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square

noun \ ˈskwer \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of square

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
5 a : an open place or area formed at the meeting of two or more streets
b : block 6a
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

Examples of square in a Sentence

  1. The fabric is decorated with circles and squares.

  2. Cut the brownies into squares.

  3. The board has red and black squares.

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Origin and Etymology of square

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

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms


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square

adjective

Definition of square

squarer; squarest
1 a : 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
3 a : 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
4 a : 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
5 a : 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

squareness

noun

Examples of square in a Sentence

  1. The room has four square corners.

  2. received a square hearing from the disciplinary panel

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First Known Use of square

14th century

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms


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square

verb

Definition of square

squared; squaring
transitive verb
1 a : 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
3 a : 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
5 a : balance, settle
  • square an account
b : to even the score of
6 : to mark off into squares
7 a : 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

squarer

noun

Examples of square in a Sentence

  1. The machine squares the wood into flat boards.

  2. If you square 3, you get 9.

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First Known Use of square

14th century

square Synonyms


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square

adverb

Definition of square

1 : in a straightforward or honest manner
2 a : 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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First Known Use of square

circa 1582


SQUARE Defined for English Language Learners

square

noun

Definition of square for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of square for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of square for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of square for English Language Learners

  • : in a direct way


SQUARE Defined for Kids

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square

noun \ ˈskwer \

Definition of square for Students

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

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square

adjective

Definition of square for Students

squarer; squarest
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 : 1just 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

squarely

adverb

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square

verb

Definition of square for Students

squared; squaring
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 4
  • Your story does not square with the facts.
5 : 1settle 11
  • Let's square our accounts.

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square

adverb

Definition of square for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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

Law Dictionary

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 effect
  • Milhet Caterers, Inc. v. North Western Meat, Inc., 185 So. 2d 196 (1966)

squarely

adverb


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