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[ rek-tang-gyuh-ler ]


  1. shaped like a rectangle.
  2. having the base or section in the form of a rectangle:

    a rectangular pyramid.

  3. having one or more right angles.
  4. forming a right angle.


/ rɛkˈtæŋɡjʊlə /


  1. shaped like a rectangle
  2. having or relating to right angles
  3. mutually perpendicular

    rectangular coordinates

  4. having a base or section shaped like a rectangle

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Derived Forms

  • recˌtanguˈlarity, noun
  • recˈtangularly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • rec·tan·gu·lar·i·ty [rek-tang-gy, uh, -, lar, -i-tee], rec·tangu·lar·ness noun
  • rec·tangu·lar·ly adverb
  • nonrec·tangu·lar adjective
  • nonrec·tangu·lar·ly adverb
  • nonrec·tangu·lari·ty noun
  • subrec·tangu·lar adjective
  • unrec·tangu·lar adjective
  • unrec·tangu·lar·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rectangular1

1615–25; < Medieval Latin rēctangul ( um ) rectangle + -ar 1

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Example Sentences

Its two mounting holes will work with pretty much any round, rectangular, or pod driving light.

Big Agnes makes a handful of killer sleeping bags for kids that pair with any 20-inch-wide rectangular pad.

Now she was eating three meals a day on a rectangular folding table at the edge of her bed.

Hanging upside down, the spider weaves a rectangular web between its legs.

Four of those llamas lay together beneath the floor of a large, rectangular structure, Lidio Valdez, an archaeologist at the University of Calgary in Canada, and his colleagues report in the December Antiquity.

A large rectangular hole, six feet deep, had been dug out of what was a garden.

A dressage competition takes place in an entirely flat and rectangular arena.

His kind eyes peer at you through rectangular-framed geek-chic spectacles.

About 40 yards away from the house, in the middle of a large grass lawn, is an ordinary looking rectangular hedge.

All lenses project circles; most cameras cut a square or rectangular image out of the middle of the optical pie.

It was round, with a small, rectangular projection for the operator's controls and calculator.

Sometimes the recess is rectangular instead of arched, and is then called by De Rossi sepolcro a mensa, or table tomb.

At the corners of the aisles are rectangular buttresses and two similar ones stand at the ends of the main walls of the nave.

De Rossi has prepared a map of the principal part of it, divided into fifteen rectilinear and generally rectangular areas.

The house is rectangular in shape, constructed of brick and has two built-in chimneys.





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