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## square

(skwâr)*n.*

**1.**A polygon having four equal sides and four equal angles.

**2.**Something having an equal-sided rectangular form: a square of cloth.

**3.**A T-shaped or L-shaped instrument for drawing or testing right angles.

**4.**

*Mathematics*The product obtained when a number or quantity is multiplied by itself: 49 is the square of 7.

**5.**

*Games*Any of the quadrilateral spaces on a board, as in chess.

**6.**

**a.**

*Abbr.*

**Sq.**An open, usually four-sided area at the intersection of two or more streets, often planted with grass and trees for use as a park.

**b.**A rectangular space enclosed by streets and occupied by buildings; a block.

**7.**The flower bud of a cotton plant, with three bracts surrounding the unopened flower in a pyramidal structure.

**8.**

*Slang*A person who is regarded as dull, rigidly conventional, and out of touch with current trends.

*adj.*

**squar·er**,

**squar·est**

**1.**Having four equal sides and four right angles.

**2.**Forming a right angle.

**3.**In alignment or flush: Put the paper square with the edge of the desk.

**4.**

**a.**

*Abbr.*

**sq.**Expressed in units measuring area: square feet.

**b.**Having a specified length in each of two equal dimensions: a room that is 12 feet square.

**5.**Having a base that is a square: a square pyramid.

**6.**

*Nautical*Set at right angles to the mast and keel. Used of the yards of a square-rigged ship.

**7.**Approximately rectangular and equilateral in cross section: a square house.

**8.**Characterized by blocklike solidity or sturdiness.

**9.**Honest; direct: a square answer.

**10.**Just; equitable: a square deal.

**11.**Having all accounts settled; even: I paid what I owed you, so we're square.

**12.**

*Sports*Even; tied.

**13.**

*Slang*Rigidly conventional; dull.

*v.*

**squared**,

**squar·ing**,

**squares**

*v.*

*tr.*

**1.**To cut to a square or rectangular shape. Often used with

*off.*

**2.**To test or adjust for conformity to a desired plane, straight line, or right angle.

**3.**To mark into squares. Often used with

*off.*

**4.**

**a.**To bring into conformity or agreement: She could not square the request with her principles.

**b.**To bring (oneself) into a better position or relation: He tried to square himself with his parents.

**5.**To set straight or at approximate right angles: square one's cap.

**6.**To bring into balance; settle: square a debt.

**7.**

*Sports*To even the score of: to square a game.

**8.**

*Mathematics*

**a.**To raise (a number or quantity) to the second power.

**b.**To find a square equal in area to (the area of a given figure).

**9.**

*Informal*To bribe or fix: a party in litigation that tried to square the judge.

*v.*

*intr.*

**1.**

*Mathematics*To be at right angles.

**2.**To agree or conform: a story that doesn't square with the facts.

*adv.*

**1.**

*Mathematics*At right angles.

**2.**In a square shape.

**3.**In a solid manner; firmly.

**4.**Directly; straight: ran square into each other.

**5.**In an honest, straightforward manner.

*Phrasal Verbs:*

*square away***1.**

*Nautical*To square the yards of a sailing vessel.

**2.**To put away or in order.

*square off* To assume a fighting stance; prepare to fight.

*square up* To settle a bill or debt.

*Idioms:*

*on the square***1.**

*Mathematics*At right angles.

**2.**Honestly and openly: has always dealt on the square.

*out of square***1.**

*Mathematics*Not at exact right angles.

**2.**Not in agreement.

*square peg in a round hole**Informal*

A misfit.

*three squares a day**Informal*

Three square meals eaten in a day.

[Middle English, from Old French esquarre, from Vulgar Latin *exquadra, from *exquadrāre,

*to square*: Latin ex-,*ex-*+ quadrāre,*to give a square shape to*(from quadrum,*a square*; see k^{w}etwer- in Indo-European roots).]**square′ness**

*n.*

**squar′er**

*n.*

## square off

*vb*

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*intr, adverb*) to assume a posture of offence or defence, as in boxingThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonyms

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Verb | 1. | square off - settle conclusively; come to terms; "We finally settled the argument"concert - settle by agreement; "concert one's differences" clinch - settle conclusively; "clinch a deal" compromise - settle by concession |

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