Rectangle meaning

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Any four-sided plane figure with four right angles.
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Any such figure or shape that is not a square; oblong.
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A four-sided plane figure with four right angles.
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A four-sided plane figure with four right angles.
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(geometry) A quadrilateral having opposing sides parallel and four right angles.
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The definition of a rectangle is a four-sided figure or shape with four right angles that isn't a square.

An example of a rectangle is the shape of a an 8x10 picture frame.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rectangle
Plural:
rectangles

Origin of rectangle

  • French from Medieval Latin rēctangulum a right triangle from Late Latin rēctiangulum Latin rēctus right reg- in Indo-European roots Latin angulus angle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin rectanglum (“right angle"), from rectus (“right") + angulus (“an angle").

    From Wiktionary