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Dictionary Definition

square adj
1 having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle; "a square peg in a round hole"; "a square corner" [ant: round]
2 leaving no balance; "my account with you is now all square" [syn: square(p)]
3 characterized by honesty and fairness; "a square deal"; "wanted to do the square thing" [syn: straight]
4 without evasion or compromise; "a square contradiction"; "he is not being as straightforward as it appears" [syn: square(a), straightforward]
5 rigidly conventional or old-fashioned [syn: straight]


1 (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" [syn: foursquare]
2 the product of two equal terms; "nine is the second power of three"; "gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance" [syn: second power]
3 an open area at the meeting of two or more streets [syn: public square]
4 something approximating the shape of a square
5 someone who doesn't understand what is going on [syn: lame]
6 a formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views [syn: square toes]
7 any artifact having a shape similar to a plane geometric figure with four equal sides and four right angles; "a checkerboard has 64 squares"
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" adv
1 in a straight direct way; "looked him squarely in the eye"; "ran square into me" [syn: squarely]
2 with honesty and fairness; "dealt squarely with his customers"; "always treated me square" [syn: squarely]
3 in a square shape; "a squarely cut piece of paper"; "folded the sheet of paper square" [syn: squarely]
4 firmly and solidly; "hit the ball squarely"; "the bat met the ball squarely"; "planted his great bulk square before his enemy" [syn: squarely]


1 raise to the second power
2 make square; "Square the circle"; "square the wood with a file" [syn: square up]
3 cause to match, as of ideas or acts
4 position so as to be square; "He squared his shoulders"
5 be compatible with; "one idea squares with another"
6 pay someone and settle a debt; "I squared with him"
7 turn the paddle; in canoeing [syn: feather]
8 turn the oar, while rowing [syn: feather]

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl fro esquarre ( > modern équerre), from Vulgar Latin *|exquadra, from etyl la quadra.


  • , /skwɛə(r)/, /skwE@(r)/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛə(r)


  1. 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. The second power of a number, value, term or expression.
    64 is the square of 8.
  6. A socially conventional person; typically associated with the 1950s
    Why do you always wear a tie? Don't be such a square!
  7. The symbol # on a telephone; hash.
    Enter your account number followed by a square.
  8. 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. In the context of "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
    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
  10. A dessert cut into rectangular pieces, or a piece of such a dessert.
  11. In the context of "academia": A mortarboard



open space in a town
  • Bosnian: trg
  • Czech: náměstí
  • Dutch: plein, markt, plaats, square
  • Finnish: aukio, tori
  • French: place, marché
  • German: Platz
  • Greek, Modern: πλατεία (plateía)
  • Hungarian: tér
  • Icelandic: torg
  • Italian: piazza
  • Japanese: (, hiroba)
  • Lithuanian: aikštė
  • Malayalam: കവല (kavala), ചത്വരം (chathvaram)
  • Persian: (may-daan)
  • Polish: skwer , plac
  • Portuguese: praça
  • Russian: площадь
  • Slovak: námestie
  • Slovene: trg
  • Spanish: plaza
  • Swedish: torg
second power
slang: socially conventional person
# symbol on a telephone
central area of a cricket field
square foot


  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. Socially conventional; boring.
  5. in line with the batsman's popping crease.


shaped like a square
  • Dutch: vierkant, vierkante
  • Finnish: nelikulmainen
  • French: carré, carrée
  • German: quadratisch
  • Hungarian: négyszögletes
  • Icelandic: ferningslaga
  • Italian: quadrato, quadrata
  • Polish: kwadratowy
  • Portuguese: quadrado
  • Russian: квадратный
  • Spanish: cuadrado
  • Swedish: kvadratisk, fyrkantig
at right angles to
in the names of units
socially conventional
  • Hungarian: kockafejű
  • Portuguese: quadrado
  • Swedish: fyrkantig


  1. 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. In the context of "transitive|mathematics}} Of a value, term

Extensive Definition

Square may mean:




  • Square (slang), either an unhip person or a cigarette
  • Square character (■), a written character
  • A modifier adjective, used when describing fielding positions in cricket
  • An adjective or noun, used when describing two positions parallel with one another relative to the goal in football



square in Catalan: Quadrat
square in German: Quadrat
square in Spanish: Cuadro
square in Esperanto: Kvadrato
square in French: Carré (homonymie)
square in Icelandic: Ferhyrningur
square in Italian: Quadrato
square in Swahili (macrolanguage): Mraba
square in Lithuanian: Kvadratas (reikšmės)
square in Dutch: Vierkant
square in Japanese: スクウェア
square in Low German: Quadrat
square in Polish: Kwadrat (ujednoznacznienie)
square in Portuguese: Quadrado (desambiguação)
square in Russian: Квадрат (значения)
square in Simple English: Square
square in Slovenian: Kvadrat
square in Finnish: Neliö
square in Ukrainian: Квадрат
square in Chinese: 方

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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