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 The identities of the people being talked to by police are obscured by large black squares added to the video. NBC News, "New police bodycam video released following death of George Floyd," 28 May 2020 But our churches have been for centuries physical and often audible reminders, on main streets and in town squares, on city blocks and in suburban developments, of the vital dimension to life that Western modernity has tried to crowd out. N.t. Wright, Time, "Should Churches Reopen? The Answer Lies in Thinking of This As a Time of Exile," 21 May 2020 Perhaps the best thing will be for everyone to try to take care of each other, said Rhonda DeWine, who owns Salon Rhonda on the Hyde Park square. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Salons and restaurant patios are open today in Ohio. Here’s what you need to know.," 15 May 2020 People can easily stand on each square and safely socialize with each other without all the guesswork. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Plaza in Italy Is Perfectly Designed for Social Distancing," 15 May 2020 The Dawg House on the historic town square reopened Monday to sell hot dogs and hamburgers, but only for curbside pickup. Los Angeles Times, "‘It’s too soon’: In small towns and big cities, Georgia’s experiment in reopening moves slowly," 1 May 2020 Been hanging up in the public library on the square since our town fathers commissioned his portrait, eighteen and fifty. Allan Gurganus, The New Yorker, "The Wish for a Good Young Country Doctor," 27 Apr. 2020 Fewer than 10 people rallied last May on Dayton’s courthouse square, badly outnumbered by hundreds of anti-Klan protesters. USA TODAY, "Can-Am Crown, basilica declaration, landfill park: News from around our 50 states," 5 Mar. 2020 All the ordinary stores were open, and all the ordinary restaurants, but the bandshell in San Marco was dark, and most of the caffes on the square were shut. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "What it's like to be in Venice during coronavirus lockdown," 27 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Last year, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon surged 85 percent, to more than 3,900 square miles, an area nearly the size of Lebanon, AFP reports. Fox News, "Amazon could be the origin of the next global pandemic, scientist warns," 16 May 2020 In Clay County now, a lone ambulance is responsible for a territory spanning more than 200 square miles. Suzanne Hirt, USA TODAY, "Rural communities without a hospital struggle to fight rising coronavirus cases, deaths," 15 May 2020 Their playground is the remote Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC), a facility that has more than 77,000 square miles of airspace - roughly the size of Nebraska. Dan Lamothe, Anchorage Daily News, "In Interior Alaska, changes are coming in how the Air Force prepares for war," 14 May 2020 The Navajo Nation stretches more than 27,000 square miles over a swath of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, an area larger than the state of West Virginia, with a population of about 180,000. Sarah Feldberg, SFChronicle.com, "‘When is it going to stop?’: UCSF team combats coronavirus surge in Navajo Nation," 12 May 2020 Dharavi, one of Mumbai’s biggest slums, where a million or so people are squeezed into less than one square mile of shacks and narrow alleyways, is emerging as a serious concern. New York Times, "As India Loosens Its Strict Lockdown, Coronavirus Deaths Jump Sharply," 6 May 2020 The Navajo Nation extends into the states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, covering more than 27,000 square miles. Mallika Kallingal, CNN, "Roads closed into New Mexico city to mitigate 'uninhibited spread of Covid-19'," 1 May 2020 The line of cars, with makeshift decorations strung across bumpers, weaved through the city, which covers less than a square mile. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "Undaunted by Fiesta delay, small city in San Antonio’s northwest holds its own Battle of Flowers parade," 24 Apr. 2020 The census tract in which Allis Care Center is located — a neighborhood of less than half a square mile — reported 56 positive cases of the coronavirus as of Thursday, according to the state health department data. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As residents at two Milwaukee nursing homes contracted and died of coronavirus, administrators and local officials kept it to themselves," 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That also squares with TriMet’s numbers, which surely reflects discomfort at sharing a bus or MAX train with other people during the coronavirus outbreak. oregonlive, "Oregon Insight: People are walking around a lot more," 24 May 2020 These accusations squared with complaints by seven other women, including the Nevada legislator Lucy Flores, who accused Biden of kissing her on the back of her head without her consent at a 2014 campaign event. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Tara Reade, Megyn Kelly, and the Politics of Believability," 12 May 2020 While Ghosn fled Japan in a big black box for Lebanon, Meng squares up to begin extradition hearings in a Vancouver court on Monday, 13 months after she was arrested on a U.S. handover request. Natalie Obiko Pearson, Bloomberg.com, "The Odds of Huawei’s CFO Avoiding U.S. Extradition Are Just One in 100," 6 May 2020 At 6, he was mesmerized: The image of these men, shoulders squared, trotting through a busy urban thoroughfare, lingered well into adulthood. Lynell George, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The cowboys of Compton, first a curiosity and then a legacy," 28 Apr. 2020 That squares with the experience of Terez Kino, a resident of the city of Södertälje and member of its large population of Assyrian-Syriacs, an ethnic minority scattered across Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. Heba Habib, The Christian Science Monitor, "With science and shared values, Sweden charts own pandemic course," 27 Apr. 2020 Eddie Rosario squared up Eovaldi to the warning track in center; Jackie Bradley Jr. camped under it to make the play. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, "Nate Eovaldi comes out firing to begin a critical season," 24 Feb. 2020 And, of course, this approach would square with the party’s winning general-election formula, since at least their catastrophe of 1972, of advancing liberal causes under cover of calming, moderate rhetoric. Matthew Scully, National Review, "The Democrats’ 2020 Playbook," 23 Jan. 2020 Focus on keeping your chin up and shoulders square. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "8 Tips to Follow for When You’re Walking for Weight Loss," 5 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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, "One of Portland’s most anticipated restaurants opened early for takeout, and coronavirus is to thank," 25 Mar. 2020 Thank goodness that got me back square, so that was a lot of fun. Michelle R. Martinelli, USA TODAY, "Denny Hamlin reviews Michael Jordan's new golf course after playing it with Rickie Fowler," 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, "Snowy Road Bars," 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, "Elizabeth Olsen Debuts Huge Emerald Engagement Ring During Outing with Fiancé Robbie Arnett," 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, "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

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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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The first known use of square was in the 13th century

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1 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Square.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/square. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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square

noun
How to pronounce square (audio)

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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