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magic square
top: the SATOR letter square
bottom: the number square from Albrecht Dürer's engraving Melencolia I

magic square

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1. A square that contains numbers arranged in equal rows and columns such that the sum of each row, column, and sometimes diagonal is the same.
2. A similar square containing letters in particular arrangements that spell out the same word or words.

magic square

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(Mathematics) a square array of rows of integers arranged so that the sum of the integers is the same when taken vertically, horizontally, or diagonally

mag′ic square′


n.
a square containing integers arranged in an equal number of rows and columns so that the sum of the integers in any row, column, or diagonal is the same.
[1695–1705]

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A square made up of smaller squares each containing a number, popular with magicians for making talismans.
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Noun1.magic square - a square matrix of n rows and columns; the first n^2 integers are arranged in the cells of the matrix in such a way that the sum of any row or column or diagonal is the same
square matrix - a matrix with the same number of rows and columns
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