Origin of quadrate

1350–1400; Middle English quadrat (noun and adj.) < Latin quadrātus (past participle of quadrāre to make square)


sub·quad·rate, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quadrate


noun (ˈkwɒdrɪt, -reɪt)

a cube, square, or a square or cubelike object
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)

of or relating to this bone
square or rectangular

verb (kwɒˈdreɪt)

(tr) to make square or rectangular
(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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Medical definitions for quadrate

[ kwŏdrāt′, -rĭt ]


Having four sides and four angles; square or rectangular.
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