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quadrature of the circle

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noun Mathematics.
  1. the insoluble problem of constructing, by the methods of Euclidean geometry, a square equal in area to a given circle.
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Origin of quadrature of the circle

First recorded in 1590–1600
Also called squaring the circle.
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