- 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.

- anything having or approximating this shape: a
- 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 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,*four

transitive verb

squared, 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 settle; adjust; make right or even: to
- 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*

*with*)

Origin of square

ME < OFr*esquarre,*pp. of

*esquarrer*

adjective

squar′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

adverb

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

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

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)