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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
5a : an open place or area formed at the meeting of two or more streetsb : 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
on the square
out of square
Examples of square in a Sentence
The fabric is decorated with circles and squares.
Cut the brownies into squares.
The board has red and black squares.
Recent Examples of square from the Web

Each Tuesday, folk dancers and musicians from a nearby village share their talents on the town’s main square — a fun and free slice of Alsatian culture.

The quilt has 36 individual squares made from scraps of very fine fabrics pieced together and embroidered with a variety of intricate stitches.

This handsome waxedcotton bowl folds into a tidy square with a brass snap closure.

Spacious city squares marked by fountains and lined with cafes, bike paths brimming with cyclists young and old, rivers and lakes with open access for taking a dip, and parks and playgrounds scattered throughout major cities.

On December 12, McFarland’s influencers, including Jenner, all simultaneously posted a mysterious orange square.

Retaining the elegant square neckline, the dress underwent a major alteration.

Draw a circle at the center of the cardboard square by tracing a dime.

Tucked away in an alley near Cathedral Square lies one such gem of a paladar, Doña Eutimia, named after a woman who lived near the square who would cook for renowned Cuban artists such as Nelson Dominguez and Choco.
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Origin and Etymology of square
Middle English, from AngloFrench esquarre, from Vulgar Latin *exquadra, from *exquadrare to square, from Latin ex + quadrare to square — more at quadrate
Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms
square
Definition of square
squarer
;squarest
1a : having four equal sides and four right anglesb : forming a right angle square cornerc : having a square base a square pyramid
2 : raised to the second power
3a : being approximately a cube square cabinetb : having a shape that is broad for the height and rectangular rather than curving in outline square shoulders a square, thick, hardworking man — Maria Edgeworthc : 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, weight tableb : being of a specified length in each of two equal dimensions 10 feet square
5a : exactly adjusted : precisely constructed or alignedb : just, fair a square deal square in all his dealingsc : leaving no balance : settledd : even, tiede : substantial, satisfying square mealf : being unsophisticated, conservative, or conventional
6 : set at right angles with the mast and keel —used of the yards of a squarerigged ship
squareness
nounExamples of square in a Sentence
The room has four square corners.
received a square hearing from the disciplinary panel
Recent Examples of square from the Web

The battle was filmed in what was once a Belfast quarry, drained, flattened out with 11,000 square meters of concrete and painted over with a camouflage effect—all of which took six months and required special ecological surveys.

Doster said the company has an opportunity to build a larger building on Shelbyville Road, with more than 8,200 square feet of space.

The difference in price was about $2.50 per square meter.

Then again, maybe living in 300 square feet doesn’t instantly trigger enlightenment.

As the parties negotiated the exchange, Anselmo showed the officer a square package wrapped in tape.

But with 1.3 million square feet of rentable space, the Row is also gradually filling up with retailers, fitness concepts, and, of course, restaurants.

The dessert trio was chocolate pot de crème and organic lemon square mini summer berry crème brulee.

Hilariously Absurd’ The overall impact has been not so much cheaper housing as skyrocketing persquare foot prices and rising profits for Hong Kong’s developers, whose shares trade close to alltime highs.
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First Known Use of square
14th century
Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms
square
Definition of square
squared
;squaring
transitive verb
1a : to make square or rectangular square a building stoneb : 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 powerb : 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 accountb : to even the score of
6 : to mark off into squares
7a : to set right : bring into agreement squared their goals with their beliefsb : bribe, fix
intransitive verb
1 : to agree precisely : correspond your actions should square with your words
squarer
nounExamples of square in a Sentence
The machine squares the wood into flat boards.
If you square 3, you get 9.
Recent Examples of square from the Web

Aberdeen will try to square the series tonight with game two of three.

HAVE IMPORTANT ESTATE PLANNING DETAILS SQUARED AWAY Estate planning isn’t just about limiting estate taxes, although that may be a factor if your taxable estate is large enough.

There has been a democratization of memorials since the 19th century when town squares and public plazas were marked by resolute figures, typically generals, and usually on horseback.

Solnit argues that Nieto’s death was caused by the clashes that happen when a city’s new and old residents square off during periods of explosive growth.

Gianforte, who was charged with misdemeanor assault, was squaring off against Democrat Rob Quist.

What many Republicans say is sometimes hard to square with the facts.

The prevailing teams square off on Saturday, with the winners going to the NCAA Round of 16 in Athens, Ga.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s team is squaring up to fight demands from Brussels that the 3.2 million EU nationals living in Britain should enjoy exactly the same privileges as now even after the country leaves the bloc.
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First Known Use of square
14th century
square
Definition of square
1 : in a straightforward or honest manner
2a : so as to face or be facetofaceb : 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
First Known Use of square
circa 1582
SQUARE Defined for English Language Learners
square
playDefinition of square for English Language Learners

: a foursided 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
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
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
Definition of square for English Language Learners

: in a direct way
SQUARE Defined for Kids
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
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
7 : not owing anything : even I paid you back so we're square.
8 : large enough to satisfy a square meal
squarely
adverbDefinition 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 : ^{1}settle 11 Let's square our accounts.
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
playMedical 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
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
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