# Square

#### Pronunciation

*UK***IPA:***/skwɛə(ɹ)/*,*/skwɛː(ɹ)/*,**enPR:***skwâr**US***IPA:***/skwɛɚ/*,**enPR:***skwâr*- Rhymes: -ɛə(r)

#### Origin

From *Old French* __esquarre__ (*French* __équerre__), from *Vulgar Latin* __*exquadra__, from *Latin* __quadra__ ("square").

## Full definition of square

#### Noun

#### square

(*plural*)

**squares**- Any simple object with four nearly straight and nearly equal sides meeting at nearly right angles.
- Sir Walter ScottHe bolted his food down his capacious throat in
**squares**of three inches. - An L- or T-shaped tool used to place objects or draw lines at right angles.There are so many uses for the
**square**, in fact, that a new model will usually come complete with a booklet enumerating its applications. - The Carpenter's Square - An open space in a town, not necessarily square in shape, often containing trees, seating and other features pleasing to the eye.
- AddisonThe statue of Alexander VII. stands in the large
**square**of the town. *unknown date*You're not in Wisconsin, Dave. The big story isn't about a cow wandering into the town**square**.- A cell in a grid.
*You may not move a piece to a***square**already occupied by one of your own pieces. - (
*geometry*) A polygon with four sides of equal length and four angles of 90 degrees; a regular quadrilateral whose angles are all 90 degrees. *unknown date*I took refuge in the**square**form and exhibited a picture which consisted of nothing more than a black square on a white field.- (
*mathematics*) The second power of a number, value, term or expression.*64 is the***square**of 8. - (
*military*) A body of troops drawn up in a square formation. - Shakespearethe brave
**squares**of war **1990**, Peter Hopkirk,*The Great Game*, Folio Society 2010, p. 144:After disastrous attempts to break the Russian**squares**, during which, Longworth recounts, ‘the best and the bravest of the warriors fell victim to their own rashness’, the Circassians likewise changed their tactics.- (
*slang*) A socially conventional person; typically associated with the 1950s **1957**, Jailhouse Rock,*The sad sack was a sitting on a block of stone*

Way over in the corner weepin' all alone.

The warden said, hey, buddy, don't you be no square

If you can't find a partner, use a wooden chair.*Why do you always wear a tie? Don't be such a***square**!- (
*British*) The symbol # on a telephone; hash.*Enter your account number followed by a***square**. - (
*cricket*) The central area of a cricket field, containing several pitches laid out next to one another - only one being used at a time.*An ideal playing area is roughly circular in shape with a central area, the cricket***square**, measuring 27.44 metres by 27.44 metres and boundaries 45.75 metres from the sides of the square. - (
*real estate jargon*) A unit of measurement of area, equal to a 10 foot by 10 foot square, ie. 100 square feet or roughly 9.3 square metres. Used in real estate for the size of a house or its rooms, though progressively being replaced by square metres in metric countries such as Australia.2006: Just as the basic unit of real estate measurement across the world is the**square**... — Macquarie Bank (Australia), press release*Macquarie releases Real Estate Market Outlook 2006 - "The World Squared"*, 21 June 2006 http://www.macquarie.com.au/au/about_macquarie/media_centre/20060621.htm2007: The house is very large and open and boasts 39**squares**of living space plus over 13**squares**of decking area on 3 sides and 17**squares**of garage and workshop downstairs. — Your Estate advertisement for Grindelwald Tasmania http://www.yourestate.com.au/property_12753.php - (
*roofing*) A unit used in measuring roof area equivalent to 100 square feet (9.29 m2) of roof area. - (
*North America*) A dessert cut into rectangular pieces, or a piece of such a dessert. - (
*academia*) A mortarboard - (
*colloquial, US*) A square meal.''Even when times were tough, we got three**squares**a day. - A pane of glass.
- (
*printing*) A certain number of lines, forming a portion of a column, nearly square; used chiefly in reckoning the prices of advertisements in newspapers. - (
*archaic*) Exact proportion; justness of workmanship and conduct; regularity; rule. - HookerThey of Galatia were much more out of
**square**. - ShakespeareI have not kept my
**square**. - The relation of harmony, or exact agreement; equality; level.
- DrydenWe live not on the
**square**with such as these. - (
*astrology*) The position of planets distant ninety degrees from each other; a quadrate. - (
*dated*) The act of squaring, or quarrelling; a quarrel. - The front of a woman's dress over the bosom, usually worked or embroidered.

#### Synonyms

- (
*polygon*)*rare*tetragon - (
*L-shaped tool*) steel square, framing square, carpenter's square - (
*square*) piazza, plaza - (
*# symbol*) hash, sharp,*US*pound sign

#### Derived terms

#### Adjective

#### square

- Shaped like a square (the polygon).
**1963**,*Margery Allingham*, The China Governess Chapter 1,*The huge***square**box, parquet-floored and high-ceilinged, had been arranged to display a suite of bedroom furniture designed and made in the halcyon days of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, ....- Forming a right angle, especially (
*nautical*) at right angles with the mast or the keel, and parallel to the horizon; said of the yards of a square-rigged vessel when they are so braced.*a***square**corner - Used in the names of units of area formed by multiplying a unit of length by itself.
**square**metre**square**mile - Honest; straightforward.
*square**dealing* - Fair.I'm just looking for a
**square**deal on my car repair. - Even; tied
*to make or leave the accounts***square** **2000, December 16**, Islanders, Devils Make It Tough For Canadian Teams,*The teams were***square**while at even strength. have to play better than even if we want to win games." said Montreal goalie Jose Theodore**2003, April 9**, Lowe Struggles Again In Sox Setback,*But the Jays were***square**again by the end of the inning, as Myers hit a 2-and-0 pitch into the left-center field seats**2003, November 24**, Els's mates get better with time,*The sides were***square**to the 14th hole when Goosen took birdie,**2006, September 23**,*Jim McCabe*, As usual, Americans trailing after first day,*In each of the last three afternoon foursomes, the Americans were***square**through 15, but could only come in with two halves and a loss.- The sides were
**square**at the end of the half. - (
*conventional*)(*slang*) Socially conventional; boring. - (
*cricket*) In line with the batsman's popping crease. - Correctly aligned with respect to something else.
- hearty; vigorousIt may be prison, but at least I'm getting three
**square**meals a day. - Beaumont and FletcherBy Heaven,
**square**eaters. More meat, I say. - Having a shape broad for the height, with angular rather than curving outlines.
*a man of a***square**frame

#### Synonyms

- (
*honest, straightforward*) above board, on the level, on the square, on the up and up, straight - (
*socially conventional*) bourgeois

#### Derived terms

#### Verb

- (
*transitive*) To adjust so as to align with or place at a right angle to something else.*The casting was mounted on a milling machine so that its sides could be***squared**. - To resolve.
*John can***square**this question up for us.*These results just don't***square**. - To adjust or adapt so as to bring into harmony
*with*something.*I cannot*''to**square**the results of the experiment with my hypothesis.**square**our actions by the opinions of others - Milton
**Square**my trial

To my proportioned strength. - (
*transitive, mathematics*) Of a value, term, or expression, to multiply by itself; to raise to the second power. - (
*transitive*) To draw, with a pair of compasses and a straightedge only, a square with the same area as.*square**the circle* - (
*soccer*) To make a short low pass sideways across the pitch **2011, December 10**,*David Ornstein*, Arsenal 1 - 0 Everton,*First, former Toffee Mikel Arteta sent Walcott racing clear but instead of shooting he***squared**towards Ramsey, who was foiled by Tony Hibbert.- (
*archaic*) To take opposing sides; to quarrel. - To accord or agree exactly; to be consistent with; to suit; to fit.
- CowperNo works shall find acceptance ... that
**square**not truly with the Scripture plan. - (
*obsolete*) To go to opposite sides; to take an attitude of offense or defense, or of defiance; to quarrel. - ShakespeareAre you such fools

To**square**for this? - To take a boxing attitude; often with
*up*or*off*. - To form with four sides and four right angles.
- To form with right angles and straight lines, or flat surfaces.
*to***square**mason's work - To compare with, or reduce to, any given measure or standard.
- (
*astrology*) To hold a quartile position respecting. - Creechthe icy Goat and Crab that
**square**the Scales - (
*nautical*) To place at right angles with the keel.*to***square**the yards

#### Derived terms

#### Synonyms

*to multiply by itself*²