square (skwɛə) | |
—n | |
1. | rectangle Compare rhombus a plane geometric figure having four equal sides and four right angles |
2. | any object, part, or arrangement having this or a similar shape: a square of carpet; a square on a chess board |
3. | (capital when part of name) an open area in a town, sometimes including the surrounding buildings, which may form a square |
4. | maths the product of two equal factors; the second power: 9 is the square of 3, written 3² |
5. | an instrument having two strips of wood, metal, etc, set in the shape of a T or L, used for constructing or testing right angles |
6. | cricket the closely-cut area in the middle of a ground on which wickets are prepared |
7. | a body of soldiers drawn up in the form of a square |
8. | rowing the position of the blade of an oar perpendicular to the surface of the water just before and during a stroke |
9. | informal a person who is old-fashioned in views, customs, appearance, etc |
10. | astrology conjunction opposition See trine an aspect of about 90° between two planets, etc |
11. | obsolete a standard, pattern, or rule |
12. | back to square one indicating a return to the starting-point of an investigation, experiment, etc, because of failure, lack of progress, etc |
13. | on the square |
a. at right angles | |
b. on equal terms | |
c. informal honestly and openly | |
d. slang a phrase identifying someone as a Freemason: he is on the square | |
14. | out of square |
a. not at right angles or not having a right angle | |
b. not in order or agreement | |
—adj | |
15. | being a square in shape |
16. | having or forming one or more right angles or being at right angles to something |
17. | square or rectangular in section: a square bar |
18. | a. (prenominal) denoting a measure of area of any shape: a circle of four square feet |
b. (immediately postpositive) denoting a square having a specified length on each side: a board four feet square contains 16 square feet | |
19. | fair and honest (esp in the phrase a square deal) |
20. | straight, even, or level: a square surface |
21. | cricket at right angles to the wicket: square leg |
22. | sport in a straight line across the pitch: a square pass |
23. | nautical (of the sails of a square-rigger) set at right angles to the keel |
24. | informal old-fashioned in views, customs, appearance, etc |
25. | stocky or sturdy: square shoulders |
26. | (postpositive) having no remaining debts or accounts to be settled |
27. | (of a horse's gait) sound, steady, or regular |
28. | (prenominal) unequivocal or straightforward: a square contradiction |
29. | (postpositive) neat and tidy |
30. | maths (of a matrix) having the same number of rows and columns |
31. | all square on equal terms; even in score |
32. | informal square peg, square peg in a round hole a person or thing that is a misfit, such as an employee in a job for which he is unsuited |
—vb (often foll by with) | |
33. | to make into a square or similar shape |
34. | maths to raise (a number or quantity) to the second power |
35. | to test or adjust for deviation with respect to a right angle, plane surface, etc |
36. | ( |
37. | to position so as to be rectangular, straight, or level: square the shoulders |
38. | ( |
39. | to level (the score) in a game, etc |
40. | to agree or cause to agree: your ideas don't square with mine |
41. | rowing to turn (an oar) perpendicular to the surface of the water just before commencing a stroke |
42. | Compare feather (in canoeing) to turn (a paddle) perpendicular to the direction of the canoe at the commencement of a stroke |
43. | to arrange (something), esp by a corrupt method or come to an arrangement with (someone), as by bribery |
44. | square the circle to attempt the impossible (in reference to the insoluble problem of constructing a square having exactly the same area as a given circle) |
—adv | |
45. | in order to be square |
46. | at right angles |
47. | sport in a straight line across the pitch: pass the ball square |
48. | informal squarely |
[C13: from Old French esquare, from Vulgar Latin exquadra (unattested), from Latin | |
'squareness | |
—n | |
'squarer | |
—n | |
'squarish | |
—adj |
square (skwâr) Pronunciation Key
Noun
Adjective Of, being, or using units that express the measure of area. Verb To multiply a number, quantity, or expression by itself. |
A number multiplied by itself, or raised to the second power. The square of three is nine; the square of nine is eighty-one.
square with
Correspond to, agree with, as in His story doesn't square with what the witness saw. [Late 1500s]
Settle a disagreement or account with someone, put a matter straight, as in We've squared it with the management to bring our own wine. [Mid-1800s]