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rectangular

In geometry, something that is rectangular had four sides and four right angles. Cereal boxes, dollar bills, and many cell phones have a rectangular shape.

Anything shaped like a rectangle is rectangular. Your backyard may be rectangular, and your brother's oversized suit jacket might give his body a somewhat rectangular shape. The most important aspect of something that makes it rectangular is those four right angles, and the word itself is rooted in the Latin rectus, "right," and the Old French angle, "angle."

Definitions of rectangular
  1. adjective
    having four right angles
    “a rectangular figure twice as long as it is wide”
    Synonyms:
    angular, angulate
    having angles or an angular shape
  2. adjective
    having a set of mutually perpendicular axes; meeting at right angles
    “a rectangular Cartesian coordinate system”
    synonyms: orthogonal
    perpendicular
    intersecting at or forming right angles
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