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

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 In 1989, the square was the site of the Chinese government’s violent suppression of a student demonstration against political corruption. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Nov. 2021 In short, the initial square of side m was not the smallest possible one that satisfies the geometric equation. Jean-paul Delahaye, Scientific American, 28 Apr. 2021 Since the square is large, attendance won’t be capped, but social distancing will be enforced and masks are required. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2021 Its inclusion is part of a strategic effort that ensures the square isn’t just a baseball destination. Chadner Navarro, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Apr. 2021 The Old Town square is a glorious mix of architectural styles, there's a beautiful gothic church and a lot of Jewish heritage -- though the community was more or less wiped out during the Second World War. Julia Buckley, CNN, 4 Nov. 2021 The Mass in the cathedral is over and the market square is packed. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2021 The square was the place where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was first adopted in 1948. Thomas Adamson, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 The random greedy algorithm treats every space on the board equally and is best suited for highly symmetric problems where every square is the same. Quanta Magazine, 21 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There are plenty of ice rinks in the five boroughs, but only the seventeen-thousand-square-foot Rink at Bryant Park (pictured) is free. The New Yorker, 19 Nov. 2021 Moreover, the building was constructed for apartments, with floors designed to hold 40 pounds per square foot. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 17 Nov. 2021 The firm offered a base monthly rent of $4.58 per square foot during the first year of the lease — or $2.2 million. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2021 Costs will vary depending on the location, condition of the roof and materials required, but compared to traditional roofing products, cool roof coatings can run up to 20 cents more per square foot, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. New York Times, 10 Nov. 2021 The sale also raised the bar in terms of price per square foot, setting a new record at $1,511 per foot. Neal Leitereg, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 But the number of complaints was lower in neighborhoods where the home cost per square foot was higher, the median household income was higher, and there was greater access to public transit and bike paths. oregonlive, 3 Nov. 2021 According to the Bloomberg report, Lufthansa's premium economy seats have been about 40 percent more profitable per square foot than those in business class. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Nov. 2021 That’s a premium over the city’s average rents of $73 per square foot annually and among the highest rents in the country. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There’s a way to square this circle and move the political discussion into a realm where solutions are possible. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 24 June 2021 Gimmicks related to undisclosed information aren’t always the easiest to square when trying to build tension. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2021 Sometimes his attempts to square those two scales are successful. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 DeChambeau began the back nine with another birdie from distance, this time from inside 30 feet, to square the match once again. USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2021 Impact board staff cautioned the board that Noel’s loan application did not square with the CIB’s mission but the board approved it after hearing Noel’s pitch. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Sep. 2021 After three halved holes, on the par-5 16th, Thomas fired a 3-wood from 280 yards to 17 feet for an eagle chance to square up the match. USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2021 But the timing of the announcement a week before the Quad summit, and the involvement of the U.S. and Australia, convince some experts that America’s Indo-Pacific partners are taking their gloves off to square up to China. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Sep. 2021 While Eovaldi surrendered just four hits in his seven innings, Rays starter Shane McClanahan allowed just three, despite the Red Sox’ ability to square him up. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Healdsburg's redwood- and Bradford pear–canopied square. Kathryn Romeyn, Travel + Leisure, 4 Oct. 2021 Sarah Flint looked at pointe slippers—somewhat square-toed, but also rounded—in the design of these flats. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 1 Apr. 2021 The driver got out to assess the damage, and the cyclist punched him square in the face. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, 22 Mar. 2021 Cut parts square and then trim away a few whisper-fine shavings of wood for a furniture-quality fit. Thomas Klenck, Popular Mechanics, 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, 25 Mar. 2020 Thank goodness that got me back square, so that was a lot of fun. Michelle R. Martinelli, USA TODAY, 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, 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, 5 Aug. 2019

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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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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)
: 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
: 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

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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