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 The Capricorn full moon makes a square to Eris in Aries, an opposition to Mercury. Gala Mukomolova, refinery29.com, 14 July 2022 If that’s the only thing that can be accomplished in the short term, Democrats can at least distinguish themselves as the guardians of stability in the public square, thus advancing the Good Life agenda in a small but meaningful way. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 11 July 2022 With the Moon also opposing offbeat Uranus, an uncomfortable surprise could throw us off our game, followed by a lunar square to critical Saturn, which can leave us frustrated with our obstacles. Chicago Tribune, 8 July 2022 In each case, the Court recognized, allowing private citizens to choose their own religious faith in the public square is the antithesis of requiring conformity to a state church. The Editors, National Review, 1 July 2022 To make: Cut two pieces of ribbon that are twice as long as the width; sew pieces together to form a square. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 6 June 2022 Furthermore, narrative shift depends on every conversation, and not just those that are on television or in the public square. The Opportunity Agenda, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Louisvillian David Sampson added a rhinestone and gold swan lapel pin and blue pocket square to his teal and peach plaid suit. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, 7 May 2022 Venus is in your 6th House of Routine and Health, adding a touch of ease to the daily grind, but that copacetic energy will be shaken up when Venus makes a rough square to Uranus in your expansion sector. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 19 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Town Council had directed the Library Building Committee to move forward with increasing the square footage of the new Prosser Library plan by 30,169 square feet. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 3 Aug. 2022 Construction of the plant took a decade on a site that is about a mile-and-a-half square feet. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 3 Aug. 2022 Wi-Fi speeds in homes measuring up to 2,500 square feet. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 The three-story, 1.2-acre development will feature residences ranging from 2,748 square feet to 3,695 square feet of indoor space, as well as private terraces up to 2,039 square feet. Wells Dusenbury, Sun Sentinel, 1 Aug. 2022 Even without the use of an extender, this system can reach a range of up to 1,000 square feet, and the package comes with two motion sensors with a 90-degree field of vision that can catch any movement up to 30 feet away for optimal coverage. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 July 2022 The product also has VortexAir technology, which creates a strong airflow that spreads throughout your house, reaching up to 220 square feet. Nicole Charky-chami, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 July 2022 Hale Lani is just one of three penthouses in the complex that provide up to 6,000 square feet of space. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 27 July 2022 The California program provides a rebate of $2 per square foot of lawn converted, which has resulted in the removal of more than 200 million square feet of grass. The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With Guzmán trying to square the circle of closing a restructuring with the International Monetary Fund while taking an exhilarating hit of monetary madness, the troop in Argentina is trying to get on with some Peronism. Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Who better than the visionary founder of the world’s largest online entertainment empire to square that circle, to fashion a formula that will work for a fifth of the global population? Wired, 20 July 2022 Pence has opted to launch his from this pathetic patch of middle ground, desperately hoping to to square this impossible circle. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 22 June 2022 Then again The Silent Twins sets itself a very tricky task of being both about the women’s inner lives and outer lives at the same time, but doesn’t quite know how to square the circle. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2022 Black, however, struggled to square the circle here with regard to backing Ninja acts looking to create NFTs and the environmental toll that could result from their activities. Eamonn Forde, Forbes, 25 May 2021 That sense of chaos can be difficult to square with longer-term data showing that, on many metrics, the world is generally becoming better off. Max Fisher, BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2022 Beroukhai’s depiction is hard to square with reality at Pavilion Place. Alan Judd, ajc, 13 June 2022 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 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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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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