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[rek-tang-gyuh-ler] /rɛkˈtæŋ gyə lər/
shaped like a rectangle.
having the base or section in the form of a rectangle:
a rectangular pyramid.
having one or more right angles.
forming a right angle.
Origin of rectangular
1615-25; < Medieval Latin rēctangul(um) rectangle + -ar1
Related forms
[rek-tang-gyuh-lar-i-tee] /rɛkˌtæŋ gyəˈlær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
rectangularness, noun
rectangularly, adverb
nonrectangular, adjective
nonrectangularly, adverb
nonrectangularity, noun
subrectangular, adjective
unrectangular, adjective
unrectangularly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rectangular
  • It is played by organising a sequence of falling blocks in a rectangular well.
  • It contains several hundred thousand microscopic mirrors arranged in a rectangular array.
  • Distinctions between glowing and rectangular television sets, computers and mobile phones are gradually disappearing.
  • They stored data and programs in the form of punched-out rectangular holes.
  • rectangular holes in the tail show where the fabric coverings were torn away.
  • We follow a knot of workmen up the hill to rectangular pits shaded by a corrugated steel roof-the main excavation site.
  • The dress depicts not only horses and their tracks but also the rectangular drums used at the giveaway ceremony.
  • My idea was to bake a rectangular cake, cut it in half and create a two-layer dash-shaped cake.
  • The rectangular transom above the door to the street shone a dazzling white light.
  • His coffin sits on six rectangular stone blocks, feet facing north.
British Dictionary definitions for rectangular


shaped like a rectangle
having or relating to right angles
mutually perpendicular: rectangular coordinates
having a base or section shaped like a rectangle
Derived Forms
rectangularity, noun
rectangularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for rectangular

1620s, from Middle French rectangulaire (16c.) or formed in English from Latin stem of rectangle + -ar. Related: Rectangularity.

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