- 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.
square definition by Webster's New World
- 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 ()
- 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
- ☆ Slang a person who is square ()
Origin: Middle 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 plush quadrare, to square ; from quadrus, a square ; from base of quattuor, four
- to make into a square; make square
- to make into any rectangle
- to test or adjust with regard to straightness or evenness: to square a surface with a straightedge
- to bring to or near to the form of a right angle: 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: ME squaren < OFr esquarrer < VL *exquadrare
Origin: ME < 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 or positioned; straight, level, even, etc.
- leaving no balance; balanced; 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: a square meal
- ☆ Slang not conversant with the current fads, styles, slang, etc.; old-fashioned, unsophisticated, conservative, etc.
- Naut. at right angles to the keel and mast, as the yards of a square-rigged ship
square definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A plane figure having four equal sides.
- 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.
- Slang A person who is regarded as dull, rigidly conventional, and out of touch with current trends.
- Slang A square meal. Often used in the plural: three squares a day.
- Having four equal sides and four right angles.
- Forming a right angle.
- 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.
- Sports Even; tied.
- Slang Rigidly conventional; dull.
- To cut to a square or rectangular shape.
- To test 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: Middle 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).
- squareˈness noun
- squarˈer noun
square - Cultural Definition
A number multiplied by itself, or raised to the second power. The square of three is nine; the square of nine is eighty-one.
square - Phrases/Idioms
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
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, balancing accounts, etc.
- to assume a posture of opposition (to an adversary)
on the square
- At right angles.
- Honestly and openly: has always dealt on the square.
out of square
- Not at exact right angles.
- Not in agreement.
square peg in a round hole
square - Science Definition
- A rectangle having four equal sides.
- The product that results when a number or quantity is multiplied by itself. The square of 8, for example, is 64.