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 Fencing still surrounds the square named after the American Revolutionary War hero, but entryways on the northern side of the park were quietly opened to the public on Monday morning. NBC News, "Lafayette Square near the White House reopens to public," 11 May 2021 The square has a long history of hosting both small and large demonstrations and protests. Lauren Lantry, ABC News, "Park across from White House reopens after almost a year of being closed," 10 May 2021 That was the last day pedestrians were allowed to freely roam the square. Washington Post, "D.C.’s Lafayette Square opens gates to pedestrians for first time in nearly a year," 10 May 2021 Emotional power-plays come front and center when the sensitive Moon forms a difficult square with controlling Pluto midday. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for May 9, 2021," 9 May 2021 The Auschwitz Museum then took its case to the modern-day public square. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, "Tripadvisor Removes ‘Fun For The Family’ Review Of Auschwitz Museum After Backlash On Twitter," 7 May 2021 Place a cheese square in center of each warm pastry. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, "Boho-Style Tableware and Global Flavors Combine for a Stylish Summer Get-Together," 7 May 2021 In April, the police restricted gatherings at a popular square in East Jerusalem, prompting clashes and demonstrations there. New York Times, "Evictions in Jerusalem Become Focus of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict," 7 May 2021 The majority of the activities will take place on and around the Medina square. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Medina Kids Day of Safety & Play offers free family fun on June 5," 7 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The danger for Republicans looking to regain power in Congress in 2022 is that the vast majority of Americans know that Biden won, fair and square. Richard Galant, CNN, "Donald Trump exerts eerie grip on GOP," 9 May 2021 Rent is down in some places, too, by $50-$60 per square foot on Newbury and Boylston, Perkins says. BostonGlobe.com, "Amid restaurant closures, opportunity on the horizon," 8 May 2021 Liz Cheney is being purged from House GOP leadership for acknowledging that Biden won fair and square. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Media Still Doesn’t Know How to Cover the Big Lie," 5 May 2021 Defense lawyers argued that Ferguson was an honest and tireless contractor who earned his contracts fair and square, and that Kilpatrick had no real say in how contracts were awarded. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Kwame Kilpatrick pal Bobby Ferguson back home with family, new wife after prison release," 30 Apr. 2021 Biden won the election fair and square, despite what conspiracy theorists are saying. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: SCOTUS makes some noise," 22 Feb. 2021 Trump’s lies, starting with a declaration that Biden won fair and square. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "Experts see cult-like behavior in Trump’s most extreme followers. Breaking them free may not be easy," 17 Jan. 2021 Raffensperger maintained that Republicans had lost the election fair and square. New York Times, "Knocking on Two Million Doors in Georgia," 29 Dec. 2020 Too many lawmakers, when faced with losing a vote fair and square, are not learning from the defeat and moving on. Julie Blaha, Star Tribune, "Minnesota GOP attacks undermine checks and balances," 22 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The obits are hard to square with a surprising new number from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s political team: $27.1 million. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "The Best Tonic for Restoring the GOP: Overreaching Democrats," 8 Apr. 2021 Welker asked Biden to directly address Americans who feared that his approach to health care would mean too much government involvement, and to square his desire to improve the environment without harming the economy. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "NBC's Welker sharp in first turn as debate moderator," 22 Oct. 2020 This request is hard to square with the idea that the police regarded Grossheim as a danger to people prone to self-harm. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, "A Mysterious Suicide Cluster," 12 Apr. 2021 The only apparent reason for doing so is because the majority cannot square its fundamentally flawed fair-use analysis with a finding that declaring code is copyrightable. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "How Google’s Big Supreme Court Victory Could Change Software Forever," 6 Apr. 2021 Part of the enduring fascination of his life — also the vexation — is trying to square the two. BostonGlobe.com, "This American larger than life," 31 Mar. 2021 Many find the suicide explanation hard to square with the bizarre death scene, which also included a cryptic message painted on a door. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge agrees to hear Zahau family’s bid to force case information from Sheriff’s Department," 24 Mar. 2021 Those very real concerns can be hard to square with the end-of-the-tunnel euphoria being felt across the country as the COVID vaccine rollout progresses, and more and more states extend eligibility to the general public. Nicolas Rapp, Fortune, "Amid COVID surge worries, 37.7% U.S. adults are vaccinated," 31 Mar. 2021 Even if Monday's mass shooting doesn't square with that image, for many residents the violence is another sad reminder that mass shootings can happen anywhere. NBC News, "Biden faces challenge of first White House news conference, plus North Korea launches new provocation," 25 Mar. 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, "10 Editors On the Things They Bought—And Loved—In March," 1 Apr. 2021 The driver got out to assess the damage, and the cyclist punched him square in the face. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "Healthcare Workers Explain Why They’re Leaving Their Jobs," 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, "How To Build You Own Cedar Planter Box," 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, "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

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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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13 May 2021

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“Square.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/square. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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