Definition of four-square in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌfôrˈskwer/


1(Of a building or structure) having a square shape and solid appearance.
Example sentences
  • It is just too blocky, too bulky, a very four-square building.
  • Bohlin used a basic four-square layout, positioning rooms symmetrically around the cast concrete monolith.
  • Nothing remains of these early structures and the present massive, four-square castle-palace dates back to the reign of Charles V.
1.1(Of a person or quality) firm and resolute: a four-square and formidable hero
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  • Like its predecessor, Stingray was built around some very simple elements - a four-square hero, a fantastic craft which lends its name to the show and a mix of fast-paced action and innocent humour.


1Squarely and solidly: a castle standing four-square and isolated on a peninsula
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  • The tradition stands four-square against it, on all fronts.
  • This bill delivers four-square on our promise to protect public access and clarify ownership.
  • Einstein is four-square in the camp of Bernoulli and de Moivre.
1.1Firmly or resolutely, especially in support of someone or something: they stand four-square behind integration
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  • This year's only new theme is corporate corruption - which everybody's four-square against.
  • I stand four-square for reason, and object to what seems to me to be irrationality, whatever the source.
  • But now the club is defiantly back on its own two feet and is standing four-square to enter a new headquarters, which is hoped will signal a new era of success.

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Syllabification: four-square

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