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  1. square
  2. noun

    • 1. a plane figure with four equal straight sides and four right angles:

      a grid of ruled squares
    • 2. a thing having the shape of four equal straight sides and four right angles:

      she tore a bit of cloth into a four-inch square
    • 3. a thing having the shape or approximate shape of a cube:

      a small square of chocolate
    • 4. a small square area on the board used in a game:

      move the white king's pawn forward two squares
    • 5. a body of infantry drawn up in rectangular form.

    • 6. a unit of 100 square ft. used as a measure of flooring, roofing, etc.

    • 7. an open (typically four-sided) area surrounded by buildings in a town, village, or city:

      a market square Herald Square
    • 8. an open area at the meeting of streets.

    • 9. a block of buildings bounded by four streets.

    • 10. the product of a number multiplied by itself:

      a circle's area is proportional to the square of its radius
    • 11. an L-shaped or T-shaped instrument used for obtaining or testing right angles:

      a carpenter's square
    • 12. an aspect of 90° (one quarter of a circle):

      Venus in square to Jupiter
    • 13. a person considered to be old-fashioned or boringly conventional in attitude or behavior:

      Reg is such a square
    • 14. a cigarette containing tobacco rather than cannabis.

    • 15. a square meal:

      three squares a day


    • 1. having the shape or approximate shape of a square:

      a square table
    • 2. having the shape or approximate shape of a cube:

      a square box
    • 3. having or in the form of two right angles:

      a suitable length of wood with square ends
    • 4. having an outline resembling two corners of a square:

      his square jaw
    • 5. broad and solid in shape:

      he was short and square
    • 6. denoting a unit of measurement equal to the area of a square whose side is of the unit specified:

      30,000 square feet of new gallery space
    • 7. denoting the length of each side of a square shape or object:

      the office was fifteen feet square
    • 8. at right angles; perpendicular:

      these lines must be square to the top and bottom marked edges
    • 9. having or denoting an aspect of 90°:

      Jupiter is square to the Sun
    • 10. level or parallel:

      place one piece of wood on top of the other, ensuring that they are exactly square
    • 11. properly arranged; in good order:

      we should get everything square before we leave
    • 12. compatible or in agreement:

      he wanted to make sure we were square with the court's decision and not subject to a lawsuit
    • 13. fair and honest:

      she'd been as square with him as anybody could be
      Synonym : fair, honest, just, equitable, straight, true, upright, above board, ethical, decent, proper, right and proper, honorable, genuine, on the level
    • 14. (of two people) owing nothing to each other:

      an acknowledgment that we are square
    • 15. with both players or sides having equal scores in a game:

      the goal brought the match all square once again
      Synonym : level, even, drawn, equal, all square, tied, balanced, on a level, in a position of equality, close together, neck and neck, level pegging, nip and tuck, side by side, on a par, evenly matched, with nothing to choose between them, even-steven(s)
    • 16. old-fashioned or boringly conventional:

      Elvis was anything but square
    • 17. (of rhythm) simple and straightforward.


    • 1. directly; straight:

      it hit me square in the forehead
    • 2. fairly; honestly:

      I'd acted square and on the level with him


    • 1. make square or rectangular; give a square or rectangular cross section to:

      you can square off the other edge
    • 2. mark out in squares:

      that this watercolor was a first draft is made clear by the fact that the sheet of paper has been squared
    • 3. multiply (a number) by itself:

      5 squared equals 25
    • 4. make compatible; reconcile:

      I'm able to square my profession with my religious beliefs
    • 5. be compatible:

      do those announcements really square with the facts?
      Synonym : agree, tally, be in agreement, be consistent, match up, correspond, fit, coincide, accord, conform, be in harmony, harmonize, be consonant, be compatible, be congruous
    • 6. balance (an account):

      they're anxious to square their books before the audit
    • 7. make the score of (a match or game) even:

      his goal squared the match 1-1
      Synonym : make equal, even, level
    • 8. bring (one's shoulders) into a position in which they appear square and broad, typically to prepare oneself for a difficult task or event:

      chin up, shoulders squared, she stepped into the room
    • 9. adopt a posture of defense.

    • 10. secure the help, acquiescence, or silence of (someone), especially by offering an inducement:

      faced with such declarations, politicians were resolved to squash or square the press
      Synonym : bribe, buy off, buy, corrupt, suborn, give an inducement to, grease someone's palm, give a backhander to, give a sweetener to
    • 11. set (a yard or other part of a ship) approximately at right angles to the keel or other point of reference.

    • 12. (of a planet) have a square aspect with (another planet or position):

      Saturn squares the Sun on the 17th
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: square, plural noun: squares

    • v.: verb: square, 3rd person present: squares, gerund or present participle: squaring, past tense: squared, past participle: squared

    • noun

      a plane figure with four equal straight sides and four right angles:

      a thing that is square or approximately square in shape:

    • adjective

      having the shape or approximate shape of a square:

      having the shape or approximate shape of a cube:

    • adverb

      directly; straight:

      fairly; honestly:

    • adjective

      marked out in squares:

      (of a number) multiplied by itself:

    • adjective

      marked out in squares:

      (of a number) multiplied by itself:

    • adjective

      (of a building or structure) having a square shape and solid appearance:

      (of a person or quality) firm and resolute:

    • adverb

      squarely and solidly:

      firmly and resolutely in support of someone or something:

    • noun

      the product of a rational number multiplied by itself.

      the product of a polynomial multiplied by itself.

    • adjective

      having a square head:

      stupid or inept:

    • noun

      a country dance that starts with four couples facing one another in a square, with the steps and movements shouted out by a caller.
    • verb

      participate in a square dance:
    • adjective

      (of shoes or boots) having broad, square toes.

      old-fashioned or formal.

    • noun

      a right-angled triangular plate for drawing lines, especially at 90°, 45°, 60°, or 30°.

      a form of T-square with an additional arm turning on a pivot for drawing lines at fixed angles to the head.

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