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 Jacó later erected a statue of a surfer, a board under his arm, in the town square, a nod to the nearly $800 million the sport annually contributes to the Costa Rican economy. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 Some towns moved to put their statues in cemeteries, only to learn that their local graveyard was supported by tax dollars, making the new location nearly as problematic as the old, more prominent one in front of a courthouse or on a town square. Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, 30 May 2021 For an evening ritual, wrap yourself in a plush robe and hit the hot tub that overlooks the town square and is so spacious it could be mistaken for a pool. Brittany Anas, Forbes, 28 May 2021 The best op-ed pages operate almost like a town square, allowing readers to discuss and debate issues important both to their communities and beyond. Johanna Dunaway, The Conversation, 27 May 2021 The body of a woman who was stoned to death remained in the town square. Oline H. Cogdill, sun-sentinel.com, 18 May 2021 Soon the day of action came to be known as Blackout Tuesday, with its central iconography of the black square, named after the default shape of an Instagram post. New York Times, 20 May 2021 But to many Palestinians, being pushed out of the square was a slight, beneath which were much deeper grievances. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2021 But at a June 18 meeting to discuss possible new investigations, Cuffari said the office would not probe the Secret Service's handling of the protests or clearing of the square, according to the two people familiar with the discussion. Carol D. Leonnig Washington Post, Star Tribune, 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Mountainfilm has gained a reputation over 42 years for airing some of the best documentaries about the outdoors, and significantly increasing the number of puffy jackets per square mile in Telluride, Colorado, for a week every May. Erin Berger, Outside Online, 27 May 2021 Because of the age of the contract — executed in 2004 — Baltimore County has different standards than other counties for the number of homes required per square mile that Comcast can serve. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, 17 May 2021 New Delhi is roughly as dense as New York City, with some thirty thousand residents per square mile. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 13 May 2021 That’s not even two houses for sale per square mile. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, 12 May 2021 There are only 120 residents per square mile in the broader Provo metro area—a third the density of Portland, and one-fourth of Austin’s, according to Moody’s Analytics—and there is surrounding land for the city to expand. Justin Baer, WSJ, 9 May 2021 It's got the trendy puffy-sleeve, square-neck factor, but at a fraction of the price of most dresses in this style. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 20 Apr. 2021 Keep in mind Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso, with the highest concentration of museums per square mile in Europe (30 in total). Lilly Graves, Travel + Leisure, 18 Apr. 2021 The square-neck style also comes in black, yellow and a floral print. Kara Cuzzone, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But this is hard to square with the fact that these groups have been set on this course for years now — years that included the Trump presidency. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 31 May 2021 But this piety doesn’t square with its long record of collaboration with Cuba’s military dictatorship, one of the world’s most notorious human-rights violators. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 11 Apr. 2021 That doesn't square, of course, with restaurant gigs. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 13 May 2021 But the lefty was able to square it up and drive a bullet inside the right-field foul pole. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2021 How to square its humor, idiosyncrasy, and spigot of diverting trivia with its toxicity, vapidity, and posturing? Gemma Sieff, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 Heavy-handed and redirects targets even when not fully able to square up to engage. oregonlive, 30 Mar. 2021 The obits are hard to square with a surprising new number from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s political team: $27.1 million. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 8 Apr. 2021 Welker asked Biden to directly address Americans who feared that his approach to health care would mean too much government involvement, and to square his desire to improve the environment without harming the economy. David Bauder, Star Tribune, 22 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 To cut into small diamonds from the 11-by-7-inch size: Make three long cuts (for four rows) and 6 short cuts (for 7 rows), then cut each resulting square in half diagonally. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Dec. 2019 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, 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, 31 Oct. 2018

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Square.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/square. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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