[adjective, noun kwod-rit, -reyt; verb kwod-reyt]
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  1. square or rectangular.
  2. Zoology. of or relating to the quadrate.
  3. Heraldry. (of a cross) having an enlarged square at the junction of the limbs: a cross quadrate.
  1. a square.
  2. something square or rectangular.
  3. Zoology. one of a pair of bones in the skulls of many lower vertebrates, to which the lower jaw is articulated.
verb (used with object), quad·rat·ed, quad·rat·ing.
  1. to cause to conform or harmonize; adapt.
verb (used without object), quad·rat·ed, quad·rat·ing.
  1. to agree; conform.

Origin of quadrate

1350–1400; Middle English quadrat (noun and adj.) < Latin quadrātus (past participle of quadrāre to make square)
Related formssub·quad·rate, adjective
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Historical Examples of quadrate

  • But some magnitudes there are which have no common measure, as the Diagony of a quadrate and his side, 116.

  • This is the rate of a quadrate with a rectangle and a quadrate.

  • A quadrate inscribed is the halfe of that which is circumscribed.

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

  • Here the first quadrate oy, is five times as great, as the second su.

British Dictionary definitions for quadrate


noun (ˈkwɒdrɪt, -reɪt)
  1. a cube, square, or a square or cubelike object
  2. one of a pair of bones of the upper jaw of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and birds that articulates with the lower jaw. In mammals it forms the incus
adjective (ˈkwɒdrɪt, -reɪt)
  1. of or relating to this bone
  2. square or rectangular
verb (kwɒˈdreɪt)
  1. (tr) to make square or rectangular
  2. (often foll by with) to conform or cause to conform

Word Origin for quadrate

C14: from Latin quadrāre to make square
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quadrate in Medicine


[kwŏdrāt′, -rĭt]
  1. Having four sides and four angles; square or rectangular.
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