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noun
  1. a set of words such that when arranged one beneath another in the form of a square they read alike horizontally and vertically.

Origin of word square

First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for word square

Historical Examples

  • From the letters composing each of the following four sentences make a word-square: 1.

    St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, October 1878, No. 12

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British Dictionary definitions for word square

word square

noun
  1. a puzzle in which the player must fill a square grid with words that read the same across as down
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