square up the stock to the diameter of the roller called for in the drawing.
Then I'll take stock at once, and we'll square up and I'll land the other man.
He was first to remove the turf and then fill in and square up the beds with black dirt.
square up the shelves so that they may be set into grooves in the adjacent rails.
Then it would take us some time to square up the day's affairs, and spread out my bedding.
You want to square up those shoulders and put on khaki, don't you?
Well, old sober-top, suppose we square up and part like good friends?
First square up all the posts and bevel them at the tops as shown.
Emigrants to California were the easiest of all things to square up.
"I thought you were going to square up to-morrow, sir," the man said.
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]