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# rectangle

[rek-tang-guh l] /ˈrɛkˌtæŋ gəl/
noun
1.
a parallelogram having four right angles.
Origin of rectangle
1565-1575
1565-75; < Medieval Latin rēctangulum, Late Latin rēctiangulum right-angled triangle (noun use of neuter of rēctiangulus having a right angle), equivalent to rēcti- recti- + angulum angle1
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Examples from the Web for rectangle
Contemporary Examples
• I turn the business letter one quarter turn to the right and roll it again into a rectangle, folding this into thirds.

February 22, 2011
• “I care only about what is on the square or rectangle in front of me,” he said.

January 31, 2014
• In the same way that square or rectangle frames separate a work of art from “reality,” our homes frame, define and separate us.

December 18, 2012
Historical Examples
• When Santa Anna entered the rectangle unattended to reconnoitre, a shell burst near him and covered his red pony with dirt.

Justin H. Smith
• A rectangle of blue and hazy light was framed by the dark wall.

Vicente Blasco Ibez
• Before it foundations could still be traced; and above, a rectangle of windowless stone walls survived, roofless and desolate.

Joseph Hergesheimer
• The comparison or rate of a quadrate with a rectangle is first.

Peter Ramus
• But in a rectangle we may take either of the two lines which contain it as base, and then the other will be the altitude.

• For the rectangle of the segments, and the quadrate, are made of one side, and of the segments of the other.

Peter Ramus
• One rectangle measured fifty feet in length by half that in width.

Carl Lumholtz
British Dictionary definitions for rectangle

## rectangle

/ˈrɛkˌtæŋɡəl/
noun
1.
a parallelogram having four right angles Compare rhombus
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin rectangulum, from Latin rectus straight + angulus angle
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Word Origin and History for rectangle
n.

1570s, from Middle French rectangle (16c.) and directly from Late Latin rectangulum, from rect-, comb. form of Latin rectus "right" (see right (adj.1)) + Old French angle (see angle (n.)). Medieval Latin rectangulum meant "a triangle having a right angle."

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rectangle in Science
 rectangle   (rěk'tāng'gəl)    A four-sided plane figure with four right angles.
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