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quadrangle

[kwod-rang-guh l] /ˈkwɒdˌræŋ gəl/
noun
1.
a plane figure having four angles and four sides, as a square.
2.
a square or quadrangular space or court that is surrounded by a building or buildings, as on a college campus.
3.
the building or buildings around such a space or court.
4.
the area shown on one of the standard topographic map sheets published by the U.S. Geological Survey: approximately 17 miles (27 km) north to south and from 11 to 15 miles (17 to 24 km) east to west.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin quadrangulum, noun use of neuter of Latin quadrangulus, quadriangulus four-cornered. See quadr-, angle
Related forms
quadrangled, adjective
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  • As part of this, the school will be based around two main quadrangles.
British Dictionary definitions for quadrangles

quadrangle

/ˈkwɒdˌræŋɡəl/
noun
1.
(geometry) a plane figure consisting of four points connected by four lines. In a complete quadrangle, six lines connect all pairs of points
2.
a rectangular courtyard, esp one having buildings on all four sides Often shortened to quad
3.
the building surrounding such a courtyard
Derived Forms
quadrangular (kwɒˈdræŋɡjʊlə) adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin quadrangulum figure having four corners
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Word Origin and History for quadrangles
quadrangle
c.1430, from O.Fr. quadrangle (13c.), from L.L. quadrangulum "four-sided figure," prop. neut. of L. adj. quadrangulus "having four quarters," from L. quattuor "four" (see four) + angulus "angle." The shortened form quad for "quadrangle of a college," is first recorded 1820 in Oxford slang.
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