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.
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
First Known Use: 13th century
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 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, hardworking 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, 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 dealings>c : leaving no balance : settledd : even, tiede : 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 squarerigged ship
squareness
nounExamples of square in a sentence
The room has four square corners.
<received a square hearing from the disciplinary panel>
14th Century
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 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 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 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>
squarer
nounExamples of square in a sentence
The machine squares the wood into flat boards.
If you square 3, you get 9.
14th Century
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
Circa 1582
First Known Use of square
circa 1582
SQUARE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition 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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