Square definition

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Something having an equal-sided rectangular form.

A square of cloth.

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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.

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To bring into conformity or agreement.

She could not square the request with her principles.

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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.

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Square means having four sides of equal length.

An example of square is a cake with four equal sides.

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(slang) A person who is regarded as dull, rigidly conventional, and out of touch with current trends.
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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.
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A rectangular space enclosed by streets and occupied by buildings; a block.
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Forming a right angle.
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In alignment or flush.

Put the paper square with the edge of the desk.

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(nautical) Set at right angles to the mast and keel. Used of the yards of a square-rigged ship.
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Approximately rectangular and equilateral in cross section.

A square house.

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Characterized by blocklike solidity or sturdiness.
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Just; equitable.

A square deal.

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To bring into balance; settle.

Square a debt.

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(sports) To even the score of.

To square a game.

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(informal) To bribe or fix.

A party in litigation that tried to square the judge.

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To raise (a number or quantity) to the second power.
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To find a square equal in area to (the area of a given figure).
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To bring into the correct position, as with reference to a line, course, etc.
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To multiply (a number or quantity) by itself.
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To determine the square that is equal in area to (a figure)
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(slang, former) To bribe.
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To make into a square; make square.
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To make into any sort of rectangle.
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To settle; adjust; make right or even.

To square accounts.

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To adjust or settle the accounts of.

To square oneself with another.

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To fit; agree; accord (with)
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Forming a right angle, or having a rectangular part or parts.
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Correctly adjusted, positioned, or arranged; level, even, shipshape, etc.
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Just; fair; honest.
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Clear; direct; straightforward; unequivocal.

A square refusal.

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Having a shape broad for its length or height, with a solid, sturdy appearance, and somewhat rectangular or rectilinear.

A square jaw.

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Square or rectangular in cross section, as some files.
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Designating a number that is the product of another number multiplied by itself.
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(informal) Satisfying; solid; substantial.
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(informal) Not conversant with the current fads, styles, slang, etc.; old-fashioned, unsophisticated, conservative, etc.
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(naut.) At right angles to the keel and to the mast, as the yards of a square-rigged ship.
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Having four equal sides and four right angles.
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More or less cubical; rectangular and three-dimensional, as a box.
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Leaving no balance or advantage; even.
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Even in score; tied.
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Designating or of a unit of surface measure in the form of a square having sides of a specified length.
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Given or stated in terms of such surface measure.
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Honestly; fairly; justly.
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So as to be or form a square; at right angles.
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Directly; exactly.
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So as to face.
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Firmly; solidly.
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A rectangle having four equal sides.
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The product that results when a number or quantity is multiplied by itself. The square of 8, for example, is 64.
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Of, being, or using units that express the measure of area.
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To multiply a number, quantity, or expression by itself.
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Any simple object with four nearly straight and nearly equal sides meeting at nearly right angles.
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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.

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An open space in a town, not necessarily square in shape, often containing trees, seating and other features pleasing to the eye.
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A cell in a grid.

You may not move a piece to a square already occupied by one of your own pieces.

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(geometry) A polygon with four sides of equal length and four angles of 90 degrees; a regular quadrilateral whose angles are all 90 degrees.
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(mathematics) The second power of a number, value, term or expression.

64 is the square of 8.

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(military) A body of troops drawn up in a square formation.
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(slang) A socially conventional person; typically associated with the 1950s.

Why do you always wear a tie? Don't be such a square!

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(UK) The symbol # on a telephone; hash.

Enter your account number followed by a square.

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(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.

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(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.

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(roofing) A unit used in measuring roof area equivalent to 100 square feet (9.29 m2) of roof area.
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(North America) A dessert cut into rectangular pieces, or a piece of such a dessert.
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(academia) A mortarboard.
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(colloquial, US) A square meal.

Even when times were tough, we got three squares a day.

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A pane of glass.
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(printing) A certain number of lines, forming a portion of a column, nearly square; used chiefly in reckoning the prices of advertisements in newspapers.
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(archaic) Exact proportion; justness of workmanship and conduct; regularity; rule.
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The relation of harmony, or exact agreement; equality; level.
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(astrology) The position of planets distant ninety degrees from each other; a quadrate.
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(dated) The act of squaring, or quarrelling; a quarrel.
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The front of a woman's dress over the bosom, usually worked or embroidered.

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Shaped like a square (the polygon).
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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.

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Used in the names of units of area formed by multiplying a unit of length by itself.

Square metre.

Square mile.

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Square dealing.

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I'm just looking for a square deal on my car repair.

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To make or leave the accounts square.

The sides were square at the end of the half.

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(slang) Socially conventional; boring.
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(cricket) In line with the batsman's popping crease.
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Correctly aligned with respect to something else.
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It may be prison, but at least I'm getting three square meals a day.

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Having a shape broad for the height, with angular rather than curving outlines.

A man of a square frame.

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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.

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John can square this question up for us.

These results just don't square.

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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.

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(mathematics) Of a value, term, or expression, to multiply by itself; to raise to the second power.
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To draw, with a pair of compasses and a straightedge only, a square with the same area as.

Square the circle.

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(soccer) To make a short low pass sideways across the pitch.
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(archaic) To take opposing sides; to quarrel.
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To accord or agree exactly; to be consistent with; to suit; to fit.
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To take a boxing attitude; often with up or off.

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To form with four sides and four right angles.

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To form with right angles and straight lines, or flat surfaces.

To square mason's work.

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To compare with, or reduce to, any given measure or standard.

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(astrology) To hold a quartile position respecting.
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(nautical) To place at right angles with the keel.

To square the yards.

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A plane figure having four equal sides.
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A T-shaped or L-shaped instrument for drawing or testing right angles.
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The product of a number or quantity multiplied by itself.

9 is the square of 3

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(mathematics) The product obtained when a number or quantity is multiplied by itself.

49 is the square of 7.

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(games) Any of the quadrilateral spaces on a board, as in chess.
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The flower bud of a cotton plant, with three bracts surrounding the unopened flower in a pyramidal structure.
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Having four equal sides and four right angles.
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Having a base that is a square.

A square pyramid.

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Honest; direct.

A square answer.

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Having all accounts settled; even.

I paid what I owed you, so we're square.

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(sports) Even; tied.
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(slang) Rigidly conventional; dull.
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Expressed in units measuring area.

Square feet.

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Having a specified length in each of two equal dimensions.

A room that is 12 feet square.

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To cut to a square or rectangular shape. Often used with off.
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To test or adjust for conformity to a desired plane, straight line, or right angle.
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To mark into squares. Often used with off.
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To set straight or at approximate right angles.

Square one's cap.

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To bring (oneself) into a better position or relation.

He tried to square himself with his parents.

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(mathematics) To be at right angles.
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To agree or conform.

A story that doesn't square with the facts.

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(mathematics) At right angles.
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In a square shape.
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In a solid manner; firmly.
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Directly; straight.

Ran square into each other.

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In an honest, straightforward manner.
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A plane figure having four equal sides and four right angles.
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An instrument having two sides that form an angle of 90 degrees, used for drawing or testing right angles.
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A solid piece with at least one face that is a square.

To cut a cake into squares.

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(informal) A square meal.

Three squares a day.

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A person who is square.
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Anything having or approximating this shape.

A square of cloth.

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Any of the spaces on a board for chess, checkers, etc.
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An open area bounded by, or at the intersection of, several streets, usually used as a park, plaza, etc.
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Buildings surrounding such an area.
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To test or adjust with regard to straightness or evenness.

To square a surface with a straightedge.

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To bring into a position or arrangement that is straight, upright, perpendicular, even across, etc.

To square one's shoulders.

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To make equal.

To square the score of a game.

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To bring into agreement; make conform.

To square a statement with the facts.

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To mark off (a surface) in a series of connected squares.
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on the square
  • At right angles.
  • Honestly and openly:
    Has always dealt on the square.
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out of square
  • Not at exact right angles.
  • Not in agreement.
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(informal) square peg in a round hole
  • A misfit.
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(informal) three squares a day
  • Three square meals eaten in a day.
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on the square
  • at right angles (to something specified)
  • honest(ly), fair(ly), genuine(ly), etc.
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out of square
  • not at right angles (with something specified)
  • not in harmony, order, or agreement
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square around
  • to turn so as to face squarely someone or something
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square away
  • to bring a ship's yards around so as to sail directly before the wind
  • to get ready; put in order
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square off
  • to assume a stance of attack or self-defense, as in boxing
  • to fight
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square oneself
  • to make amends for damage, a wrong, hurt, etc. done by oneself to another
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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
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square up
  • to make a settlement, as by paying or by balancing accounts
  • to assume a posture of opposition (to an adversary)
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
square
Plural:
squares

Adjective

Base Form:
square
Comparative:
squarer
Superlative:
squarest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

out of square
three squares a day
out of square
square around
square oneself

Origin of square

  • 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 kwetwer- in Indo-European roots)

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

  • From Old French esquarre (French équerre), from Vulgar Latin *exquadra, from Latin quadra (“square").

    From Wiktionary