Definition of quadrangle in English:


Syllabification: quad·ran·gle
Pronunciation: /ˈkwäˌdraNGgəl


  • 1A four-sided plane figure, especially a square or rectangle.
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    • You can make rectangles, octagons, septagons, or quadrangles… Or you can make ovals as we did.
    • In contrast, triangles and quadrangles appear in the middle.
    • This quadrangle is about to become a pentagram.
  • 1.1A square or rectangular space or courtyard enclosed by buildings.
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    • Exit at the west wing… it's the building across the quadrangle.
    • Buildings around the quadrangle would be primarily for research.
    • Johen waved a hand at the quadrangle of low buildings in front of them, set around a cobbled yard.
    courtyard, quad, court, cloister, precinct; square, plaza, piazza
  • 1.2The area shown on a standard topographic map sheet of the US Geological Survey.
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    • Section 31 is divided on the Santaquin and Payson, Utah, 7.5-minute topographic quadrangles.
    • Topographic quadrangle maps and county highway maps are helpful in finding sites.
    • It is located in the Little Hickman USGS 75 quadrangle.



Pronunciation: /kwäˈdraNGgyələr/
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  • Instead of the customary quadrangular layout, the 15-mile course would be a seven-sided affair, each side about 2.7 miles long.
  • On the other hand, the weak site has a quadrangular pyramidal structure with three peptide carbonyl groups and two water molecules.
  • The former asylum opened in 1816 is a stately quadrangular building of stone with pillars of the Doric order.


late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin quadrangulum 'square', neuter of quadrangulus, from Latin 'four' + angulus 'corner, angle'.

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