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 Stroll the square and view the holiday lights through December. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here’s where you can see holiday tree lightings and displays in the Milwaukee area and southeastern Wisconsin," 18 Nov. 2020 The guidance also tells officials to encourage individuals living in encampments to set up their tents so that every person has a 12-foot-by-12-foot square, and to create hand-washing stations. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "Plan to raze homeless encampment under I-83 dropped after advocates, councilman say Baltimore was violating CDC guidelines," 17 Nov. 2020 Newspapers have never come close to truly being a public square, especially for people of color and immigrants in Los Angeles. Frank Shyong Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: As Trump leaves office, we talk about ‘bridging divides.’ Is that really possible?," 16 Nov. 2020 Santa will be at the square’s Wishing Tree from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday leading up to Christmas. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Santa visits in 2020: No hugs, plastic shields and sanitation elves," 16 Nov. 2020 On Monday, materialistic Venus creates a square with bountiful Jupiter, tempting us to splurge. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 15 Nov. 2020 Push the pieces together by hand and bring the joint tight with a pair of clamps [15], and check for square. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Kitchen Table That Will Last Generations," 14 Nov. 2020 In the rest of the 10-mile square that became Washington, civilization was rather thin on the ground. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Two old stone houses vie for the title of oldest dwelling in the District," 14 Nov. 2020 Working with the French Market District and in partnership with Parks and Parkways, the FQF has decorated the square for over 25 years. NOLA.com, "Let the holidays begin," 12 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In those areas, house hunters can snap up a suburban abode that costs the same as a home near downtown, but with up to 65% more square feet. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "From outside Philadephia to the outskirts of Dallas, these 10 suburbs offer the most home for your money," 17 Nov. 2020 This powerful system can cover up to 2,500 square feet with three high-gain antennas and strong amplifiers, allowing for crystal-clear signals throughout the house and even out into the yard. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "WiFi routers that will smarten up your entire home," 12 Nov. 2020 The interiors could use a remodel, so buyers have the option to either update the home, preserving its storied past, or erect a mansion of up to 20,000 square feet and add a second story to take advantage of the golf course views. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Nick Kroll eyes $2.35 million for his Los Feliz charmer," 7 Nov. 2020 Home Fed envisions 2,949 housing units with an elementary school (or 3,008 units without a school), up to 80,000 square feet of commercial uses, parks, open space and agriculture uses on about 2,700 acres of land. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fanita Ranch opponents deliver 6,000+ signatures to Santee city clerk," 29 Oct. 2020 The Trump International Hotel & Tower would include 486 condominium units, 339 hotel rooms, restaurants, a bar, two parking garages, a health club, a spa, and tens of thousands of square feet in retail space and conference facilities. David Enrich, New York Times, "How Trump Maneuvered His Way Out of Trouble in Chicago," 27 Oct. 2020 The eero Pro 6 is built to provide Wi-Fi coverage in up to 2,000 square feet. Gideon Grudo, NBC News, "New & Notable: Latest products from Apple, Echelon, and more," 15 Oct. 2020 The humidifier can cover rooms up to 860 square feet. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Humidity can help ward off coronavirus transmission: Here’s a list of top humidifiers," 14 Oct. 2020 According to Pomeroy, the entire space, including the bathroom, prep area and kitchen, adds up to little more than 800 square feet. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Naomi Pomeroy’s Beast won’t reopen in Northeast Portland; new concept planned," 14 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles will square for first place in the lowly NFC East Sunday night. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY Sports' Week 8 NFL picks: Do Steelers or Ravens prevail in battle for AFC North lead?," 29 Oct. 2020 The new models, including Porsche's Taycan and the Tesla Model S P100D, show how environmentally minded fans of horsepower might square their circles. Paul Stenquist, Star Tribune, "Going fast and green," 23 Oct. 2020 The idyllic scenes don’t square with the derisive language used decades ago to keep people of color out of the neighborhood. Washington Post, "Racist housing covenants haunt property records across the country. New laws make them easier to remove.," 22 Oct. 2020 Mercury will square Saturn on 1st November as it’s preparing to go direct, Montúfar says. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "October’s Mercury Retrograde Is Going To Be Rough," 11 Oct. 2020 Asked by a reporter at the White House about the projection from University of Washington researchers, Trump did not square it with his optimistic view but repeated his frequent claim that the numbers would be far higher without his leadership. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Sept. 4-5," 7 Sep. 2020 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 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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Time Traveler for square

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

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Last Updated

20 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Square.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/square. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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