square

A square is a figure with four equal sides and four right angles. It's a popular shape for windows and record albums, among many other things.

Square has many different metaphorical uses. Old towns had square open areas for meetings, so now "town square" means meeting place, even if it's not shaped exactly like a square. If you settle your debts, you square them, and if someone calls you a square, they mean you're boring, rule-abiding, and lame. In math, a square is the product of something multiplied by itself. If you square your plans with someone, you line them up.

Definitions of square
  1. noun
    (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”
    synonyms: foursquare
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    quadrate
    a square-shaped object
    type of:
    regular polygon
    a polygon with all sides and all angles equal
    rectangle
    a parallelogram with four right angles
  2. noun
    something approximating the shape of a square
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    form, shape
    the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
  3. noun
    any artifact having a shape similar to a plane geometric figure with four equal sides and four right angles
    “a checkerboard has 64 squares
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    artefact, artifact
    a man-made object taken as a whole
  4. noun
    an open area at the meeting of two or more streets
    synonyms: public square
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    examples:
    Trafalgar Square
    a square in central London where there is a memorial to Admiral Nelson
    types:
    piazza, place, plaza
    a public square with room for pedestrians
    type of:
    parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
    an extended area of land
  5. adjective
    having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle
    “a square peg in a round hole”
    “a square corner”
    Synonyms:
    quadrate
    having four sides and four angles
    right-angled
    forming a right angle or containing one or more right angles
    squared
    having been made square
    squarish
    somewhat square in appearance or form
    angular, angulate
    having angles or an angular shape
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    circular, round
    having a circular shape
    apple-shaped
    having the general shape of an apple
    ball-shaped, global, globose, globular, orbicular, spheric, spherical
    having the shape of a sphere or ball
    barrel-shaped
    having the general shape of a barrel
    bulb-shaped, bulblike, bulbous
    shaped like a bulb
    capitate
    being abruptly enlarged and globose at the tip
    coccoid
    spherical; like a coccus
    cumuliform
    shaped like a cumulus cloud
    disc-shaped, disclike, discoid, discoidal, disk-shaped, disklike
    having a flat circular shape
    goblet-shaped
    resembling the shape of a goblet
    moon-round, moonlike
    resembling the moon in shape
    nutlike
    resembling a nut in shape and size
    pancake-like
    resembling a pancake in shape
    pear-shaped
    having a round shape tapered at one end
    pinwheel-shaped
    having the round shape of a pinwheel
    ringlike
    having the shape of a ring
    roundish
    somewhat round in appearance or form
    wheel-like
    round like a wheel
    rounded
    curving and somewhat round in shape rather than jagged
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  6. adverb
    in a square shape
    “folded the sheet of paper square
    synonyms: squarely
  7. verb
    make square
    Square the circle”
    square the wood with a file”
    synonyms: square up
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    type of:
    form, shape
    give shape or form to
  8. verb
    position so as to be square
    “He squared his shoulders”
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    even up, jog, square up
    even up the edges of a stack of paper, in printing
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    position
    cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
  9. noun
    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
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    carpenter's square
    a steel square used by carpenters; larger than a try square
    try square
    a square having a metal ruler set at right angles to another straight piece
    T-square
    a square used by draftsmen to draw parallel lines
    set square
    a try square with an adjustable sliding head
    type of:
    hand tool
    a tool used with workers' hands
  10. noun
    the product of two equal terms
    “gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance”
    synonyms: second power
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    number
    a concept of quantity involving zero and units
  11. verb
    raise to the second power
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    multiply
    combine by multiplication
  12. adjective
    characterized by honesty and fairness
    “a square deal”
    synonyms: straight
    honest, honorable
    not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent
    lawful
    conformable to or allowed by law
    aboveboard, straightforward
    without concealment or deception; honest
    guileless, transparent
    free of deceit
    straightarrow
    conventionally moral and upright
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    Antonyms:
    corrupt, crooked
    not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
    dishonest, dishonorable
    deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
    unlawful
    contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law
    sneaky, underhand, underhanded
    marked by deception
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  13. adjective
    without evasion or compromise
    “a square contradiction”
    synonyms: straight, straightforward
    direct
    straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action
  14. adverb
    in a straight direct way
    “ran square into me”
    synonyms: squarely
  15. adverb
    firmly and solidly
    “planted his great bulk square before his enemy”
    synonyms: squarely
  16. noun
    a formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views
    synonyms: square toes
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    conservative, conservativist
    a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas
  17. noun
    someone who doesn't understand what is going on
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    simple, simpleton
    a person lacking intelligence or common sense
  18. adjective
    rigidly conventional or old-fashioned
    synonyms: straight
    conventional
    unimaginative and conformist
  19. adjective
    leaving no balance
    “my account with you is now all square
    Synonyms:
    paid
    marked by the reception of pay
  20. verb
    pay someone and settle a debt
    “I squared with him”
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    settle
    dispose of; make a financial settlement
  21. verb
    cause to match, as of ideas or acts
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    adapt, adjust, conform
    adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions
  22. verb
    be compatible with
    “one idea squares with another”
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    agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    be compatible, similar, or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  23. adjective
    providing abundant nourishment
    “four square meals a day”
    synonyms: hearty, satisfying, solid, substantial
    wholesome
    conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being
  24. verb
    turn the oar, while rowing
    synonyms: feather
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    type of:
    row
    propel with oars
  25. verb
    turn the paddle; in canoeing
    synonyms: feather
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    type of:
    paddle
    propel with a paddle
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