quadrangle

[ kwod-rang-guh l ]
/ ˈkwɒdˌræŋ gəl /

noun

a plane figure having four angles and four sides, as a square.
a square or quadrangular space or court that is surrounded by a building or buildings, as on a college campus.
the building or buildings around such a space or court.
the area shown on one of the standard topographic map sheets published by the U.S. Geological Survey: approximately 17 miles (27 km) north to south and from 11 to 15 miles (17 to 24 km) east to west.

Origin of quadrangle

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin quadrangulum, noun use of neuter of Latin quadrangulus, quadriangulus four-cornered. See quadr-, angle1

Related forms

quad·ran·gled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quadrangle

quadrangle

/ (ˈkwɒdˌræŋɡəl) /

noun

geometry a plane figure consisting of four points connected by four lines. In a complete quadrangle, six lines connect all pairs of points
a rectangular courtyard, esp one having buildings on all four sidesOften shortened to: quad
the building surrounding such a courtyard

Derived Forms

quadrangular (kwɒˈdræŋɡjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for quadrangle

C15: from Late Latin quadrangulum figure having four corners
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