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 city holds a number of celebrations and functions in the square, among them the weeks-long Christmas on the Square, which features more than 100,000 Christmas lights. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Downtown Garland’s central square is getting a major makeover. Here are the new designs," 1 July 2020 The tall sign, which lights up Ghirardelli Square near Fisherman’s Wharf, will be transported letter by letter to an offsite facility where it will be replicated, according to Jamestown, a company that owns the retail space in the square. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Why the Ghirardelli Square sign in San Francisco is about to vanish," 29 June 2020 After a 13-gun salute to honor each of the 13 colonies, the military band performed, bells were rung, and 13 firework rockets were set off in the town square. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "14 Things Every American Should Know About the Fourth of July," 29 June 2020 The agency’s first task will be determining which of the many agencies was in charge of law enforcement in the square that night, Greenblatt said. BostonGlobe.com, "Mourners pay respects to Rayshard Brooks at Ebenezer viewing," 23 June 2020 Hundreds gathered Thursday night in an Atlanta suburb to watch a crane remove a Confederate monument that had stood in the town square since 1908. Anchorage Daily News, "Amid protests for racial justice, Juneteenth celebrations get new urgency," 20 June 2020 The square was once the site of Montgomery’s slave market. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Montgomery slave market site bears ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural," 19 June 2020 Dozens of men who would normally be working in faraway big cities, sending cash home to their families, while away time playing cards and chatting in the village square or under trees near the local Hindu temple. Vibhuti Agarwal, WSJ, "Village Life in India Won’t Be the Same as Coronavirus Chases Migrants Out of Cities," 18 June 2020 Earlier that year, the square had been the site of non-violent pro-democracy protests. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How a peaceful protest at Tiananmen Square turned into a massacre," 4 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective To map an ant social network, Stroeymeyt and her fellow researchers glue tiny QR code tags, some smaller than a square millimeter, to ants’ thoraxes. Michael Schulson, Wired, "What Can Ants and Bees Teach Us About Containing Disease?," 1 Aug. 2020 Labesque, Vega and Masonis eventually settled on a square shape. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "How a Tesla engineer redesigned the chocolate chip," 1 Aug. 2020 Harrison was recently featured in the Boston Globe after Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched to the Harrison town square in June. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "A man held a Black Lives Matter sign in Harrison, Arkansas. He posted the racist responses to YouTube.," 31 July 2020 City officials credit it with revitalizing the relatively moribund west side of the river with the livelier east side, where the town square shops and government center are. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "Noblesville approves $14M for apartments and retail at Federal Hill Commons," 31 July 2020 Afterward rake up sod manually with a square shovel or pitchfork. oregonlive, "When it’s time to say goodbye to lawn, uproot it first," 13 July 2020 The Australian astronomers in the study noted that the objects were found while working on the Evolutionary Map of the Universe Pilot, an all-sky continuum survey, using a square kilometer array pathfinder telescope. Fox News, "4 mystery objects spotted in deep space, unlike anything ever seen," 11 July 2020 Millions of poor American pupils get their only square meals of the day at school. CNN, "Reopening American schools, and why Trudeau skipped a visit to the White House," 8 July 2020 How can the brand square skin acceptance with skin-improving products? Daniela Morosini, refinery29.com, "Starface Wants To Change The Way We See Our Acne," 8 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But pressed repeatedly to square his remarks with evidence captured during the demonstrations that his officers attacked protesters, Monahan demurred. BostonGlobe.com, "Despite Evidence, Park Police Chief Says ‘Tremendous Restraint’ Was Used in Lafayette Clash," 29 July 2020 Here and there Despite not having a hit to show for it, Christin Stewart continues to square up pitches at the plate. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers scrimmage observations: Jordan Zimmermann wobbles; Niko Goodrum has blast," 12 July 2020 Reform advocates say the November ballot measure would be difficult to square economically with a state budget that has plunged into the red with the coronavirus pandemic. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "While some California police unions promise change, others seek to undo reforms," 18 June 2020 These sanguine views are hard to square with reality. Frank Partnoy, The Atlantic, "The Looming Bank Collapse," 10 June 2020 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 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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Time Traveler for square

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

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Last Updated

4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Square.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/square. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for square

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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