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quadrate Syllabification: quad·rate

Definition of quadrate in English:

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈkwädrāt/
/ˈkwädrət/
1 (also quadrate bone) Zoology (In the skull of a bird or reptile) a squarish bone with which the jaw articulates, thought to be homologous with the incus of the middle ear in mammals.
Example sentences
  • Most significantly, however, the prootic articulates with the quadrate.
  • Both the quadrate and the symplectic articulate with the articular of the lower jaw.
  • Both quadrates are preserved in articulation with the respective mandibles.
2 Anatomy another term for quadratus.

adjective

Pronunciation: /ˈkwädrət/
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Roughly square or rectangular.
Example sentences
  • The last preserved volution has a quadrate outline.
  • Among the common shapes are triangular, circular, rhomboidal, quadrate, trapezoidal, and elliptical.
  • It was a typically quadrate teapot with a square spout and square handle, made during the Qing Dynasty.

verb

Pronunciation: /ˈkwädrāt/
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1 [with object] Make square.
2Conform or cause to conform.
Example sentences
  • The crown of P3 is slightly larger and more nearly quadrate in occlusal view than P3 of N. serrator.

Origin

Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin quadrat- 'made square', from the verb quadrare, from quattuor 'four'.

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