Then suddenly the stillness of the hour was broken by the loud report of a pistol not half a square away.
This having been done, orders were given to square away for the harbour.
Man the braces fore and aft; square away the yards and brail in the mizen.
The front part is all Japanese and faces on one street, and the back part is foreign and faces on another street a square away.
He knew he would not feel safe until he was a square away from the house.
The horse-car was nearly a square away; he could cross the track at any time now; there was no hurry.
A general burst from the crew echoed, "square away the yards!"
I said we would take a car, but she pointed to the "owl-wagon" standing against the curb only a square away.
From the window, as we looked out, we could see the boat, almost a square away.
Half a square away she could see the Park, with gray-clad nurses chatting over their racing charges or the tops of perambulators.
c.1300, "tool for measuring right angles," from Old French esquire "a square, squareness," from Vulgar Latin *exquadra, from *exquadrare "to square," from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + quadrare "make square, set in order, complete" (see quadrant).
Meaning "rectangular shape or area" is recorded by late 14c.; replaced Old English feower-scyte. Sense of "open space in a town or park" is from 1680s. The mathematical sense of "a number multiplied by itself" is first recorded 1550s.
c.1300, "containing four equal sides and right angles," from square (n.). Meaning "honest, fair," is first attested 1560s; that of "straight, direct" is from 1804. Sense of "old-fashioned" is 1944, U.S. jazz slang, said to be from shape of a conductor's hand gestures in a regular four-beat rhythm. (Square-toes meant nearly the same thing in 1771, from a style of shoes then fallen from fashion.) Squaresville is attested from 1956. Square one "the beginning" is first recorded 1960, probably from board games; square dance first attested 1870.
late 14c.; with reference to accounts, from 1815; see square (n.). Related: Squared; squaring.
A number multiplied by itself, or raised to the second power. The square of three is nine; the square of nine is eighty-one.
To make things right, just, proper, etc: He could never square himself with the police after that (1859+)
[the sense ''conventional person, etc,'' is said to come fr a jazz musician's and standard conductor's hand gesture that beats out regular and unsyncopated four-beat rhythm, the hand doing so describing a square figure in the air]