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Pronunciation: /skwer; skweə(r)/

Translation of square in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (shape) cuadrado (masculine); (in fabric design) cuadro (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • He arranges thin rectangles, squares, triangles and trapezoids in complex patterns on the wall.
    • The 2 X 0.5 m board was divided into four equal sections, with each section divided into 25 squares of equal size.
    • In all the pieces, the 12 squares are subdivided into four equal sections by painted lines that stop short of the middle.
    1.2 (of cloth, paper) (trozo (masculine)) cuadrado (masculine) a silk (head) square un pañuelo de seda cuadrado
    Example sentences
    • The walls were lined in mirrored squares and there were even small spotlights reflecting off everything.
    • Over breakfast he got a Weetabix carton and cut out two squares and glued them together.
    • We selected a small square of sand bordered by several logs and overhung with a leafy screen and set our bags to the ground.
    1.3 (on chessboard) casilla (feminine), escaque (masculine); (in crossword) casilla (feminine) to go back to square one volver* a empezar desde cero volver* a fojas cero (Latin America/América Latina)
    Example sentences
    • Each player in her turn chooses one of the squares of the board and writes a number from 1 to 6 in the square with her colored pen.
    • This game is superior in complexity to English draughts by virtue of the fact that it is played on a board ten squares by ten squares and that capturing moves have an extended scope.
    • Elaborating on the Braille chessboard, he said, the black squares on the board were slightly more raised than the white ones.
  • 2 2.1 (in town, city) plaza (feminine) 2.2 (in barracks) patio (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • Senior Army officers tell us that these camps are little more than squares for drills and target practices.
    • They filled the parade square of Howe Barracks as the soldiers arrived by coach from nearby Manston Airport where they had touched down a couple of hours earlier.
    • I recall ‘unflattering remarks’ aimed at me on the drill square.
    Example sentences
    • The next morning, I head out early and stop first at Plaza Mayor, a huge square surrounded by some of the oldest buildings in the city.
    • The center of town was a tree-lined square, surrounded by quaint-looking stores and antique shops.
    • There will be free performances in the square every day next week, around lunch and tea-time.
  • 3 [Mathematics/Matemáticas] cuadrado (masculine) the square of 5 is 25 el cuadrado de 5 es 25
    Example sentences
    • Consider, for example, the Pythagorean theorem that the square on the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides.
    • After giving further results of this type he gives his famous result that the distance that a body moves from rest under uniform acceleration is proportional to the square of the time taken.
    • In other words, the square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares on the triangle's two legs.
  • 4 (instrument) escuadra (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • Hold a carpenter's square with the long tongue against the back wall and slide it into the corner.
    • Be sure, therefore, that each line is running exactly along each arm of the square.
    • Then mark the ends of the joists at this point and draw a line across them with a combination square.
  • 5 (conventional person) [colloquial/familiar] soso, (masculine, feminine) [colloquial/familiar], carroza (masculine and feminine) (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar], zanahorio, (masculine, feminine) (Colombia) (Venezuela) [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • He's a plodding, conventional square, she's a get-ahead, modern girl who doesn't need to cling to conventional wisdom.
    • Come on Maggie: don't be such a square.
    • She called me so many things … she said I was old-fashioned, stubborn and a square for not allowing her to go.
    Example sentences
    • Mine was a lousy job. There must be a better way of making three squares a day.
    • The concept of three squares a day is obsolete: the new theory calls for several smaller meals to keep your metabolism churning.
    • My crew is pretty lucky, though - I like to see they get three squares a day.

adjective/adjetivo (squarer, squarest)

  • 1 1.1 [box/table/block] cuadrado the room is 15 feet square la habitación mide 15 (pies) por 15 (pies) 1.2 (having right angles) [corner/side/edges] en ángulo recto, a escuadra to cut sth on the square cortar algo a escuadra [cloth] cortar algo al hilo to be out of square estar* en falsa escuadra to be on the square [person] ser* honrado, ser* derecho [colloquial/familiar] [contract/papers] estar* en regla 1.3 (of body) [face] cuadrado; [jaw] angular, cuadrado of square build de complexión fornida or robusta
  • 2 [Mathematics/Matemáticas] (before noun/delante del nombre) [yard/mile] cuadrado fifty square kilometers cincuenta kilómetros cuadrados
  • 3 3.1 (fair, honest) he'll give you a square deal no te va a engañar to be square with sb ser* franco con algn I'll be square with you voy a ser franco contigo 3.2 (large and wholesome) (before noun/delante del nombre) [meal] decente he hasn't had a square meal for days hace días que no come como Dios manda or que no hace una comida decente 3.3 (even) (predicative/predicativo) let's call it all square digamos que estamos en paz or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) a mano the teams were (all) square los equipos iban empatados or iguales to get square with sb ajustarle las cuentas a algn


  • square in the middle of sth justo en el medio de algo, en pleno centro de algo he hit me square on the mouth me dio de lleno en la boca, me dio en plena boca to look sb square in the eye mirar a algn (directamente) a los ojos

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (make square) [angle/side] cuadrar he squared his shoulders se puso derecho 1.2 (mark squares on) (usually passive/normalmente en voz pasiva) cuadricular
  • 3 3.1 (settle, make even) [debts/accounts] pagar*, saldar to square sth with sb arreglar algo con algn 3.2 [Sport/Deporte] [match/game] igualar 3.3 (reconcile) [facts/principles] conciliar to square sth with sth conciliar algo con algo I couldn't square it with my conscience mi conciencia no me lo permitía

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [ideas/arguments] concordar* to square with sth concordar* or cuadrar con algo

Phrasal verbs

square off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 (make square) [wood/corner] cuadrar 1.2 (divide into squares) [paper] cuadricular 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) square up 1 2

square up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 1.1 (settle debts) [colloquial/familiar] to square up (with sb) arreglar cuentas (con algn) 1.2 (prepare to fight) ponerse* en guardia 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 2.1 [account/debt] saldar, pagar* 2.2 [colloquial/familiar] [disagreement/problem] arreglar

square up to

verb + adverb + preposition + object/verbo + adverbio + preposición + complemento
[person/responsibilities] hacer* frente a no one had the guts to square up to him nadie se atrevía a hacerle frente or a enfrentársele

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