follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

rectangle

[rek-tang-guh l] /ˈrɛkˌtæŋ gəl/
noun
1.
a parallelogram having four right angles.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Medieval Latin rēctangulum, Late Latin rēctiangulum right-angled triangle (noun use of neuter of rēctiangulus having a right angle), equivalent to rēcti- recti- + angulum angle1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for rectangle
  • Turn onto lightly floured surface and pat into shape of small rectangle.
  • Each test involved a jazzy rectangle crossing the screen either before or after a plain one.
  • Use these dimensions to cut a rectangle from the paper you are recycling.
  • You'll need a mighty big spaceship to make that rectangle.
  • Roll dough to a rectangle on a floured board using a lightly floured rolling pin.
  • Next it has him connect the lines across the top and bottom, resulting in a long rectangle broken into eight boxes.
  • Click and drag a rectangle around your state to zoom in.
  • Brush the exposed borders of dough on each rectangle with the egg wash.
  • The same thing happens when they're exposed to a long and narrow yellow rectangle.
  • Each column wants to exit the border of the rectangle on the side opposite from where it comes.
British Dictionary definitions for rectangle

rectangle

/ˈrɛkˌtæŋɡəl/
noun
1.
a parallelogram having four right angles Compare rhombus
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin rectangulum, from Latin rectus straight + angulus angle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for rectangle
n.

1570s, from Middle French rectangle (16c.) and directly from Late Latin rectangulum, from rect-, comb. form of Latin rectus "right" (see right (adj.1)) + Old French angle (see angle (n.)). Medieval Latin rectangulum meant "a triangle having a right angle."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
rectangle in Science
rectangle
  (rěk'tāng'gəl)   
A four-sided plane figure with four right angles.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for rectangle

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for rectangle

12
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with rectangle