squares that have been insulated in a gore-tex foil that protects it from water and wind. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "The 7 most impressive prefab homes from 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 In 2011, two researchers in Paris tested pigeon intelligence by going to a park square. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pigeons Are Actually the Most Magnificent Bird," 20 Nov. 2018 And for the seafoam dress that Donna passed over, the middle square's emerald shade (or Dose of Colors' option, below) would add a splash of distinction. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This Eyeshadow Palette Was Made for Mamma Mia Halloween Costumes," 5 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

At the moment, the plan would require developers to devote 5 to 11 percent of their projects to low-income apartments or pay $5 to $32.75 per square foot in fees. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle City Council starts debate on upzones; here’s how neighborhoods across the city would be affected," 8 Jan. 2019 The substantial backhaul that the new Orbi system supports should help to eliminate data bottlenecks while covering a substantial number of square feet. Michael Brown, PCWorld, "Netgear takes its Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system to the next level with Wi-Fi 6," 7 Jan. 2019 Land in Cap Ferrat is now some of the most expensive per square foot on the planet. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 It’s like trying to put a square peg in a round hole. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "French ‘Yellow-Vest’ Protesters to Seek European Parliament Seats," 23 Jan. 2019 There’s a little neighborhood-style place called Il Belvedere, through the small cobbled square right on the lake. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Industrial Designer Marc Newson Shares His Tips On Milan," 20 Dec. 2018 Both watches feature a similar design with a square watch face (which perhaps can be attributed to Apple setting the standard for wearable tech design). James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Buyer's Guide: How To Decide Between an Apple Watch and a Fitbit," 20 Dec. 2018 The dining room’s square proportions and skylight were inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Bob Morris, ELLE Decor, "A Minimalist West Village Townhouse Is Given a Sensuous and Cerebral New Life," 23 Nov. 2018 Named for her mother, the handmade bag is small—8 inches by 9 inches—and boxy, with a square base and two top handles. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "The Story Behind Susan Alexandra, Fashion's Most Delightful Handbag Brand," 15 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Keeping your navel pulled into your spine, and your hips squared and toes pointed, extend one leg forward and the other back, so each is pointing towards opposite sides of the room. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This Body-Sculpting Workout Is Top-Model-Approved—And Ready for the Holidays," 20 Nov. 2018 All of that suggests a hitter who’s late on the hard stuff and isn’t squaring it up. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Jason Heyward's Turning Point, Expansion Possibilities and Bryce Harper's Struggles," 18 June 2018 Here is a plot of ω squared vs. 1/L: That looks fairly linear. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Physics of Swinging a Mass on a String for Fun," 9 May 2018 Friedman on the links, Neely says, is Friedman squared. Mark Arsenault, BostonGlobe.com, "This colorful Boston developer is enjoying his last [bleeping] hurrah," 17 Mar. 2018 Mint is a perennial herb with squared, four-sided stems with opposite leaves and small-lipped flowers. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Fresh Mint That Won't Overrun Your Garden," 22 Aug. 2018 Tonight's episode begins with Wells and Yuki recapping the Krystal-Tia-Colton-Chris love square that, honestly, is way better than watching the actual thing unfold. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 4 Recap: Jordan's in the Dog House," 20 Aug. 2018 After landing in a trap well left of the fairway on the 35th hole, not even a miraculous slice could keep Mason, a former pro, from squaring things with just one hole to play. Mitchell Gladstone, Philly.com, "Manasquan River's Jeremy Wall wins 118th Philadelphia Amateur crown," 16 June 2018 There are jaunty fellows in pocket squares eager to greet you, squire you to a table, and discuss cocktails. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Talulla in Huron Village, where white tablecloths don’t mean you can’t have fun," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 Exercise isn't traditionally part of Chinese culture, barring some aunties square-dancing in the park and a few tai chi practitioners on the sidelines. Nanlin Fang, CNN, "Chinese women's newest accessory: six-pack abs," 29 May 2018 JEFFERSON Shrewsbury subdivision, lot 11, square 126: Walter J. Mcdowell to Christian A. Lombardo, $5,000. Nola.com Digital Operations, NOLA.com, "East Jefferson real estate transfers for Dec. 11-14, 2017," 29 Dec. 2017 Some 300 people gathered Sunday in the city's Plaza Mayor square, waving Spanish red and yellow flags and chanting slogans in favor of Spanish unity. Bloomberg.com, "The Latest on Catalonia's Independence Referendum," 2 Oct. 2017 In the first months of 2014, a mass protest in Kiev’s Maidan square forced Ukraine’s pro-Russian president, Victor Yanukovych, to leave office. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "Ukraine’s Army Needs Equipment from the U.S., Not All of It Weapons," 18 Aug. 2017 Anders is scheduled square off against Rafael Natal at UFC on FOX 25 on July 22 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Former Alabama linebacker Eryk Anders set to make UFC debut," 13 July 2017

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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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square

noun

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 \

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 \

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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