- Square means having four sides of equal length.
An example of square is a cake with four equal sides.
- The definition of a square is a shape with four sides of equal length.
An example of square is a space on a checker board.
- To square is to settle or make even.
- An example of square is to pay money that is owed.
- An example of square is to straighten a picture on the wall so that it appears straight.
- a plane figure having four equal sides and four right angles
- anything having or approximating this shape: a square of cloth
- any of the spaces on a board for chess, checkers, etc.
- block (noun)
- an open area bounded by, or at the intersection of, several streets, usually used as a park, plaza, etc.
- buildings surrounding such an area
- an instrument having two sides that form an angle of 90 degrees, used for drawing or testing right angles
- a solid piece with at least one face that is a square: to cut a cake into squares
- the product of a number or quantity multiplied by itself: 9 is the square of 3
- Informal a square meal: three squares a day
- Informal a person who is square (adjective)
Origin of squareMiddle English from Old French esquarre from Vulgar Latin an unverified form exquadra from an unverified form exquadrare, to make square from Classical Latin ex, out + quadrare, to square from quadrus, a square from base of quattuor, four
transitive verbsquared, squar′ing
- : often with off
- to make into a square; make square
- to make into any sort of rectangle
- to test or adjust with regard to straightness or evenness: to square a surface with a straightedge
- to bring into a position or arrangement that is straight, upright, perpendicular, even across, etc.: to square one's shoulders
- to settle; adjust; make right or even: to square accounts
- to adjust or settle the accounts of: to square oneself with another
- to make equal: to square the score of a game
- to bring into agreement; make conform: to square a statement with the facts
- to mark off (a surface) in a series of connected squares
- to bring into the correct position, as with reference to a line, course, etc.
- to multiply (a number or quantity) by itself
- to determine the square that is equal in area to (a figure)
- Slang to bribe
Origin of squareME squaren < OFr esquarrer < VL *exquadrare
Origin of squareME < OFr esquarre, pp. of esquarrer
- having four equal sides and four right angles
- more or less cubical; rectangular and three-dimensional, as a box
- forming a right angle, or having a rectangular part or parts
- correctly adjusted, positioned, or arranged; level, even, shipshape, etc.
- leaving no balance or advantage; even
- even in score; tied
- just; fair; honest
- clear; direct; straightforward; unequivocal: a square refusal
- designating or of a unit of surface measure in the form of a square having sides of a specified length
- given or stated in terms of such surface measure
- having a shape broad for its length or height, with a solid, sturdy appearance, and somewhat rectangular or rectilinear: a square jaw
- square or rectangular in cross section, as some files
- designating a number that is the product of another number multiplied by itself
- Informal satisfying; solid; substantial: now only in square meal
- Informal not conversant with the current fads, styles, slang, etc.; old-fashioned, unsophisticated, conservative, etc.
- Naut. at right angles to the keel and to the mast, as the yards of a square-rigged ship
- honestly; fairly; justly
- so as to be or form a square; at right angles
- directly; exactly
- so as to face
- firmly; solidly
on the square
- at right angles (to something specified)
- Informal honest(ly), fair(ly), genuine(ly), etc.
out of square
- not at right angles (with something specified)
- Informal not in harmony, order, or agreement
- to bring a ship's yards around so as to sail directly before the wind
- square off
- Informal to get ready; put in order
- to assume a stance of attack or self-defense, as in boxing
- Informal to fight
square the circle
- to construct or find a square equal in area to a given circle: an insoluble problem in Euclidean geometry
- to do or attempt something that seems impossible
- to make a settlement, as by paying or by balancing accounts
- to assume a posture of opposition (to an adversary)
- A polygon having four equal sides and four equal angles.
- Something having an equal-sided rectangular form: a square of cloth.
- A T-shaped or L-shaped instrument for drawing or testing right angles.
- Mathematics The product obtained when a number or quantity is multiplied by itself: 49 is the square of 7.
- Games Any of the quadrilateral spaces on a board, as in chess.
- a. Abbr. Sq. An open, usually four-sided area at the intersection of two or more streets, often planted with grass and trees for use as a park.b. A rectangular space enclosed by streets and occupied by buildings; a block.
- The flower bud of a cotton plant, with three bracts surrounding the unopened flower in a pyramidal structure.
- Slang A person who is regarded as dull, rigidly conventional, and out of touch with current trends.
- Having four equal sides and four right angles.
- Forming a right angle.
- In alignment or flush: Put the paper square with the edge of the desk.
- a. Abbr. sq. Expressed in units measuring area: square feet.b. Having a specified length in each of two equal dimensions: a room that is 12 feet square.
- Having a base that is a square: a square pyramid.
- Nautical Set at right angles to the mast and keel. Used of the yards of a square-rigged ship.
- Approximately rectangular and equilateral in cross section: a square house.
- Characterized by blocklike solidity or sturdiness.
- Honest; direct: a square answer.
- Just; equitable: a square deal.
- Having all accounts settled; even: I paid what I owed you, so we're square.
- Sports Even; tied.
- Slang Rigidly conventional; dull.
verbsquared, squar·ing, squares
- To cut to a square or rectangular shape. Often used with off.
- To test or adjust for conformity to a desired plane, straight line, or right angle.
- To mark into squares. Often used with off.
- a. To bring into conformity or agreement: She could not square the request with her principles.b. To bring (oneself) into a better position or relation: He tried to square himself with his parents.
- To set straight or at approximate right angles: square one's cap.
- To bring into balance; settle: square a debt.
- Sports To even the score of: to square a game.
- Mathematics a. To raise (a number or quantity) to the second power.b. To find a square equal in area to (the area of a given figure).
- Informal To bribe or fix: a party in litigation that tried to square the judge.
- Mathematics To be at right angles.
- To agree or conform: a story that doesn't square with the facts.
- Mathematics At right angles.
- In a square shape.
- In a solid manner; firmly.
- Directly; straight: ran square into each other.
- In an honest, straightforward manner.
Origin of squareMiddle English from Old French esquarre from Vulgar Latin exquadra from exquadrāre to square Latin ex- ex- quadrāre to give a square shape to ( from quadrum a square ; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.)
- Any simple object with four nearly straight and nearly equal sides meeting at nearly right angles.
- An L- or T-shaped tool used to place objects or draw lines at right angles.
- There are so many uses for the square, in fact, that a new model will usually come complete with a booklet enumerating its applications. - The Carpenter's Square
- An open space in a town, not necessarily square in shape, often containing trees, seating and other features pleasing to the eye.
- A cell in a grid.
- You may not move a piece to a square already occupied by one of your own pieces.
- (geometry) A polygon with four sides of equal length and four angles of 90 degrees; a regular quadrilateral whose angles are all 90 degrees.
- (mathematics) The second power of a number, value, term or expression.
- 64 is the square of 8.
- (military) A body of troops drawn up in a square formation.
- (slang) A socially conventional person; typically associated with the 1950s
- Why do you always wear a tie? Don't be such a square!
- (UK) The symbol # on a telephone; hash.
- Enter your account number followed by a square.
- (cricket) The central area of a cricket field, containing several pitches laid out next to one another - only one being used at a time.
- An ideal playing area is roughly circular in shape with a central area, the cricket square, measuring 27.44 metres by 27.44 metres and boundaries 45.75 metres from the sides of the square.
- (real estate jargon) A unit of measurement of area, equal to a 10 foot by 10 foot square, ie. 100 square feet or roughly 9.3 square metres. Used in real estate for the size of a house or its rooms, though progressively being replaced by square metres in metric countries such as Australia.
- 2006: Just as the basic unit of real estate measurement across the world is the square ... "” Macquarie Bank (Australia), press release Macquarie releases Real Estate Market Outlook 2006 - "The World Squared", 21 June 2006
- 2007: The house is very large and open and boasts 39 squares of living space plus over 13 squares of decking area on 3 sides and 17 squares of garage and workshop downstairs. "” Your Estate advertisement for Grindelwald Tasmania
- (roofing) A unit used in measuring roof area equivalent to 100 square feet (9.29 m2) of roof area.
- (North America) A dessert cut into rectangular pieces, or a piece of such a dessert.
- (academia) A mortarboard
- (colloquial, US) A square meal.
- Even when times were tough, we got three squares a day.
- A pane of glass.
- (printing) A certain number of lines, forming a portion of a column, nearly square; used chiefly in reckoning the prices of advertisements in newspapers.
- (archaic) Exact proportion; justness of workmanship and conduct; regularity; rule.
- The relation of harmony, or exact agreement; equality; level.
- (astrology) The position of planets distant ninety degrees from each other; a quadrate.
- (dated) The act of squaring, or quarrelling; a quarrel.
- The front of a woman's dress over the bosom, usually worked or embroidered.
(comparative squarer, superlative squarest)
- Shaped like a square (the polygon).
- Forming a right angle, especially (nautical) at right angles with the mast or the keel, and parallel to the horizon; said of the yards of a square-rigged vessel when they are so braced.
- a square corner
- Used in the names of units of area formed by multiplying a unit of length by itself.
- square metre
- square mile
- Honest; straightforward.
- square dealing
- I'm just looking for a square deal on my car repair.
- Even; tied
- to make or leave the accounts square
- The sides were square at the end of the half.
- (slang) Socially conventional; boring.
- (cricket) In line with the batsman's popping crease.
- Correctly aligned with respect to something else.
- hearty; vigorous
- It may be prison, but at least I'm getting three square meals a day.
- Having a shape broad for the height, with angular rather than curving outlines.
- a man of a square frame
(third-person singular simple present squares, present participle squaring, simple past and past participle squared)
- To adjust so as to align with or place at a right angle to something else.
- The casting was mounted on a milling machine so that its sides could be squared.
- To resolve.
- John can square this question up for us.
- These results just don't square.
- To adjust or adapt so as to bring into harmony with something.
- I cannot square the results of the experiment with my hypothesis.
- to square our actions by the opinions of others
- (mathematics) Of a value, term, or expression, to multiply by itself; to raise to the second power.
- To draw, with a pair of compasses and a straightedge only, a square with the same area as.
- square the circle
- (soccer) To make a short low pass sideways across the pitch
- (archaic) To take opposing sides; to quarrel.
- To accord or agree exactly; to be consistent with; to suit; to fit.
- To take a boxing attitude; often with up or off.
- To form with four sides and four right angles.
- To form with right angles and straight lines, or flat surfaces.
- to square mason's work
- To compare with, or reduce to, any given measure or standard.
- (astrology) To hold a quartile position respecting.
- (nautical) To place at right angles with the keel.
- to square the yards