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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Two 1-0 schools from the state of Michigan square-off in Week 2 of the new college football season looking to give each other their first blemish. SI.com, "Western Michigan vs. Michigan State Live Stream: How to Watch Online, TV Channel, Game Time," 7 Sep. 2019 His opponent, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, would have needed to open the game by pushing his queen pawn forward two squares. Peter Nicholas, The Atlantic, "The End of the Golden Era of Chess," 5 Sep. 2019 The idea is not so different from Victor Gruen’s original vision of all-in-one shopping, which was inspired partly by cozy European town squares. Johnny Joo, Smithsonian, "The Rise of the Zombie Mall," 18 Sep. 2019 Free admission, $10-$20 for chalk box and sidewalk square. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "9 things to do in Cleveland on Sunday, Sept. 15," 15 Sep. 2019 They’re buried inside a square glass bulge, which sadly makes the phone lie unevenly on a table. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Denver Post, "First look at iPhone 11: That’s an awful lot of cash for a camera," 15 Sep. 2019 Some 200 high school students staged a sit-in Saturday at a downtown public square. Time, "Conflict Breaks Out in Hong Kong Mall Amid Counter Protests," 14 Sep. 2019 The areas shaded in green are planned for parking spaces and the purple square identifies the entrance to the parking lots north of the existing Cal Fire Station driveway at 16310 state Route 67. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Planners review Woodson parking, evacuation plan," 13 Sep. 2019 The model pairs the sparkles with a black dress shirt for contrast, and Kim did something similar (albeit a bit more fitted). Instead of chunky slingbacks, Kim paired the look with trendy square-toed PVC sandals. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Channels Vintage Versace in Her Short Sparkly Miniskirt," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The oldest-living organism in the world is a vast, three-square-mile mat of armillaria ostoye that lives in the Malheur National Forest in Oregon. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Mushroom Month: Versatile fungus is good for more than just eating," 12 Sep. 2019 The fire has consumed more than 68 square miles and is burning in remote mountainous terrain about 150 miles northeast of Sacramento. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Athletic director resigns at scandal-plagued USC," 10 Sep. 2019 In recent months, the Amazon region has been hit by thousands of fires that collectively have cleared more than 7,400 square miles of rainforest in Brazil. NBC News, "Why is the Amazon rainforest important?," 9 Sep. 2019 Officials say 682 fires have burned more than 3,906 square miles this season. USA TODAY, "Cat burglar, prison bats, USS Arizona Memorial: News from around our 50 states," 4 Sep. 2019 Over the following week, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office search-and-rescue team, as well as 340 people from several other agencies, searched for Zickel, covering more than 350 square miles in the Willamette National Forest around Mount Jefferson. oregonlive, "Body of hiker missing three years recovered in Mount Jefferson Wilderness," 4 Sep. 2019 According to the World Wildlife Fund, Indian elephants spend much of their day feeding, often up to 19 hours, while wandering areas that can cover up to 125 square miles. Fox News, "Incredible images show elephant getting rescued from a 20-foot well in India," 30 Aug. 2019 Brazil's National Institute for Space Research found the country has lost more than 1,330 square miles of forest cover to development since January, when President Jair Bolsonaro took office. oregonlive.com, "What you need to know about the Amazon rainforest fires," 27 Aug. 2019 More than 250 square miles were destroyed before the fire was deemed contained on Oct. 16, 2009. Carol Cormaci, La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada History: 2009 Station fire threatens LCF homes, forces evacuations," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On the first pitch, Culberson squared up to bunt and Fernando Rodney threw a fastball that nailed Culberson in the right cheek. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Braves player Charlie Culberson was hit in the face with a 90 mph fastball," 15 Sep. 2019 Benintendi doubled off the center field wall and Sam Travis squared up a single to right to move Benintendi to third. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox continue onslaught to win third in a row vs. battered Yankees," 27 July 2019 Try giving the cat and the mouse an acceleration of 1 meter per second squared (up to their maximum speeds). Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Best Way for a Mouse to Escape a Cat, According to Math," 3 June 2019 But what happened Saturday hardly squared with the team that smacked down Stanford a week earlier. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Kedon Slovis picked off in overtime as USC suffers stunning loss to BYU," 14 Sep. 2019 Tightening the connector bolts will square the bed assembly. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Your Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Platform Bed Frame," 30 Aug. 2019 The paper's findings square with survey results suggesting less than 5% of long-term abusers gave up OxyContin after it was reformulated. Matthew Perrone, Fortune, "OxyContin Was Reformulated to Reduce Abuse, but Purdue Pharma Won’t Share Data of the Results," 22 July 2019 Krekorian squared play three times over the back nine, but a resilient Hervol answered each time on the following hole, including the 18th to give him a 1-up victory. Seamus Mcavoy, BostonGlobe.com, "Jimmy Hervol and Steven DiLisio to play in Mass Am final," 18 July 2019 The Hitching Post remains a bit of a throwback, not always in ways that square with #MeToo. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "After five decades, the Hitching Post still knows how to fry right," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 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

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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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