- the second power of a quantity, expressed as a2 = a × a, where a is the quantity.
- a quantity that is the second power of another: Four is the square of two.
verb (used with object), squared, squar·ing.
- to multiply (a number or quantity) by itself; raise to the second power.
- to describe or find a square that is equivalent in area to: to square a circle.
verb (used without object), squared, squar·ing.
adjective, squar·er, squar·est.
- Nautical.to arrange the yards so as to sail before the wind.
- to prepare; get ready: Square away for dinner.
- to assume a position of defense or offense: The wrestlers squared away for the first fall.
- to organize or complete satisfactorily; put in order: I want to square away the work before going on vacation.
- to assume a posture of defense or offense, as in boxing: They squared off for a fight.
- to prepare to dispute with another; show signs of opposition or resistance: The governor and the legislature are squaring off over the landfill issue.
- at right angles.
- Informal.straightforward; honest; just: Their dealings with us have always been on the square.
- not at right angles.
- not in agreement; incorrect; irregular: The inspector's conclusions are out of square with his earlier report.
Origin of square
Synonyms for square
Related Words for squarerectangular, center, space, plaza, area, green, circle, even, fair, straight, equal, objective, upright, nonpartisan, sporting, quadrate, quadratic, equilateral, foursquare, dated
Examples from the Web for square
Contemporary Examples of square
Some longtime local acquaintances are struggling to square the man they know with the ugly associations.No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference
December 30, 2014
Records describe this house as 6,916 square feet, with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
In the afternoon, about a thousand people marched in protest through the largest Prague square, with police nowhere in sight.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
They came from all over the city, by the thousands, to converge on the square.Eric Garner Protests: ‘It’s Like Vietnam’
Abby Haglage, Caitlin Dickson, Jacob Siegel, Chris Allbritton
December 5, 2014
On a lightly floured board, roll each pastry to an 11-inch square.Make These Barefoot Contessa Chicken Pot Pies
November 29, 2014
Historical Examples of square
Some declared it impossible any house in that square should hold the number invited.
How different was the sight from what she saw when she looked out in Addison square!
Mist, mist, rolling mist with a square black tower above it.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He reached out a square, competent hand, and put it over hers.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
It is sawn off at the proper length, square at one end and slanting at the other.In the Midst of Alarms
- at right angles
- on equal terms
- informalhonestly and openly
- slanga phrase identifying someone as a Freemasonhe is on the square
- not at right angles or not having a right angle
- not in order or agreement
- (prenominal)denoting a measure of area of any shapea circle of four square feet
- (immediately postpositive)denoting a square having a specified length on each sidea board four feet square contains 16 square feet
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for square
c.1300, "tool for measuring right angles," from Old French esquire "a square, squareness," from Vulgar Latin *exquadra, from *exquadrare "to square," from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + quadrare "make square, set in order, complete" (see quadrant).
Meaning "rectangular shape or area" is recorded by late 14c.; replaced Old English feower-scyte. Sense of "open space in a town or park" is from 1680s. The mathematical sense of "a number multiplied by itself" is first recorded 1550s.
c.1300, "containing four equal sides and right angles," from square (n.). Meaning "honest, fair," is first attested 1560s; that of "straight, direct" is from 1804. Sense of "old-fashioned" is 1944, U.S. jazz slang, said to be from shape of a conductor's hand gestures in a regular four-beat rhythm. (Square-toes meant nearly the same thing in 1771, from a style of shoes then fallen from fashion.) Squaresville is attested from 1956. Square one "the beginning" is first recorded 1960, probably from board games; square dance first attested 1870.
late 14c.; with reference to accounts, from 1815; see square (n.). Related: Squared; squaring.
A number multiplied by itself, or raised to the second power. The square of three is nine; the square of nine is eighty-one.
In addition to the idioms beginning with square
- square away
- square deal
- square meal, a
- square off
- square one's shoulders
- square peg in a round hole
- square the circle
- square up
- square with
- back to the drawing board (square one)
- fair and square
- on the square
- round peg in a square hole
- shoot straight (square)