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[adj., n. kwod-rit, -reyt; v. kwod-reyt] /adj., n. ˈkwɒd rɪt, -reɪt; v. ˈkwɒd reɪt/
adjective
1.
square or rectangular.
2.
Zoology. of or pertaining to the quadrate.
3.
Heraldry. (of a cross) having an enlarged square at the junction of the limbs:
a cross quadrate.
noun
4.
a square.
5.
something square or rectangular.
6.
Zoology. one of a pair of bones in the skulls of many lower vertebrates, to which the lower jaw is articulated.
verb (used with object), quadrated, quadrating.
7.
to cause to conform or harmonize; adapt.
verb (used without object), quadrated, quadrating.
8.
to agree; conform.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English quadrat (noun and adj.) < Latin quadrātus (past participle of quadrāre to make square)
Related forms
subquadrate, adjective
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Examples from the web for quadrate
  • The right half is in relation with the left and quadrate lobes of the liver and with the anterior abdominal wall.
  • Research sieve and quadrate for collecting mussels.
  • The snout is short and quadrate and slightly expanded towards the apex.
  • Freshwater mussels exhibit a variety of shapes from elongated or oval to subcircular, quadrate, or subtriangular.
British Dictionary definitions for quadrate

quadrate

noun (ˈkwɒdrɪt; -reɪt)
1.
a cube, square, or a square or cubelike object
2.
one of a pair of bones of the upper jaw of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and birds that articulates with the lower jaw. In mammals it forms the incus
adjective (ˈkwɒdrɪt; -reɪt)
3.
of or relating to this bone
4.
square or rectangular
verb (kwɒˈdreɪt)
5.
(transitive) to make square or rectangular
6.
(often foll by with) to conform or cause to conform
Word Origin
C14: from Latin quadrāre to make square
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quadrate in Medicine

quadrate quad·rate (kwŏd'rāt', -rĭt)
adj.
Having four sides and four angles; square or rectangular.

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