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quadrate

[adjective, noun kwod-rit, -reyt; verb kwod-reyt] /adjective, noun ˈkwɒd rɪt, -reɪt; verb ˈkwɒd reɪt/
adjective
1.
square or rectangular.
2.
Zoology. of or relating to the quadrate.
3.
Heraldry. (of a cross) having an enlarged square at the junction of the limbs:
a cross quadrate.
noun
4.
a square.
5.
something square or rectangular.
6.
Zoology. one of a pair of bones in the skulls of many lower vertebrates, to which the lower jaw is articulated.
verb (used with object), quadrated, quadrating.
7.
to cause to conform or harmonize; adapt.
verb (used without object), quadrated, quadrating.
8.
to agree; conform.
Origin of quadrate
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English quadrat (noun and adj.) < Latin quadrātus (past participle of quadrāre to make square)
Related forms
subquadrate, adjective
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Examples from the Web for quadrate
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  • But some magnitudes there are which have no common measure, as the Diagony of a quadrate and his side, 116.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • The comparison or rate of a quadrate with a rectangle is first.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • And by the same argument it shall be treble unto the quadrate or square of ei.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • This is the rate of a quadrate with a rectangle and a quadrate.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • But the side of a quadrate proposed in a number is oft times sought.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • The side of a quadrate given is many times in numbers sought.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • For the rectangle of the segments, and the quadrate, are made of one side, and of the segments of the other.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • Lastly, to the equalls adde the quadrate of the bisegment or halfe.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • Here the first quadrate oy, is five times as great, as the second su.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • And a Rhomboides is so opposed to an oblong, as a Rhombus is to a quadrate.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
British Dictionary definitions for quadrate

quadrate

noun (ˈkwɒdrɪt; -reɪt)
1.
a cube, square, or a square or cubelike object
2.
one of a pair of bones of the upper jaw of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and birds that articulates with the lower jaw. In mammals it forms the incus
adjective (ˈkwɒdrɪt; -reɪt)
3.
of or relating to this bone
4.
square or rectangular
verb (kwɒˈdreɪt)
5.
(transitive) to make square or rectangular
6.
(often foll by with) to conform or cause to conform
Word Origin
C14: from Latin quadrāre to make square
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quadrate in Medicine

quadrate quad·rate (kwŏd'rāt', -rĭt)
adj.
Having four sides and four angles; square or rectangular.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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