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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the town square, a handful of mourners walked around the massive memorial of flowers, candles, stuffed animals and crosses. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 8 June 2022 After the shooting, a memorial sprouted in the square and has kept growing. New York Times, 4 June 2022 In the town square, residents filled water bottles at a tank, since pipes remained badly damaged. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 31 May 2022 Rikki Barrera, a 4th grader from a nearby city, is one of the thousands of kids who have visited the makeshift memorial in the town square. Rebekah Castor, Fox News, 31 May 2022 In a central square, a bronze bust of Taras Shevchenko, a much-beloved 19th century Ukrainian poet and nationalist, is slumped over. Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2022 There is a bronze statue of Ignazio's father in the town square. Stanley Stewart, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2022 The problem was the day after, when those activists in the square then needed to transform themselves into a political opposition with a clear ideology and set of goals and a method for working together. Elissa Strauss, CNN, 22 Apr. 2022 The pontiff had just finished celebrating Easter Mass in the square packed by faithful for the holiday for the first time since the pandemic began in early 2020. Frances D'emilio, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The food was great, and most of it could be made off-site, requiring a fairly modest square footage for retail sites. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 16 June 2022 The Hoxton also delivers affordable room rates — from $179 in Los Angeles and $222 in London — thanks in part to small-square-footage accommodations. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, 11 June 2022 Much of that square footage is taken up by the kitchen, with an additional space for pickup shelves. Alicia Kelso, Forbes, 10 June 2022 There is still far more traditional office space than lab, roughly three times as much in terms of square footage, according to real estate firm Colliers. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2022 But this wouldn’t be the first time the vacancies of the city itself, the disuse of so much square footage in the wake of Covid-19, lingered eerily at the fringes of every poignant tableau. Sean Santiago, ELLE Decor, 26 May 2022 For painting the exterior of your home, calculate the paintable square footage of your home. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 May 2022 The Bay Area city of Hayward ranked No. 8 for the least square footage, with 340 per person. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 May 2022 The total amount of soundstage square footage has increased 14% across New York and New Jersey since January 2021, according to a new report from CBRE. Kate King, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Grab a set of the slide sandals now while they're marked down to just $24, and square yourself away with shoes that'll keep you comfy all summer. Melissa Epifano, PEOPLE.com, 14 June 2022 The spokesman was held to the same standard as the players and asked to square his employment with LIV Golf compared to his past Twitter posts that criticized the government. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 7 June 2022 So how does this square up with earlier findings that Omicron was milder, in particular those coming from South Africa, where the variant was first identified? David Meyer, Fortune, 5 May 2022 How does one square a focus on values with the undeniable fact that most contestants are still drop-dead gorgeous, and dressed to the nines for most of the competition? Rory Satran, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2021 Trailing 2 games to 1 in San Antonio, the Suns actually won Game 4 to square the series, but seldom has there been a more costly victory in Arizona sports history. The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2022 From the start, Mr. Povlsen was grappling with how to square his job with his passion for land preservation. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Instead of paying the athletes, universities spend lavishly on salaries and facilities to square the books. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 28 Apr. 2022 Both men gave me one more glance before promising to square me away. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Indeed, Sunni Sunni’s styles, including square-toed mules with bold chain hardware and colorful heeled boots with python-print embossing, are available in a full range of men’s and women’s sizing. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Trapani said Schild exited the backyard through a side gate and charged at officers while holding a metal framing square over his head. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 3 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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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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More Definitions for square

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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