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 Stone tombs, enormous square pillars and a giant staircase leading to a golden throne trundle around the stage. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Eurydice’ and ‘Agrippina’ Reviews: Voices Lost and Found," 7 Feb. 2020 Before the influx, the square had been stable for 1,000 years. National Geographic, "Can tourism save Italy’s ‘Dying Town’?," 6 Feb. 2020 The Royal Game of Ur, however, uses 20 squares rather than 30. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Best Board Games of the Ancient World," 6 Feb. 2020 The prototypes he's already made produce 50 watts of electricity per square meter, only about 25% of what traditional solar panels can generate during the day. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A researcher designed 'anti-solar' panels that generate electricity in the dark of night," 5 Feb. 2020 As the event opened on July 20, the line to get in the festival wrapped around the square. oregonlive, "Man behind Portland’s all-you-can-eat ice cream festival paid thousands to charities in settlement with state," 8 Jan. 2020 The city's town square is full of beautiful statues and green space, and boasts several Insta-worthy restaurants and bars that are worth the drive outside of Houston. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Some of Houston's coolest photo spots are hiding in Sugar Land," 21 Nov. 2019 Just one square of chocolate,’ but Bear is so good. Lydia Price, PEOPLE.com, "Co-Parenting Confessions: What Celebrity Exes Say About Raising Kids Together Post-Breakup," 29 Oct. 2019 Yes, the bezels are huge, the forehead and chin are terribly asymmetrical, and the camera square isn’t nearly as pleasing as the iPhone 11’s. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google Pixel 4 hands-on: Once again, it's about features, not design," 15 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With a coverage range of up to 4,500 square feet, the TP-Link is your best chance for avoiding weak signal areas or dead zones anywhere in your house. Popular Science, "Easy mesh WiFi systems for killing dead zones," 3 Feb. 2020 More than 5,000 square feet are excellently finished in the daylight lower level. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$3.9M Grosse Pointe Shores mansion filled with lavish materials, finishes," 31 Jan. 2020 The company opened a new 633,000 square-foot complex there in November and currently employs 1,907 in Chandler. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "East Valley's aerospace, aviation and defense hub grows as Northrop Grumman expands with 200 more jobs in Gilbert," 31 Jan. 2020 The three buildings take up just over 43,000 square feet, and Weyland Ventures would spend $1.9 million on exterior renovations, according to the overlay permit application filed with the city. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Developer proposes new hotel and restaurant on Baxter Avenue in the Highlands," 28 Jan. 2020 Kofler said a robot will be deployed to map out the more than 3 million square feet at University Hospital and its parking garage in the South Texas Medical Center. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "University Health System invests in new mobile app," 24 Jan. 2020 Look for a portable ice shelter with roughly 10 to 15 square feet of fishable space per angler. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Features You Need in Your Next Ice Fishing Shelter," 21 Jan. 2020 According to the real estate firm CBRE, rents for smaller urban warehouses between 70,000 and 120,000 square feet have risen by a third over the past half-decade, while availability has dropped between 7 and 11 percent. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "In Paris, Ecommerce Warehouses Get a Chic Makeover," 18 Jan. 2020 Paul's most recent decorating coup, real estate developer Ted Foxman's 20,000 square-foot Bel Air family home, is proof. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Grand Bel Air Estate Designed for Family Time and Entertaining," 10 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Feelings of suspicion arise on Tuesday as fiery Mars squares against imaginative Neptune. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 27 Jan. 2020 Those figures square with estimates based on other methods, says David Kroodsma, director of research for Global Fishing Watch, a nonprofit that analyzes AIS data. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Seabird ‘cops’ spy on sneaky fishing vessels," 27 Jan. 2020 The pattern in the 32 states that the CDC analyzed generally squares with the pattern in Oregon, although the rates here are far higher. oregonlive, "Blue collar work leads type of jobs with highest suicide rates, CDC shows," 23 Jan. 2020 Warren’s foreign policy proposals square this circle by transposing her domestic economic pitch to the international level. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, "Do the Democrats Have a Foreign Policy?," 16 Jan. 2020 In the last few years a lot of fighters have died inside that squared circle. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Floyd Mayweather Says He’s 'Coming Out of Retirement' Next Year," 22 Nov. 2019 San Francisco is headed to the Super Bowl Feb. 2. and will square-off against the Kansas City Chiefs. Gwen Aviles, NBC News, "NFL releases Botham Jean PSA highlighting police brutality ahead of Super Bowl," 23 Jan. 2020 One participant, Cedric Cobb, even appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank to pitch a product that helps men keep their pocket squares neatly in place. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Regions Bank brings small business program to Houston," 15 Jan. 2020 The red and green squares at the bottom of the structure are active cells, in this case the heart stem cells, while the blueish squares represent the passive skin stem cells. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Are the First Living Robots: Machines Made from Frog Stem Cells," 14 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 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

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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

10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Square.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/square. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for square

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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