- 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