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A square (polygon)
Komsomolskaya Square at night

Etymology

From Old French esquarre ( > modern équerre), from Vulgar Latin *exquadra, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] quadra (square).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
square

Plural
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  1. (geometry) A polygon with four sides of equal length and four angles of 90 degrees; a regular quadrilateral whose angles are all 90 degrees.
    I took refuge in the square form and exhibited a picture which consisted of nothing more than a black square on a white field.—Kazimir Malevich
  2. 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
  3. An open space in a town, not necessarily square in shape, often containing trees, seating and other features pleasing to the eye.
    You're not in Wisconsin, Dave. The big story isn't about a cow wandering into the town square. NewsRadio
  4. Anything, such as tiles or cut pieces of material, primarily defined by being square in shape.
    You may not move a piece to a square already occupied by one of your own pieces.
  5. (mathematics) The second power of a number, value, term or expression.
    64 is the square of 8.
  6. (slang) A socially conventional person; typically associated with the 1950s
    Why do you always wear a tie? Don't be such a square!
  7. (UK) The symbol # on a telephone; hash.
    Enter your account number followed by a square.
  8. (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.
  9. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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 [1]
    2007: 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 [2]
  10. (North America) A dessert cut into rectangular pieces, or a piece of such a dessert.
  11. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A mortarboard
  12. (colloquial, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A square meal.
    Even when times were tough, we got three squares a day.

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Adjective

square (comparative squarer, superlative squarest)

Positive
square

Comparative
squarer

Superlative
squarest

  1. Shaped like a square (the polygon).
  2. At right angles to.
  3. Used in the names of units of area formed by multiplying a unit of length by itself.
    square metre
    square mile
  4. Honest; straightforward.
    It may be prison, but at least I'm getting three square meals a day.
  5. Fair.
    I'm just looking for a square deal on my car repair.
  6. (slang) Socially conventional; boring.
  7. (cricket) in line with the batsman's popping crease.
  8. Correctly aligned with respect to something else

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Verb

Infinitive
to square

Third person singular
squar

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to square (third-person singular simple present squar, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (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.
  2. To resolve.
    John can square this question up for us.
    These results just don't square.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Of a value, term, or expression, to multiply by itself; to raise to the second power.

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