Idioms for square

Origin of square

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Old French esquar(r)e < Vulgar Latin *exquadra, derivative of *exquadrāre (Latin ex- ex-1 + quadrāre to square; see quadrate); (v.) Middle English squaren < Old French esquarrer < Vulgar Latin *exquadrāre; (adj.) Middle English < Old French esquarré, past participle of esquarrer; (adv.) derivative of the adj.

OTHER WORDS FROM square

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British Dictionary definitions for square off (1 of 2)

square off

verb

(intr, adverb) to assume a posture of offence or defence, as in boxing

British Dictionary definitions for square off (2 of 2)

Derived forms of square

squareness, nounsquarer, nounsquarish, adjective

Word Origin for square

C13: from Old French esquare, from Vulgar Latin exquadra (unattested), from Latin ex 1 + quadrāre to make square; see quadrant
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Science definitions for square off

square
[ skwâr ]

Noun

A rectangle having four equal sides.
The product that results when a number or quantity is multiplied by itself. The square of 8, for example, is 64.

Adjective

Of, being, or using units that express the measure of area.

Verb

To multiply a number, quantity, or expression by itself.
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Culture definitions for square off

square

A number multiplied by itself, or raised to the second power. The square of three is nine; the square of nine is eighty-one.

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Idioms and Phrases with square off (1 of 2)

square off

Take a fighting stance, prepare to fight, as in As they squared off, the teacher came out and stopped them, or The ambassador said the two countries were squaring off. [First half of 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with square off (2 of 2)

square

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

also see:

  • back to the drawing board (square one)
  • fair and square
  • on the square
  • round peg in a square hole
  • shoot straight (square)
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