quadrature of the circle

noun Mathematics.

the insoluble problem of constructing, by the methods of Euclidean geometry, a square equal in area to a given circle.

Nearby words

  1. quadratic form,
  2. quadratic formula,
  3. quadratic residue,
  4. quadratics,
  5. quadrature,
  6. quadratus,
  7. quadrel,
  8. quadrella,
  9. quadrennial,
  10. quadrennium

Origin of quadrature of the circle

First recorded in 1590–1600

Also called squaring the circle.

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