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Definitions of square

  1. turn the oar, while rowing
  2. turn the paddle; in canoeing
  3. someone who doesn't understand what is going on
  4. an open area at the meeting of two or more streets
  5. the product of two equal terms; " nine is the second power of three"; " gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance"
  6. cause to match, as of ideas or acts
  7. 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"
  8. any artifact having a shape similar to a plane geometric figure with four equal sides and four right angles; " a checkerboard has 64 squares"
  9. ( informal) a formal and conservative person with old- fashioned views
  10. in a square shape; " a squarely cut piece of paper"; " folded the sheet of paper square"
  11. in a straight direct way; " looked him squarely in the eye"; " ran square into me"
  12. make square; " Square the circle"; " square the wood with a file"
  13. ( informal) leaving no balance; " my account with you is now all square"
  14. with honesty and fairness; " dealt squarely with his customers"; " always treated me square"
  15. a formal and conservative person with old- fashioned views
  16. something approximating the shape of a square
  17. raise to the second power
  18. position so as to be square; " He squared his shoulders"
  19. pay someone and settle a debt; " I squared with him"
  20. be compatible with; " one idea squares with another"
  21. rigidly conventional or old- fashioned
  22. leaving no balance; " my account with you is now all square"
  23. having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle; " a square peg in a round hole"; " a square corner"
  24. Absolute.
  25. The corner, or angle, of a figure.
  26. A parallelogram having four equal sides and four right angles.
  27. Hence, anything which is square, or nearly so
  28. A square piece or fragment.
  29. A pane of glass.
  30. A certain number of lines, forming a portion of a column, nearly square; -- used chiefly in reckoning the prices of advertisements in newspapers.
  31. One hundred superficial feet.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. Hence, a pattern or rule.
  35. 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.
  36. Exact proportion; justness of workmanship and conduct; regularity; rule.
  37. A body of troops formed in a square, esp. one formed to resist a charge of cavalry; a squadron.
  38. Fig.: The relation of harmony, or exact agreement; equality; level.
  39. The position of planets distant ninety degrees from each other; a quadrate.
  40. The act of squaring, or quarreling; a quarrel.
  41. The front of a woman's dress over the bosom, usually worked or embroidered.
  42. Having four equal sides and four right angles; as, a square figure.
  43. Having a shape broad for the height, with rectilineal and angular rather than curving outlines; as, a man of a square frame.
  44. Exactly suitable or correspondent; true; just.
  45. Rendering equal justice; exact; fair; honest, as square dealing.
  46. Leaving nothing; hearty; vigorous.
  47. 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.
  48. To form with four sides and four right angles.
  49. To form with right angles and straight lines, or flat surfaces; as, to square mason's work.
  50. To compare with, or reduce to, any given measure or standard.
  51. To adjust; to regulate; to mold; to shape; to fit; as, to square our actions by the opinions of others.
  52. To make even, so as leave no remainder of difference; to balance; as, to square accounts.
  53. To multiply by itself; as, to square a number or a quantity.
  54. To hold a quartile position respecting.
  55. To place at right angles with the keel; as, to square the yards.
  56. To accord or agree exactly; to be consistent with; to conform or agree; to suit; to fit.
  57. To go to opposite sides; to take an attitude of offense or defense, or of defiance; to quarrel.
  58. To take a boxing attitude; -- often with up, sometimes with off.
  59. 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.
  60. 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.
  61. To accord or agree: with with; as, his story does not square with mine; fit.
  62. 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.
  63. Squarely.
  64. Squareness.
  65. Having four equal sides and angles: forming a right angle: having a straight front or an outline formed by straight lines.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. Having four equal sides and angles; forming a right angle; just; fair.
  70. To form a square; agree.
  71. To make square; multiply by itself.
  72. To balance, as accounts; settle; make even.
  73. To cause to conform; adapt.
  74. To be at right angles.
  75. To fit; agree.
  76. Being a square.
  77. Characterized by a right angle.
  78. Just; equitable.
  79. Balanced; even.
  80. Solid; satisfying.
  81. A figure having four equal sides and four right angles.
  82. Any object that is square.
  83. A block or an open space, as in a city.
  84. 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.
  85. 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.
  86. 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.
  87. 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.
  88. 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.
  89. 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.
  90. 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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Usage examples for square

  1. 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
  2. I hope I shall be on the square, at any rate. – Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope
  3. 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
  4. Father always does the square thing, and I'm his son. – A Spinner in the Sun by Myrtle Reed
  5. 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
  6. Put it on the low ground of self- interest, and be truthful, be " square." – The Young Man and the World by Albert J. Beveridge
  7. You want to square me! – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
  8. Where on earth does that lost square go to? – Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeney
  9. I sure want to square myself. – The Ridin' Kid from Powder River by Henry Herbert Knibbs
  10. The dining- room is quite small and looks out upon the square. – The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912 by Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
  11. Ask if this is a square? – Guide to the Kindergarten and Intermediate Class and Moral Culture of Infancy. by Elizabeth P. Peabody Mary Mann
  12. 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
  13. The man and the woman would have to run right round the Square. – Half-Past Bedtime by H. H. Bashford
  14. In other words, that every man has a right to a square deal. – The Book of Business Etiquette by Nella Henney
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. A small square in the old Marais. – Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  18. He was now alone in that large square room. – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  19. 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
  20. 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
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