What does Square mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Square.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. square, foursquare(noun)

    (geometry) a plane rectangle with four equal sides and four right angles; a four-sided regular polygon

    "you can compute the area of a square if you know the length of its sides"

  2. square, second power(noun)

    the product of two equal terms

    "nine is the second power of three"; "gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance"

  3. public square, square(noun)

    an open area at the meeting of two or more streets

  4. square(noun)

    something approximating the shape of a square

  5. square, lame(noun)

    someone who doesn't understand what is going on

  6. square, square toes(noun)

    a formal and conservative person with old-fashioned views

  7. square(noun)

    any artifact having a shape similar to a plane geometric figure with four equal sides and four right angles

    "a checkerboard has 64 squares"

  8. square(adj)

    a hand tool consisting of two straight arms at right angles; used to construct or test right angles

    "the carpenter who built this room must have lost his square"

  9. square(adj)

    having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle

    "a square peg in a round hole"; "a square corner"

  10. straight, square(adj)

    characterized by honesty and fairness

    "straight dealing"; "a square deal"

  11. hearty, satisfying, solid, square, substantial(adj)

    providing abundant nourishment

    "a hearty meal"; "good solid food"; "ate a substantial breakfast"; "four square meals a day"

  12. square(p)(adj)

    leaving no balance

    "my account with you is now all square"

  13. square(a), straightforward, straight(adj)

    without evasion or compromise

    "a square contradiction"; "he is not being as straightforward as it appears"

  14. square, straight(verb)

    rigidly conventional or old-fashioned

  15. square, square up(verb)

    make square

    "Square the circle"; "square the wood with a file"

  16. square(verb)

    raise to the second power

  17. square(verb)

    cause to match, as of ideas or acts

  18. square(verb)

    position so as to be square

    "He squared his shoulders"

  19. square(verb)

    be compatible with

    "one idea squares with another"

  20. square(verb)

    pay someone and settle a debt

    "I squared with him"

  21. feather, square(verb)

    turn the paddle; in canoeing

  22. feather, square(adverb)

    turn the oar, while rowing

  23. squarely, square(adverb)

    in a straight direct way

    "looked him squarely in the eye"; "ran square into me"

  24. squarely, square(adverb)

    in a square shape

    "a squarely cut piece of paper"; "folded the sheet of paper square"

  25. squarely, square(adverb)

    firmly and solidly

    "hit the ball squarely"; "the bat met the ball squarely"; "planted his great bulk square before his enemy"


  1. square(Noun)

    Any simple object with four nearly straight and nearly equal sides meeting at nearly right angles.

  2. square(Noun)

    An L- or T-shaped tool used to place objects or draw lines at right angles.

    There are so many uses for the square, in fact, that a new model will usually come complete with a booklet enumerating its applications. - The Carpenter's Square

  3. square(Noun)

    An open space in a town, not necessarily square in shape, often containing trees, seating and other features pleasing to the eye.

  4. square(Noun)

    A cell in a grid.

    You may not move a piece to a square already occupied by one of your own pieces.

  5. square(Noun)

    A polygon with four sides of equal length and four angles of 90 degrees; a regular quadrilateral whose angles are all 90 degrees.

  6. square(Noun)

    The second power of a number, value, term or expression.

    64 is the square of 8.

  7. square(Noun)

    A body of troops drawn up in a square formation.

  8. square(Noun)

    A socially conventional person; typically associated with the 1950s

  9. square(Noun)

    The symbol # on a telephone; hash.

    Enter your account number followed by a square.

  10. square(Verb)

    To adjust so as to align with or place at a right angle to something else.

    The casting was mounted on a milling machine so that its sides could be squared.

  11. square(Verb)

    To resolve.

  12. square(Verb)

    To adjust or adapt so as to bring into harmony with something.

    I cannot square the results of the experiment with my hypothesis.

  13. square(Verb)

    Of a value, term or expression, to multiply by itself; to raise to the second power.

  14. square(Verb)

    To draw, with a pair of compasses and a straightedge only, a square with the same area as.

    square the circle

  15. square(Verb)

    To make a short low pass sideways across the pitch

  16. square(Noun)

    The central area of a cricket field, containing several pitches laid out next to one another - only one being used at a time.

    An ideal playing area is roughly circular in shape with a central area, the cricket square, measuring 27.44 metres by 27.44 metres and boundaries 45.75 metres from the sides of the square.

  17. square(Noun)

    A unit of measurement of area, equal to a 10 foot by 10 foot square, ie. 100 square feet or roughly 9.3 square metres. Used in real estate for the size of a house or its rooms, though progressively being replaced by square metres in metric countries such as Australia.

  18. square(Noun)

    A unit used in measuring roof area equivalent to 100 square feet (9.29 m2) of roof area.

  19. square(Noun)

    A dessert cut into rectangular pieces, or a piece of such a dessert.

  20. square(Noun)

    A mortarboard

  21. square(Noun)

    A square meal.

    Even when times were tough, we got three squares a day.

  22. square(Adjective)

    Shaped like a square (the polygon).

  23. square(Adjective)

    At right angles to.

  24. square(Adjective)

    Used in the names of units of area formed by multiplying a unit of length by itself.

  25. square(Adjective)

    Honest; straightforward.

    It may be prison, but at least I'm getting three square meals a day.

  26. square(Adjective)


    I'm just looking for a square deal on my car repair.

  27. square(Adjective)

    Even; tied

    The sides were square at the end of the half.

  28. square(Adjective)

    Socially conventional; boring.

  29. square(Adjective)

    in line with the batsman's popping crease.

  30. square(Adjective)

    Correctly aligned with respect to something else

  31. Origin: From esquarre ( équerre), from Vulgar Latin *, from quadra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Square(noun)

    the corner, or angle, of a figure

  2. Square(noun)

    a parallelogram having four equal sides and four right angles

  3. Square(noun)

    hence, anything which is square, or nearly so

  4. Square(noun)

    a square piece or fragment

  5. Square(noun)

    a pane of glass

  6. Square(noun)

    a certain number of lines, forming a portion of a column, nearly square; -- used chiefly in reckoning the prices of advertisements in newspapers

  7. Square(noun)

    one hundred superficial feet

  8. Square(noun)

    an area of four sides, generally with houses on each side; sometimes, a solid block of houses; also, an open place or area for public use, as at the meeting or intersection of two or more streets

  9. Square(noun)

    an instrument having at least one right angle and two or more straight edges, used to lay out or test square work. It is of several forms, as the T square, the carpenter's square, the try-square., etc

  10. Square(noun)

    hence, a pattern or rule

  11. Square(noun)

    the product of a number or quantity multiplied by itself; thus, 64 is the square of 8, for 8 / 8 = 64; the square of a + b is a2 + 2ab + b2

  12. Square(noun)

    exact proportion; justness of workmanship and conduct; regularity; rule

  13. Square(noun)

    a body of troops formed in a square, esp. one formed to resist a charge of cavalry; a squadron

  14. Square(noun)

    fig.: The relation of harmony, or exact agreement; equality; level

  15. Square(noun)

    the position of planets distant ninety degrees from each other; a quadrate

  16. Square(noun)

    the act of squaring, or quarreling; a quarrel

  17. Square(noun)

    the front of a woman's dress over the bosom, usually worked or embroidered

  18. Square(adj)

    having four equal sides and four right angles; as, a square figure

  19. Square(adj)

    forming a right angle; as, a square corner

  20. Square(adj)

    having a shape broad for the height, with rectilineal and angular rather than curving outlines; as, a man of a square frame

  21. Square(adj)

    exactly suitable or correspondent; true; just

  22. Square(adj)

    rendering equal justice; exact; fair; honest, as square dealing

  23. Square(adj)

    even; leaving no balance; as, to make or leave the accounts square

  24. Square(adj)

    leaving nothing; hearty; vigorous

  25. Square(adj)

    at right angles with the mast or the keel, and parallel to the horizon; -- said of the yards of a square-rigged vessel when they are so braced

  26. Square(noun)

    to form with four sides and four right angles

  27. Square(noun)

    to form with right angles and straight lines, or flat surfaces; as, to square mason's work

  28. Square(noun)

    to compare with, or reduce to, any given measure or standard

  29. Square(noun)

    to adjust; to regulate; to mold; to shape; to fit; as, to square our actions by the opinions of others

  30. Square(noun)

    to make even, so as leave no remainder of difference; to balance; as, to square accounts

  31. Square(noun)

    to multiply by itself; as, to square a number or a quantity

  32. Square(noun)

    to hold a quartile position respecting

  33. Square(noun)

    to place at right angles with the keel; as, to square the yards

  34. Square(verb)

    to accord or agree exactly; to be consistent with; to conform or agree; to suit; to fit

  35. Square(verb)

    to go to opposite sides; to take an attitude of offense or defense, or of defiance; to quarrel

  36. Square(verb)

    to take a boxing attitude; -- often with up, sometimes with off

  37. Origin: [OF. esquarre, esquierre, F. querre a carpenter's square (cf. It. squadra), fr. (assumed) LL. exquadrare to make square; L. ex + quadrus a square, fr. quattuor four. See Four, and cf. Quadrant, Squad, Squire a square.]


  1. Square

    In geometry, a square is a regular quadrilateral. This means that it has four equal sides and four equal angles. It can also be defined as a rectangle in which two adjacent sides have equal length. A square with vertices ABCD would be denoted ABCD. The square is the n=2 case of the families of n-hypercubes and n-orthoplexes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Square

    skwār; adj. having four equal sides and angles: forming a right angle: having a straight front or an outline formed by straight lines: exact suitable, fitting: true, that does equal justice, fair, honest: even, leaving no balance, settled, as accounts: directly opposed, complete, unequivocal: solid, full, satisfying.—n. that which is square: a square figure: a four-sided space enclosed by houses: a square body of troops: the length of the side of any figure squared: an instrument for measuring right angles: (arith.) the product of a quantity multiplied by itself: due proportion, order, honesty, equity, fairness.—v.t. to form like a square: to form with four equal sides and angles: (arith.) to multiply by itself: to reduce to any given measure or standard, to adjust, regulate: (naut.) to place at right angles with the mast or keel.—v.i. to suit, fit: to accord or agree: to take an attitude of offence and defence, as a boxer.—adj. Square′-built, of a square build or shape.—adv. Square′ly, in a square form or manner.—ns. Square′-meas′ure, Squarepierced. a system of measures applied to surfaces, of which the unit is the square of the lineal unit; Square′ness.—adj. Square′-pierced (her.), designating a charge perforated with a square opening so as to show the field.—n. Squā′rer, one who, or that which, squares: (Shak.) a fighting, quarrelsome person.—adj. Square′-rigged, having the chief sails square, and extended by yards suspended by the middle at right angles to the masts—opposed to Fore-and-aft.—ns. Square′-root, that root which being multiplied into itself produces the given number or quantity; Square′-sail, a four-sided sail extended by yards suspended by the middle at right angles to the mast.—adj. Square′-toed.—n. Square′-toes, an old-fashioned, punctilious person.—adj. Squā′rish.—Square the circle, to determine the area of a circle in square measure.—On the square, honestly. [O. Fr. esquarre (Fr. équerre)—L. ex-quadrāre, to square—quadrus, conn. with quatuor, four.]


  1. Square

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Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. square

    An instrument formed by a stock and a tongue fixed at right angles. Also, in the army, a formation of infantry devised to resist cavalry. (See HOLLOW SQUARE and RALLYING SQUARE.) Also, a term peculiarly appropriated to the yards and their sails. Thus, when the yards hang at right angles with the mast they are said to be "square by the lifts;" when perpendicular to the ship's length, they are "square by the braces;" but when they lie in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the keel, they are "square by the lifts and braces." The yards are said to be very square when they are of extraordinary length, and the same epithet is applied to their sails with respect to their breadth. Also, a figure composed of four equal sides and four right angles, is the square of geometry.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. square

    In military evolutions, is the forming of a body of men into a rectangular figure, with several ranks or rows of men facing on each side. With men of ordinary firmness, a square should resist the charges of the heaviest horse. The formation is not new, for a Grecian Syntagma was a solid square of 16 men in every direction; but in modern warfare, the solid square having been found cumbrous, has been abandoned for the hollow square, with officers, horses, colors, etc., in the centre. The front rank kneels, and the two next stoop, which enables five ranks of men to maintain a rolling fire upon an advancing enemy, or to pour in a murderous volley at close quarters.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Square' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2529

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Square' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1990

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Square' in Nouns Frequency: #901

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Square' in Adjectives Frequency: #496

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Square in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Square in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Square in a Sentence

  1. Margaret Ore:

    We're kind of back to square one.

  2. Sarah Friar:

    Large sellers are joining Square.

  3. Black Elk, Native American:

    There can be no power in a square...

  4. O. Henry:

    I prefer a square, nonillegal style of business

  5. Walt Whitman:

    Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.

Images & Illustrations of Square

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Translations for Square

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  • ашҭаAbkhaz
  • vierkant, pleinAfrikaans
  • مربع, ميدانArabic
  • kvadrat, meydanAzerbaijani
  • пло́шчаBelarusian
  • триъгълник, линеал, площа́д, квадра́т, квадрат, квадратен, повдигам на квадратBulgarian
  • বর্গBengali
  • quadrat, plaça, quadrarCatalan, Valencian
  • buňka, křížek, čtverec, kvadrát, pole, úhelník, druhá mocnina, náměstí, poctivý, čtvercový, férový, kolmý, vydatný, výživný, čtvereční, nudný, čestnýCzech
  • sgwâr, pedrongl, petrualWelsh
  • torv, kvadratDanish
  • Quadrat, Spießer, Platz, Doppelkreuz, Feld, Schachfeld, spießig, rechtwinklig, quadrieren, quadratischGerman
  • τετραγωνικό, πλατεία, τετράγωνο, γνώμονας, δίεση, τετραγωνικός, ορθογώνιος, εξισώνω, υψώνω στο τετράγωνο, τετράγωνος, κανονίζωGreek
  • kvadrato, placo, kvadratigi, kvadrataEsperanto
  • almohadilla, anticuado, plaza, soso, zanahorio, carca, cartabón, carroza, cuadro, cabeza cuadrada, casilla, cuadrado, escuadra, cuadriculado, alinear, resolver, elevar al cuadrado, perpendicular, cuadrarSpanish
  • väljak, platsEstonian
  • karratuBasque
  • میدان, مربع, چهار گوشPersian
  • neliö, neliöjalka, suorakulma, toinen potenssi, aukio, tori, ruutu, risuaita, tavallinen, neliöön, ratkaista, suorakulmaisesti, selittää, potenssiin, nähden, suoraan kulmaan, neliöidä, nelikulmainen, neliFinnish
  • torgFaroese
  • équerre, place, carré, case, carreau, élever au carréFrench
  • uimhir chearnach, cearnóg an bhaile, hais, cearnóg, cearnógachIrish
  • ceàrn-righailt, cromadh-dìreach, ceàrnag, ceàrnan, ceàrnagachScottish Gaelic
  • cadro, cadradoGalician
  • ચોરસGujarati
  • kerrin, faaieManx
  • סולמית, ריבוע, כיכרHebrew
  • वर्ग, वर्गाकारHindi
  • kareHaitian Creole
  • tér, mező, négyzet, négyszögletes, kockafejű, merőleges, derékszögűHungarian
  • քառակուսի, հրապարակArmenian
  • resolver, quadrarInterlingua
  • persegi, lapangan, pagar, pangkat dua, kuadrat, kotak, segiempatIndonesian
  • torg, ferningur, ferningstala, réttskeið, annað, veldi, fer-, hornréttur, ferningslagaIcelandic
  • piazza, casella, quadratoItalian
  • 平方, 広場, 正方形, 平方形, 曲尺, 四角いJapanese
  • მოედანიGeorgian
  • алаңKazakh
  • 廣場, 광장, 정사각형Korean
  • аянтKyrgyz
  • quadrātumLatin
  • kvadratas, kampainis, aikštėLithuanian
  • kvadrāts, skvērsLatvian
  • porowhā rite, tapawhāMāori
  • квадрат, пло́штад, тарабаMacedonian
  • ചത്വരം, വര്‍ഗ്ഗം, സമചതുരം, കവലMalayalam
  • талбай, квадратMongolian
  • orang skema, perkakas, hash, dataran, kaki persegi, kuasa dua, seorang yang sosialnya konvensional, segi empat sama, skema, persegiMalay
  • torg, plass, firkanttast, kvadrat, firkantet, firkanta, kvadratisk, kvadrat-, løse, kvadrere, vinkelrett påNorwegian
  • markt, plaats, tweede macht, kwadraat, hekje, vierkant, square, winkelhaak, veld, plein, oplossen, kwadrateren, tot de tweede macht verheffen, vierkanteDutch
  • firkanttast, plass, kvadrat, torg, firkanta, løyse, kvadrat-, kvadratisk, kvadrere, vinkelrett påNorwegian Nynorsk
  • dikʼą́Navajo, Navaho
  • kątownik, skwer, węgielnica, plac, kwadrat, podnosić do kwadratu, podnosić do drugiej potęgi, kwadratowyPolish
  • sustenido, casa, quadrado, esquadro, careta, praça, alinhar, perpendicular, resolver, [[elevar]] [[ao quadrado]]Portuguese
  • T'asraQuechua
  • piețe, pătrat, cvadrat, echer, piațăRomanian
  • по́ле, квадра́т, уго́льник, сквер, обыва́тель, пло́щадь, решётка, квадратныйRussian
  • kvadrat, vinkl, drugi stepen, trg, винкла, тараба, квадрат, prav ugao, други степен, прав угао, vinkla, винкл, трг, tarabaSerbo-Croatian
  • štvorec, námestieSlovak
  • kvadrat, trgSlovene
  • katror, sheshAlbanian
  • fyrkant, kvadrat, vinkelhake, torg, ruta, brädgård, kvadratisk, fyrkantig, kvadrat-, kvadrera, vinkelrät motSwedish
  • చతురస్రం, వర్గం, చదరపు, చతురస్రTelugu
  • майдонTajik
  • สี่เหลี่ยมจตุรัสThai
  • meýdan, kwadratTurkmen
  • kuwadradoTagalog
  • kare, meydanTurkish
  • мәйданTatar
  • квадрат, пло́ща, майда́нUkrainian
  • maydon, kvadratUzbek
  • 廣場, quảng trường, vuôngVietnamese
  • feled, cögafeledVolapük
  • cwåré, cwårêyeWalloon
  • קוואַדראַטYiddish
  • 廣場Chinese

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