- square or nearly square; rectangular
- Zool. designating a bone or cartilage of the skull in birds, bony fishes, amphibians, and reptiles, to which the lower jaw is joined
Origin of quadrateMiddle English from Classical Latin quadratus, past participle of quadrare, to make square from quadrus, a square from quattuor, four
- a square or rectangle
- a square or rectangular space, thing, etc.
- Zool. the quadrate bone
Origin of quadrateME < L quadratum < quadratus
intransitive verb-·rat·ed, -·rat·ing
- a. A square or cube.b. An approximately square or cubic area, space, or object.
- Zoology A bone or cartilaginous structure of the skull, joining the upper and lower jaws in birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians.
- Having four sides and four angles; square or rectangular.
- Zoology Of or being the quadrate bone or cartilage.
Origin of quadrateMiddle English quadrat something square from Latin quadrātum from neuter past participle of quadrāre to make square from quadrum square ; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more quadrate, superlative most quadrate)
- (geometry) A plane surface with four equal sides and four right angles; a square; hence, figuratively, anything having the outline of a square.
- (astrology) An aspect of the heavenly bodies in which they are distant from each other 90°, or the quarter of a circle; quartile.
- (anatomy) The quadrate bone.
(third-person singular simple present quadrates, present participle quadrating, simple past and past participle quadrated)