Square - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |skwer|  American pronunciation of the word square
Brit.  |skweə|  British pronunciation of the word square


- (geometry) a plane rectangle with four equal sides and four right angles; a four-sided regular polygon (syn: foursquare)
you can compute the area of a square if you know the length of its sides
- the product of two equal terms
gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance
- an open area at the meeting of two or more streets
- something approximating the shape of a square
- someone who doesn't understand what is going on (syn: lame)
- a formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views
- any artifact having a shape similar to a plane geometric figure with four equal sides and four right angles
a checkerboard has 64 squares
- 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


- make square (syn: square up)
square the wood with a file
- raise to the second power
- cause to match, as of ideas or acts
- position so as to be square
He squared his shoulders
- be compatible with
one idea squares with another
- pay someone and settle a debt
I squared with him
- turn the paddle; in canoeing (syn: feather)
- turn the oar, while rowing (syn: feather)


- providing abundant nourishment (syn: hearty, satisfying, solid, substantial)
four square meals a day
- leaving no balance
my account with you is now all square
- without evasion or compromise (syn: straight, straightforward)
a square contradiction
- rigidly conventional or old-fashioned (syn: straight)


- in a straight direct way (syn: squarely)
looked him squarely in the eye
ran square into me
- in a square shape (syn: squarely)
a squarely cut piece of paper
folded the sheet of paper square
- firmly and solidly (syn: squarely)
hit the ball squarely
the bat met the ball squarely
planted his great bulk square before his enemy

Extra examples

The fabric is decorated with circles and squares.

Cut the brownies into squares.

The board has red and black squares.

The room has four square corners.

...received a square hearing from the disciplinary panel...

The machine squares the wood into flat boards.

If you square 3, you get 9.

Yellow knotted silk square at the throat.

He is always square in all his dealings.

On our arrival on board, the water was nearly square with the lower deck.

The picture is not square with the ceiling.

He ran square into the garden.

He hit the nail square on the head.

They played fair and square.

I'll do as I've said if he acts square.

Phrasal verbs

square off  — settle conclusively; come to terms
square up  — make square

Word forms

I/you/we/they: square
he/she/it: squares
present participle: squaring
past tense: squared
past participle: squared
singular: square
plural: squares
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