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Definitions of square

  1. turn the oar, while rowing
  2. turn the paddle; in canoeing
  3. ( geometry) a plane rectangle with four equal sides and four right angles; a four- sided regular polygon; " you can compute the area of a square if you know the length of its sides"
  4. someone who doesn't understand what is going on
  5. an open area at the meeting of two or more streets
  6. the product of two equal terms; " nine is the second power of three"; " gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance"
  7. cause to match, as of ideas or acts
  8. a hand tool consisting of two straight arms at right angles; used to construct or test right angles; " the carpenter who built this room must have lost his square"
  9. any artifact having a shape similar to a plane geometric figure with four equal sides and four right angles; " a checkerboard has 64 squares"
  10. ( informal) a formal and conservative person with old- fashioned views
  11. firmly and solidly; " hit the ball squarely"; " the bat met the ball squarely"; " planted his great bulk square before his enemy"
  12. in a square shape; " a squarely cut piece of paper"; " folded the sheet of paper square"
  13. in a straight direct way; " looked him squarely in the eye"; " ran square into me"
  14. characterized by honesty and fairness; " a square deal"; " wanted to do the square thing"
  15. make square; " Square the circle"; " square the wood with a file"
  16. without evasion or compromise; " a square contradiction"; " he is not being as straightforward as it appears"
  17. ( informal) leaving no balance; " my account with you is now all square"
  18. with honesty and fairness; " dealt squarely with his customers"; " always treated me square"
  19. a formal and conservative person with old- fashioned views
  20. something approximating the shape of a square
  21. raise to the second power
  22. position so as to be square; " He squared his shoulders"
  23. pay someone and settle a debt; " I squared with him"
  24. be compatible with; " one idea squares with another"
  25. rigidly conventional or old- fashioned
  26. leaving no balance; " my account with you is now all square"
  27. having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle; " a square peg in a round hole"; " a square corner"
  28. Absolute.
  29. The corner, or angle, of a figure.
  30. A parallelogram having four equal sides and four right angles.
  31. Hence, anything which is square, or nearly so
  32. A square piece or fragment.
  33. A pane of glass.
  34. A certain number of lines, forming a portion of a column, nearly square; -- used chiefly in reckoning the prices of advertisements in newspapers.
  35. One hundred superficial feet.
  36. An area of four sides, generally with houses on each side; sometimes, a solid block of houses; also, an open place or area for public use, as at the meeting or intersection of two or more streets.
  37. An instrument having at least one right angle and two or more straight edges, used to lay out or test square work. It is of several forms, as the T square, the carpenter's square, the try- square., etc.
  38. Hence, a pattern or rule.
  39. The product of a number or quantity multiplied by itself; thus, 64 is the square of 8, for 8 / 8 = 64; the square of a + b is a2 + 2ab + b2.
  40. Exact proportion; justness of workmanship and conduct; regularity; rule.
  41. A body of troops formed in a square, esp. one formed to resist a charge of cavalry; a squadron.
  42. Fig.: The relation of harmony, or exact agreement; equality; level.
  43. The position of planets distant ninety degrees from each other; a quadrate.
  44. The act of squaring, or quarreling; a quarrel.
  45. The front of a woman's dress over the bosom, usually worked or embroidered.
  46. Having four equal sides and four right angles; as, a square figure.
  47. Having a shape broad for the height, with rectilineal and angular rather than curving outlines; as, a man of a square frame.
  48. Exactly suitable or correspondent; true; just.
  49. Rendering equal justice; exact; fair; honest, as square dealing.
  50. Even; leaving no balance; as, to make or leave the accounts square.
  51. Leaving nothing; hearty; vigorous.
  52. 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.
  53. To form with four sides and four right angles.
  54. To form with right angles and straight lines, or flat surfaces; as, to square mason's work.
  55. To compare with, or reduce to, any given measure or standard.
  56. To adjust; to regulate; to mold; to shape; to fit; as, to square our actions by the opinions of others.
  57. To make even, so as leave no remainder of difference; to balance; as, to square accounts.
  58. To multiply by itself; as, to square a number or a quantity.
  59. To hold a quartile position respecting.
  60. To place at right angles with the keel; as, to square the yards.
  61. To accord or agree exactly; to be consistent with; to conform or agree; to suit; to fit.
  62. To go to opposite sides; to take an attitude of offense or defense, or of defiance; to quarrel.
  63. To take a boxing attitude; -- often with up, sometimes with off.
  64. A figure having four equal sides and four right angles; the result reached by multiplying a number by itself; as, 4 is the square of 2; in a town or city, a four- sided space each of whose sides is a street; the distance along one of these sides; as, to walk three squares; an open space bounded by streets and used as a small park; as, Union Square; a mathematical instrument for measuring right angles.
  65. To form with four equal sides and four right angles; to balance; make even; as, to square accounts; multiply by itself; reduce to a given standard; adjust; regulate; as, to square our conduct by a certain rule.
  66. To accord or agree: with with; as, his story does not square with mine; fit.
  67. Having four equal sides and four right angles; forming a right angle; as, a square corner; having a broad shape with straight outlines; as, square shoulders; true; upright; honest; just; as, a square deal; balanced; settled; as, our account is square; colloquially, full or satisfying; as, a square meal; changed from a unit of length to a unit of area bounded by four sides of the same length as the original unit of length; as, a square yard.
  68. Squarely.
  69. Squareness.
  70. Having four equal sides and angles: forming a right angle: having a straight front or an outline formed by straight lines.
  71. That which is square: a square figure: a four- sided space inclosed by houses: a square body of troops: the length of the side of any figure squared: an instrument for measuring right angles: ( arith.) the product of a quantity multiplied by itself.
  72. To form like a square: to form with four equal sides and angles: ( arith.) to multiply by itself: ( naut.) to place at right angles with the keel.
  73. A square figure; four- sided space inclosed by houses; square body of soldiers; instrument for determining right angles; product of a number multiplied by itself.
  74. Having four equal sides and angles; forming a right angle; just; fair.
  75. To form a square; agree.
  76. To make square; multiply by itself.
  77. To balance, as accounts; settle; make even.
  78. To cause to conform; adapt.
  79. To be at right angles.
  80. To fit; agree.
  81. Being a square.
  82. Characterized by a right angle.
  83. Just; equitable.
  84. Balanced; even.
  85. Solid; satisfying.
  86. A figure having four equal sides and four right angles.
  87. Any object that is square.
  88. An instrument by which to measure or lay out right angles.
  89. A block or an open space, as in a city.
  90. Having four equal sides and four right angles; forming a right angle; having a frame formed with straight lines; fair; just; exactly suitable; leaving no balance; at right angles with a vessel's keel.
  91. A figure having four equal sides and four right angles; an area of four sides, with houses on each side; the content of a line squared; a mathematical instrument having one straight edge at right angles to another; rule; regularity; a square body of troops; the product of a number multiplied by itself.
  92. To form with four equal sides and four right angles; to reduce to a square or to right angles; to adjust; to regulate; to make even; to multiply a number by itself.
  93. To suit; to fit; to accord or agree. To square the yards, to place them at right angles with the mast or keel. To square the circle, to determine the exact contents of a circle in square measure.
  94. Having four equal sides and four right angles; forming a right angle; having a straight front; not curved or round; fitting; that does equal justice; suitable; even; not leaving a balance; stout; well set; right or honest, as on the square, square- dealing.
  95. A figure having four equal sides and four right angles; a space of ground having four straight sides, with houses fronting inwards erected on at least three sides; the product of a number multiplied by itself; an instr. for drawing straight lines and tracing right angles; a body of troops in the form of a square; level; regularity; rule; conformity.
  96. To form with four equal sides and four right angles; to reduce to a given standard; to adjust or regulate; to balance; to make even; to multiply into itself, as a number; to suit; to determine the exact contents of in square measure, as the area of a circle; to take up the attitude of a boxer.
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Quotes of square

  1. When you arrive in Hiroshima you can look around and for 25 and perhaps 30 square miles you can see hardly a building. It gives you an empty feeling in the stomach to see such man -made devastation. – Wilfred Burchett
  2. In old times people used to try and square the circle; now they try and devise schemes for satisfying the Irish nation. – Samuel Butler
  3. We still haven't played Madison Square Garden. That's a benchmark. Something will have gone seriously wrong if we don't play Madison Square Garden for this album. – Dan Hawkins
  4. I would fight God Almighty Himself if He didn't play square with me. – Mary Harris Jones
  5. In my case, I used the elements of these simple forms- square cube, line and color- to produce logical systems. Most of these systems were finite; that is, they were complete using all possible variations. This kept them simple. – Sol LeWitt
  6. If the constitutional treaty is rejected it will be back to square one, just at a time when we want Europe to be a more effective force for good in the world, when we need to buttress ourselves against the pressures and insecurities of globalization. – Peter Mandelson
  7. Trumpet players see each other, and it's like we're getting ready to square off or get into a fight or something. – Wynton Marsalis
  8. The theme is the theme of humiliation, which is the square root of sin, as opposed to the freedom from humiliation, and love, which is the square root of wonderful. – Carson McCullers
  9. Square meals, not adventurous ones, are what you should seek. – Bryan Miller
  10. I'd rather know a square guy than own a square mile. – Wilson Mizner
  11. The center will be fully operational in two years' time, but probably in the middle of the year we will have a temporary laboratory of 4, 000 square feet. – Luc Montagnier
  12. The number of medals on an officer's breast varies in inverse proportion to the square of the distance of his duties from the front line. – Charles Edward Montague
  13. I'm happy that I'm alive. I feel like someone coming back from Vietnam, you know; I'm sure that later on I'll start killing people in a square somewhere, but right now, I just feel happy to be alive. – Lars von Trier
  14. Eighteen years ago, the Holy Spirit led me to establish a church in the heart of Times Square – David Wilkerson

Usage examples for square

  1. The man and the woman would have to run right round the Square – Half-Past Bedtime by H. H. Bashford
  2. Where on earth does that lost square go to? – Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeney
  3. The dining- room is quite small and looks out upon the square – The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912 by Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
  4. You want to square me! – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
  5. A small square in the old Marais. – Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  6. I hope I shall be on the square at any rate. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  7. The school children had gone home by now from the little school- house in the square of Roquebrune. – The Truants by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  8. Put it on the low ground of self- interest, and be truthful, be " square – The Young Man and the World by Albert J. Beveridge
  9. He stopped at Miles Square but seeing a body of men at a distance on the right towards North River, not knowing who they were I sat out with a determination to find out. – Journal of Dr. Elias Cornelius, a Revolutionary Surgeon by Elias Cornelius
  10. Turning round still more toward the curate he looked almost as if he were about to " square up" to him. – The Dweller on the Threshold by Robert Smythe Hichens
  11. So far as I've seen anything of life, it is a man's duty to get on his feet as quickly as he can- square away and at it again." – Flamsted quarries by Mary E. Waller
  12. Because, whatever you've been and done, I want ye to have a square show. – The Twins of Table Mountain and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  13. The square was full of people from the city who were looking at such a beautiful celebration. – The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba
  14. In other words, that every man has a right to a square deal. – The Book of Business Etiquette by Nella Henney
  15. That will put us all square again, and we'll see what comes of it in the end. – The Prince of Graustark by George Barr McCutcheon
  16. I sure want to square myself. – The Ridin' Kid from Powder River by Henry Herbert Knibbs
  17. When Charlie comes, and we get away from town, I shall easily be able to break it off; and besides, Charlie's sure to help to put me square he always does. – The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch by Talbot Baines Reed
  18. He was now alone in that large square room. – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  19. Father always does the square thing, and I'm his son. – A Spinner in the Sun by Myrtle Reed
  20. Ask if this is a square – Guide to the Kindergarten and Intermediate Class and Moral Culture of Infancy. by Elizabeth P. Peabody Mary Mann

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