Definition of quadrilateral in English:


Line breaks: quad¦ri|lat¦eral
Pronunciation: /ˌkwɒdrɪˈlat(ə)r(ə)l


  • A four-sided figure.
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    • Cut an 8x8 chessboard into two triangles and two quadrilaterals.
    • The students were also not aware of relationships among quadrilaterals, such as whether all squares are rectangles or vice versa.
    • The terrain I generated had a total of over 570000 quadrilaterals.


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  • Having four straight sides.
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    • The bilobate living area has quadrilateral contours and is partly flanked by some horizontal logs and a vertical slab.
    • Techniques were developed that guaranteed all quadrilateral surfaces were planar.
    • It turns out there are many different pairs of quadrilateral shapes that form a nonperiodic tiling pattern.


mid 17th century: from late Latin quadrilaterus (from Latin quadri- 'four' + latus, later- 'side') + -al.

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