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.

Primary Meanings of square

1.
nadjadvv
(geometry) a plane rectangle with four equal sides and four right angles; a four-sided regular polygon
having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle
in a square shape
make square
2.
n
a hand tool consisting of two straight arms at right angles; used to construct or test right angles
3.
nv
the product of two equal terms
raise to the second power
4.
adjadv
characterized by honesty and fairness
in a straight direct way
5.
nadj
a formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views
rigidly conventional or old-fashioned
6.
adjv
leaving no balance
pay someone and settle a debt
7.
adj
providing abundant nourishment
8.
v
turn the oar, while rowing
Full Definitions of square
1

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”
Synonyms:
foursquare
Types:
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

n something approximating the shape of a square

Type of:
form, shape
the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance

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
Type of:
artefact, artifact
a man-made object taken as a whole

n an open area at the meeting of two or more streets

Synonyms:
public square
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

adj 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
Antonyms:
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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adv in a square shape

“folded the sheet of paper square
Synonyms:
squarely

v make square

Square the circle”
square the wood with a file”
Synonyms:
square up
Type of:
form, shape
give shape or form to

v position so as to be square

“He squared his shoulders”
Types:
even up, jog, square up
even up the edges of a stack of paper, in printing
Type of:
position
cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
2

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
Types:
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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
3

n the product of two equal terms

“gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance”
Synonyms:
second power
Type of:
number
a concept of quantity involving zero and units

v raise to the second power

Type of:
multiply
combine by multiplication
4

adj 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
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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adj without evasion or compromise

“a square contradiction”
Synonyms:
straight, straightforward
direct
straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action

adv in a straight direct way

“ran square into me”
Synonyms:
squarely

adv firmly and solidly

“planted his great bulk square before his enemy”
Synonyms:
squarely
5

n a formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views

Synonyms:
square toes
Type of:
conservative, conservativist
a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas

n someone who doesn't understand what is going on

Synonyms:
lame
Type of:
simple, simpleton
a person lacking intelligence or common sense

adj rigidly conventional or old-fashioned

Synonyms:
straight
conventional
unimaginative and conformist
6

adj leaving no balance

“my account with you is now all square
Synonyms:
paid
marked by the reception of pay

v pay someone and settle a debt

“I squared with him”
Type of:
settle
dispose of; make a financial settlement

v cause to match, as of ideas or acts

Type of:
adapt, adjust, conform
adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions

v be compatible with

“one idea squares with another”
Type of:
agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
7

adj providing abundant nourishment

“four square meals a day”
Synonyms:
hearty, satisfying, solid, substantial
wholesome
conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being
8

v turn the oar, while rowing

Synonyms:
feather
Type of:
row
propel with oars

v turn the paddle; in canoeing

Synonyms:
feather
Type of:
paddle
propel with a paddle