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

The main square, nine (yes, nine!) rooftop playgrounds, and three restaurants are always open to the public. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "The New LEGO House Is The Perfect Place To Spend Christmas," 18 Dec. 2018 Then a couple of Green Berets decided to search the cookhouse, an eight-by-eight-foot square, built into the upward slope of the hill. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 That’s probably due to the city’s cobblestoned Old Town, complete with a picturesque cathedral, market square, and fountain. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The bartenders are snappy and gracious, corralled within a large sunken square, and the glassware feels… familiar. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "A Clear-Eyed Assessment of the New Four Seasons—By Someone Who Loved the Old One," 7 Sep. 2018 Remove the pie crust from the freezer, tear off a square of aluminum foil that is slightly larger than the pie shell, and gently fit it into the frozen crust. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 These higher speeds demanded ever more power thanks to immutable laws of physics; drag (air resistance) increases as the square of speed. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 And some amazing performances were happening, such as those led by Aleksandra Kollontai in Muslim republics of the USSR, where women would gather in the main squares of cities and get rid of their burkas in front of everybody. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova On Her New Guide To Activism, Raising The Next President Of Russia, And Her "Holy War" On Fairy Tales," 12 Oct. 2018 In 1998, two men were bound, beaten and hanged in the town square of Huejutla in Puebla. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "2 burned by angry mob in central Mexico," 31 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Miami Condo Investments writes that each of the condos features a wraparound terrace, floor-to-ceiling windows, up to 8,000 square feet, and amenities like an in-house spa, fitness center, beach club, and more. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Kanye West Surprised Kim Kardashian With A Miami Condo For Christmas," 29 Dec. 2018 The fire, which burned at least 236 square miles (611 square kilometers) and destroyed nearly 12,000 homes, was 70 percent contained on Monday. Janie Har, The Seattle Times, "Rain could hamper search for victims of California wildfire," 20 Nov. 2018 Powerful and beautiful, the Earth’s oceans cover just over 361 million square kilometers, or almost 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. Discover Magazine, "The Salt Life," 27 June 2018 Founded by Russian geophysicist Sergei Zimov, the 16 square-kilometer park is filled with around 100 animals roaming free including bison, musk ox, moose, yaks, horses and reindeer. Paul Mann, Smithsonian, "Can Bringing Back Mammoths Help Stop Climate Change?," 14 May 2018 The radar was apparently bouncing off the surfaces of subglacial lakes hundreds of meters down, one covering about 5 square kilometers and the other a little more than 8 square kilometers, the researchers report today in Science Advances. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "Canadian ice cap conceals supersalty lakes," 11 Apr. 2018 More than 16,000 square feet of exhibition space will live inside and underneath the reimagined remnants of a 12th-century monastery, which became a brewery in the 1800s before falling into disuse. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "A New Museum is Putting This Swiss Alps Town on the Map," 12 Dec. 2018 Besides, Lazenby and his team are busy developing an additional 350,000 square feet, including an adjacent parcel of land on the southwest side of the mall. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "A Guide to Miami's Chicest Shopping Districts," 30 Nov. 2018 According to city agreements, the office, located along the Anable Basin, could reach up to 8 million square feet in the most ambitious scenarios, which is roughly the capacity of four Empire State Buildings. Natt Garun, The Verge, "For Queens residents, Amazon’s HQ2 isn’t arriving without a fight," 20 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 That’s hard to square with a show that sells what many believe is an outdated and dull version of sexuality and femininity. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sells a fantasy of empowerment. I sorta believed it.," 3 Dec. 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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