try square

noun

Definition of try square 

: an instrument consisting of two straightedges fixed at right angles to each other and used for laying off right angles and testing whether work is square

First Known Use of try square

circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about try square

Share try square

Statistics for try square

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for try square

The first known use of try square was circa 1877

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on try square

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about try square

Comments on try square

What made you want to look up try square? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

required by fashion, etiquette, or custom

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!