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

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

Instead of basing the fees on the number of units, the city would base them on a project’s total square footage. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Faulconer proposes relaxing building height limits near transit lines," 11 June 2019 Additional square footage would result from a podium building that would connect floors one through five of the two office towers. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Downtown San Jose mega campus takes shape near convention center," 3 June 2019 In order to determine how long to water, multiply the square footage of your lawn by .62 gallons (the amount needed to reach one inch of water per square foot) and then divide by the sprinkler’s flow rate. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon's Daily Deal Will Help Get Your Lawn in Shape for Summer," 22 May 2019 This floor has a much smaller square-footage of shops in front of one of the station's many train turnstiles, and sure enough, one of those is a Nestlé Chocolatory shop (typically dedicated to Kit Kat gift boxes). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats," 28 Oct. 2018 The material comes in thinner rolls and thicker squares, which are often meant for flooring. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Why Every Home Needs a Corkboard Wall," 22 May 2019 Cut into squares and push into the mini cupcake pan. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "5 Energizing, Plant-Based Dishes This R.D. Relies on During Ramadan," 3 May 2019 Cut into 9 squares and transfer to a baking sheet, placing close together but not touching. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Ham Biscuit Sandwiches With Apricot Mustard," 18 Mar. 2019 Ever the British groom, and the other half of this fashionable couple, Henry wore a mismatched suit of his own styling, complete with a tie and pocket square. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "When Megan Met Henry: A Very British Wedding in Brooklyn," 11 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Alaska covers more than 665,000 square miles, so any trip is, if necessity, just a sampler platter. Catharine Hamm, latimes.com, "Escapes: The joy of uninvited guests who come along for the ride," 13 June 2019 The fires burned more than 700 square miles before being contained. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Man Trying to Kill Wasp Sparked California's Biggest Fire: 'Mother Nature, You Have No Control'," 13 June 2019 The Arizona Snowbowl operates on roughly a square mile of the San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 Caught on camera Sheriff Ronny Dodson, now in his fifth term, goes back four generations in Brewster County, which covers more than 6,000 square miles and shares a long wilderness border with Mexico. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Border immigration surge reaches the Big Bend," 10 June 2019 In all, the Mendocino Complex burned 459,123 acres, or more than 717 square miles. NBC News, "Hammer spark caused largest wildland fire in California history, investigators say," 7 June 2019 More than 350 square miles of crops have been ravaged, according to official media, though the full impact on crop prices may not be felt until later in the year. New York Times, "A Slower Economy. A Trade War. Now, China Faces Rising Food Prices.," 4 June 2019 Thirteen men working at a time, covering about twenty-five square miles, handling an average of a dozen alarms a day. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 Powerful tornadoes hit Missouri on Wednesday, ravaging a three-square-mile area of the state capital and killing three people in the state’s southwest, as dangerous storms continued to wreak havoc across the Great Plains this week. Joe Barrett, WSJ, "Powerful Tornadoes Hit Missouri," 23 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

These alumni have flourished, to his evident irritation, in environments, from rock music to cinema, hard to square with public schools’ stereotypical stodginess. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, "‘Gilded Youth’ Review: Such, Such Were the Joys," 14 June 2019 But the Rockies struck right back off Darvish in the bottom of the frame, using two-run homers by Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado to square the game at 4-4. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies erase four-run deficit to beat Cubs, with Ryan McMahon’s RBI single the difference," 10 June 2019 Alves received a straight red after aggressively squaring up to referee Clement Turpin when a decision was given against him. USA TODAY, "Depay scores winner as Lyon beats league leader PSG 2-1," 21 Jan. 2018 New York City’s Flatiron District is becoming a wellness epicenter, with startups settling in the blocks between Union and Madison squares. Mia Adorante, WSJ, "New York City’s Healthiest Neighborhood," 28 May 2019 With its squared neckline and mid-calf hemline, the silhouette felt modern and fresh, allowing the vibrant hue to shine through. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Yalitza Aparicio of Roma Proves She’s a Fashion Star to Watch," 5 Jan. 2019 The general laid-back atmosphere and squares dripping with Spanish moss make for an eminently peaceful setting. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Friendliest Cities in the U.S.," 8 Aug. 2018 Mahoney, in squaring his mound record to 1-1, saw his district ERA drop under 1.00 after starting the week with a 1.31 ERA. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Baxa belts second, third HRs of week in 6-0 Mavs victory," 24 Mar. 2018 There are also several different moves started with a pivot: squaring to the basket, blocking out for a rebound, rolling after a screen, drop stepping and deep stepping. Mark Fadden, star-telegram, "Learning to pivot," 25 Feb. 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 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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