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  • n  (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
  • n  the product of two equal terms
    gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance
  • n  an open area at the meeting of two or more streets
  • n  something approximating the shape of a square
  • n  someone who doesn't understand what is going on
  • n  a formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views
  • n  any artifact having a shape similar to a plane geometric figure with four equal sides and four right angles
    a checkerboard has 64 squares
  • n  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
  • v  make square
    square the wood with a file
  • v  raise to the second power
  • v  cause to match, as of ideas or acts
  • v  position so as to be square
    He squared his shoulders
  • v  be compatible with
    one idea squares with another
  • v  pay someone and settle a debt
    I squared with him
  • v  turn the paddle; in canoeing
  • v  turn the oar, while rowing
  • a  having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle
    a square peg in a round hole
    a square corner
  • a  characterized by honesty and fairness
    a square deal
  • s  providing abundant nourishment
    four square meals a day
  • s  leaving no balance
    my account with you is now all square
  • s  without evasion or compromise
    a square contradiction
  • s  rigidly conventional or old-fashioned
  • r  in a straight direct way
    looked him squarely in the eye
    ran square into me
  • r  in a square shape
    a squarely cut piece of paper
    folded the sheet of paper square
  • r  firmly and solidly
    hit the ball squarely
    the bat met the ball squarely
    planted his great bulk square before his enemy

  • Police have recovered the suicide bomber's head, which was thrown some 100 meters across a busy commercial square by the force of the blast.
  • But today swarming, panic-stricken crowds packed the square, as police screamed at people to clear the area after two unexpected explosions brought the neighborhood to a screeching .
  • The last thing any self-respecting magazine wants to be considered these days is square.
News & Articles


  • John Cornyn in PolitiFact
    Ms. Kagan has spent her entire professional career in Harvard Square, Hyde Park and the DC Beltway,he said.
  • Mike Huckabee in Washington Post
    What people do in the privacy of their own lives as adults is their business,Huckabee said. "If they bring it into the public square and ask me as a taxpayer to support it or to endorse it, then it becomes a matter of public discussion and...
  • Michael Hayden in Ninemsn
    Hayden described "the sheer challenge of surveying every square mile of that inhospitable and dangerous region", and said "part of the explanation for his survival lies in the fact that he has worked to avoid detection".

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