A gateway, generally arched, leads into a square around which the farm buildings stand.
It was then brought out before the general and leading officers, the soldiers being drawn up in a square around it.
The emperor encamped behind the army of Italy, on the left of the high-road; the old guard formed in square around his tents.
Twin red-roofed steeples raise burnished crosses above the buildings, which are constructed in a square around a garden court.
Men in great numbers dashed upon the barriers which had been erected in the square around the place of execution.
The square around the court-house was black with citizens awaiting an opportunity to enter the building.
The square around the fountain was brilliantly lighted, and venders of sherbet and kaïmak were ranged along the sidewalks.
Carriages blocked the streets and almost stretched four square around the Palazzo Margherita.
Four tall candles set in brass stands formed a square around Daoud, casting a bright light on him.
The blind man's house was built of three rooms and a wall, standing in a square around a small court.
c.1300, "tool for measuring right angles," from Old French esquire "a square, squareness," from Vulgar Latin *exquadra, from *exquadrare "to square," from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + quadrare "make square, set in order, complete" (see quadrant).
Meaning "rectangular shape or area" is recorded by late 14c.; replaced Old English feower-scyte. Sense of "open space in a town or park" is from 1680s. The mathematical sense of "a number multiplied by itself" is first recorded 1550s.
c.1300, "containing four equal sides and right angles," from square (n.). Meaning "honest, fair," is first attested 1560s; that of "straight, direct" is from 1804. Sense of "old-fashioned" is 1944, U.S. jazz slang, said to be from shape of a conductor's hand gestures in a regular four-beat rhythm. (Square-toes meant nearly the same thing in 1771, from a style of shoes then fallen from fashion.) Squaresville is attested from 1956. Square one "the beginning" is first recorded 1960, probably from board games; square dance first attested 1870.
late 14c.; with reference to accounts, from 1815; see square (n.). Related: Squared; squaring.
A number multiplied by itself, or raised to the second power. The square of three is nine; the square of nine is eighty-one.
Gutsy and enthusiastic; showing courage: spunky girlfriends