[ kwod-ruh-cher, -choor ]

  1. the act of squaring.

  2. Mathematics.

    • the act or process of finding a square equal in area to a given surface, especially a surface bounded by a curve.

    • the act or process of finding an area or calculating an integral, especially by numerical methods.

    • a definite integral.

  1. Astronomy.

    • the situation of two heavenly bodies when their longitudes differ by 90°.

    • either of the two points in the orbit of a body, as the moon, midway between the syzygies.

    • (of the moon) those points or moments at which a half moon is visible.

  2. Electronics. the relation between two signals having the same frequency that differ in phase by 90°.

Origin of quadrature

1545–55; <Latin quadrātūra, equivalent to quadrāt(us) (past participle of quadrāre;see quadrate) + -ūra-ure

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British Dictionary definitions for quadrature


/ (ˈkwɒdrətʃə) /

  1. maths the process of determining a square having an area equal to that of a given figure or surface

  2. the process of making square or dividing into squares

  1. astronomy a configuration in which two celestial bodies, usually the sun and the moon or a planet, form an angle of 90° with a third body, usually the earth

  2. electronics the relationship between two waves that are 90° out of phase

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Scientific definitions for quadrature


[ kwŏdrə-chur′ ]

  1. The process of constructing a square equal in area to a given surface.

  2. A configuration in which the position of one celestial body is 90° from another celestial body, as measured from a third. For example, the half moon lies in quadrature from the Sun when Earth is the reference point. See more at elongation.

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