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[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.
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  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.
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verb (used with object), quad·rat·ed, quad·rat·ing.
  1. to cause to conform or harmonize; adapt.
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verb (used without object), quad·rat·ed, quad·rat·ing.
  1. to agree; conform.
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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

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

    The Way To Geometry

    Peter Ramus

  • 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
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adjective (ˈkwɒdrɪt, -reɪt)
  1. of or relating to this bone
  2. square or rectangular
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verb (kwɒˈdreɪt)
  1. (tr) to make square or rectangular
  2. (often foll by with) to conform or cause to conform
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Word Origin

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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