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[rek-tang-guh l] /ˈrɛkˌtæŋ gəl/
a parallelogram having four right angles.
Origin of rectangle
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 Unabridged
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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


a parallelogram having four right angles Compare rhombus
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin rectangulum, from Latin rectus straight + angulus angle
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Word Origin and History for rectangle

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."

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rectangle in Science
A four-sided plane figure with four right angles.
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