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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For several years, the museum was housed in a small, wood-frame building on the town square to commemorate Hope’s longest continuous rural mail delivery service in the state, which dates to October 1896. USA TODAY, "Ink library, parking barnacles, lunar training grounds: News from around our 50 states," 9 July 2019 The short answer is because the air drag force depends on the square of the velocity. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Right Ball for Playing Catch While Skydiving," 21 June 2019 Their brother Francesco, thirty, and their cousins Rosario Fiduccia, thirty-six, and Giovanni Cirami, twenty-four, were then dragged to a cottonwood tree on the village square. Frank Viviano, The New York Review of Books, "Atrocities America Forgot," 6 June 2019 Hundreds of square miles surrounding the reactor are still off-limits. CBS News, "Chernobyl disaster: How accurate is the HBO series?," 3 June 2019 Manuel Gozalo, a businessman from Segovia, was worried about the slow demise of towns in rural Spain, where the population density is as low as 7 people per square mile. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: For lonely men in Spanish towns, the ‘caravan of women’ brings hope of love," 14 May 2019 Every point on this square thus has a value for d, which is 0 at lower left, 1 at upper left, 1 again at lower right and 2 at upper right. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘The Slippery Math of Causation’," 29 June 2018 Art moved from Facebook walls to covering the walls that surrounded mass sit-ins in city squares, from Cairo to Tripoli. Khalid Albaih, Quartz, "We used our art to fight. Now we need it to heal us," 19 June 2019 Although Shaker Square actually lies within the City of Cleveland, Shaker Heights does own some of the property on the square, namely the right-of-way for the rapid tracks. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "“This Is Shaker Square” planning initiative reaches 8-month public input milestone with a whistle stop at City Council," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Even in a competitive market, the company has been able to renew and sign new tenants at higher rates, taking them from about $26 per square foot annually at the time of purchase to $29 a foot per year today. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Nitya Capital deal further diversifies real estate portfolio," 12 July 2019 The proposal by the coalition, which includes the Building Industry Association and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, would reduce the new fee to $18 per square foot. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Business leaders, developers lining up against proposed San Diego housing policy," 11 July 2019 In the last year, Novoseller said rents have risen between 2 and 15 cents a square foot in his apartments, depending on the apartment size, the building amenities and the previous tenant’s rent. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "St. Peter’s School in Hartford’s South Green neighborhood educated Catholic students for decades, but now will be home to new generation of renters," 30 June 2019 Today, rents in the area average over $80 per square foot. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "End of an Era for the Flatiron Building," 28 June 2019 Commune used knotty pine plywood, one of the most inexpensive finishes available, at about $2.25 per square foot. Lexi Mainland, latimes.com, "One-Step Makeover: Books, glorious books," 27 June 2019 Gilbert’s Bedrock real estate arm is quoting office rates above $40 per square foot for its new projects in the works like the Hudson’s site building, according to office market brokers. Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's downtown building boom slowing as costs, rents soar," 27 June 2019 The median home value in Alabama was $141,300 with median home value per square foot of $76, the second lowest in the country. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "What a typical home cost in Alabama," 26 June 2019 This year the latter is around $40 for the grinding of the seam or roughly $80 per square foot to replace the slab. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Lakewood begins its 2019 sidewalk replacement project program," 25 June 2019

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Boockvar said there is no way to square Trump's call for rate cuts with his argument that the American economy is the best it's ever been. Matt Egan, CNN, "Turkey is the poster child for what happens when politicians mess with central banks," 8 July 2019 But how do progressives square this with LGBTQ activism? Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "The Overreach of LGBTQ Activism," 5 July 2019 The demonstrations, which were mostly peaceful, started at about noon in Lownsdale and Pioneer Courthouse squares. Oregonlive.com, oregonlive.com, "3 arrested as downtown Portland protests escalate into civil disturbance," 29 June 2019 This puts that part of the motion with a downward acceleration of about 47 meters per second squared. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "That Viral 'Gyro Drop' Ride Was Fake. Here's How You Can Tell," 27 June 2019 That philosophy squares with Gibson’s work, and so does the depiction of the way a foreign element can bring down even seemingly monolithic systems. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "How William Gibson’s long-lost Alien 3 script became 2019’s most intriguing audio drama," 24 June 2019 Take a break on Sunday, when the Sun squares Neptune, your planetary ruler. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 9 June 2019 By swapping an infielder for a reliever, Colorado aims to beef up its bullpen while also putting every-day second base responsibilities square on Ryan McMahon’s shoulders. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies option infielder Brendan Rodgers to Triple-A, recall right-hander Jesus Tinoco," 15 June 2019 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

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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