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1a plane figure with four equal straight sides and four right angles. a thing having the shape of four equal straight sides and four right angles:she tore a bit of cloth into a four-inch square a thing having the shape or approximate shape of a cube:a small square of chocolate an open (typically four-sided) area surrounded by buildings in a town, village, or city:a market square [in place names]:Herald Square an open area at the meeting of streets. a small square area on the board used in a game. US a block of buildings bounded by four streets. historical a body of infantry drawn up in rectangular form. a unit of 100 square ft. used as a measure of flooring, roofing, etc.. 2the product of a number multiplied by itself:a circle’s area is proportional to the square of its radius 3an L-shaped or T-shaped instrument used for obtaining or testing right angles:a carpenter’s square Astrology an aspect of 90° (one quarter of a circle):Venus in square to Jupiter 4 informal a person considered to be old-fashioned or boringly conventional in attitude or behavior. 5North American informal a square meal:three squares a day
1having the shape or approximate shape of a square:a square table having the shape or approximate shape of a cube:a square box having or in the form of two right angles:a suitable length of wood with square ends having an outline resembling two corners of a square:his square jaw broad and solid in shape:he was short and square 2denoting a unit of measurement equal to the area of a square whose side is of the unit specified:30,000 square feet of new gallery space [postpositive] denoting the length of each side of a square shape or object:the office was fifteen feet square 3at right angles; perpendicular:these lines must be square to the top and bottom marked edges Astrology having or denoting an aspect of 90°:Jupiter is square to the Sun 4level or parallel:place one piece of wood on top of the other, ensuring that they are exactly square properly arranged; in good order:we should get everything square before we leave compatible or in agreement:he wanted to make sure we were square with the court’s decision and not subject to a lawsuit fair and honest:she’d been as square with him as anybody could be 5(of two people) owing nothing to each other:an acknowledgment that we are square with both players or sides having equal scores in a game:the goal brought the match all square once again 6 informal old-fashioned or boringly conventional:Elvis was anything but square 7(of rhythm) simple and straightforward.
directly; straight:it hit me square in the forehead informal fairly; honestly:I’d acted square and on the level with him
verb [with object]
1make square or rectangular; give a square or rectangular cross section to:you can square off the other edge
(usually as adjective squared
) mark out in squares.
2multiply (a number) by itself:5 squared equals 25 [usually as postpositive adjective]
) convert (a linear unit of measurement) to a unit of area equal to a square whose side is of the unit specified:there were only three people per kilometer squared
3make compatible; reconcile:I’m able to square my profession with my religious beliefs [no object] be compatible:do those announcements really square with the facts? 4balance (an account):they’re anxious to square their books before the audit make the score of (a match or game) even: [with object and complement]:his goal squared the match 1-1 informal secure the help, acquiescence, or silence of (someone), especially by offering an inducement:trying to square the press 5bring (one’s shoulders) into a position in which they appear square and broad, typically to prepare oneself for a difficult task or event:chin up, shoulders squared, she stepped into the room
) adopt a posture of defense.
6 Sailing set (a yard or other part of a ship) approximately at right angles to the keel or other point of reference. 7 Astrology (of a planet) have a square aspect with (another planet or position):Saturn squares the Sun on the 17th
1 informal honest; straightforward. 2 informal honestly; fairly.