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 In Portland and Seattle, progressive mayors have ceded the public square to anarchists and rioters. Bret Stephens New York Times, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 The husband-and-wife owners of Bresnan Bread and Pastry have signed a 1,500-square-foot lease on a space off the square in downtown McKinney and will move their operations there this fall. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, 20 July 2021 Crabb, who is 29, and his 45-year-old teammate Jake Gibb, had been scheduled to square-off against a pair of Italians in a preliminary match on Sunday at Shiokaze Park, which sits beside Tokyo Bay. NBC News, 20 July 2021 The move led to an outcry, largely from conservatives as well as civil libertarians about free speech and the rights of social media companies to regulate what has become what many consider the new public square. Lena Camilletti, ABC News, 18 July 2021 They also will be featured in a community-wide pep rally at the Hartford square on Aug. 14 – the week before the start of the 2021 football season. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 15 July 2021 Before midnight, a post on his Facebook page claimed that the main square had been cleared of Taliban fighters, though residents reported heavy clashes continuing in a broader area of the city. New York Times, 14 July 2021 Shoulder to shoulder, fans nervously watched the penalty shootout on two big screens set up on Piazza del Popolo, an elliptical cobblestone square at the edge of Rome’s historic center. Karl Ritter, ajc, 12 July 2021 Wander the square but don't miss the sister museum, the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, home to Michelangelo's Pietà and beautifully modernized in 2015. Julia Buckley, Travel + Leisure, 7 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This window air conditioner cools rooms up to 150 square feet with its two cooling modes and fan speeds. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 July 2021 In Florida, for example, the share of homes with living area up to 1,400 square feet was 58% of new housing supply in 1985. Julia Carpenter, WSJ, 21 July 2021 Thousands of Amazon shoppers recommend the Homelabs Energy Star Dehumidifier that's designed to work in large rooms and basements up to 4,500 square feet. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 20 July 2021 Interactive retail stores of up to 4,000 square feet offer a place where consumers also can get demonstrations of Xfinity Mobile products, get help with devices or services such as Xfinity Home and buy accessories. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, 19 July 2021 Between 4,000 to 12,000 square feet of space will be available for lease. Kathy Jumper, al, 18 July 2021 Its sweet spot is commercial buildings of 10,000-to-250,000 square feet, but its installed its systems in structures of up to 1 million square feet. Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 In Chicago, Chase is believed to be looking at a wide range of space for a potential lease, going as high as 1 million square feet. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, 6 July 2021 Perry Homes’ designs at Mustang Lakes range from 1,900 square feet up to 3,200 square feet with an array of one- and two-story designs. Dallas News, 4 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most players are taught how to square the clubface with shorter, slower swings and work up to a full motion. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 The task force’s report, however, would have the imprimatur of the intelligence community, and its very existence was hard to square with charges of hobbyism. Gideon Lewis-krau, The New Yorker, 26 June 2021 But the notion that Chinese children are better taught than American children is hard to square with reality. Washington Post, 13 June 2021 Al Manshum knows something of the need to square your shoulders when encountering adversity. Heather Wishart-smith, Forbes, 24 May 2021 But conservatives square this circle by theorizing that Vice President Kamala Harris is actually running the show. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, 5 May 2021 More broadly, lamenting growing inequality simply does not square with the easy-money policies of Carney and his fellow central bankers. Philip Cross, National Review, 23 Apr. 2021 None of this may square with the wishes of Western elites or progressives, whose obsession is for a Palestinian state. Bret Stephens New York Times, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 Will today’s teen, somewhere down the boulevard of life, be called upon to square a circle (hopefully not, since that was proved to be impossible in 1882), or be asked to demonstrate that the sum of the exterior angles of a polygon is 360 degrees? Jordan Ellenberg, WSJ, 22 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 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, 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, 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, 31 Oct. 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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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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