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word square

n. Games
A set of words arranged in a square such that they read the same horizontally and vertically. Also called acrostic.
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word square

n
(Games, other than specified) a puzzle in which the player must fill a square grid with words that read the same across as down
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word′ square`


n.
a set of words that when arranged one beneath another in the form of a square read alike horizontally and vertically: The words sated, atone, toast, ensue, deter form a word square.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.word square - a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as acrossword square - a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across
mystifier, puzzle, puzzler, teaser - a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution; "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler"
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A new letter 'M' is introduced to the word square, while fortifying its visual symmetry.
Tasks included identifying famous brands of aftershave in German, finding words on a giant word square, looking at Facebook posts in German, cracking number codes, and learning about famous German manufacturers.
The word square is 'tapawha rite', four equal sides.
In England during the 19th Century there had been a form of crossword, derived from the word square, a group of words arranged so the letters read alike vertically and horizontally, and printed in children's puzzle books and various periodicals.
By the time his round was over Calcavecchia had signed for a 77 - probably the same score you would get for putting his name on a Scrabble triple word square.
One result was the many uses of the word square in different contexts, as stated in the opening paragraph, "I can have a square meal and get a square deal but I do not want to be a square." Another example involving the word shape is illustrated in the following excerpt:
The word acrostic is also applied to any word square which reads the same horizontally as vertically.
A 5 x 5 word square consists of ten distinct words, five across and five down, one such being
Apart from 4,725 points on a triple word square in Scrabble.
ABC CAB BCA A Latin square is said to be regular (also reduced, normalized or in standard form) if both its rows and its columns are in the same order, as in a regular word square, for example:
The word square displayed below has a remarkable property.
The search for a 10-by-10 word square (a 10x10 square of letters whose ten horizontal rows spell words and whose columns spell those same words), using words or names from English-language sources, has attracted the attention of many logologists.