adjective
- 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
- 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
- ⌂ Informal a person who is square ()
Origin of square
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 + quadrare, to square ; from quadrus, a square ; from base of quattuor, foursquared, 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 square
ME squaren < OFr esquarrer < VL *exquadrare to fit; agree; accord (with)
Origin of square
ME < OFr esquarre, pp. of esquarrersquar′er, squar′est
- 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
squar′er, squar′est
- honestly; fairly; justly
- so as to be or form a square; at right angles
- directly; exactly
- so as to face
- firmly; solidly
square 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
square around
to turn so as to face squarely someone or something
square away
- 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 off
⌂- to assume a stance of attack or self-defense, as in boxing
- Informal to fight
square oneself
⌂Informal to make amends for damage, a wrong, hurt, etc. done by oneself to another
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
square up
- to make a settlement, as by paying or by balancing accounts
- to assume a posture of opposition (to an adversary)
square
noun
- 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.
- 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.
adjective
squar·er, squar·est- 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.
verb
squared, squar·ing, squaresverb
, transitive- 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.
verb
, intransitive- Mathematics To be at right angles.
- To agree or conform: a story that doesn't square with the facts.
adverb
- 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 square
Middle English, from Old French esquarre, from Vulgar Latin *exquadra, from *exquadr&amacron;re, to square : Latin ex-, ex- + quadr&amacron;re, to give a square shape to (from quadrum, a square; see k^{w}etwer- in Indo-European roots).Related Forms:
- square′ness
noun
- squar′er
noun
square
Noun
(plural squares)
- 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.
Adjective
(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
- Fair.
- 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
Verb
(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